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3 Smart, Stylish Ways to Upgrade Your Space to Dream-Home Status

updated Sep 14, 2021
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There’s nothing like spending months (and months, and months) at home to make you realize how much your space is worth investing in. All those changes we said we’d get around to? We’re making them. All those pieces that don’t spark joy? We’re replacing them. All those design trends we were afraid to try? We’re trying them. (Well, maybe not all at once.) That’s why we designed three dream-level interior overhauls, all featuring our favorite items from Williams Sonoma Inc., the style juggernaut that includes Williams Sonoma, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Mark & Graham.

If you want to update — and upgrade — your space, there’s a way to pay at your own pace. When you’re eyeing an investment purchase or two, Affirm is a tool that helps you make payments gradually without carrying a high credit card balance. With Affirm, you can split the cost over 3, 6, or 12 months*. They offer simple payments and never charge late or hidden fees, meaning you’ll only pay what you agree to upfront. So you can meet your space #stylegoals ASAP.

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1. Bohemian Cottage Kitchen

The hardest-working room in the house deserves an especially elegant upgrade. Start with showstopping appliances: the iconic Smeg refrigerator (as low as $199/month* with Affirm) and the breathtaking La Cornue CornuFé 90 Albertine Range (as low as $766/month* with Affirm), which features five ultra powerful burners for the serious home chef.

Balance them with accents in earthy materials and subtle colorways: blush speckled ceramic coffee mugs, a wood-and-stoneware cream and sugar set, a two-tone stoneware pitcher, and olive wood kitchen tools. Gorgeously touchable linen tea towels add a dab of warm, sunny color and fun gingham print.

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Keep the free-spirited vibes flowing throughout the room with a relaxed rattan wall clock and a playful minimalist Misewell hanging planter. A geometric Wolfum serving tray, hand-printed on FSC®-certified Baltic birch wood, will make happy hour even happier. And the final flourish for your foodie paradise? A stunning Italian leather-bound, embossed edition of that classic tome, The Joy of Cooking.

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2. Coastal Cool Dining Room

If your dining room has been doubling as an office or school, it’s time to re-christen it for a new season of delicious gatherings. This sculptural Liv round dining table adds a dose of mod design (as low as $64/month* with Affirm) that balances beautifully with the natural chic of these woven seagrass dining chairs. Bring beachside dining indoors with a soft-as-white-sand rug with ocean blue accents and a rattan pendant for a diffuse, dreamy glow.

Use sophisticated acacia and marble bar tools and a tropical-inspired teak and rope bar cart to mix up a batch of Mai Tais. The cart is also durable and weather-resistant for al fresco cocktails.

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Complete the serene seaside scene with tableware that evokes nature, starting with olive wood snacking bowls — handcrafted by Tunisian artisans — and olive wood serving utensils from the French craftsmen at Laguiole. And between these handcrafted Mexican speckled-glass hurricanes and this artisan-glazed dinnerware, your tabletop will shimmer all evening long.

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3. Moody Modern Bedroom

What’s better than a good night’s sleep? A bedroom that makes you feel like you’ve escaped to your own private sanctuary. The Cayman platform bed and headboard (as low as $91/month* with Affirm) is a sleek spot for snoozing — especially when topped with luxurious bedding like 100% linen sheets and sensuous velvet pillows in rich olive green. A handwoven Nipomo throw, made by a mother-daughter duo and inspired by the evocative landscape of California, is just the right size for midday naps.

A clean bedroom is a calm bedroom, so make sure you have enough storage. The spacious Tilden dresser features a functional mix of baskets and drawers, and the rich walnut finish makes for a soothing accent. With its light blush hue and glass lid, this dresser top jewelry box is handsome enough to display. And the slim, cylindrical Belle nightstand has a fun rounded design with ample shelving and a storage compartment for your books, sleep masks, and other bedtime necessities.

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When you’re ready to curl up in bed with a good book, the Hensley Linear lamp offers clean LED light and a sleek, modernist shape. We love plants in the bedroom for a touch of green serenity: This matte-glazed olive green ceramic planter continues the modern theme and brings the outdoors in. Add a woven seagrass basket to catch odds and ends, and you’ve got a bedroom that feels like a true retreat.

If you’re upgrading your space’s style, Affirm can help — without any late or hidden fees, ever. When shopping at Williams Sonoma Inc. stores on orders over $100, pay at your own pace over 3, 6, or 12 months with Affirm subject to eligibility.

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