Ever since designer and blogger Alisa Bovino bought her first home two years ago, she’s been on a mission to redecorate it, room by room. And what she did to her home office literally made our jaw drop. Take another look at those before-and-after pictures. Incredible.
But even more stunning than the final outcome is Bovino’s ability to unearth killer deals. She got $10,144 worth of furniture and accessories for just $1,925—an amount someone could easily spend on just a couch or antique desk alone.
And no, it’s not because she was gifted a bunch of free stuff (although she mentions that the area rug, lighting and shades were sponsored items). And it wasn’t from extreme couponing or thrift shopping or even selling a kidney on the black market. She actually used Facebook.
Rather than buying new items, Bovino decided to challenge herself to buy at least 75 percent of the room’s furnishings secondhand through the social network’s listings section, known as Facebook Marketplace. Oh, and she had a six-week time frame to get the whole thing done. (That extra constraint was part of participating in the One Room Challenge, a biannual event where bloggers have to transform a space in a month and a half.)