By Dawn Allcot


Do you want a home in the Hollywood area that looks like a place fit for the stars, but your budget is, shall we say, a bit more down to earth? It’s easy to get lured into luxury living in Los Angeles, but the good news is you don’t have to go into debt to make your home look like a million bucks. 

Whether you’re planning to sell your house and want to turn buyers’ heads or just want to experience luxury living in your forever home, here are 3 ways to live in luxury on a budget. 


Find Classic Pieces for Free

As people move from highly populated cities during the pandemic, “stooping” home furnishings has become the hottest trend. Pick up stylish pieces of furniture and home decor from neighborhood curbs. Then you can give luxury home decor items that just need a little TLC a new lease on life and keep them out of the landfill. 


Give Old Furniture New Life

Some of the items you’ll find on your stooping adventures may be like new and simply unwanted. Others may need some work. Steer clear of pieces that show signs of water damage, such as swelling or bubbling. However, chipped veneer, scratches and watermarks from not using coasters can be easily sanded down and re-stained or painted. 

Mid-century modern furniture is especially conducive to restoration, as the pieces have a timeless look and are heirloom-quality, most often constructed from solid wood, sometimes with a veneer on top.    


Spruce Up Your Patio with a Pop of Color and Light

Whether you pick up new patio furniture from a curb alert or decide to keep your existing set, colorful cushions can bring new life to your outdoor living space. Coordinate outdoor flowers, wall hangings that can go on your home’s exterior and chair cushions to create an atmosphere of cheer.

Don’t forget outdoor lighting. Battery-powered LEDs and solar lanterns make it easy to entertain friends and family late into the evening. 


Add a Fire Pit for Luxury Living

A fire pit makes the perfect addition to your Los Angeles backyard. Check with local ordinances and observe burn bans, when applicable. But don’t hesitate to add this luxury element to your home. 

Fire pits do not have to be expensive. You can build them yourself from paver stones or find a metal pit online. No matter how inexpensive the fire pit, once you pull up a few comfy chairs, invite friends and grab the marshmallows for roasting, you’ll be living luxuriously. 


Dress Up Your Windows

Replacing your home’s older windows can provide the most bang for your buck when it comes to home renovations, especially if you’re looking to sell. But if you aren’t ready for a major remodeling project, consider investing in new curtains. The right set of curtains or sheers can give a space a whole new look. Plus, you can reduce your energy bills with insulating curtains that keep out the cool air at night and hold warmth in the house. 


Luxury Living for Less Is Possible in LA

No matter what your budget, luxury living begins with the decision to love your home. Search for eclectic luxury home decor finds online and at discount retail stores, where you’ll discover on-trend wall hangings, knick-knacks and kitchen accessories for less. You can also make DIY renovations to increase your property value and live in luxury.

When you’re ready to find a new home in Los Angeles, reach out to The Suarez Team for help. 

Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer specializing in finance and real estate. Her work has appeared on top sites including GoBankingRates, LoopNET and others. She is the owner of Allcot Media, a boutique content marketing agency and GeekTravelGuide, a travel and entertainment website. 



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