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Designers' Top Updates for Cozy Spaces on $100 or Less

July 06, 2016

These affordable design ideas will give new life to your favorite room.

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Photo: Terracotta Design Build

Make Pillows Pop

Bolster your seating with pillows bearing favorite locations and phrases. You can take a linen pillow and use stencil and spray paint to add the name of your town or home country, or anything you want, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta.

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Photo: Christina Wedge. From: Robin LaMonte.

Decorate With Clocks

If you have family out of town or travel often, arrange a trio of used clocks on a wall and set them to those time zones. That way you can keep track of what time zone they're in, and also avoid trying to Facetime them in the middle of the night. Designer Robin LaMonte set these clocks to Atlanta time, where this family lives, and China and Paris, two areas where the mother often goes on business trips. Depending on the look you are after or your budget you can also use mismatched clocks sourced from garage sales, for a more inexpensive option.

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Photo: Christina Wedge

Give Old Maps New Life

Designer Robin LaMonte loves bringing travel items into rooms, and it doesn't have to be a souvenir you picked up on vacation. Instead, buy an atlas (you can find used ones at flea markets) and cut out the states where you vacationed or where you have family, and put them in simple black frames.

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Photo: Christopher Oquendo

Top Off the Table

Metallics add a modern touch to a room without breaking your budget. For table decor under $100, Parker Kennedy Living used a sea urchin from Target and a lacquer green and gold box from C Wonder. They didn't have to buy new books, since the homeowner already owned those, as well as the table.

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