SPEND: Custom drapery is almost always a must for my projects. There are instances where you can "customize" ready-made panels by sewing several together so they don't look skimpy. I also suggest adding tapes, trims, and embellishments for personalized detail. The quality and longevity that custom-lined and interlined drapery can add to any project is definitely worth the splurge!
SAVE: On the saving side, I love repurposing furniture and giving it a new look to save dollars. It's a great idea to use less expensive store-bought or flea-market side tables, occasional chairs, and other pieces that don't get as much wear but add a lot to the look of a room. Think outside the box by painting these budget finds in fun colors, covering the top in wallpaper remnants, or reupholstering them in bright leftover fabrics.