Having a home that looks like it could hold its own in a magazine photo shoot may be a lofty ambition — especially if you’re not willing to drop a lot of money on the effort. When it comes to making a living space shine for less cash, it pays to focus on the small upgrades and tools. The goal is to find items that reflect your style and of course, work well. It’s icing on the cake if they look luxe while having bargain prices. A whole collection of such items can be found right here.
Because there is all that travel, fine bourbon, and new tech to pay for still, right? To save your wallet, I did the hunting and comparing. And, of all the cheap things for your home on Amazon, these look the most expensive.
A 3-tiered shoe-storage bench to keep shoe clutter contained
Set this bamboo
shoe rack inside the entry door to manage your daily shoe options or stack it in the closet to create boutique-like storage for all your footwear. The bamboo slats create airy, clean storage. The snap-together design makes assembly easy. And the durable and hard bamboo will last for years.
These throw pillow covers that are soft & pretty
Throw pillows are expensive. Instead of replacing your tired-looking or ill-matching throw pillows, transform them into a coordinated look by zipping these
throw pillow covers over them. The soft, chenille faux fur will soften the texture of your room and give you a delightful place to lay your head for a nap. Choose the size that fits your pillows and a color — there are nine — that suits your style.
A glass soap dispenser that looks elegant on the sink
Buy your hand and dish soap in bulk and then pour it into this diamond design
glass soap dispenser and you will save money while improving the look of your bathroom and kitchen. No need to have plastic bottles with brand names plastered on them when you can look at a lovely glass bottle the color of the soap you like. The stainless steel pump top is a pleasure to use and the wooden tag tells people what’s in there.
These hand towels that dry fast & look chic
When you reach for a towel in the bathroom, finding it already damp is not a joy. These
Turkish hand towels are made from a highly absorbent, quick-drying cotton that feels nice every time you reach for it. The tassels and stripes give the room a chic feel and this pack of four makes it easy to have plenty of towels on hand. They make great gym towels, too. There are 15 colors to choose from.
A pair of oil dispenser bottles for that professional chef feel
Instead of struggling with big, bargain-sized tins and bottles of oil just to save money, pour your box-store oils into these two
oil dispenser bottles with precision pour spouts to make cooking easy. They are pretty enough to keep stoveside and come with several options for lids. Use the spouts with dust caps for stir-frying and the flip-top pour spout for controlled pouring over salad. They come with screwtops and a funnel, too.
This sleek utensil holder so all your tools are within reach
Get your most-often used utensils out of the drawers and keep them handy in this big, rotating
utensil holder that sits on the counter. There is a removable divider to keep your tools sorted and it’s big enough to hold everything you use frequently.
“Love the large size and the lazy Susan on the bottom,” said one reviewer.
An adorable set of pots for your succulents
Create a three-dimensional display of plants, candles, or decorative items in these three-tier, owl
succulent pots on a bamboo stand. The pots have drainage holes so your plants will be happy and the bamboo trays have a lip so any overflow stays contained.
“Such a cute little planter that’s easy to put together and has drainage holes!” said one reviewer.
This down alternative comforter so you stay warm & cozy
Stay comfy and cozy all year long under this
down alternative comforter filled with synthetic goose feathers that are fluffy and warm but also machine washable. The diamond baffle stitching keeps the fill in place so you can skip the fluffing and shaking to redistribute it and the microfiber fabric cover is silky soft, making it easy to get into a duvet cover or delightful on its own. Other sizes are available.
These LED puck lights that solve many lighting challenges
Fix any or all of your challenging lighting problems in just a few minutes without running any wires by sticking these wireless
LED puck lights in closets, on stair risers, under cabinets, and wherever a spot of light would improve things. They peel and stick to mount (or you can use the screws), give off a warm white light, last a long time on three AA batteries, and are controlled easily with the included remote.
A fleece throw blanket that’s so soft & cozy
Add softness to your decor — and stay warm while watching movies or reading on the couch — with this cushy
throw blanket. With colorful ribbed fleece on one side and plush, sheeplike fleece on the other, it is warm, cozy, and looks beautiful draped over the back of a chair or couch. There are two sizes and plenty of colors to choose from so you can decide if you want it on your bed or as a throw.
