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New Year Refresh: How to Get the Most Bang for Your Budget

We’re not sure about you—but at the start of a new year, we get the itch to make some updates to our homes. Perhaps it’s the freshness of the year that makes us want to freshen up the space where we live, too? Or maybe it’s the absence of holiday decor that feels like a clean slate, welcoming interior design updates. Or it could be all the talk of new trends, 2021 colors of the year, and round-ups of the best living room designs of 2020. Whatever it is, we’re here for it!

A New Year refresh is the perfect way to hit the reset button after a hard year—a visual reminder that this year will be different. It’s also a great way to make space for new habits and hobbies or try on a new trend! But interior design updates require money. Just because we change calendar years doesn’t mean we magically have a bank account full of cash to spend! But here’s some good news: even if you have just a little bit of money saved, there are a ton of great ways to refresh on a budget!

In fact, today our designers are giving their recommendations on how to stretch your dollar at three different budgets—$100, $500, and $1,000. We’ll show you how to focus these updates on different rooms throughout your home for the most impact. Read on for our best tips on how to give your home a refresh on a budget.

Read this next: 10 affordable room decorating projects to try in 2021

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How to Refresh Your Living Room

Your living room is often the place where you spend the most time in your home, so it’s a great candidate for a new year’s refresh! Swapping out some things in this space will offer a visual reset that can help start 2021 on a different note. And, since it’s a space everyone in your household uses, these updates can be enjoyed and appreciated by the whole family!

Designing a brand-new living room? Check out our living room buying guide for everything you need to make this space shine!

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Updates Under $100

Designer Recommendation: Throw Pillows

In a living room, if you only have $100 to spend, updating your throw pillows will have the biggest impact on your space. Fresh pillows—even if it’s just one or two—can totally change the vibe of your living room. Throw pillows are affordable and are an easy way to reset the color scheme in your space. You can go from serene neutrals to bold patterns to amp up the energy in your living room. Or swap blues for cheery yellows and greens to usher in an early spring to your home! Want to make your money go even further? Keep the inserts of your existing pillows and just swap the covers, since pillow covers tend to be less expensive than a whole new pillow! And don’t be afraid to shop the sale section!

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Updates Under $500

Designer Recommendation: Accent Decor

Focusing on small accent decor pieces throughout your living room will make a big difference in the feel of your space. In fact, this is one of our favorite easy ways to refresh your living room. This can be anything from art, vases, and decorative objects to smaller accent furniture like side tables. All of these pieces add personality to your space—so bringing in new pieces will definitely refresh your living room’s vibe. Want a bigger change? Bring in a new side table, a few little objects (like vases), plus a piece of art or decor that you really love!

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Updates Under $1,000

Designer Recommendation: Accent Furniture

Similar to accent decor, new accent furniture—like coffee tables, armchairs, side tables, and even rugs—can completely change the look and feel of a space. If you have $1,000 to spend on updates, we’d start with investing in a rug, which can completely redefine a space and incorporate new colors, patterns, and textures into your space. Then, use any leftover money for an additional piece of accent furniture.

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How to Refresh Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is (hopefully) your sanctuary within your home. And, during a time when we can’t get out much, this room has also become one of the only private spaces within your home where you can retreat from your kids, pets, and the demands of life. If your New Year’s resolution involves being more intentional about self-care, a bedroom refresh might be just what you need to reinvigorate yourself and set the mood for the new year!

Want to go big on a bedroom refresh? Our bedroom furniture buying guide will walk you through everything you need for the most relaxing (and functional) bedroom.

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Updates Under $100

Designer Recommendation: Pillows & Blankets

Bedrooms are all about coziness and relaxation—so if you can only update one thing, let it be a cozy element! New decorative throw pillows and blankets will add softness and warmth to your space. Plus, they offer a small, budget-friendly way to dabble in interior design trends—one of our favorite cheap room decor ideas—bringing fresh color and texture to your space. We also recommend bringing in a new storage basket or other woven element, which can make a big visual impact!

Don’t have a budget for updates? Bring your living room throw pillows into your bedroom and your bedroom throw pillows into your living room! They may not be new—but in a different context, they’ll feel fresh! It’s an easy, no-cost way to shake up the vibes of both spaces.

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Designer Recommendation: Bedding

Is there anything like that new sheet feeling? Refreshing your bedding—with new sheets, pillow cases, and a duvet cover—can completely transform a bedroom. And it’s worth investing in the high-quality pieces. Look for plush materials that can be layered to create the ultimate cozy bed! New bedding really is the gift that keeps on giving, night after night. We’re big believers that it’s one of the best investments you can make in your home!

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Designer Recommendation: Accent Furniture

Accent furniture like nightstands, lighting, rugs, and a side chair or bench can really elevate your bedroom. But the pieces you choose depend on how you want to use your bedroom this year. Want to read more? Design a reading nook, with an accent chair, side table, and lamp. Ready to get more intentional with your morning and nightime routine? Perhaps a new nightstand (stocked with bedside essentials) will help your evening routine, while a new floor mirror or vanity can inspire you to hop out of bed in the morning! Tired of seeing those piles of laundry day after day? Add a bench to the end of your bed for the perfect folding zone. (And maybe get a cute new laundry hamper while you’re at it!) Aligning your intentions for the new year with the furniture you buy will help your purchases make even more of an impact on your life!

