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Interior designer you may not be, but that doesn’t mean your home can’t be a dreamy haven. That’s our cue to share six home upgrades that look luxe but cost less than you think. Let’s get thrifty.

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Under $25: Spruce Up with Succulents

Black thumb? No worries. In fact, it’s almost better if you neglect your succulents, as over watering is the quickest way to kill them. Pick up a few at local home and garden shops Alapash, Sprout Home or Gethsemane Garden Center. Save yourself some manicure money by forgoing the pretty planter and instead recycling an old candle container or mason jar.

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Under $50: Try Temporary Wallpaper

We could all use less drama in our lives, except where our walls are concerned. Temporary wallpapers like this one from Chasing Paper (we also like Tempaper) can add a fun splash of pattern or color to a small space, such as behind a desk or bathroom vanity. They’re affordable and low commitment, too, so there’s nothing to feel guilty about if you change your mind.

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Under $150: Do Up Your Duvet

Hit the sheets in style. A citrus-y duvet instantly perks up your bedroom. Unisom Home has a bevy of bedspreads in bright colors and patterns (as well as more muted tones for the minimalists out there). Designed in Chicago and made in the U.S., the textiles are built to last, so go ahead, have that pillow fight.

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Under $200: Layer Your Lighting

Here’s a tip we’ve heard again and again from interior designers: layer lamps in a room to create a few different lighting schemes. CB2 has a variety of floor and table options that do the trick. Add a couple candles and play around to achieve the cozy-and-romantic or bright-and-cheery atmosphere you’re going for.

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Under $450: Layer Your Rugs, Too

Texture is your friend. Try doubling up on area rugs to create a luxe look. You can also center one area rug in the middle of wall-to-wall carpeting to anchor a seating area, or even cover up an unsightly stain if new carpeting isn’t in your budget. We’re loving this distressed ikat and this wool shag from West Elm.

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Interior Define

Under $800: Choose a Chair Over a Couch

Can’t stomach the price of a new sofa? Realize your reading nook dreams by building your perfect armchair. Interior Define lets you customize fabrics, legs and more so you’re sure to get a design you love for years. The real thing of beauty is that your made-to-order piece still comes at factory-direct prices (free shipping and 365-day returns don’t hurt, either). 

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