5. Bring home treasures and conversation starters. Without any intention of purchasing an extra armchair for her living room, Schuneman's client spotted this midcentury modern chair while strolling through her neighborhood and fell in love with its design and $150 price.
"It's a great lesson on treating yourself to things when the right moment — and right piece — arises. She'll always have that love-at-first-sight story to look back on," says Schuneman.
The designer found the hanging metal piece in a nearby thrift store. "It's hard for people to commit to art, but these vintage metal pieces feel sculptural and unique, so I think that's why people are gravitating to them," he says.