Ask The Designer “How Do You Decorate on a Budget?”

Ask The Designer

“How Do You Decorate on a Budget?” 

 I had the privilege to work with 16 brilliant bloggers, to share their home decorating style ideas with you. These ladies are all experts in their fields, and come from all walks of life around the world. Be sure to check out the entire “Home Decor- 29 Day Challenge Event”,  where each week we will focus on a topic from each of our guest bloggers. 

This week we are Featuring a Question from:

Susanne Stewart @ Pearl Street Designs


Decorating your home can be challenging, even more so when you have a small budget!  I asked 15 of my design/decor blogging buddies to join me to share our advice and give you our best budget decorating tips. Pull up a seat, grab your favorite beverage, and take notes! Pssst…there is not a quiz at the end, but there are more design questions answered over on their blogs, so be sure to visit each of them!

Click here for Susanne’s blog to find out how our experts decorate on a budget:

  Decorating on a Budget, 16 Design Bloggers Tell You How

Be sure to check out, JENRON DESIGNS answer located at position #10.  


Jessica Devlin Expert Bloggers Top Home Decorating Ideas

Sam Hay Expert Bloggers 16 Best Decorating Tips

Susanne Stewart Decorating on a Budget, 16 Design Bloggers Tell You How

Sarah Foote Making those Teeny-Tiny Spaces Look & Feel Larger; 16 Bloggers Share their Best Advice

Pam List Expert Bloggers Top 3 Decorating Items

Sam Franklin Home Decor Style & Trends; Design Experts Favorites

Denise Bryant Decorating With Thrift Store and Flea Market Finds

Susan Kuc Small Home Design; 16 Bloggers Tell All

Yami Platero How to Keep a Stylish and Organized Home with Small Children

Nicole Corr Design Experts Tell Us What Their Dream Outside Relaxation Space Looks Like

Emy Flint How 16 Bloggers Use Color In Their Homes

Jennifer Gainer Ask the Designer-What is Your Style?

Christy Harper Grey Paint Colors – Top Bloggers Favorites

Tina Bousu Top Tips for Decorating Tough Spaces from Expert Bloggers

Kimm Boes Ask the Experts:Favorite Paint Colors for Furniture

Liz Elliott Design Bloggers Top Design Tips



  1. I rather enjoy the idea of Asking the Designer questions. How do you decorate to attract women? As a bachelor I find bringing a lady home to my very basic bachelor pad is not the greatest allure. What can I do to make it seem like I have it together, therefore more marketable to the opposite sex.

    • Great question David, I think there are some ladies that will just take you situation for what it is. Clearly, if you are single and decorating is not your thing, they will understand. In fact, some ladies may really appreciate the idea of helping you to nest your home. However if you are dating a ladies that expect your home to be decorated, then maybe you would consider hiring a interior designer, to better express yourself through design. Honestly if you just store away your bachelor items, and keep your home tidy, meaning laundry done and refrigerator stocked of actual food, you will probably do fine on a girls radar, and most of that stuff if just being an adult.

  2. Did you know that all your designers featured are women? What about us guys?

    • Hi Rob, please know that this group was not “designed” (haha I had to put that pun in) to be all women. It was a group of designers that all met over social media. We had similar content ideas and view points. The initial group was open to anyone that wanted to join us. We are actually design bloggers based all around the world that just wanted to do something fun together. If you like I have now have your information and would be happy to let you know the next we have a forum?

  3. I really like all the designer advise on this column thank you for rounding them up!!

  4. Budget decorating is great topic for discussion, who isn’t looking for a deal when it comes to decorating?

  5. Bachelor over here, maybe you should answer how to decorate to attract potential girlfriends. That would be helpful to me. Oh and make that on a budget too, don’t need a lot of the moola going to this.

  6. I have a question for your next ask the designer round. I have an old antique sofa that I need to recover. So do you recommend reupholstery, DIY, or just leave it as is? We are on a tight budget not a lot of extras for decorating. Just thought I would ask the experts. Thanks.

