“Embrace the work-in-progress stage,” says Keira St. Claire, an interior designer with Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Cabin John, Md. “Take your time when designing on a budget. Don’t worry about things not being perfect everywhere.”
To make the most of your budget and create unique spaces with tons of character, mix expensive pieces with inexpensive finds, suggests St. Claire.
Where to splurge or save
Once you establish a budget for your new home, you’ll need to do an inventory of what you own and want to keep and make a list of the essentials.
“If you’re on a limited budget, I would first invest in one of two spots: where you gather and where you dine,” says Allie Mann, a designer and senior interiors specialist, with Case Design/Remodeling in Bethesda, Md. “You want to have a great place to sit or entertain and spending a little more for the perfect