Most of us would head to Ikea right away and nothing wrong with that. But do you really want your house / apartment to look like a catalogue picture? A home should be something personal. And when you do a little research it’s actually not that difficult to decorate your place in an affordable and stylish way. Time to share our personal experiences and tips!

Add a few timeless designer pieces

Epic designer pieces gained this title for a reason. Like the Arne Jacobsen Butterfly, the Eames lounge and the Rietveld Zig Zag chair or Chaise Longue from le Corbusier. It’s an investment but one that will last a lifetime. That’s why we’re such a big fan of designer chairs. It doesn’t matter if you live in a small apartment or a large house, you will always need something to sit on. So even if you move, you can take them with you because these pieces just look good in every interior. Another advantage is that the design never changes so it’s easy to buy a few extra if you finally have enough money to afford that mansion.

If you don’t have the financial resources for new ones, no need to worry. There are loads of less expensive versions to be found online.

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Go out on an adventure to flea markets

The best place to find great deals and original pieces are still the flea markets. That ugly table of vase nobody wants to have, might be just the thing you’re looking for. We’re big fans of hideous items. It’s always an interesting challenge to place and decorate them in a such a way so that they become stylish.

Mix & Match

Never buy too much of the same brand, even when it’s not from a Swedish chain. Your place might not look like the next Ikea ad but a picture out of another brand’s catalogue. And that’s about the same. Even when you’re looking for a simple thing as cushions. They have some pretty nice examples at H&M Home but combine these with the ones you found at the local deco store around the corner. Decorating is all about being creative, mixing and matching.

Take your time

Rome wasn’t build in a day and neither is your house or apartment. Decorating is a never ending process. You’ll bump into new interesting pieces regularly that will complete or completely change your interior. So don’t start spending right away and take your time to fully feel the space. You never know which interesting insights you might still have.

Photo credits: Design-Oostende, The Lovecatsinc, Hartman