Styling your first home

When you move into your first home the splurge vs save philosophy really comes into play when you begin the process of investing in your décor. With so many great options both locally and online these days, including Structube, Revolve Furnishing and Vancouver-based online retailer Article, you can buy designer-style furnishings at a fraction of the price. Everyone has different priorities but here are some easy guidelines to follow when it comes to spending and saving.

SPLURGE: Investment Pieces

These are the items you will be using the most. Considering we sleep a third of our day and probably spend another third as couch potatoes – you might want to invest in a really good quality mattress and sofa. Try online retailers like Revolve and Article.

photo: Alexandra ribar / josh franer

SAVE: Accents

Accents add so much depth and personality to a space. You can really save on items like side tables, toss cushions, candles and accessories. These items can be seasonal, so you can change them up according to your mood. Shop sales and stores like Structube, HomeSense and Ikea.

photo: erin hemstra apartment 34

SPLURGE: Custom Millwork

Adding custom storage; molding or wainscoting not only adds to the look and function of your home but it can increase the value as well.

design and photography by avenue lifestyle

SAVE: Greenery

Let’s face it not everyone’s born a green thumb and has time to prune, fertilize, water and repeat. A Home Depot purchase might give you a little piece of mind since you are able to return your wilting fig tree as long as you remember to keep your receipt!

photo: Tessa Neustadt; design: Katherine Carter

 SPLURGE: Window Treatment

This can be a BIG focal point in your room but more importantly window treatment provides privacy. They also increase interior comfort and energy savings in your space. It makes sense to consult a professional who can assess and offer the best solutions for your needs and requirements. Favourite suppliers include Window Works and Altex.

photo: delbarr moradi

Have a clear plan and come up with a priority list.

Above all don’t stress out, great spaces take time to curate so don’t feel like you need to run out and completely furnish and accessorize the week you move in!



Interior Designer Sarita Sidhu is part of Wesgroup’s in-house design team. With over 15 years of design experience in both Canada and the United States, Sarita brings a sophisticated design understanding.