Designing on a ‘baby’ budget

Designing on a ‘baby’ budget

I recently finished working with a new client that stated they had a ‘baby’ budget.

They wanted a new dining room as they just moved into a new place.  So when I asked what that meant regarding the budget, they responded with almost nothing in terms of budget.  All the funds went to the upfront fees.  I really had my work cut out for me.  I knew I wasn’t able to shop with my usual sources for this client.  I also knew I had to knock this out of the park and that we were just going to get the basics.

I needed to get creative.  I worked with smaller budgets in the past, but nothing like this.

I went first to the internet for consignment shops.  They tend to have items with some life left; not banged up and in need of some repair.  I also looked at private sellers with higher end items for sale.

It took me a while, but I managed to get the room pulled together.  I found the table at a consignment shop.  It was from a well-known, higher end retailer.  If purchased new, it would have been 2700.00.  I scored with a price of 349.00. I then found six chairs from a private-party that just didn’t need them because they didn’t match this home.  All six chairs came in at 220.00. And for anyone who knows me, I love rugs.  They can pull any room together.  I found one in good condition for under a 100.00. I also found silk drapery panels for under 100.00.  The art piece came in at a good price as well.

The room came in just under 1200.00!

With a little work, a thought out plan and some creativity, we can all create a space that is warm, welcoming and stylish.


Christopher Porikos
Author: Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts.