No matter what your budget is, you always want to get the biggest bang for your buck. After all, who doesn’t love a designer look at half the cost? Yet, how do you know when to invest and when to buy second-hand?
Here are 3 places where you should invest and 3 places where you can skimp when you’re redecorating your home.
Every room has a focal point, the area of the room that first draws your attention. For example, the bed is the focal point of any bedroom. If you want to walk into your bedroom and feel like you’ve entered your design dreams, invest in a beautiful bed.
That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on new bedroom furniture (see Tip #1 under “Where to Skimp” below). However, it does mean you should invest in a high-quality set of sheets and a luxurious comforter. Cheap bedding makes a bedroom look really cheap while quality bedding can transform an entire room. For instance, a premium set of bamboo sheets and a silk comforter instantly make the whole room look more expensive without breaking the bank.
The same principle applies in any room of your house. If you’re redecorating your living room, recover your couch in high-quality fabric to take the whole room to the next level. If you’re redecorating your kitchen, spend a little extra for a professional finish on your cabinets.
The second place you should invest in is your window treatments. Thin, flimsy curtains always look second-rate. However, rich, thick curtains exude luxury.
If you’re really crafty and you bought high quality curtains the last time you decorated, use your old curtains as the base for your new window treatments. All you need to do is replace the top layer with high quality fabric that matches your new design. The old curtains will give your window treatments the necessary weight to look lavish while still saving you a pretty penny.
Finally, investing in a piece of oversized art of a large mirror is a quick and easy way to make any room look more expensive than it really is. While large art and mirrors are a little pricier, they really bring a design together and add just a touch of polish to make a room shine.
Good quality furniture can last for decades. However, you don’t have to go to a high-end store to find it. Often the best furniture is an older piece that you find in a thrift store or second-hand shop. A good rule of thumb is the heavier the furniture, the longer it will last.
While it’s true that you won’t have as big a selection if you shop second-hand, you actually don’t need a wide range of options. You can turn almost any piece of furniture into your dream design simply by refinishing it and adding some new hardware.
Here are some great DIY instructions on how to refinish wood furniture.
High-end decorators like to use high quality paint. They argue that it lasts longer and provides more even coverage in fewer coats, which is all true.
However, even a high quality paint job won’t last more than 7-10 years. Furthermore, paint colors are quick to go in and out of style. Many people repaint every five years to keep their home looking fresh and up-to-date.
Additionally, you just need to add an extra coat of paint or two to have the coverage you want if you’re using low-priced paint – it’s as simple as that so you really don’t need to use expensive paint.
The final reason you can skimp on your paint is because your walls should be a neutral color that provides an elegant backdrop for your more colorful accent pieces. People hardly ever look closely at the background, so it’s safe to go with a cheaper option.
Lamps, throw pillows, and tchotchkes are the first thing to be swapped out when you’re doing small updates to a room. They’re also the first things to wear out or become damaged, especially if you have kids or pets. Therefore, they’re not the items you want to spend money on. Just buy something colorful and inexpensive that you love and don’t worry about quality.
For more decorating ideas, check out our blog Environmentally Friendly Interior Design Ideas.
Which decorating tips have saved you the most money while stilling giving you the room of your dreams? Let us know in the comments below!
We all know and love Catherine Bell. She has provided us with endless hours of entertainment in her roles as Mac in Jag, Denise Sherwood in Army Wives, and most recently, Cassie in The Good Witch.
Lately, she wrote about her search for the softest sheets and we are humbled and honored that she picked Cozy Earth as her favorite. All we can say is thank you for your kind words and we hope that you continue to sleep soundly under our bamboo sheets.
So, how did Cozy Earth bamboo sheets become Catherine Bell’s favorite bedding? Quite simply, because Cozy Earth really is the softest bedding you can buy.
To begin with, Cozy Earth bamboo sheets are the softest sheets on the market today. No other sheets can beat the silky smooth texture and soft, plush fibers of bamboo. When you slip under a set of these sumptuous sheets, you will be shocked at how soft they are.
Moreover, while traditional cotton sheets become rough and scratchy over time, Cozy Earth sheets become even softer. How is that even possible? To answer that, we need to look at how Cozy Earth sheets are different from conventional bed sets.
Conventional bed sets, such as cheap cotton sheets, are made from short-strand fibers. When the sheet is woven, these short-strand fibers are overlapped to give the illusion of one long thread stretching across the length of the sheet. However, this process leaves thousands of loose thread ends scattered throughout the body of the fabric. Over time, these rough thread ends work themselves out of the sheet, grating against your skin until you can’t bear it anymore.
