I’m a firm believer that your home should not only reflect your personality, but it should also make you smile every day. Since I currently don’t own a home I can renovate, that means stocking my shelves and styling my counters with all of the little things that bring elements of me to the space. And despite what gorgeous Instagram imagery may lead you to believe, affordable home décor really can be just as stylish.
I always feel most proud when someone mentions that they love my shoes and I can say, “Thanks, they’re from Target!” The same goes for home décor. We recently sourced chic décor under $100 from our tried and true home destinations: Target, West Elm, H&M Home, Zara Home, Urban Outfitters, and CB2. Recently, I’ve been on a mission to get that Pinterest-worthy look with the smallest budget possible… under $30 to be exact. At first, it seemed impossible, but our favorite online home stores re-instilled my faith that this dream could be a reality—and the result would be worth the search. Dive in and discover our curated roundup of cheap and chic gems.
Feature image by Nicki Sebastian.
We’re firm believers that cookbooks should double as art and this easel makes it happen with its functional and beautiful look for your kitchen. Not only does it hold your book open to the recipe you’re cooking, but it looks great to keep open all day long.
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but it’s nothing without a good frame. The natural wood on this frame makes it perfect for all settings, including your dad’s office (contender for a Father’s Day gift?).
The possibilities are endless with this natural woven basket. Roll up your blankets and use them as storage in the living room. Add a faux plant to get a basket-planter look. Set it underneath a side table for extra magazine/book storage. You name it, this basket can do it.
Speaking of faux plants, we love this tabletop snake plant in its chic white pot. I’m all for bringing elements of nature into my home, but I seriously lack a green thumb… the only kind of plant mom I’ll be anytime soon is a faux one.
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Justina Blakeney’s work and design eye here at CS. Her pieces are vibrant and breathe a huge and inspiring breath of fresh air into your home. This terracotta vase is beautifully unique and exudes an antique feel.
If you’ve had a hankering to bring a little greenery into your space this spring then look no further than this sweet faux eucalyptus stem. Tuck it in a larger arrangement or place it in a statement vase on your mantelpiece. Either way, it’s a showstopper.
Don’t forget the outdoors! With spring around the corner, our patios and decks are top of mind. I love the quirky addition of the pom poms outlining this otherwise neutral pillow. Scatter a few across a whicker couch for accented impact.
When I finally have a back porch that is worthy of gatherings, these planters will be there—you have my word. I love that they bring in some greenery without taking up valuable floor space. Not to mention they quite literally elevate your potting game.
Bring a tropical feel to your home with this faux palm leaf branch. It’ll look stunning and dramatic displayed on its own in a clear glass vase. Did we mention it’s 100% handcrafted? The price is right.
When my parents moved into their most recent home, my mom chose the most gorgeous white marble countertops that came with a strict “no stains allowed” speech. One dinner, a red wine bottle, and a ring stain later, I’m making sure she is fully stocked with wine coasters. Shouldn’t be a problem when they are as chic and affordable as this one.
This gold mirror works perfectly in any room of the house: in the bathroom for getting ready, on your desk for pre-zoom meeting touch-ups, or on a shelf on your way out the door. Super light and easy to move, try it out everywhere until it finds its perfect home.
My mom raised me to believe that no dinner is complete without tea light candles on the table, which is why these chic under $20 tea light holders are a must when she comes to visit. The rattan bottom also makes these perfect for outdoor tablescapes.
Catchall trays are a necessity for my busy schedule. I love keeping trays like this on my bedside table for taking off my rings at night and by my front door for my keys and wallet. This small gold tray would also look so chic on a coffee table with some glass beads inside.
You can never have enough baskets. This natural, woven basket would be perfect stacked in a set atop an entryway side table or even acting as a catchall in the bathroom. When it comes to this basket, the only tough questions is choosing what you’ll do with it.
The size of this vase is perfectly proportional to the number of live flowers I can handle at a time. My childhood home doesn’t have a garden of any sort, but when I come home to visit my mom always picks one small flower from the yard and puts it in a vase like this for my bathroom. It’s tiny but mighty in that this kind of affordable home décor brings so much life to the space.
These doorknobs are the facelift that your drawers and cabinets need. When you’re wanting to freshen up your space, start with something that you see/use every day for an immediate and noticeable difference (at a very affordable price). Opening my kitchen cabinets and bathroom drawers with knobs like this would definitely make the mundane feel chic.
Even if this trinket box sits empty, it’ll do wonders for your space. I’m big on wearing lots of dainty jewelry, so for me, this box is an organizational life-saver for my bathroom counter. However, I think it would look equally as chic on your living room coffee table or on your bookshelves.
Camille has dried blooms in her home, and I love how it adds the same effects as flowers and greenery, but holds true to her neutral color palette. I had also never seen them so beautifully incorporated into a space before Camille, which inspires me to add these chic and unique blooms to my own home.
In all of my cozy and tiny college living spaces, the one thing I always needed more of was storage. I wish I had found these hanging shelves earlier, as they add so much functionality and style to whatever room they hang in. I’ll be hanging these over my desk for additional surface area.
I never imagined myself referring to a watering can as cute, but here I am. This mini gold watering can from Urban Outfitters is perfect for giving your indoor plants little sips of water throughout the day. I’ve already exposed myself for not keeping many live plants, but I think this mini watering can is an adorable option for creamer or milk on a coffee bar at brunch, as well.
If you haven’t heard, abstract shapes are in. Maybe it’s our collective love of whimsy or just a need to shake up our space. Whatever the case, these are the perfect shelves for displaying everything from books to vases to decorative objects (and everything in between).
Any flower arrangement would shine in this unique white vase. Even kept empty it would pop in bookshelves. When it comes to affordable home décor, sometimes the eye-catching pieces that you wouldn’t normally buy do more for your space than any expensive classic piece ever could.
Remember that candle-filled tablescape I was just talking about? These candles would be the star of any stunning tablescape. You might think that a candle is a candle, but the spiral designs these ones beautifully boast are perfectly unique—I need 10.
I love displaying cut stems in vases for a clean, but dramatic look. Only downside? Despite changing the water daily, even the hardiest stems only seem to last a few days at most. These zero-maintenance, thick and lush stems are truly evergreen and always on trend.
This post was originally published on May 13, 2021 and has since been updated.