Here’s how to make your home look expensive when you are starting out with styling using second-hand furniture, IKEA, Target, and HomeGoods. Let’s face it…furnishing a new home can get costly!
But you can get a high-end look on a budget with these tips. Here’s how we just did that in our son’s new home in Orlando, Florida.
Embrace Second-Hand Furniture
Ask your parents or grandparents if they want to give you anything, especially if they are downsizing. We gave Tommy those dining chairs (if you are a longtime reader, you may remember when my friend, Debbie and I painted them). He is using the chairs with an IKEA table.
Tommy has also gotten good furniture inexpensively like a dresser and bed frame for his two bedrooms on the OfferUp app.
IKEA and HomeGoods Are Your Friends
Tommy just replaced the slipcover on his old IKEA sofa and it looks like new! GAME CHANGER! It’s a new Belgian look sand color. I bought the cube for him at Homegoods.
We also gave him the leather Pottery Barn recliner. My friend, Laura gave him the marble-topped coffee table.
Target For Fresh Accessories
Mirrors Enlarge Your Space
The large wall mirror is another hand-me-down from our SF apartment.
Plants Upgrade Your Look
Often baskets are less expensive than pots. We made this tree taller by putting styrofoam in the bottom of the HomeGoods basket with a plastic liner.
A Counter Lamp In the Kitchen
If your home doesn’t have the best dining room lighting, consider an inexpensive lamp on the counter for ambient lighting. A fresh rug by the sink is nice too!
Style The Shelves
If you have shelves, keep it simple. We bought that realistic fern at Target. I want one. It comes in a white pot for $25. I put the plates and bowls that Tommy uses every day out for easy access.
Make Your Coffee Table Look Sharp and Home Look Expensive
I love arrangements in three’s…here is a plant, tray, and books. That tava-style wicker tray looks expensive (Ralph “Laureny”) but it came from HomeGoods. Candle and cocktail table books elevate your look.
Tommy bought this reproduction print by Hiroshi Nagai from Society 6. He likes this artist. This is a good way to start a personalized collection.