In my line of business, I come across countless high end home decor items with a price tag to match. No doubt, the quality of materials and craftsmanship are evident, but far out of my late-twenty-something-just-getting-my-feet-off-the-ground reach.
Luckily, I have an affinity (or maybe just patience) for scouring the interwebs. Discovering pieces that are inexpensive without looking cheap simply takes time. Here are a few that I've had my eye on lately:
1. Five-piece gold flatware set | Target
Affordable flatware that feels good in your hand is tough to find, especially when it's trendy gold flatware. Threshold by Target offers a great set for only $19.99. Get in my forkin' bag!
2. Emerald "Manta Tray" | Z-Gallerie
The Z-Gallerie aesthitic is generally too over the top for my taste, but this faux shagreen texture in a deep emerald color is chic and sophisticated. I can easily picture beautiful bottles and decanters set on top, making a perfect mini bar in my mini apartment. I've seen similar designs upward of $200. At $49.95, this one's a steal.
3. Agate Bookends | West Elm
West Elm, I love you. How could I turn down a pair of green agate bookends for only $36?
4. This black and white rug recently disappeared from the amazing collection on World Market's website, whose price was surprisingly $60 less than the (also very affordable) one offered by Ikea.
I've seen this rug design ALL OVER Pinterest, and it seriously looks good in every setting.
5. Gold Iron Wire Accent Table | Target
Is it just me, or is EVERYTHING at Target amazing lately?
6. Bone + Horn Storage Boxes | High Street Market
These belong in a home with a library and decanters filled with aged single malt scotch. For only $34, they could be my first step toward that goal.
7. "Martina" Aged Mirror Table Lamp | World Market
I love the element of Hollywood glamour that mirrored accents add to a home, but the aged affect pares it down just enough work with more relaxed styles, like mine.
8. Ektorp Footstool | Ikea
I adore the Ikea Ektorp series. Every coordinating piece has at least a dozen slipcovers to choose from, starting at only $50. I can affordably customize my living room set according to my mood. The footstool matches my sofa, and it's perfect for my small space because it's so multifunctional: it's a coffee table, footstool, extra seating and opens up for hidden storage!