In contrast, Cozy Earth sheets are only made from premium, long-strand bamboo. That means each silky bamboo thread stretches across the entire length of the fabric and every thread end is securely anchored along the edge of the sheet.
As a result, the wear and tear that would destroy traditional sheets actually makes bamboo bedding softer. Since the thread ends are securely fastened, the bamboo fibers are allowed to open up without unraveling whenever they undergo strain. Consequently, Cozy Earth sheets become softer over time, even after going through the washing machine numerous times.
In fact, bamboo sheets never pill or tear because of this unique weaving process. To discover more about the incredible durability of Cozy Earth’s premium bamboo bedding, read How Long Do Bamboo Sheets Last?
In summary, Cozy Earth sheets are the softest sheets you can find because they’re made from the incredibly soft fibers of long-strand bamboo. However, you don’t have to take our word for it – just ask Catherine Bell!
Happy New Year! In addition to all the parties and holiday cheer, it’s the time of year where you start thinking of all the goals you want to accomplish.
You could go with the usual goals of exercising more and eating healthier, but no – you want to do something more. You want to make a real and substantial change in your life and the world around you. You want to live a more environmentally conscious life and it wouldn’t hurt to save a little money at the same time.
You’re probably thinking, “Wait, I want to do what now?” While these are lofty goals, they’re actually easier to accomplish than the traditional New Year’s goals of exercising more and eating healthier.
With exercising and eating healthier, you have to go to the gym day after day and resist eating that second serving of that dessert time after time. With living a greener life and keeping a little green in your wallet, you just have to make a few one-time changes and you’re good for the rest of the year.
What do you need to do in 2017 to be financially and environmentally savvy? The best place to start is in your home. Here are 4 easy ways you can make your home more environmentally friendly and help your piggy bank to grow.
The first way to live a greener life takes less than a minute and costs you absolutely nothing – turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. By turning down the temperature, you avoid scalding yourself in the shower and save energy.
For example, most hot water heaters are set to 140°F. However, the Department of Energy recommends that you reduce the temperature to 120°F. According to The Simple Dollar, you reduce your energy costs by about 10% if you follow this recommendation. While this isn’t a huge decrease, you’ll still save around $20 every year with this one easy trick.
The next few items on our list require a trip to the hardware store, but will save you significantly more than $20.
Let’s start with replacing your lightbulbs, particularly with replacing all of your old incandescent lightbulbs with light emitting diode (LED) lights. According to Energy.gov, LED lights use 75-80% less energy than traditional lightbulbs while still producing the same amount of light. Additionally, they last 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
So, what are the drawbacks? Well, LED lights tend to cost more initially. Incandescent lightbulbs cost about 1 dollar each while LED lightbulbs cost between 5-8 dollars. However, they actually save you money in the long run because they use less energy and have a long lifespan.
For example, the lifespan of an LED lightbulb is 25,000 hours. At $0.12 per kWh, you would spend $30 on energy costs during the lifespan of an LED light. In contrast, an incandescent lightbulb only lasts around 1,000 hours. Aside from the cost of replacing that lightbulb 25 times, you would spend $180 on energy costs for an incandescent light. In other words, using an LED light saves you $150 on energy costs in the long run.
Next, swap out your shower head for a low-flow shower head. A low-flow shower head reduces that amount of water you use per minute. For example, most shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). By using a shower head that uses .5 gallons less, you can save 2,900 gallons of water. While that’s only $25 a year, you’re significantly increasing your water conservation by switching to a low-flow shower head.
Nowadays, most hardware stores carry 2.0 gpm shower heads, but these eco shower heads tend to cost more. However, you can find eco-friendly shower heads online that range from 0.5-2.0 gpm and only cost between $10-30. By making this small investment now, you could save $625 over the next 25 years.
The final way you can live an eco-friendly lifestyle this New Year is by changing your sheets, specifically changing to organic bamboo sheets. By investing in these luxuriously soft sheets, you support an industry that strives to protect the environment, not destroy it.
For example, bamboo never needs to be treated with pesticides because it is naturally resistant to disease and most insects. In contrast, cotton (the traditional material for bedding) is extremely pesticide intensive. It is treated with 16-25% more pesticides than any other crop in the world.
Additionally, Cozy Earth bamboo is never treated with harsh dyes or chemicals, further reducing pollution and protecting the earth. By choosing high-quality bamboo bedding like Cozy Earth’s organic sheets, you are reducing your carbon footprint and making the world a greener place to live.
