After: Cosy White Space
A few coats of paint instantly update the room.
Purdy and her husband pinched pennies by painting the entire cottage themselves, and added warmth to the bedroom with affordable vintage pieces. An old coat rack that mimics the shape of a headboard was a flea-market find, and a hand-me-down from her sister-in-law took on new life as a bedside table (left). Even the sconces — which unite the mismatched tables and free up surface space — came at half price from Elte. "You don't have to shop at big-box warehouses to get inexpensive finds," insists Purdy. "Go to quality stores and look for sale items, smaller pieces or ask for discounts on floor models." She did, however, splurge on luxe linens from DwellStudio, which add to the cottagey style of the room.