sofa with clean lines
Courtesy of West Elm


Usually, an inexpensive sofa lacks arms or comes with a bunch of annoying throw pillows. This sleek number anchors your living room for less than a grand and won’t give you one more thing to arrange.

Dean Sofa
Available at West Elm

David Hicks-style printed cotton
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters


A graphic David Hicks-style printed cotton rug can underscore your living room with a bold, dirt-concealing pattern for less than $70. The round rugs from this shop are cute, too, and can add an unexpected shape.

5' x 7' Printed Cotton Rug
Available at Urban Outfitters

metal coffee table
Courtesy of CB2

Coffee Table

A crimson finish gives this metal coffee table big personality. A small price tag gives you little reason to resist. Exposed nuts and bolts add a little industrial chic.

Caliente Coffee Table
Available at CB2

floor lamp
Courtesy of Conran Shop

Floor Lamp

Lighting might be the most important mood-definer in a room. For that reason, splurge a little on a lamp that can adjust at the touch of a finger. You can find a cheaper lamp, but you’ll pay for it in the long run with its flimsy shade and wonky wiring.

Constanza Floor Lamp
Available at Conran Shop

tripod side table
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Side Table

Having one organic shape in your room is going to enliven it in the way that a flower arrangement does -- the unpredictable curves and warm tones of the wood bring a touch of nature inside. This tripod table is a great value and a versatile addition to your furniture wardrobe.

Branch Side Table
Available at West Elm

art print
Courtesy of Cut & Paste Print

Art in Residence

Affordable reproduction prints are an easy way to fill empty wall space. The popular shop Papermoth Illustration has a low price offshoot selling prints of this artist’s original work for a fraction of the price. Here, $20 gets you a 13- by 19-inch archival print of a vintage WWII poster that seems especially appropriate in this economy.

Keep Calm and Carry On
Available at Cut & Paste Print


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