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Affordable Shortcuts to the Season's Hottest Design Trends

Jun 16 2014 - 3:05am

After scoping out the stylish offerings at last month's ICFF [1] and Wanted Design [2], I left with a new decor wish list for my "someday house." From gemstone-shaped cocktail tables to gold marbled wall coverings — these exquisitely crafted finds, understandably, don't come cheap. While they're certainly worth saving for, I've uncovered some clever DIYs and unbelievable deals for design enthusiasts with smaller budgets. Check out the five I'm eyeing for an instant home refresh!

Designer Trend: Gemstone Decor

When I spotted these tables by Debra Folz [3] at Wanted Design, it was love at first sight. Priced between $1,600-$2,400, though, they may never make it home with me.

Source: Debra Folz Design [4]

Savvy Solution: Gemstone Soaps

Enter my gemstone mistress: these gorgeous soaps [5]! At $20 a pop, they're a glamorous addition to any bathroom — not to mention a fail-proof hostess gift.

Designer Trend: Triangle Floor Mirrors

Who wants a boring rectangle mirror when you can have a hip triangle mirror? Moving Mountains' A-framed mirror [6] added instant cool and function to the booth at ICFF. The only catch? They are in limited production, and you must contact them to request a price.

Source: Moving Mountains [7]

Savvy Solution: Triangle Wall Mirrors

If you're into instant satisfaction and don't mind something on a smaller scale, these triangle mirrors [8] ($120) from Etsy might be the next best thing!

Design Trend: Rug Chair

I spotted this chair by Michael Yates [9] at Wanted Design. It features a whitewashed oak frame and a rug-like sling by Alyson Fox [10] (price upon request).

Source: Michael Yates [11]

Savvy Solution: DIY Rug Bench

Another way to showcase a small but stunning rug is to turn it into a bench! A Beautiful Mess used plywood, foam batting, and legs to create a DIY rug bench [12].

Source: A Beautiful Mess [13]

Designer Trend: Marbled Wallpaper

I was lucky enough to witness Calico's marbled wall coverings [14] in person twice — first as a sample at ICFF and then inside this stunning mansion [15]. You can visit their website to watch the mesmerizing process and contact for pricing.

Source: Timothy Bell

Savvy Solution: Marbled Paper

This high-quality gold marble paper [16] will set you back $7 for a 20"x29" sheet. Try using it for smaller projects — like lining the back of your bookshelves!

Designer Trend: Luxe Folding Chairs

I discovered these vintage-inspired folding chairs [17] ($150 each) by Izzy Million at ICFF. They come in all sorts of fun seat covers — from lizard-embossed leather to colorful Navajo prints and are a dream come true if you have a small space or love to entertain.

Source: Izzy Million [18]

Savvy Solution: DIY Folding Chairs

If $150 is too much of a splurge, check out this creative tutorial for turning ugly folding chairs into statement furniture [19]!

Source: My Fabuless Life [20]


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