posted by on 2012.07.24, under Get the Look

This clean and contemporary bedroom designed by Brian Watford is the definition of “city chic.” The Atlanta-based designer successfully blends modern sophistication with vintage luxury pieces to create spaces that are warm and inviting. By incorporating organic patterns and fun accents of teal in this bedroom, he was able to keep the crisp lines and the grey neutral background from being too cold, adding brightness and personality.



Use this moodboard and the frugal finds below to recreate your own little piece of the city.


Start with the dark grey Deep Indigo wall color from Benjamin Moore. $35.99/gallon

Benjamin Moore Deep Indigo


While dark colors could make a space feel smaller than it is, use light colored furniture that contrasts well, drawing focus away from the walls and making them recede into the background.


The white Nordli Bed frame from IKEA is $280 and has the same lines as the inspiration bed.

Ikea Nordli Bed


Dress the bed with the Jacquard Pattern duvet cover ($70-111) and Zebra Pillow covers ($39.00) from West Elm to soften the hard lines of the bed frame. Finish with a leaf throw pillow from Target ($30.00) for a low-cost and unexpected accent.

Jacquard Leaf Duvet Cover

Zebra Pillow Cover

Palm Leaf Pillow


The Armen Living 5th Ave bright blue ottoman from ($227) at the foot of the bed is both functional and way to add a bright accent color to this otherwise neutral room.

Armen Living Cerulean Ottoman


Recreate the two-toned dresser with the Frugal Shopper’s best friend, a simple DIY project. Use the incredibly versatile and inexpensive IKEA Rast dresser ($35.00), along with some dark walnut stain, high gloss white enamel paint and finish with some satin circle drawer pulls for $5 each to get just the right look.

Ikea Dresser Hack

Ikea Rast 3 drawer chest, pine

Circle Drawer Pull


Use lighter grey window treatments for $70.00 from Sears to contrast the wall color and dress up with windows.

Storm Grey Vintage Faux Textured Dupioni Silk 108-inch Curtain Panel


This area rug from Home Goods was only $50.00. Look for one with a repeating pattern that isn’t too geometrical to work with the bedding.

Home Goods Geometric Area Rug


Accessorize the space with white frames filled with your favorite black and white prints, and a blue lamp like the one below from Home Goods for $20 to tie the color scheme together.

Home Goods Blue Lamp

Ikea Ribba Frame



posted by on 2012.07.24, under Shopping Guide

Black is one of those things that will never go out of style, but now there’s a new trend with this old favorite. Layering black on black is a modern twist on the classic aesthetic. Whether you layer black items on top of each other or use items designed to give that effect, black on black is guaranteed to update any look you are going for.


Working late nights? This mug from Good Fucking Design Advice is sure to keep you motivated. $16.

Don’t fucking procrastinate. Black on Black Mug


Stay warm and cozy with Ikea’s grey on black bed spread for $39.99.

MALOU Duvet cover and pillowshams


Before this minimal and sleek design came along, using the phone has never been so sexy. £69.95 at

Swissvoice ePure Digital Phone


This director’s chair can stand alone, or spice it up with a funky pillow. $47.59 At Target.

Director’s Chair – Black Frame


Add industrial flare without the feeling of living in a factory with a wire frame pendant light. The fact that it’s  handmade makes it better. $36.95 at Etsy.

Industrial Modern Black Wire Frame Pendant Light


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