This wireless charger so you can skip the annoying plug
Make it easy (and futuristic) to charge your phone by plugging this
wireless charger in and setting it on a counter, desk, or bedside table. When you set your phone — or any device capable of wireless charging — on it, the green indicator flashes for a few seconds to let you know it is connected, then shuts off. It comes in six colors and looks decorative.
A mini security camera that keeps an eye on your stuff from afar
Keep an eye on your pet, your house, or even the kids in another room with this
mini security camera that is super easy to set up, and super affordable. It will alert your phone when it detects motion, lets you chat with whoever is in your house through its two-way audio, and connects to Amazon Alexa. Over 160,000 people gave this little camera five stars.
These solar path lights that look beautiful in your garden
Create beautiful path lighting with almost no effort by sticking these decorative
solar pathway lights into the ground. They charge up with sunlight during the day and throw pretty lighting at night. You don’t have to run wires or control them, since they turn off when they run out of power and turn on again at dusk after they’ve charged up again.
A cocktail shaker set to complete your bar tools
Every bar needs a few good tools if you hope to make mixed drinks that impress. And this basic
cocktail shaker set has all the necessary elements and no frivolous extras. The 18-ounce shaker is perfect for stirring or shaking mixed drinks. The long spoon and muddler let you create craft cocktails. The jigger pours one or two ounces. And the stylish bottle opener will get lots of use. It has a couple of bottle pourers and an illustrated guide to making cocktails.
An easy flower arrangement that stays nice for years
Create an easy floral display with these
dried flowers that will look beautiful and last for ages. There is no need for water. Just fluff up the pampas grass, arrange it all in a vase, and forget it. It won’t expire or wilt. This bouquet includes 85 pieces of mixed pampas grass, reeds, and bunny tails for an elegant arrangement.
This adhesive paper that turns unsightly furniture to a marble look
Turn a beat-up table, desk, or bathroom vanity into one that looks like marble quickly and easily with this
adhesive film that looks surprisingly like the real thing. That surface will be more water resistant and easier to clean when you are done, too, because this film is made from durable and thick vinyl PVC.
“It looks amazingly real!” said more than one reviewer.
A shower head with amazing pressure & a deluge of rain
Turn your weak, ineffective shower into one that douses you with a decadent, rain-like downpour simply by replacing your shower head with this
rainfall shower head. It has an air intake system that boosts water pressure and infuses the water with tiny air bubbles before letting it loose from the 8-inch shower head.
This set of luxuriously soft sheets that are so affordable
Your bed will look freshly pressed and you will sleep in the lap of luxury with these super soft, wrinkle-free, microfiber
bed sheets. The deep pockets prevent the sheets from popping off the mattress during the night. You get four pillowcases so your bedroom will look color-coordinated without extra shopping. They come in seven colors and 101,000 people gave them five stars.
A spinning spice rack that solves so many storage problems
Double the storage area in your spice cabinet or on your vanity with this two-tiered bamboo
lazy Susan. Spin to find the spice you need in the kitchen or the personal care product or vitamin you are looking for in the bathroom. The bamboo is easy to clean and attractive, and the 360-degree rotation makes locating what you want fast and fun.
These motion-sensing night lights for the stairs or bathroom
motion sensor night lights into an outlet in the bathroom, kitchen, or a dark stairwell so you never have to fumble around in the dark — or endure bright overhead lights when you wake in the night. A gentle warm light will come on automatically when you approach and turn off again a minute later so you can see without any effort. You can also set them to manual and turn them on and off yourself.
A wine decanter to elevate all your vino
If you like to buy wine in boxes or large jugs, serve it up in this beautiful
red wine decanter and no one will be the wiser. Even if you spent money on a nice bottle, pouring it into this decanter aerates the wine and brings out its beautiful flavors. It looks pretty on the table and makes pouring a glass easy and accurate, too.
