1. Think long term
Take your time and purchase items you love.
2. Buy quality key pieces
A dining room table, for example, is generally bought no more than twice in a lifetime.
3. Be wary of trends
Though generally more affordable, trends date and tastes change, and replacing trendy items will cost you more in the long run. Rather use neutral, durable fabrics for your bigger pieces and accessories to get a look or dress a space.
4. Choose quality leather
As with upholstery, leathers vary hugely in quality and thickness. Most cheaper leather items are made of split hides or bonded or bi-cast leather, which are of inferior quality and tend to deteriorate quickly. Rather spend a bit more on semi-aniline leather and get a lifetime investment.