As with most of our tips above, there is some upfront cost to making this eco-conscious switch. However, a set of premium bamboo sheets can last up to 15 years if cared for properly. In comparison, cheap cotton sheets only last a year or two at most. That means you need to replace them over and over again, essentially throwing your money away year after year.
By following the tips above, you conserve energy and water. Additionally, you reduce your overall carbon footprint while sleeping in luxury. Meanwhile, you’re saving money and watching your wallet grow. So, are you ready to make the switch to a greener lifestyle and leave more green in your wallet this New Year?
At Cozy Earth, our bamboo and silk bedding products are designed to help you and your loved ones get the most possible comfort out of your sleep. Our organic sheets and high quality comforters and pillow cases are the industry standard in comfort and relaxation, and we’ve assisted countless people with finding comfort in their sleep.
It might not be the first consideration for many people, but our products offer legitimate health benefits as well. Getting a comfortable sleep has several noted health effects – let’s take a look at some of the key factors.
Sleep helps the brain work properly for the upcoming day, and a comfortable sleep helps this process. On the flip side, sleep deficiency has been shown to cause several major problems with brain function, including decision-making, problem-solving and emotional control.
In teens and younger children, sleep deficiency relates directly to moodiness and difficulty getting along with others. It also leads to lower attention spans in many cases. All of these are areas which can be avoided with a comfortable night’s sleep.
Sleep is a vital factor in many bodily health processes, including repair of the heart and blood vessels. Issues with sleep have been linked to higher risk of everything from heart disease and high blood pressure to obesity and diabetes.
Healthy sleep, on the other hand, promotes growth and development. It helps regulate hormones related to growth, and also helps boost muscle mass and repair damaged cells. It also plays a big role in puberty and overall fertility.
As a result of the above truths, productivity and daily function are reduced by lack of a comfortable sleep. Tasks like driving and operating heavy machinery, which can be dangerous under the wrong conditions, become much more difficult. We simply don’t have as much control over our motor functions when we lack sleep.
Perhaps most importantly, adequate sleep helps keep us safe during daily life. It reduces the potential for accidents caused by drowsiness or lack of attention, and decreases irritability and anger which can lead to conflict. A comfortable sleep is the basis here.
At Cozy Earth, our selection of high quality silk and bamboo sheets, comforters and pillowcases gets your night of sleep off on the right foot. Speak to our experts today about any questions you have.
Are you shivering through the night, but your loved one feels like the bed is a sauna? Do you argue about what temperature to set the thermostat at each evening? The solution is simple – buy bamboo sheets! By switching to these organic sheets, you and your loved one will finally end the nightly thermostat debate once and for all.
How exactly do bamboo sheets solve this conundrum? After all, you’re both still sleeping under the same bedding; one of you is still going to be too hot while the other one is too cold, right?
Wrong! Bamboo bedding allows both of you to sleep comfortably because of its incredible wicking ability. In fact, bamboo is twice as breathable as cotton and reduces the humidity in your bed by 50%!
So, why do you care about how much humidity is in your bed and how does that help you and your partner to both be comfortable? To answer those questions, let’s first look at what happens when you sleep.
As you know, your body radiates heat 24/7. When you crawl into bed at night, your body heat hits the blankets piled on top of you. Some of this heat escapes while some of it is reflected back to you. If too much heat is trapped under the covers with you, your body starts to sweat to cool you down.
Since you are weighed down with bedding, the water from your sweat is also trapped under the covers with you. The additional water causes even more heat to be reflected back towards you. In short, this additional humidity aggravates the situation, eventually causing you to overheat, wake up, and kick the blankets off in frustration.
However, that is not the case with bamboo. As soon as you start sweating, bamboo wicks the excess moisture away, keeping you drier and cooler throughout the night. When you buy bamboo bedding, you never need to worry about overheating again.
Even though bamboo is exceptionally breathable, that doesn’t mean these organic sheets aren’t warm. The soft plush fibers of bamboo bedding keep you nice and toasty and only start wicking moisture away after you start sweating. When you sleep under bamboo sheets, you stay at your ideal temperature all night long – no matter which side of the bed you sleep on.
So, are you ready to end the nightly debate once and for all? Then browse our wide selection of organic bedding and start dreaming of the perfect night’s sleep today!
To discover more of the advantages of bamboo, read The Benefits of Using Bamboo Sheets.