Of all the myths out there, the one that’s hardest to dispel is that great design = expensive design. And that if you don’t have a blockbuster budget, you should just accept that your home isn’t going to be “enough.”
That couldn’t be further from the truth. While yes, expensive pieces tend to mean high-quality craftsmanship and materials, they’re not a one-way ticket to design success. If you’re decorating on a budget, you can still implement beautiful personal style without going broke.
Take for instance, the Otomi pillow in Nate’s old New York home: a $9 find from Mexico.
Meanwhile, the rocks and minerals stealing the show in Brian Sawyer’s entryway are from his boyhood collection. Meaning? They’re true heirlooms without an actual price tag.
Also: Sandy Foster DIY’ed this Kirkenstagel-inspired candlestick with scrap tin, wire, and clippers, and it’s one of the most arresting pieces in her stunning home.
All proof that it just takes a little hunting and gathering to find the pieces that will define your home.
All photography by Roger Davies for The Things That Matter