These cabinet pulls that modernize the kitchen in a flash
It is surprising how completely nice
cabinet pulls will change the look of your kitchen. Instead of dreaming about the day when you can afford to replace the cabinets, spend $30 and replace the pulls with these elegant matte black ones. This strategy works well for bathroom cabinets and stand-alone furniture, too.
A stylish bedside lamp with 2 USB plugs
Light your space and clean up tabletop clutter at the same time with this
bedside lamp — there are two USB plugs in the base so you can plug in your phone or other gadgets. Control the three-way dimmable lamp with a touch to the base and choose from eight shades and base colors for the perfect look in your room.
A set of 3 pillar candles that looks super luxe
Stock up on this set of three high-quality
pillar candles because they are not only clean burning, dripless, smokeless, and unscented, but they burn for 30 hours and come in six gorgeous colors. They are a versatile size that will look nice on a mantle, in a table setting, or solo on a bathroom shelf.
A candle holder for an easy way to create a centerpiece
pillar holder tray will turn three pillar candles into the perfect centerpiece for a table, mantle, or party. Decorate the tray with herbs, pine cones, or other florals and the candles will safely sit above the decor. You can move all three candles at once when you clear the table and your soft lighting won’t leave a waxy mess.
This diffuser for a boost of energy or restful vibes
When you have a scratch in your throat, the room is too dry to sleep, or you need a boost of energy or a calming moment to relax so you can drift off, fill this
essential oil diffuser with water and a few drops of essential oil and let the scented cool mist change your mood and soothe you with every breath. It’s sized to fit on a bedside table or desk, serves as a night light, has two mist modes, can work for up to 13 hours on a single fill, and shuts off automatically when it’s empty.
A marble lazy Suzan for serving or storing
Sit this white
marble lazy Susan on the dining table and load it with charcuterie and condiments or an assortment of appetizers. Use it to make decorating a cake easy. Or put it on your bathroom vanity to bring order to your personal care products. It spins easily, looks beautiful, and is easy to clean.
These smart light bulbs with power monitoring
Bring your lighting into modern, voice-controlled reality by screwing in a pair of
smart lightbulbs that you can turn on and off, ask to change to one of 16 million colors, or control with an app on your phone. There is no wiring involved and you can change the mood in the room in seconds, simply by changing the brightness or color. You can also monitor your energy consumption and set schedules that conserve your power use through the Kasa app.
A realistic faux rosemary plant that adds greenery to your space
Get the look of an herb garden without any of the watering, wilting, or disappointment that comes with live plants. This
faux rosemary plant in an elegant pot will always look lively, giving your house a garden-ready feel, even if you decide to take an impromptu two-week vacation and make no arrangements for a plant sitter.
“This is perfect for my office which has no windows!” said one reviewer. “Inexpensive, cute and adds some life to our ‘cave’!”
This uber-affordable kitchen faucet head that’s so powerful
Upgrade your kitchen sink by replacing the
faucet head with this full-featured one. You don’t have to change the entire faucet, simply replace the head with this one that rotates and switches from pulse to shower mode at the push of a button. It’s simple to install and you will appreciate it every time you wash dishes or prep a meal.
These lights that help make your TV experience better
Next time you turn on the TV, enjoy a more theater-like experience with this
TV backlight that throws light behind the screen to help reduce contrast — this is said to help eyes see brighter colors and richer blacks more easily. It’s easy to install. Just peel and stick the light strip to the back of the TV and plug it into one of the USB ports. The inline controls let you adjust the brightness for your desired effect.
This handsome leather ottoman that cleans up the living room
Looking for a fast way to clean up your living and make it more livable? Set one of these faux
leather ottomans in front of the couch or your favorite chair and stash some clutter — extra pillows, gaming accessories, toys — into it. It’s roomy, sturdy, and folds for storage. It will clean up the room and give you a place to rest your feet. This trick works beautifully at the foot of the bed, too.
The whiskey decanter that looks gorgeous on the bar
Turn that economy-sized bottle of bourbon into a beverage you can pull out when royalty comes to visit by pouring it into this
glass decanter. It comes with six matching glasses that not only make that afternoon of sipping elegant, but will also look beautiful on your bar when you aren’t entertaining.
