We all need to keep an eye on our bank balances, but if every home furnishing purchase is made with an eye to price, you may never be wowed when you enter a room.
Solution: Save up for one spectacular leather chair, iron bed, or cherry breakfront. Eventually repeat the process with a dining table, an original oil painting, etc. With just a few high-end items as your focus, you can better economize on smaller pieces and accessories. Besides, the good stuff tends to last longer, and it may end up being cheaper than continually replacing things that fall apart.