  7. I love reading tips from designers, they have great advice. Glad it was an easy one stop shop to get them for all 16 of your guys at once.

  8. This is great information from your designers. What a fun concept.

  9. Ask the Designer, what a great concept. I would like to know how long do you think the farmhouse trend will last? I really want to embrace it but I am afraid it is just a matter of time, and don’t want to get stuck.

    • Colby this is a great question, I personally think the idea of farmhouse has been around forever and actually has a classic feel that has evolved over time. In the 80’s it was country, in the 90’s French country, Millennium they called it Shabby Chic. If you really look at the roots of farmhouse design, it is all of these decades combined with the trendiest items weeded out and replaced with a most relevant replacement. Examples: Country-plaid (usually cornflower blue) everywhere, oak cabinets, sunflowers, apples, milk cans, roosters and cows. French Country- white distressed furniture/cabinets, colors of red, yellow or green, with heavy traditional curtains, light fixtures, and furniture. Shabby Chic white distressed furniture, white cabinets, white slip covered sack sofas, just lots of white and muted pastels tones. A lot of these thing are still current used in the proper application. Now look at Farmhouse- distressed furniture usually white or gray, burlap sack pillows with more refined sofa shapes, pops of color here and there but mainly accented with gray or black, lots of iron and wood. It seems to me the constant seems to distressed white furniture, and what ever the current color trends are at the time which is an very inexpensive way to decorate.

  10. Answering all those questions us basic Joe’s have, thanks for all the tips.

  11. I really like how you all have grouped a set of designer together to answer questions what a great idea!

  12. I found you from stumble upon and I am glad that I did. I will check back into to see the upcoming designer questions answered. What a great way to find so many different designer’s blogs.

  13. Hi, I really link the question and answer forum you have going on, it gives you reader a lot of information and tips in a one stop shop.

  14. These are very good tips especially to those new to the blogosphere. Brief, but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read post!

  15. Great delivery of content. Great information for keeping a budget while designing. I enjoy the commentary from other designers, it makes your blog more interesting than one person’s opinion all the time. Keep up the amazing spirit of this unique blog.

  16. This design segment is wicked! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your pictures, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    • I am so glad you are finding so much enjoyment in my posts. Sometimes my humor is hard to get across in a blog post. My husband says I am an absolute riot…. but he is obligated to say that 😉

  17. I am genuinely thankful to JENRON DESIGNS for sharing this wonderful selection of writing, I look forward to seeing more updates soon.

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  19. This is a great post! Have you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog centered on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

  20. It is so nice to find so many great observations at one place, and that your linked in your ladies design group. Very informative and great information. Thanks!

  21. Some of the best advice I have seen on decorating on a budget!!! I want to thank you for linking in with the other designers to bring us such brilliant advice. Keep up the good work.

  22. Hello there, just became aware of your blog. I found that it’s really informative. Lots of people will benefit from your writing and the answers from these designers. It has a very global feel not just your basic answers. Cheers!

    • I am so glad you found this post informative. It is a very globally diverse group, and we have designers from around the world, taking part in the Q&A topics. It is a great group of ladies, I am lucky to work with them.

  23. Every weekend I visit this web site, because I want enjoyment, the material makes me feel as if I am on a vacation from life. I really love the new Ask The Designer Q&A post. It covers a lot of information for a variety of sources. Bravo.

    • I am so happy to hear you are a fan. I must admit you have a pretty good grasp on how I want to live all the time. Yes, Resort Lifestyle all day every day. Please join us every weekend with a cocktail in hand and escape your busy week 🙂

  24. Thank you for featuring me Jennifer!! How wonderful 🙂 I hope your readers enjoy all the answers from all of the great bloggers! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

    • Susanne you are so welcome. I love our little tribe of bloggers and look forward to featuring each of them over the next 29 days!!! Very excited to see what our next collaboration will be 🙂 Have a great Memorial Day and we will chat soon!!!!

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