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The $15,000 question…how can you get good quality furniture for less?  It can be done, but you might have to sacrifice instant gratification as well as convenience.  The first thing that you should know about the markup of furniture is that if it’s made locally the markup will be less.  So find out where the furniture is made and go to the source.  The furniture capital of the U.S. is High Point, North Carolina.  Not all furniture is made there, of course, but most brands will most likely be manufactured in NC somewhere.  If you live on the west coast there will be a charge for the furniture as well as a big shipping and handling fee that will be passed onto the retailer, marked up and then passed onto you, PLUS sales tax on top of that.  If you do your homework you can eliminate some of the markup.  Once you have found a piece of furniture you like at a retailer in your area, get as much information about the piece as you can from the sales person.  Ask for a cut sheet or a specification sheet which will have all the information you need.  Look for the name of the manufacturer, the name of the furniture collection, if there is a number that is associated with the piece, dimensions and fabric names and numbers that you like.  After you have gathered all of this information, lookup the furniture manufacturer and find out where the furniture is manufactured.  If it’s in NC, go to http://www.highpointfurniture.com/ and you can browse the various furniture stores’ websites for brands that they carry.  Either call or email a sales associate from their site with specific information regarding the furniture that you are interested in and they can give you a quote including shipping based on where you live.  I have personally used Furniture Land South and they were great!  A few things to keep in mind, however, is that you might be waiting four months or more to receive your furniture.  It usually has to be constructed and then put on a full truck when they have a delivery to your area.  So you will need to be patient!  Secondly, ask who is responsible should your furniture arrive damaged off the truck.  Thoroughly, inspect the furniture once it’s delivered to your home for damage.  If it does arrive damaged, do not accept it!  If you do accept a damage piece you might be held responsible for it. 

So, if you are willing to do a little homework and don’t mind the waiting game, you can save hundreds of dollars on good quality furniture.  Even though you might be paying quite a bit for delivery, you will be saving a lot on retailer markup as well as sales tax and the overall cost will be less.  I have saved a couple hundred dollars on one sofa alone!


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E-decorating is essentially virtual decorating no matter where you live!  Yes, the interior design industry is hopping on the cyber bandwagon!  You can do everything else virtually, why not decorating!

E-decorating is a web-based interior design service where the designer never steps foot in the room.  This is a cost effective and convenient design solution where design services are faster and less expensive than the usual terms of a designer-client relationship. 

How does it work?

These design services are conducted online where clients typically e-mail photos of their rooms, fill out a questionnaire and pay a flat fee.  The first step is to fill out the e-decorating questionnaire to give the designer the scope of the project.  Once the questionnaire is received by the designer and pictures of every wall in the room along with measurements and inspirational photos, the designer can give the client a quote and begin working on the design. 

What will you receive?

Every designer may choose to include or offer different services.  However, at Campbell Designs you can expect to receive:

– Inspiration board that will act as a tool for both the client and designer.  This will give a general idea and style of the overall design.  

– Floor plan that will detail how to arrange everything in the space.  This will give the client the ability to see the completed design and a checklist to purchase each piece in the room. 

-Design collage that will show the client each piece that should be purchased for the design and how they all go together. 

– Shopping list that details each piece that needs to be purchased along with all the information you need to make the purchase.  It will be as detailed as possible to ensure that everything is purchased accurately and quickly.

How much does it cost and how long does it take to be completed?

Generally, the charge will be a flat fee and will be completed within a few weeks.  However, the scope of every project varies in size so it is important to contact the designer for a detailed quote. Payment in full is usually required with the questionnaire before any work will commence. 

For detailed information about E-decorating with Campbell Designs, please click here!

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For those of you who have kids, you might be overwhelmed with the massive amounts of toys that are taking over every space in your home!  Have no fear!  Managing toys is simply an organizational process that can be aesthetically pleasing while not breaking the bank.  Once the toys are dealt with, create designated areas for other activities such as crafts, reading, etc. 


Expedit Bookshelf Ikea $69

The Expedits cubed book shelf from Ikea comes in different finishes and different sizes.  The doors and drawers are add ons for an additional cost and will keep loose items contained.  This bookshelf is extremely sturdy and heavy if you are worried about Ikea quality.  The wheels are add ons as well.  Another way to keep loose toys in this piece, is by using plastic square bins or soft sided bins that can be easily pulled out.

