Building a look around a quality statement piece is a good way to anchor a room. When augmented with lower-cost pieces, itâ€™s also a good way to achieve a look thatâ€™s greater than the sum of its parts (i.e. looks more expensive than it is).
This thoroughly modern desk from Blu Dot is functionally funky: the bold red color packs a punch while the ample workspace and sleek lines make it practical enough for a workspace or home office. The desk itself costs $699, but add these more frugal sidekicks and youâ€™ll achieve an overall look that wonâ€™t have you working overtime.
Set the stage with Blu Dotâ€™s bright red desk from the Conran Shop. $699.
DESK 51 - RED
This shelving unit is highly complimentaryâ€”both in color and styleâ€”but doesnâ€™t scream â€œset!â€ $229 from CB2.
Because the line between â€œawesomely redâ€ and â€œlooks like the inside of a tomatoâ€ is a thin one, add a grounding neutral, like this jute rug. $149 Tarby rug from IKEA.
TÃ…RNBY Rug, flatwoven, natural
Anyone who actually remembers high school science lab or shop will surely remember such stools, which actually look better with time and abuse. This backed model also has an adjustable leg height. $69.99 from Northern Stool.
National Public Seating Adjustable Stool with Back
The Task Floor Lamp bends and arches to provide light where you need it. $169 from west elm.
Industrial Task Floor Lamp
Mujiâ€™s classic Aluminum Wall Clock is perfect for a work space, but would work in just about any room of the house. $48.75.
Aluminum Wall Clock
At long lastâ€”you can keep your important papers color-coded with these Pantone storage tins. $22.00 from Seltzer Studios.
Pantone Storage Tin- Orange
What time is it in London? With this cool understated clock, you’ll never have to ask.
TIME ZONE CLOCK - LONDON, $80
These mod side tables are under a hundo a piece, and they look spectacular.
Avenue Six Slick Cube Occasional End Table, $99
Miniatures are totally hot right now. Cb2′s mini mid-century with 50′s fireplace makes a great conversation piece.
neville house, $59.95
Impress your design junky friends with this giant vintage-looking poster of Vitra’s famous chairs since 1950.
Vitra design museum collection poster, $55
You can’t go wrong with a funky little Jonathan Adler xanax jar by your bed.
Xanax pill container, $28
For the season where you find yourself missing summer and dreading the cold, we chose pieces that get you cozied up for Fall.
This scattered seashells pillow is reminiscent of summer, without looking summer-y.
Scattered Seashells 20-inch Decorative Pillow, $22.49
Bring in some nature with a faux banana tree, because who says plants need to be real? At $136 it’s a bit steep, but it’ll last forever and look as real as they come.
Triple Stalk Banana Tree, $136
These fab curtains keep the heat in and the sunshine out.
Solid Insulated Thermal 84 L x 104 W Blackout Curtains, $49.99
A plush area rug in a rich Fall color will cozy up a room in a jiffy.
Handmade-tufted World Classic Rust Wool Rug (5 x 8), $183.99
This butter yellow quilt set is so fifties. Consider pairing it with the Rust Wool Rug for the ultimate Mad Men bedroom.
Vashon 3-piece Quilt Set, $79.99
The compact and versatile pieces in Mujiâ€™s furniture line are ideal for tight or new spaces, such as a studio, dorm room or starter apartment. The lineâ€™s simplicity makes for easy mixing-and-matching–even with pieces sporting varied materials and finishes. This neutral-toned living room can be yours for just $717.20, making it a great foundation from which to add a bit of personalization and flair.
This space-saving brown sofa also folds up for easy transport. $327.50
Compact Sofa - Brown
Stack and store books, pictures and miscellany in this simple pulp board box. $44.95.
Pulp Board Box
This accommodating side table is ready to saddle up wherever you need it. $88.
Steel Pipe Side Table
Coat stands can organize more than just outerwear: hang bags, charging cords or throws on this beech stand. $94.75.
Beech Coat Stand
This walnut wall clock is dead simple and dead awesome. $97.50
White oval cushions provide extra cushiness and break up the boldness of the couch. $32.25 each.
Urethane Oval Foam Cushion
Flea market shopping can be daunting, especially when you’re shopping for the home. Enter Flea Market Style, the ultimate guide to the world of junk.
Flea Market Style
If you find yourself craving an old world look, this book provides excellent inspiration to get you started. From expert insight on how to spot valuable objects to tips on arranging vintage with modern, this gorgeously photographed book is a true inspiration to those who want their home to tell a story.