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Style on a Budget: 25 Home Decor Pieces under $1,000

Make your home look as good as you do

Moving into your first grownup (or at least, off-campus) apartment means two things:

1) hoping your parents will be co-signers on your lease, and

2) figuring out how to afford furniture that actually makes you feel like an adult.

Now, I’m not knocking an IKEA trip to round out the essentials. But don’t be afraid to think outside the Swedish retailer box when it comes to inexpensive home decor that’s also stylish.

There are so many great companies selling home goods today—many of which are direct to consumer, which helps keep the prices low. That means you get well-made, stylish furniture and design pieces for a surprisingly affordable price.

Check out Team SG’s stylish and inexpensive home decor picks (all under $1,000), below:

Hem, $207

You’ll see hints of IKEA in Hem’s Scandinavian-influenced design with the cool feature that many items can be customized online.

Article, $999

Started by four software engineers back in 2014, Article has quickly become one of my standby non-IKEA furniture company recommendations. By skipping physical showrooms and salespeople, they’re able to sell beautiful, well-made modern furniture at a fraction of the cost you’d expect to see from a traditional retailer.

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ASOS: 1, 2, 3

Coffee table books are a great, inexpensive way to decorate a space (like, say, by putting them on a coffee table!). If you don’t care about the covers, they can multi-task as coasters, too., $30

Because everyone needs a light box touting positive affirmations in their home.

Floyd, $489

Platform beds say, “I have enough closet space that I don’t even need those little riser things that let me stuff a few Tupperware containers worth of off-season clothes underneath.”

That’s a good look.

Burrow, $950

A flat-pack couch company with a 100-day trial period. That’s right; the couch above comes in four boxes you assemble yourself. If you can put together an IKEA bookshelf, you can put together this couch.

Minted by Mary Gaspar, $21-$860

 Minted by lulu and isabelle, $21-$860

Minted by Jaime Derringer, $21-$860

Perhaps you’re familiar with Minted’s work as “every family in America’s go-to custom holiday card” maker or “all your millennial friends’ save the date wedding invites” provider. But did you know the e-comm site sells fine art and home decor, too?

Browse their editors’ picks, or filter pieces based on what you know you like. Still feel intimidated by the amount of offerings? Consider using their art styling services to take out the guesswork.

Brooklinen, $189

There are so many great direct-to-consumer linen companies these days, it’s almost impossible to shout them all out here. Brooklinen is a recent favorite, with these throw blankets elevating any couch.

Framebridge, $59

Framing is expensive. Like “Oh my god I’m going to throw up” expensive. But if my eighth grade CCD teacher taught me anything, it’s that you don’t put a beautiful piece of art in a cheap frame.

Okay, sure, she was talking about not having sex outside of marriage. But in the case of art, she’s definitely right. Framebridge makes framing easy and surprisingly inexpensive. Just like your loose morals.

Target, $15

If I lived near a Target and had easy access to a car, I’d have way more pieces from their Threshold line in my life—and in my home. Hit them up for accent pieces like throw pillows, side tables, and the ever-important for an adult’s decor strategy, “tchotchkes.”

Target, $70

Target, $15

Target, $10


World Market, $150

I find Cost Plus World Market to be hit or miss when you visit their stores. But their online site is hella consistent with good prices for globally-influenced pieces. Check out their natural fiber rugs for a quick dose of style in your home for cheap.

Parachute Home, $249

Because it’s time to retire those Twin XL sheets for good.

Article, $199


Apt2B, $244


Wayfair, $99

Wayfair, along with its sister sites AllModern and Dwell Studio, have some great deals on home furniture. It’s a lot to wade through, but if you know what you’re looking for you could get lucky.

ASOS, $57

It’s called whimsy. Ever heard of it?

MUJI, $29

Not familiar with MUJI? Me neither til it hit NYC a few years back. There’s stores popping up all over these days, but you can shop them online too. Consider the brand Japan’s answer to IKEA. 


Dot & Bo, $49 – $56

All Modern, $36


Dwell Studio, $50

Repeat after me: a couch is not complete without a throw pillow (or three) ((or four)).

ASOS corkboard map, $40 

Who said staying organized has to look boring? Not this super-fun world map corkboard, that’s for sure.

Loomstead, $84

Repeat after me: You can never have too many sets of (good) sheets.

ASOS, $32

Remember, stuff on the floor = mess. Stuff in a basket on the floor = elegant sophistication.



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