I'll admit, there are times that I wish our life were budget-less. I see people who get to spare no expense while decorating a new home, and it sometimes seems so much easier to accomplish the look you're going for. Most of the time, though, I love that we're on a decorating budget (and, well, every other type of budget). Nothing huge in our home has been purchased new. The fact that most of our things are hand me downs, Craigslist or thrift store finds is fun! It forces us to hunt down the things that we need or want, and sometimes we strike gold. Although it would be lovely for our new home to be furnished and fully decorated all at once, we'll settle for the never ending process of "one piece at a time".
Today while browsing a thrift store in Lexington after work I came across this set of Georges Briard china. The pattern is called Carousel, come to find out, and it's from the late 60's-early 70's-- very retro and authentic. The guy at the counter gave me all 6 dinner plates, saucers, and tea cups for $5. Did you hear me? Vintage china for $5! I'm not one for the whole china thing-- I think it's a little dated and definitely doesn't suit our lifestyle, but I am in love with these dishes and know we'll be pulling them out when we have people over.
I can do without instant gratification. :)