Barter for bargains
A connoisseur of secondhand chic, Bertelsen knows where to find fabulous vintage treasures and—just as importantly—how to haggle. That gilt baroque mirror behind the sofa, for instance, was a yard sale gem she talked down to just $3. And those outrageously expensive antique ornaments sprinkled throughout the space? They were snagged for a song when Bertelsen gought a bulk container of baubles at the Christie Antiques Show.
Curate your collection
Even if you’re not inclined to hoarding, holiday decorations have a curious tendency to multiply. Fight the urge to put every last ornament on display and, instead, pull an edited selection from the ever-growing stockpile. “If you don’t set it all out, you can actually focus on individual ornaments,” says Bertelsen, who tapped just three-quarters of her stash for this year’s decorating scheme. “Just because you don’t use a decoration one year doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth buying.”
Reupholster a chair— in 30 seconds!
The plush-looking perch in the corner of the living room looks significantly less shaggy after the holidays. “It’s actually a little mustard-coloured chair that I found on the curb. I just toss a Mongolian throw over it in the winter,” says Bertelsen. “It changes the whole look of the room in an instant.”