Blogueur d’invité, Kelly, from Eclectically Vintage!

Hi friends, I am thrilled to introduce my Guest Blogger today.  You may know her as the girl with the most amazing kitchen of 2012.  Kelly, from Eclectically Vintage.

Kelly has an eye for the detail, and she is amazingly talented at staging her spaces in her home:  For example, this is her entry way (vestibule as her realtor called it)

Look at the fun details she adds, things the average person wouldn’t think to add, but gives the room so much character! 

Kelly has a gift for design, but she also has a gift for designing spaces and saving money.  Kelly is sharing with us today some of the secrets the Pros don’t want you to know!

Hi Redoux fans! I’m Kelly from Eclectically Vintage and I love sharing my love of all things vintage (surprise) with a modern twist.

Picture me doing the happy dance – because I’m thrilled to be guest posting at Redoux today! Of course, who wouldn’t love Karen – a gal who dumpster dives in high heels?!

I live in a 100+ year old house that the hubs called a “crack house” when we bought it! We did a complete gut reno – and I had a blast choosing every last detail. I even managed to stay within budget (patting myself on back)!

Today I’m going to fill you in on my some of my secrets to saving money during a renovation by being your own project manager.

Save $ – Be Your Own Project Manager – Part 1

Research – Knowledge is money saving power! Go shopping and get familiar with what you like and compare prices. That store might give you a great price on a faucet, but their sink price could be inflated.

Get it in Writing – We made sure to have every detail spelled out in the blueprints. It’s more time consuming up front but there will be no hidden costs this way. Make sure your contractor signs a contract that states they will do the work as per the blueprints. This came in handy when our contractor tried using cheap plastic moulding until we pulled out the blueprints to show him that we specified a thick real wood moulding (we even had the dimensions and type of wood spelled out on the blueprint).

Use Contractor Sparingly – We did a complete gut renovation and decided we needed a general contractor to oversee the big stuff like demo, plumbing, electric … Everything else was left to me. I hired the cabinet maker, bought all the appliances, plumbing fixtures, tile. The contractor installed everything but I saved big bucks purchasing everything on my own.

Prioritize – I had a total budget number that I could not exceed (or I’d risk a very messy divorce!). It’s a juggling act – spend a bit more on lighting (which I did!), spend less on something else.

Hit the Stores – Touch it, feel it, sit on it … really get to know what you’re buying by seeing it up close and personal.

Shop Online – I bought all of my plumbing fixtures (including toilets and even my enormous master bathtub) and most of my lighting online. Look for no tax and free shipping.

I will be posting Part 2 of my Save Money by Being Your Own Project Manager tips next Wednesday on my blog so stop over to Eclectically Vintage to read more.

I’d love to give you a tour of my kitchen – click here.

It’s been so much fun being here at Redoux – thanks Karen for having me!

Thanks so much for sharing Kelly!  I can’t wait to read the 2nd part of this post. 


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  1. says

    All great points Kelly! Especially the “get it in writing”.

    Oh, and the get it in writing.

    Look forward to hearing more about how you made you home so awesome!!

  2. Nancy says

    I a twitch close to signing the dotted liine on Alabama white marble counter top for my kitchen. Very similar albeit a little whiter than carrera. What centimeter did u use? Counter guy says 3 cm. that 2 cm will look cheesy. Love ur look do u recall what cm u used? What height ceilings do u have- I have 8ft which might make a dif. Love the basket weave backsplash too you said eBay do u recall vendor? Thanks so much for taking your time to share your ideas- love love love your style!

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