Trofast Storage System by Ikea

The Trofast Storage System by Ikea ranges in price depending on what pieces you put together.  Mix and match colored bins which are sold seperately.  Bins slide easily and are great for holding toys.

Bulk Bins From Pottery Barn Kids $99

These bulk bins are new from Pottery Barn Kids for $99.  These also come in different finishes.  I think these are pretty reasonably priced considering their quality and other similar pieces range from $139-$150.

Madison Bookcase from Pottery Barn Kids $99

This bookcase from Pottery Barn Kids is also only $99 and comes in different finishes.  This piece is great for holding toys, books, crafts, etc.

Storage Chest by Ikea $99

This storage chest from Ikea is only $99, or buy one at an unfinished furniture store and paint your own.  This can be used for holding blankset, toys, stuffed animals, etc.

Three Shelf Bookrack by Pottery Barn Kids $99

This 3 shelf bookrack from Pottery Barn Kids is only $99.  It also comes in different finishes.  This bookrack is great because it sits on the floor at kid level.
3 and 4 Tier Shelf by Overstock

This 3 or 4 tier shelf can by purchased at Overstock for $58 for the 3-tier and $89 for the 4-tier.  It comes in pink or blue only, but probably can be painted on your own.


Tabletop Easel by Costco $39

This tabletop easel by KidsKraft is sold at Costco online for only $39.  The great thing about this is that it sits on a table and can be folded and put away when not in use.  One side of this easel is dry erase the other is a chalkboard and it can also be used with paper.

Activity Table by Costco $299

This activity table sold at Costco online is $299.  It is a little more expensive, but will probably last for quite sometime.  Besides being an activity table it also has storage space.  It comes in an espresso finish or white.

Kritter Table by Ikea $25

Kritter Chair by Ikea $13

This table and chair set by Ikea are very reasonable priced and come in fun colors.  They may not last too long but could be perfect for what they need to be used for, for short periods of time.

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In today’s economy everybody wants to save a little money when it comes to decorating, remodeling or redesigning their home.  Here are ten ways to get the best bang for your buck without spending a fortune. 

Paint– Adding or changing paint in a room can make the biggest impact.  Paint an entire room or an accent wall.  Depending on the brand of paint you choose, one gallon can cost anywhere from $12-$30 and can change the entire dynamic of a room. 


 Area rugs– Area rugs can make a very monotone floor lively again. Area rugs are available in all different price ranges depending on the quality and fiber content of the rug. Choose an area rug that is large enough to cover three-quarters of the floor and look for colors in the rug that incorporate colors from your room. 

Area Rugs

 Accessorize with color– Add a pop of color with accessories such as a throw blanket, artwork, a vase or throw pillows. Consider introducing a new color in the room with the use of accessories.  

Accessorize With Color

 Throw pillows– Add or change throw pillows on your sofa.  Fresh up to date throw pillows can make an outdated room or sofa look modern again. Throw pillows can be purchased very inexpensively at many different stores. 

Throw Pillows

 Wall decals– Wall decals are all the rage these days and can make a boring wall interesting.  With many different designs available and the easy peel and stick application, wall decals are an easy and inexpensive decorating solution. 

Wall Decals

 Window treatments– Add or replace window treatments.  Add a window treatment to a room can make a room appear finished.  Premade window treatments can be purchased inexpensively or can be made relatively easily. 

Window Treatments

 Artwork– Liven up you bare walls with artwork.  Make your own artwork or purchase inexpensive artwork at discounted stores.  Use one large piece or a collage of pieces. 


 Slipcovers– If your sofa is outdated and you do not want to buy a new one, slipcover your couch.  Choose a slipcover that is different from your couch and one that is form fitting and not baggy. 


 Lighting– Lighting is a very important interior design element and can change the entire dynamic of a room. Consider adding a lamp or pendant light over a sofa or chair. 


 Indoor plants– Indoor plants can make a room appear softer. Place small plants on a pedestal and large potted plants on the floor.  Use a nice decorative pot.  They will look fabulous in the room once they begin to grow!  

Indoor Plants

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