This month's blog we thought it would be helpful to post about furnishing your home. After you put down a down payment and pay the movers you need to save some money but also furnish your home to show off to your friends. Holly, our in-house designer, has some great tips below: 

  Home we built at 5704 Burgess Ave Staged with furniture

Home we built at 5704 Burgess Ave Staged with furniture

There are some absolutely beautiful home shops here in Nashville! If you are moving into a new home though, you are likely having to buy a lot to fill in the gaps at your new place. So when you first move in you need to find some budget friendly spots in town that can make your dollar stretch far. Here are some of my top picks for affordable shops to try both in town and online:

·  World Market: For nice pieces that add a bit of class but don't break the bank! My go-to for rugs, patio furniture, dining room furniture and fun accents (candles, faux plants, colorful kitchen pieces). Plus, it is very convenient right here in West Nashville at the Nashville West Shopping Center!

·  At Home: Another West Nashville shop that has a bit of everything but is my top pick for affordable night stands and end tables, as well as a great selection of mirrors in all sizes! 

-  Homegoods (in Brentwood and Mt. Juliet): This is a go to place for your decorative pieces such as frames, bathroom rugs, hand towels, table lamps and decorative pillows. This is also where I shop for all of my bedding because I can get high thread count and high end brands, such as Tahari and Calvin Klein Home, at majorly discounted prices! Warning: If you see something you like you better grab it or it will be gone the next day. The good news is they have a lot of turnover so they get in new stuff every day.

·  ModerNash: We all know that IKEA has some brilliant pieces that almost every home should have, but sadly Nashville doesn't have an IKEA (yet! fingers crossed). Well ModerNash brings IKEA to you. They deliver (and even assemble if you would like) IKEA furniture, saving you the 4-hour trip to Atlanta or the crazy shipping fees that IKEA charges.

·  Target: While you’re picking up your shampoo why don't you also shop for your "trendy" items. Want to try the faux fur stool trend? Go for it! But don't do it at the expense of your budget. For decorating pieces that will likely be a fad and be out in a year or two, buy these pieces at Target so that you get them at a cheap price. You can always sell them or donate them later to help recoup the cost, too.

Online stores:

·  20X200: Unique art work that you can buy in multiple sizes and with or without a frame.

·  Wayfair: Anything and everything you could want! Constantly rotating inventory of unique finds for every inch of your house, and all at great prices. 

 Decorating tips for a new homeowner on a budget:

·  Add mirrors! A large floor or wall mirror will help make any room fill bigger. Even adding smaller mirrors to your wall art will help brighten up a room by reflecting light. 

·  Throw pillows are your best friend! They help your furniture look fresh (even if you are in desperate need for a new couch) and they can be easily changed out with the seasons if you want to try and be festive. You can find affordable pillows at Target and Home Goods.