Getting into the new home-buying marketplace is one of the best decisions you will make in your lifetime. For many first-time buyers in the GTA today, that means purchasing a condominium suite – often a compact one for affordability. If you have pulled out all the financial stops to afford your beautiful new suite, you may be wondering how you can manage to furnish and accessorize it.

My advice is to look for advice from the pros. For example, did you know that a Google search on “furnish your condo” results in nearly a million hits? Search on “decorating on a budget,” and you will get over 13 million hits. Many decorators and designers share information online to help people maximize space usage with careful item selection and placement.

A lot of the sites are also geared to creating great surroundings on a budget. You may be amazed at what you can find for a song at local thrift and consignment shops. Another piece of advice is to make the most of what you already own. A little sandpaper and a coat of paint can transform an accent table into a charming focal point for your room. Keep the pieces multifunctional and small!

You did your research to find the perfect condo suite; now, do the same for decorating and furnishing ideas. Be curious, be creative, and find out what the experts have to say.