Budget, Design Plan, E-Design

Budget E-Design – Entry

Happy Friday! Today is the next installment of the Budget E-Design series. First we had the bedroom with a budget of $2,500, next a cute living room for only $3,000, and today at the lowest price point yet, is an area that is often neglected but can be high impact – The entry!

The entry is important because not only is it the first impression that someone gets of your home’s aesthetic, but it also needs to be highly functional, promoting neatness by storing coats, keys, umbrellas, bubbles, tequila, purses, a yodeling pickle (actual thing), and whatever else you might need in order to leave the house on a daily basis. (Please note: I actually carry bubbles around with me on a daily basis. No joke.)

Today’s entry has a budget of a mere $1,000 including:

  • Lighting
  • Rug
  • Credenza
  • Artwork
  • Mirror
  • Styling objects

Here is the floor plan for the area:

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Because this is a shared area, the vibe for this entry plays heavily off of the design from the living room:

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Airy and floral with scandi/midcentury accents and a colorful palette of pastels, this entry is functional and economical.

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The Credenza – This credenza serves as a platform for styling goodies and to ground the space. I have a nasty tendency to dump a bunch of junk on surfaces like this credenza, so in order to curb that habit I like to keep pretty object on the credenza, making me reluctant to muddy the waters with the detritus of a busy life.

The Rug – When considering a rug for an entry, you want to make sure that there is enough color variation in the weave so that dirt and other odds and ends don’t show too much. You will also want to look for something with low-pile (not shaggy) so that it wont get worn down as easily. Thankfully this rug from CB2 checks both boxes and is super cute to boot!

The Art – This print from minted is a neutral B&W but plenty floral and feminine so it fits well in this apartment without shouting GIRLY!

The Mirror/Hooks – I have something similar (can’t find) in my entry and I love having somewhere to do a last check. The usefulness of the hooks is hopefully obvious but I’ll say none the less that hooks by the door are SO HELPFUL. Such a little thing, such big impact.

The Tea Set – Totally decorative. You can’t be practical with everything in life, sometimes you need a useless tea set in your entry!

The Sconce – This sconce is great because it is long enough to engage the whole wall and it has two different light sources. As you can imagine, plenty of light in an entry is very important to the feeling of comfort when you first walk into a house, especially if you are feeling rushed or tired from a long day!

The Cork – One thing I love in entries (and, lets be honest the rest of the home as well) is BIG ART! (shocker) but if I was going to stay in budget, that couldn’t happen to the scale that I wanted. Enter – the cork board. Not only is it a welcome warm tone, but it is a great place to store little reminders, tickets, or pictures, and at a much lower price point than a piece of art. Plus, think of all the glorious push pin possibilities! Mwahahahaha!

The Plants – Anyone who knows me know what a huge fan of plants I am. Having vibrant plants in an entry can also help with that bright/open feeling that we love so much in entries.

Now comes the most important part of E-Design, the 3D version. This is an approximation of the actual design, created to ensure that the size of the items work in the actual space. If I were to skip the 3D sketch up, I would risk things not fitting or being the right scale in the actual room. In short – this step lowers the risk of expensive mistakes!

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So when it comes to entries you always want to incorporate these three elements:

Storage: In the form of a credenza, hooks, baskets, and bowls. you should have at least a few of these things to allow a proper place for potential…DUN-DUN-DUN…clutter…

Lighting: Sconces, ceiling lights, or lamps, but it helps if it has a light switch connection for easy access (instead of fumbling with a lamp in the dark).

Decoration: Rugs, art, plants, and useless tea sets, all serve the warm feeling you want when you or your guests arrive!

If you need help with your entry, or any other part of your house, I offer  E-Design services! Tailored to your specific space, this process is SO easy, worry-free, and budget friendly.

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Budget E-Design – Living Room

Happy Friday! Today we have another Budget E-Design, this time for the living room! This room is a continuation of this bedroom which was done with only $2,500. Since there are more furnishings in a living room I increased the budget for today’s post to $3,000. This living room is in the same small apartment as the bedroom, so the style and feel will continue to be cozy, bright, and feminine, to keep the home feeling cohesive.

OB-Restricted Design Plan #2

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This living room’s style has a lot of Scandinavian influence, and soft, pastel colors. The big splurges here were the ceiling lights from CB2, and that fabulous rug from France and Son is such a great price!

One consistent element of my designs seems to be quirky art. It is the perfect way to bring in some character and color.

Texture Inspiration:

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Here are some 3D images that I used to get the dimensions of everything right. Please note: this is only an approximation of the full design for the purpose of spacial design.

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Stay tuned for the rest of this little home in the next few weeks!
In other news: head over to my Instagram Stories to get in on the ground floor for a new Build a Room series!

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Budget E-Design – Bedroom

Morning guys! Today I want to share a full blown design plan! I was in a large part designing for myself (the most fun kind of design) I let my emotions guide how I wanted this room to be and at the time I was feeling cozy, feminine, and bright. To make it more interesting, I decided to put a lot of restrictions on this plan.

#1 it is on a budget! Everything in this room (not including the plants) is $2,500! Which is really affordable for a full bedroom!

#2 is small! 200sqft! As someone who has a very small bedroom situation, I appreciate small space design!

OB-Colorful, Femenine Bedroom

I would describe the style of this room as contemporary. To me that means it has elements of a lot of different styles, industrial (side table), scandi (chair, basket), modern (light, mirror, bed), and it is hard to definitely say “This is the style.”

Designing with a budget as strict as this takes a lot more time! Searching for the right item is time consuming enough but if you just can’t find it, you have to resort to changing the design entirely which takes more sourcing time for all of the displaced items. I have to admit though, finding that perfect piece for a killer price makes all the headache worth it! Stay tuned for a post about low-budget online sources!


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I wanted this room to feel, soft, bright, feminine, and colorful. Florals, pinks, rusts, but clean and uncluttered.

Budget Design Plan

These are the textures represented in this design plan. I like doing this instead of color palettes because the ‘feel’ of the room is more adequately displayed. It makes you feel something!

Even thought the 3D rendering is only an approximation of the final style, this step is helpful to know what size bed, dresser, rug, side tables, etc. to shop for. If even one of these things was too big or small it could throw off the whole look and cost you unnecessary dollars!

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In addition to being easy to use, Roomsketcher allows an avatar to move around in your 3D design to make sure that the spacing is comfortable, and not cramped.

My jumping off point for the room was using this fabric as curtains. Even though it isn’t the cheapest fabric there is, I needed to splurge on my inspiration piece! The fabric is very busy and colorful which means it needed to be countered with the bright, fresh nature of the rest of the room. My favorite items in the room (besides the beautiful fabric) are the sequined pillow and Minted art. I am really into that color right now, and it looks so good with navy!

If you like this look you can shop the post below!

Budget design plan infographic