Monday, September 20, 2010

Decorating on a Budget

I have had a couple of great wins on ebay lately. The purpose of mentioning these is not to skite but to let people know that it is possible to decorate your home in a stylish, tasteful manner without breaking the bank.

First was this gorgeous cabinet which I am using to store my upholstery fabrics, magazines and board games.
The seller told me she got it on sale at Harvey Norman's for $900. I paid $155












And then there's this leather office chair. What would you expect to pay for this? I bet your answer wasn't $75!!!! I was so thrilled to get this chair. I had been patiently waiting for the right chair to turn up and it did :o)
I had wondered about recovering it as I want to learn how to do that deep buttoning/tufting technique but it is in such good condition I might wait until it has lived with us for a while. It is stationed at the one and only computer in our household of 5 so I'm guessing it won't be too long before it incurs some wear and tear.



I have heard that a few people are having trouble commenting on my blog. If you want to contact me you are welcome to email me p.grootenboer@aapt.net.au

A big "THANKYOU" to those who visited/commented/followed Tilly's blog. She is thrilled and excited that you did. I have instructed her as to blog etiquette ie responding to comments, so if we can just get her brother off the computer for 5 minutes I'm sure you will hear from her.

30 comments:

Restyled Vintage said...

Great scores, Ange!

Good on you for schooling Tilly up on the responding to comments rule...I gave up waiting to hear what on earth 'cold rock' was ;) and just googled it...and oh YUM, why have I never heard of this before!

xx Karen

Life in the Country Lane said...

A couple of gorgeous purchases Ange. They both look really expensive - gotta love ebay. Im a big fan of ebay and all due to being on a budget also. Have a lovely week.
Rebecca x

Life in the Country Lane said...

A couple of gorgeous purchases Ange. They both look really expensive - gotta love ebay. Im a big fan of ebay and all due to being on a budget also. Have a lovely week.
Rebecca x

Chic Little Shop said...

wow. great buy. I love the chair.
How is your monday going?

Julie

Katrina Chambers said...

You are so lucky! Love that cabinet!! Have a great week xo

Sarah said...

Great buying Ange!
I agree, ebay is only one of many places that you can find bargains these days.
I have scored some great bargains from garage sales recently & I am like most & on a very tight budget.
Thanks for sharing & enjoy your new 'bargains'!
S. x

Anna said...

Ange...another two awesome buys...and Im totally with you on not having to spend a fortune to style your home...almost ALL of my furniture has come from Ebay ...excluding a couple of bookshelves and a new study desk from Ikea...and I really love that I havent spent a fortune...especially as I change my mind like the weather! x

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

Ooh, I love that first cabinet...and the way you've styled it too. And that chair is the bargain of the century. I think you're right to keep the upholstery for now. It looks great.
Kris
xxx

Ann said...

I just love that cupboard Ange... fabulous find... and the chair too. A x

Cornflake said...

YES, YES, YES!! I couldn't agree more and you're now the proud owner (with lots of change left over) of two new gorgeous pieces of furniture. I don't know which one I'm more envious of!! :)

Thanks for sharing! xx

Lisa said...

Lucky You Ange, You have scored some great bargains. Lisa x

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Hi Ange,
Those are both such great finds!
The cabinet is awsome!
It's funny, we just got back from the beach in Charleston, SC. We stayed in this awful condo. They had already updated the bathrooms and kitchen with new fixtures and granite, but the living room and bedroom furniture was HORRIBLE! Infact...nasty to sit on.
I kept telling my husband that they could make these rooms beautiful for under $200.00 if they let me do the second hand shopping for them. No reason to rent a place looking like that!
But... we were at the BEACH and that makes everything OK.
Kelly

Erica @ Decorica said...

That is a very nice armoire Ange. Some baskets on the bottom would be great for storage. Love the vignette you put on top of it!

MelsRosePlace said...

amazing finds Ange..i daren't look as really only should sell at this point not buy! have a great school holidays. Mel xx

Diane said...

Awesome deals! I love both the items.

The Pink Poodle said...

YEAH ANGE...I can comment AGAIN...hey it worked the other night then went psycho again..(like me!!)..

soo glad it just wasnt MOIS...

so i am happy to have you back on deck so to speak..

hey what AWESOME finds...
you have the knack of finding good ebay bargains..

I have the unfortunate knack of sometimes being ONE of those sellers!!~~~ just jokin..

Mr B tells me you have had a bit of rain up your way?? his way...

speak soon....xxx andrea

Bronnie and family said...

You certainly have a good eye for beautiful things that are also bargains! Gorgeous ...

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

What fantastic finds! I LOVE the cabinet! And $155?? Truly a STEAL! And that chair with those buttons! LOVE IT!!

I am so glad you visiting my blog! It led me to yours! I am a follower!

Lou Cinda :)

Kellie Collis said...

These are fabulous finds! Love the cabinet. Kellie xx

Cyndi said...

Gorgous Home!!! looking forward to more of your post's thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

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Paper Tree Design said...

What fantastic wins! Can't believe the price of that cabinet. I agree, ebay is a waiting game. Hope you had a great weekend. Michelle

Trish said...

Ange, you really do have a good eye for quality. These are lovely pieces you have won, I love that office chair!

Ruby and Belle said...

That is too funny Ange, we bought the buffet and hutch of that is in the back ground from the same people.
Hope we weren't bidding on the same thing..
Paid a little more for it than the lovely cabinet.
Still, very happy with my buy. It too is storing fabrics and work things until I paint it up and it will go in the new kitchen in the new house.
Mekaela

Revival said...

Yippy! I am able to comment! I need a cabinet to house my fabric hoarding and shelter magazines. xo katie

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You ~Ron

laura said...

Hi there Ange, I really love your buys, especially the cabinet! It has a lovely warm feel to it, and a little unusual too. lots of space for hiding a tonne of magazines!!
I was so sad to hear of how much you miss NZ.. Do you think you will ever go back? i have heard that it is such a lovely country. Cold, but beautiful!
Hugs to you,
Laura c xxx

Blayne Beacham said...

That cabinet is breathtaking! Literally. I love how you styled it with the clock! What a great bargain! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I JUST bought my VERY FIRST thing on ebay last night. Can you believe that?! It is a little 4 cup pink coffee pot! I got it for 8 dollars! SO exciting! I think I am hooked!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Julie-Ann said...

What great finds and for such incredible prices. It's very inspiring. Love how the dresser looks in your room:) Thanks for showing us:)