These hanging shelves for a more organized closet
Add a few shelves right where you need them so you can store folded shirts, sweaters, shoes, and accessories amid your hanging shirts and jackets — just hang this
closet organizer from the closet rod. It has five roomy shelves and lots of pockets on the sides to store all your hard-to-hang items within reach.
A set of floating shelves that turns collections into art
Create decorative storage above an armchair, in a small corner of a hall, over the toilet, or anywhere in your home with this set of
floating shelves made from intersecting cubes. They are the ideal way to store a collection — of candles, miniatures, toys, or photos — while also creating an artistic display.
This cutting board that’s so pretty you can serve from it
When you want to turn cheese, nuts, and meats into a delicious charcuterie to serve for a gathering, this large Acacia
wood cutting board is perfect for the task. It’s roomy and pretty and has a handle so you can fill the board and still deliver it to the table. It also works beautifully in the kitchen for prepping food, slicing pizza, or cutting a cake.
A galaxy projector & sound machine for sleeping under the stars
Turn any ordinary room into a space adventure that is at once thrilling and relaxing with this
galaxy projector with a built-in speaker. Drift off to sleep under the stars as it projects them on your ceiling while it plays white noise to help you ignore everyday sounds and drift off. A remote control handles the colors, volume, and sound choices.
A rechargeable arc lighter that fits in a pocket
electronic lighter will never disappoint you by being out of butane or unable to sustain a flame in a high wind. It is an arc lighter so it uses an arc of electricity to light your candle, fire, or whatever you need to ignite. It’s rechargeable so you never have to order more butane. Just plug it into a USB port.
These chic rope baskets that are so versatile
These large cotton
rope baskets are an elegant and versatile storage trick. They are sized to fit on shelves but are pretty enough to store right out in the open to make cleaning up clutter a simple matter of tossing things into baskets. Great for a kids’ room or playroom, they are just as useful in a closet or workshop. They have an integrated handle on each side and come in lots of colors.
These reed diffusers that delicately scent the room
Solve scent issues without worrying about burning candles or incense by setting this elegant
reed diffuser kit in the bathroom, living room, or bedroom. Choose a scent and arrange the reeds in the bottle. That’s it. The reeds will slowly wick the scented oil into the room until the bottle is empty.
A sleek charging station that can handle six gadgets
Gather all your electronics together and rally them into this
charging station to skip the cable clutter spread that can so easily take over your house. Each of six gadgets gets its own adjustable slot and a short cable that connects it to the charging base. Charge everything from a single outlet in a small footprint with no snarled cables to fuss with. It comes with seven short charging cables.
This complete weather station with 3 sensors
You will know the weather at a glance once you set this
weather station in a central location. It pulls data from up to three connected sensors that you can sit inside and outside your home so you can monitor a child’s room, pet area, or other indoor space while you keep tabs on your local outdoor weather situation. It also alerts you to dangerous weather situations that might be brewing and works as an alarm clock, too.
A set of elegant bath mats that are soft & absorbent
Solve your bathroom water issues with this coordinated set of two
bathroom mats that are nonslip, soft underfoot, absorbent, and pretty. There are five colors to choose from. The shaggy chenille fabric feels terrific on your feet while it pulls the water off your skin and gives the room a plush and soft feeling.
This nice-looking solution for the toilet brush
Is there anything quite as icky as brushing your teeth and washing your face while staring at the bristles of a brush that you know recently cleaned the interior of a dirty toilet? This
toilet brush and holder will hide that thought from your freshly scrubbed awareness and look elegant doing it. The brush fits neatly into the canister so all you see is the handle.
A set of food storage containers that streamlines the pantry
Get the pantry in order and make sure all your grains, pasta, and snacks are fresh and safe from invading insects by getting them out of the bags and boxes they came in and into these
airtight storage canisters. The containers are a variety of sizes to suit everything from linguine to nuts but the lids are all the same size so you never have to hunt for the right one. And they fit neatly together to maximize your storage space.
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