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How to Refresh Your Home Office

Home offices are spaces we want to prioritize organization and productivity (and good lighting for all those video calls!). So, naturally, that’s what our designer-recommended home office updates focus on! Fortunately, it really doesn’t take much to take your home office from serviceable to totally inspiring.

Building a home office from scratch? Check out all of our must-haves for a productive home office.

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Designer Recommendation: Decorative Accessories

Some new desk accessories can make your day-to-day work life run much smoother. Whether it’s a new lamp for better lighting, a desk plant or artwork to keep you inspired, or some organizational accessories (or perhaps all three?), a few desktop updates can give you a whole new outlook on work! Keep it simple but impactful. Need some help finding the right type of lighting for your home office? Check out our lighting guide.

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Designer Recommendation: Organizational Systems

If you have a bit more money to play with, focus on organizational systems. Bring some storage furniture pieces into your space, whether a credenza, filing cabinet, or bookcase. This will give you a space to store important files and documents and help you feel ultra-organized! Once you have the furniture picked out, bring in file folders and document boxes and spend a bit of time getting all your affairs in order!

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Designer Recommendation: Furniture

New furniture will, of course, have the largest impact on your space. Consider a new desk and office chair if you don’t already have long-term options for those. These are pieces you can use for years to come! But if you’ve already invested in these pieces, bring in a new rug or an accent chair—because every good home office needs a space where you can walk away from your screen and do some brainstorming or take a coffee break!

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Stylist Picks: 11 Pieces That Do The Rattan Trend Right

rattan trendThere’s so much to love when it comes to the rattan trend that’s been making its way into homes all over. We’ve been seeing rattan furnishings go from covered patios and porches into living rooms, dining spaces, and bedrooms, and we just can’t get enough of it.

Whether it’s a small side table or a full-on headboard made in the material, rattan pieces have a way of adding bold natural texture, organic appeal, and a breezy, laid-back vibe in spaces. You probably associate rattan furnishings with beach houses, your grandmother’s timeshare, or even the iconic Golden Girls’ home. But the material is getting a versatile and contemporary facelift for 2019. But what makes rattan one of our favorite materials of the moment is that it’s absolutely timeless – it doesn’t really go out of style ever and it won’t feel dated in a few months.

Still, incorporating the rattan trend into your existing decor can be tricky. So to help you get started (and inspired), our stylists rounded up a few rattan pieces that you can easily work into your home. Read on for their top picks for bringing the rattan trend home in small, medium, and major ways.

rattan trend1. Round Woven Tray with Handles

Pretty and practical, rattan trays are the simplest way to work this 2019 trend into your decor. It goes with practically everything and this design with handles has polished appeal.

2. Kids Rattan Nightstand

This rattan nightstand makes for a small accent piece that’s perfect if you’re looking to ease the material into your space. Not just for trendy tots, try using it as a side table in your living room to add a touch of texture.

3. Mobbi Round End Table

For a slightly more substantial rattan piece, this round table makes for an easy accent that’s stylish and functional. Bookend a white sofa with a pair of these to play up a breezy, casual look.

4. Sarah Bartholomew Octagonal Rattan Mirror

If you’re looking for a statement piece that will be a focal point in your space, this sculptural mirror with a rattan frame will certainly do the trick. Try hanging it in the entry for major impact.

5. Balboa Armchair

Comfy and laid-back, rattan armchairs lend rooms an airy elegance. They’re also super versatile. Place two on a covered porch or pull them into your living room for an instant conversation spot.

rattan trend6. Farmhouse Woven Rattan Baskets

You really can’t go wrong with rattan baskets, which we love as pretty storage bins for throws, blankets, and pillows. Another idea? Try using larger baskets as planters for tall leafy plants.

7. Tejido Dining Stools

To play up a casual, tropical vibe, group comfy rattan stools with your dining table. Not ready to commit to a full suite? Pull up a pair to your kitchen counter – they’ll provide the same relaxed feel.

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8. Headlands Pendant

Among the most captivating uses of rattan we’ve seen, light fixtures are an amazing way to rock this trend. Try hanging multiple rattan pendants in a room for gorgeous accents that will instantly draw the focus upward.

9. Reflect Rattan Credenza

Ready to do rattan in a big way? This show-stopping credenza will add serious visual texture. It also offers plenty of storage and is a perfect display for art and objects. It’s our idea of the ultimate conversation piece.

10. Noelie Rattan Lounge Chair with Cushion

If big comfort is what you’re after, consider a deep cushioned rattan lounge chair in your living or bedroom to give yourself a place to kick back and unwind. We love a rattan lounge chair for the cozy and organic feel it brings to a space.

11. Santa Ana Headboard

There’s something about a neutral-hued rattan headboard that sets a warm, cozy, and inviting tone in a bedroom. It’s the perfect statement piece as it has a way of presenting natural texture without overwhelming a space.

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