Working with a Fixed Budget

Dear Expert: We are looking to make our first home feel like ours and need everything from furnishings to paint. Where do we start when we are on a fixed budget?

A: Start by creating a long term plan so you know where you are headed. Think about how you envision using each space and how you want it to feel. Address the shell of each room: the floors, walls, ceiling and window treatments. Develop a color palette that will flow throughout. Start with key pieces of furniture making each room functional. Begin personalizing your home by displaying framed photos and collections. Add fun, inexpensive accents such as decorative pillows. Over time add investment pieces like original artwork to complete the space. By having a long-term plan, items can be implemented as budget allows.

—LuAnne Silvia, ASID
LiLu Interiors