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Have you ever felt like you’ve made a dud purchase? Did it make you feel upset and perhaps question your style?

Spending hard earned money in sensible ways can be a tricky thing do, especially when it comes to decor items and accessories. It is also surprisingly common to pay good money for item’s which date quickly.

This may result in owning a collection of accessories that aren’t really you; they are instead perfectly ripe pickings for your next garage sale or op-shop run.  I am certain this happens to even the most intuitive shoppers so I thought I would share eleven ways to help make purchases for your home in consistent ways;

1. Conscientious consumption. Buy designs that have been thoughtfully produced and assembled; admiration for sustainability and craftsmanship are attributes that you will always love and admire! It is also a win-win situation when buying handmade or recycled goods because they are generally eco – friendly and you’re also helping support the artist / designer who made them.


2. Consider design. Try to establish a list of at least five design – elements that capture your interest. Write these down and keep this list with you in your handbag / man-bag. Before you make a purchase, cross check your list against the features of the item you wish to buy. If the item does not tick at least three of your design boxes, be strong and resist making this purchase.


3. Looks Fade! Like a well-worn pair of shoes, it is important to purchase because of comfort and not just because of stylish looks. A great looking, comfortable and sturdy lounge will always be more valuable than a fine looking uncomfortable one!


4. Source with confidence. Buy an accessory because it speaks to you and your home! This will ensure that you will still like it well after it’s fashionable /used by date has expired. A trick that I often use in my work, is to simply write words down that describe the essence of a home. For example, your list could include colours, mood and textures. Be playful and articulate with this exercise as it will help you to get to know your home. Lastly, buys goods that are compliant with your list and most importantly the colour palate of your home.


5. Say no! It’s so very tempting but it’s always best to resist a cliched buy! I hear you ask, what is a cliched buy exactly? These are usually products that are fashionable and very on trend. If you are seeing a product mass produced everywhere, chances are that it will date quickly. With pop culture you are looking at a shelf life of around six month’s to a year maximum with these items.


6. Make meaningful purchases. Buy because the product means something to you – a gorgeous artwork will always age well and vintage wares often have a fabulous story to be shared along with their beautiful imperfections.


7. Mix it up. Buy from a range of styles – it is important to have a mix of wares that are from old/new genres and high/low end spectrums. If you have too many new and modern purchases in your home, it could potentially lack warmth. If you have too many vintage or second hand pieces, there is a risk of your home looking like a second hand store.


8. Stay true to you. Do not follow trends too closely. Look for alternative ways to achieve a “particular look” without copying what the magazines are doing or saying. Stay true to your own likes and dislikes – it is important to intuitively access your own space and its requirements.


9. The real deal. Avoid buying replicas – yes, it might be nice to “almost” have the real deal but will you still love and respect it in five years time? Authenticity is important, should you wait until you can afford to buy the real McCoy?


10. Be loyal. Buy brands that you know and trust are made well and last.


 11. Lastly never buy on impulse. Do your research and absolutely know what you’re buying especially now that silly season is upon us.



4 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks for sharing Rach, wise words that I will take on board. From a serial shopper this is great advice xo

  2. Amanda says:

    I NEED to make a note of this post! Especially number 11 – impulse buys often result in buyers remorse, which I’ve experienced a few times. Thanks Rachael. 🙂

  3. Rachael says:

    Isn’t it the worst Amanda – happens in the blink of an eye on those impulse buys xx

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