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Budget Decor: 10 Essentials Every Guest Bedroom Needs

Guest Bedroom Essentials

In this weekly column, I'm sharing high-style, low-cost tips and finds for your home. This week, it's all about creating the perfect guest bedroom without breaking the bank. Visit my blog A Vintage Splendor for more inspiration.

You know that feeling when you check in at a hotel room and you’re automatically transported into a blissful state of mind? We all love it. It’s the same type of ambience I try to create at home for guests; creating a guest bedroom that is a retreat not just another room. Here are my favorite guest room essentials when it comes to planning a welcoming room for guests.

DIY Paint Chip Wall Art Tutorial Inspired by the J.Crew Store

DIY Paint Chip Wall Art //

I'm often inspired by the beautiful interiors of retail spaces, and on a recent trip to J.Crew I noticed a simple yet intriguing piece of art hanging on the wall that made me stop and think, "I could do that!" So I did. If anyone knows who the original artist is, please let me know in the comments. Aside from fashion my true love is art and I would love to know who created this piece. Ok, now on to the how to! It's super easy and essentially free (how's that for budget?) aside from purchasing a frame.

Valentine's Day Date Dresses Under $70

Cute & Affordable: Valentine's Day dresses under $70

Just when you thought you were getting a breather from the Holiday season, here comes Valentine's day a week later with candies and flowers and all the shades of love in every grocery and department store. Maybe you're single this year, maybe you're taken--either way, this is one holiday not to stress about when it comes to your wardrobe on this special night! The Budget Babe has done all the choosing for you with nine gorgeous and flirty frocks!

Canada Goose Parka Lookalikes Under $100 to Combat the Blizzard of 2015 in Style

Canada Goose lookalikes under $100

This past Thanksgiving when I visited my family in Chicago, we made our routine visit to our favorite shopping mall on the North Shore, and I was stunned to see nearly every other fashionable shopper sporting a Canada Goose coat. I say "stunned" because these coats retail for close to $1,000. How are they affording these coats?! I thought to myself. Then I started thinking of ways to find the look for less. You can find lookalikes on sites like eBay, but I would forego the fakes and just pick up a stylish parka from one of your fave budget retailers, like Asos or Forever 21. Your look for less won't have the same warmth factor, but it will look just as cool styled with cozy boots and chunky knits.

Here are 5 alternatives I found online under $100 to get you started:

1. Navy Parka, $48.23

2. Lined Parka, $50

3. Emily Parka, $80

4. Parka with Hood, $82.99

5. Navy Parka, $66.67

Shown above: Emma Stone combats the winter chill in her Canada Goose coat. Photo via Glamour UK.