Mixing Highs and Lows in Your Home

Mixing Highs and Lows in Your Home

Mixing Highs and Lows in Your Home


Haley Weidenbaum, Homepolish designer


Unless you recently won the lotto, you probably can't splurge on ivory accents, wool rugs, and marble tiles. If that sounds familiar, designer Haley Weidenbaum can show you how to mix the lows with the highs for a curated look that comes cheap.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

I always like a bargain but sometimes I can’t resist splurging on a sectional, dresser, or some statement chairs. But once you’ve rung up these big-ticket items, you might not have too much left in the budget for the rest of the home. I often find that it is important to spend your money on the biggest item in the room and incorporate smaller accessories that are on budget. Luckily, nowadays, accessories at stores like Target & CB2 are so affordable, and yet they look great. Oh, and I nearly forgot HomeGoods and World Market! Gone are the days of chintzy accessories. (I hope!) Below you can see how I pulled off this high-low look in my LA home!


I can think of two distinct examples. Too many times guests have walked into my house and their first question is, “Where is this tray & table from?!” Funny enough, the table was $50 at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and the tray is Nate Berkus for Target. Right above these items is a Cisco Home Mirror Wine Barrel Mirror. The is a perfect example of marrying high and low items. Despite their staggering price difference, all these pieces live happily together!

Flea markets are truly my favorite way to accessorize on a budget. The credenza in our dining room (the far background of the picture) was found at the flea market as well. It’s not vintage, but at the market, you can find local vendors building beautiful new furniture at affordable prices. This credenza was a steal! I spruced it up with some Anthropologie hardware pulls, and adorned the wall with a St. Frank Suzani Print, which was my splurge moment for this room.

In a world where you can probably design an entire room and get everything at ONE store, it’s important to remember to be a little eclectic. If you get everything from the same place, it’s going to look like a showroom and that’s something you should avoid! Instead, think about mixing a variety of vendors with a range of price points. This method will ensure that your space looks curated and one-of-a-kind.

In this tour:
Living Room