I am on an obsessive hunt to find a new coffee table and media storage unit for the living room. It’s an obsessive search. Did I mention obsessive? So when we saw the two pieces above during a window-shopping trip to Crate & Barrel, I thought our problems were solved and my shopping was over! But there was just one small problem, and it started with a capital “C” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for… Price (thought I was going to say pool, didn’t you? I knew there were some Music Man fans out there!).
For these two pieces alone, we would be spending almost $2,400. And when we eventually want to get a new couch, recover some chairs and do other projects in the living room, that price tag sounded just insane. So now we’re left wondering where we will find pieces that we like, that fit our style, and that don’t cost $2400. Do we settle for something we don’t love as much because the price is right or do we save up and spend what seems like a high price on the pieces we really like? What’s your strategy when trying to furnish a room – buy within your budget to get it done now or wait and save for items that cost more?