Splurge or Save with Meg Cassidy

Do you ever look around your home and get the urge to…just start all over? That table could stand to be updated, the flatware has been seeming so basic recently, and don’t even get us started on that tired, old gallery wall. Of course, it’s hard to revamp your entire interior design aesthetic without breaking the bank. We reached out to residential stylist Meg Cassidy of Meg Cassidy Creative — whose striking taste gives us some serious design-envy — to ask about her favorite ways to elevate a space, how to save money when undertaking an interior design project, and the perfect pieces available at Simon that will transform your place from a house to the chicest home on the block.

How would you describe your aesthetic when it comes to decorating a new space or revamping interiors?
Sophisticated Minimalism. I like my interiors to have relatively muted tones with only subtle pops of color in important pieces and art. The foundation of my rooms and my design style is fewer items of higher quality.

What is a failsafe source of inspiration for you when you’re designing a space?
I have always stayed true to publications like Architectural Digest and Vogue Living, and I’m also very drawn to the intelligence of design in the works of Vincent Van Duysen and Joseph Durand.

When decorating a home there are always budget constraints! What tactics do you employ to ensure clients get the most bang for their buck?
There are often particular pieces in a home that I believe strongly require higher end investments. I always talk to my clients about what is important to them and where the quality of product is critical to the overall design. Accessories and items that aren’t “forever” pieces are great places to add impact to the space without splurging.

Where are some places you can save on your decor?
If you are struggling with styling, a great candle is a perfect way to add some luxury to your space.

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BYREDO Ambre Japonais Candle, available at Barneys.

I am really into antique vanity trays, which are the perfect way to elevate your beauty products.

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ANTHROPOLOGIE Antiqued Vanity Tray

A unique vase, especially anything that is hand-blown in jewel tones, brings a more dramatic feel to a space.

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ANTHROPOLOGIE Translucent Bubble Vase

Turkish towels are so soft and have beautiful textural elements to them. When placed on hooks they can really elevate a bathroom.

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RESTORATION HARDWARE Japanese Herringbone Stripe Cotton Towel

Clean and crisp dinnerware that ALL matches makes entertaining more beautiful. It doesn’t need to be fine china, just simple and classic lines that you can layer with.

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CRATE AND BARREL Mercer Grey Round Dinner Plate

Now for the fun part — where should we make the investment and splurge on the most covetable items for our home?
Lighting is one area where I choose not to go cheap because it shows when lighting is inexpensive. I like a little drama here.

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RESTORATION HARDWARE Boule De Cristal Round Chandelier

Sofas are also a good investment, they are well-used and should stand the test of time if well-invested. I’m really loving anything that has a subtle curve to it.

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RESTORATION HARDWARE Stratus Fabric Sofa

Area rugs, unless in a child’s bedroom, should look relatively luxurious. The price doesn’t need to be exorbitant, but expect to invest a little more here.

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MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS Dresher Rug

Dining room tables, especially large scale ones, will show wear and tear if they are not manufactured at a higher quality. I always recommend this being something clients can have for many years to come.

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RESTORATION HARDWARE Gage Rectangular Dining Table

I love a statement blanket that adds a bit of whimsy or art to a room!

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HERMES Quadrille Jacquard Blanket

Art is one of those areas where you can have drastic ranges in pricing, but I would recommend for this to be an area to invest well in.

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RESTORATION HARDWARE Vincente Franco Smoke 1
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