Sure, interior designers and design-obsessed influencers think expensive custom sofas and vintage midcentury furniture are totally worth it; but they also love finding a bargain as much as the rest of us. Scroll through their feeds on Instagram or Pinterest, and you’re sure to see certain affordable home accents over and over again. Simply put, these pros know where to shop. And so could you! We did some research and located the exact pieces (or ones that are nearly identical) they bought but didn’t pay big bucks for. If you’re looking to give your home an update, try adding one or more of the most accessible decor pieces that launched a thousand “likes.”
Metal side table
These curvy aluminum side tables (West Elm, $159) have become contemporary classic
“The Martini table has an eye-catching shape, and they come in different colors and textures, so it’s an easy way to add a pop of color and form to a room,” notes Ashley Redmond, director of design at virtual interior design company Decorist. “You can use one as an end table or a stool, and people gravitate to that multifunctionality.”
At just 15 inches wide and 16.5 inches high, it’s petite enough to work in any room regardless of size.
A touch of the outdoors adds a soothing feel to any space, and lately the hot houseplant is the ficus (Home Depot, $29.97).
“The leaves are large, curvy, and shiny, so it has a big visual impact,” says Redmond. “They come in so many sizes, from a 10-foot tree to a shrub version, so they can work in any space when you need to bring a boring corner alive.”
These plants are relatively easy to care for, but if you have a black thumb and are scared of it dying on your watch, you can buy a faux version (World Market, $180).