Designers, they’re just like us!
They love to travel, are addicted to Target, and love a good bargain. As design lovers, we’re used to seeing gorgeous furniture and accessories that are way out (waaay) of our budget. We’re talking about $200 candles, pricey throw pillows, and sofas that are well into the quadruple digits.
But good style doesn’t have to break the bank. Truth is, there are plenty of items on the market that are chic and affordable. Need proof? Ten designers share their favorite pieces for $50 or less. You—and your wallet—can thank us later
“A favorite affordable accessory for the home are these glass and wood-topped canisters from Hawkins New York. They double as an easy kitchen storage solution, and a beautiful display piece for your countertop. I love them so much that I recently sourced them for a client’s Williamsburg apartment.” —Ivy Jacques, interior designer
“I love functional pieces that also look great and become decor items in their own right—even when they aren’t being used. These striking blue raffia coasters do just that. They’re the perfect pick-me-up for a tired coffee table or nightstand. Love!” —Will Taylor, founder of Bright.Bazaar
“You would not believe how many of these little shelves we sell! They’re minimalist, they’re chic, they’re ideal for corralling things like jewelry and keys, and—possibly best of all—they’re just $9.50.” —Erica Cerulo, co-founder of Of a Kind
“I love coffee table books. They’re filled with beautiful images, add a pop of color to your space, and lend a touch of culture to your décor. Taschen is one of my favorite publishers and Dalí: The Wines of Gala is beautifully illustrated and will surely be a collectable in the future.” —Alessandra Wood, interior design expert and director of style at Modsy
“Whether I’m hosting a dinner party or traveling across town for a gathering at a friend’s house, this standout egg plate serves up the compliments. Plus, the classic, checked pattern will match my kitchen decor now and forever! I was raised in the south, and every respectable southern gal knows the importance of a good deviled egg tray.” —Kimberly Wells, host at Evine
“Hands down our Riley Spa Bath Towel! It’s incredibly soft, luxurious, and big enough to wrap around you. The long-staple cotton and two-ply construction makes it super absorbent, and I love the little loop for easy hanging and drying.” —Heather Kaminetsky, founder and president of Riley Home
10. Clare Paint in ‘Seize the Gray,’ $49 per gallon
“[Paint is] the easiest, [least expensive] thing you can do to totally transform the look of your space. ‘Seize the Gray’ is the perfect neutral gray and one of our best-selling colors.” —Nicole Gibbons, interior designer and founder of Clare
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