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Ask An Expert: Decorating Your Bedroom On A Budget

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27 Diamonds is based out of Fountain Valley, CA and offers design services ranging from small projects to complete home remodels. The company's extensive resources allow 27 Diamonds to specify affordable pieces of furniture for clients, as well as custom design furniture pieces, lighting, case goods, artwork, accessories and so much more. Whether you're looking to spend conservatively or go all out, if you can dream it, 27 Diamondscan do it.

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Anna Shiwlall
27 Diamonds
9891 Irvine Center Drive, #201
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 391-4549

Anna Shiwlall is the owner of 27 Diamonds, Inc., an Interior Design Company based out of Orange County, CA. She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles in 2005. Since then, she has worked on hundreds of residential and commercial projects ranging from small budget clients to large companies such as Herbalife. In her early years, Anna ran a style blog that gained recognition on CNN and was also featured in Newport Beach Magazine. She also had a regular morning segment on Star 103.7 giving tips and advice on design. She now services between 15-30 clients each month with her team of designers to create beautiful spaces all throughout Orange County. Her mission is simple, creating beautiful spaces on any budget. "High style is not just for the elite," says Anna "it's an expression of life."

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"The main piece of furniture in your bedroom is your bed. A lot of times, you may not have a budget for a fancy bed frame, but that shouldn't stop you from getting creative! You can use many different things to create a dramatic headboard, and it can be a lot of fun coming up with ideas. Using an old door or a screen trifold partition can create drama and give you the "wow" factor in your room. So don't forget to elevate the height of your room by adding a dramatic headboard."

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"The opportunity for color, texture and to show off your personal style is all in the bedding. Visit TJMaxx Home Goods or even Target to get bedding with a pop of color to make a statement. If your style is a little more subdued, try getting neutral bedding and accent it with fun and colorful pillows. That way, you can keep your bedding through the season and just change out the pillows for a completely different look."

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"A crystal chandelier can look expensive, but it doesn't always have to be. If you search online, there are a lot of major retail sites such as that offer really beautiful crystal chandeliers for a very good price. If your style is more DIY, you can search your local thrift stores to find an old chandelier that can be repainted in a funky color to give it new life and a statement in your room. If you don't have electrical wiring in your room to have a chandelier, opt for some really fun lamps. Be bold with your lighting because it can really add a lot of sparkle to the room."

Window Treatments

"Not only are drapes necessary for sleeping in, they also elevate and soften the look of the room. If you have blinds or shutters already, layer on some stationary drapes to frame out your windows and create a lot of drama. Make sure when you hang drapes that you hang them right at the ceiling level or 2 inches lower. This will draw the eye up and make your room feel bigger. Drapes can get expensive, so search online for great deals. Or if you know how to sew, stop by a drapery work room and see if they have any extra fabric. A lot of times, workrooms will have extra fabric that is incredibly expensive that may be thrown out. It's your chance to go in and get something you normally wouldn't have purchased for yourself for a fraction of the price or even better, free!"


"Craigslist is your friend. A lot of model home companies, interior designers, small furniture stores and regular folks all advertise on Craigslist. While I highly suggest being cautious when purchasing from Craigslist (always bring a friend or pepper spray), it has really awesome pieces on there all of the time. It's like buying discount without having to spend time sifting through all of the stuff you don't want. Searching for an item is simple and purchasing is easy." 

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Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at

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