I Can Always Rely on Target, Amazon, and Zara to Make My Home Look Luxe for Less

Updated 03/02/19
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Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

As someone who essentially shops for home décor for a living, I'm constantly exposed to the latest trends and am often tempted to splurge on expensive new pieces for my tiny Los Angeles apartment. However, my budget and square-footage don't always allow me to make the big-ticket purchases for my home that I would if money and space were no object.

Luckily, my experience sourcing home décor isn't only from high-street design studios. I've also learned exactly where to find stunning pieces that tap into the latest interior designer-backed trends but that won't cost me my entire savings account. I can always rely on retailers like Target, Amazon, and Zara Home to produce beautiful home décor finds that look far more expensive than they actually are.

At Target, I head straight to in-house brands like Project 62 and Opalhouse for lighting and other accessories that could pass for designer pieces. Amazon also has a variety of in-house home décor brands where affordable treasures are hiding. I often turn to Rivet for mid-century modern items that won't cost a fortune and will certainly fit in my L.A. apartment as well as Stone & Beam for traditional basics. Finally, Zara Home is where I find products to make my home feel absolutely luxe. When it comes to affordable bedding, bath, and kitchenware that looks high-end, the brand can't be beaten.

Ready to see what's in my shopping cart from these retailers at the moment? Keep scrolling to take an editor-approved, affordable home décor shopping spree.

Target

Project 62 Round Decorative Wall Mirror
Project 62 Round Decorative Wall Mirror $50
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Whether hung in the front entryway, the hallway, or in the dining room, this round mirror would make any space feel just a bit more luxurious. Plus, it will give a small room the illusion of being much larger. The style is timeless and the price won't produce sticker shock.

Project 62 Geneva Glass Globe Accent Lamp
Project 62 Geneva Glass Globe Accent Lamp $40
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This globe table lamp with gold details and a marble base is the definition of chic and affordable home décor. It would look divine sitting on a bedside table or on a desk and the mid-century modern vibe the piece is radiating is here to stay.

Project 62 Artificial Aloe Plant in Terra Cotta Pot
Project 62 Artificial Aloe Plant in Terra Cotta Pot $8
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For an indulgence in trendy home décor, this faux plant has it all. First, the pot features the wildly popular terra cotta shade of orange that cool girls can't get enough right now. Combine that with the chic, pale green, blue hue of the artificial aloe plant and this simple item (that costs less than $10) will elevate any room.

Project 62 + Leanne Ford Natural Woven Tripod Lamp
Project 62 + Leanne Ford Natural Woven Tripod Lamp $90
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Designer Leanne Ford recently collaborated on a line of strikingly modern lighting pieces for Project 62 and the results are stunning. Place this woven tripod lamp in the living room to make a statement and infuse the room with a touch of natural elements.

Opalhouse Wool Stripe Throw Blanket in Cream
Opalhouse Wool Stripe Throw Blanket in Cream $35
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This wool stripe throw blanket comes in a neutral shade of cream to give any couch or chair a soft decoration. Toss it just about anywhere to make a room feel cozy and welcoming.

Zara Home

Zara Home Paper Placemat (Pack of 2)
Zara Home Paper Placemat (Pack of 2) $18
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Adding placemats to the kitchen table is a surefire way to make the space feel more expensive and put together. These placemats from Zara Home feature a woven, textured design and would look chic, yet casual on the table.

Zara Home Terrazzo-Effect Soap Dispenser
Zara Home Terrazzo-Effect Soap Dispenser $36
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Nothing will make your bathroom feel more luxurious for less effort than a simple soap dispenser. Swap out your plastic bottle for this terrazzo coated dispenser to instantly upgrade your space from a regular bathroom to a sanctuary with hotel spa vibes.

Zara Home Round Basket with Handle
Zara Home Round Basket with Handle $70
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This is not the first time I've advocated for the humble Zara Home basket (and it certainly won't be the last). There's really no better (or more affordable) way to organize your space while adding an effortlessly stylish piece of décor to your collection.

Zara Home 500-Thread-Count Sateen Flat Sheet
Zara Home 500-Thread-Count Sateen Flat Sheet $70
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If you're going to splurge on anything, make it your bedding. However, you can always find high-quality bedding essentials for a reasonable price. Take this 500-thread-count sateen sheets, for instance. They would look and feel luxe on a neatly made bed.

Zara Home Textured Ceramic Vase
Zara Home Textured Ceramic Vase $36
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Add this textured ceramic vase to your coffee table, kitchen table, or console table to make heads turn. It looks original and one-of-a-kind and would be the perfect vessel for holding dried pampas grass.

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Amazon

Rivet Mid-Century Ceramic Planter with Stand
Rivet Mid-Century Ceramic Planter with Stand $55
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You'd be surprised at how something as simple as a stylish plant stand can completely transform a space. Use it to display faux or fresh plants on a pedestal. Something like this mid-century piece from Amazon's Rivet collection would look chic styled in a cluster with other potted plants in an otherwise underutilized corner.

Rivet Set of 4 Marble Coasters
Rivet Set of 4 Marble Coasters $30
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Having (and using) coasters in your home will always make your space feel mature and well-thought through. These black and white marble coasters look luxe and will never go out of style.

Rivet Glass Ball and Ang Metal Table Lamp
Rivet Glass Ball and Ang Metal Table Lamp $60
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This might be the chicest table lamp we've ever seen for under $75. A brass metal stand holds up a globe-shaped light that wins points for both style and function.

Stone & Beam Striated Velvet/Linen-Look Pillow
Stone & Beam Striated Velvet/Linen-Look Pillow $40
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A couch without throw pillows looks unfinished. Add an accessory in a rich hue for an instant upgrade that will make your living room look more expensive.

Rivet Spring Pink Floral Print
Rivet Spring Pink Floral Print $37
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Although staunch minimalists might disagree, blank walls were meant to display art. Add a bit of color, texture, and design to your space with a few paintings or prints. It may feel like an unnecessary purchase but you don't have to shell out the big bucks to fill your blank walls with personality.

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