SPEND OR SAVE: Outdoor Living

I know that around this time of year we are all sick of winter and dreaming of days laying by the pool and nights filled with outdoor cocktail parties and BBQing on the patio. Especially being from Cincinnati, and living in Dallas for the time being, I know how long Winter can be!

 

Here are a few of my recent outdoor living inspirations, and a couple ways to splurge or save on your own outdoor space.

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OUTDOOR LOUNGING

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

OUTDOOR DINING

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SAVE: if you're looking for more seating and less price... here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

SAVE: if you’re looking for more seating and less price… here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you're pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you’re pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn't do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn’t do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter's Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter’s Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

In the midst of snow and sleet don’t forget that summer is just around the corner! Keep an eye out for great deals on acrylic tableware and outdoor textiles. Accessories can change any space!

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SPEND OR SAVE: Entryway

The entryway to your home or apartment is the first impression of your space. A welcoming entryway can instantly make someone feel at home. I love the idea of a simple entryway with very little clutter, but that still makes a statement.

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So once you have an inspiration image for a room you want to decorate or recreate you have to decide what you are willing to spend. You also have to decide where you want to spend your money. If you are like me, and on a tight budget, you are going to need to decide where you can make compromises. If you’re in love with that bench, you may pay full price for the bench and spend less on the other items. If you want a bold chandelier hanging in your entryway that is where you will spend your money. Here are options to recreate this room depending on where you want to spend and where you want to save.

SPEND: Benchwright Floor Mirror from Pottery Barn for $499

SPEND: Benchwright Floor Mirror from Pottery Barn for $499

SAVE: Floating Wood Mirror in Espresso from West Elm for $399

SAVE: Floating Wood Mirror in Espresso from West Elm for $399

SPEND: John Vogel Bench in Charcol from West Elm for $399

SPEND: John Vogel Bench in Charcol from West Elm for $399

SAVE: Mission Bench from Home Decorators for $139

SAVE: Mission Bench from Home Decorators for $139

SPEND: The Beachcombers Extra Large Round Basket from Pottery Barn for $103 (on sale)

SPEND: The Beachcombers Extra Large Round Basket from Pottery Barn for $103 (on sale)

SAVE: The Modern Weave Oversized Storage Bin from West Elm for $89

SAVE: The Modern Weave Oversized Storage Bin from West Elm for $89

The Murray Feiss 6 Light Chateau Chandelier for $599 from Lighting Universe.

The Murray Feiss 6 Light Chateau Chandelier for $599 from Lighting Universe.

SAVE: The Bellora Chandelier from Pottery Barn for $329

SAVE: The Bellora Chandelier from Pottery Barn for $329

If you bought all the splurge items the total would be $1600 and if you bought all of the save items the total would be $956. Now if you already have some of these items or similar ones you are all set! My one rule when budgeting for my home is if you love it and can’t afford it now, wait and buy it when you can. Do not waste your money on things you do not absolutely love just because you want to fill space.