Article Contributed by The Local Vault.
Are you engaged or newly married? If you're in the process of furnishing your first home together, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the process of picking out decor for two ... fusing two lives and possibly two very different styles in a way that makes you both feel happy and comfortable in your space. Of course, that's not to mention the sometimes exorbitant costs that come with buying the things you'll use to turn your house into a home.
While it might be tempting to turn to big box stores and discount furnishings in order to stick to your budget, we have a better idea: skip the starter furniture and invest in high-quality secondhand and antique pieces instead. This strategy will give you a home full of things you can cherish for a lifetime (kind of like your spouse!) without having to dip into that wedding fund or tap your new joint savings account to do it.
Here are a few reasons you shouldn't settle for "starter" furniture:
For one, the old adage you get what you pay for rings true. And while a particleboard dining table might be a great short-term solution for your first apartment, now that you're in a home where you might be hosting Thanksgiving or dinner parties for friends for years to come, it's time to think quality. Invest in furniture manufactured to last, like hand-tied wool rugs, and pieces made from solid wood and other high quality materials like down fill, thick natural fiber upholstery.
We know what you're thinking. Even if you purchase a sofa that'll last 20 years, there's a good chance you'll be sick of it long before then. The other great thing about high-quality furniture is that it can easily withstand a makeover. Solid hardwood tables can last decades, and can be easily spruced up or made over completely with a coat of varnish or a new paint color. The same goes for upholstered items--what is blue velvet today can be turned into white linen in a decade at the hand of a great re-upholsterer.
Perhaps the best part? You'll build a home with character. Do you really want to have the same foam-filled sofa that every couple in your wedding party also happens to own? Purchasing high-quality investment pieces and antiques second-hand ensures that you'll be creating a home that's a true, one-of-a-kind reflection of your style. Decor and serving pieces also serve as the beginning to a beautiful collection that you can work on for years to come.
Building a home together? Here are a few of our favorite must-haves for newlyweds (Click Through on Any Image to Open Purchase Information in a New Tab):