ASK THE DESIGNER “Do you Buy New or Shop Your Home?”

Ask The Designer

This week our focus question is from:

Sam Hay@Raggity Bits

“Do you Buy New or Shop Your Home?”

When styling a room do you try and use what you already have and maybe add some new items or do you start from scratch and go with all new decor and what would you call your own personal style?

I always shop my own home first. It’s amazing how moving things around can completely change the style of a room. I try to style rooms first with things that we already have and then if I’m stuck I might bring something old back to new by painting it, using material to cover it. The possibilities are endless!

Sam I as so glad you asked this question, so many people are face this exact issue everyday. Do I make what I have work or just start fresh. Be sure to check out all the designers answers, including mine at Sam’s link below.

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  2. Now that is just a silly question I take every opportunity I can to spend Micheal’s money so you know I am buying it all new!

  3. I am a avid thrifter and antiquer. The older the better, if it doesn’t have rust I am probably not interested, ha ha ha

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