We Gave an Interior Designer $25 — This Is Her Haul from Dollar Tree

published Apr 11, 2024
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June 3, 2019: Dollar tree store in Toronto.  Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. is an American chain of discount variety stores.
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If someone handed me $25 and told me to decorate my home, I would probably burst out laughing at the seemingly impossible task. After all, $25 won’t get you very far at most — if any — home stores. 

However, professional interior designers have a secret source that makes $25 go a lot further, making what once felt like an impossible task not only possible, but fun. No, it’s not a trade program — all you have to do is head down to your local Dollar Tree. We gave Carissa Henderson, owner and interior designer at A Bold New Hue, $25 to spend, and her haul is bound to both surprise you and inspire your next home decor shopping spree.

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When in doubt, start with wallpaper. Henderson went straight for the removable wallpaper, which at only $1.25 per 16x11-inch sheet, is remarkably affordable. “Wallpaper can make a huge impact in a space,” she says. “I love that this is a modern and elegant print that can mix with a variety of decor styles. This comes in small pieces, so I would use this creatively to either cover a piece of furniture or fridge, line a bookcase back, or wallpaper a small accent wall.” Alternatively, you can cover a small accent wall and add some artwork as the cherry on top.

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It’s safe to say you can never have too many baskets — they’re great for storage and double as decor. “Baskets are a great accent and honestly just handy to have in general,” Henderson says. “I love using baskets at the bottom of bookshelves as extra storage, or placed on top of a stack of books on a table. I also love that this size is more substantial so you are really getting more bang for your buck.”

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Gold frames work with so many different home decor styles and color palettes, but they can be surprisingly expensive! “I would add some colorful art and use this in a gallery wall, or paired in multiples of the same size in a small wall area,” Henderson suggests. “Place two or three of these stacked vertically on a skinny bare wall, fill them with eclectic or colorful art, and you’ve got yourself a statement piece!” You could also opt for something a little bit simpler and use the frame to feature a family portrait on a buffet, dresser, or nightstand.

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Marble always feels effortlessly chic, and it can contribute to a quiet luxury aesthetic. “I love the simplicity of this bowl’s shape,” Henderson explains. “Instead of using this as a regular food bowl in the kitchen, I would use this on a shelf or coffee table stacked on some books, or mixed in with two other pieces such as a taller vase and varying candlesticks to create a balanced cluster of three for a coffee table.”

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Vases are beautiful decor pieces, but they’re also incredibly handy when you receive an unexpected flower delivery or spot a gorgeous bouquet at the grocery store. “You can keep this as just a glass vase with an arrangement on a table, or you can use some DIY skills and spray this with a plaster effect paint to make this a trendy plaster style vase,” Henderson recommends. If you decide to paint it, don’t be afraid to play with color — at $1.25 a piece, they’re the perfect way to try incorporating new hues into your space.

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Candlesticks are equal parts elegant and dramatic, and for $2.50 for a pair, these are the perfect to add some to a space. “Candlesticks are great for an entryway table or sideboard,” says Henderson. “I would personally spray paint these a more vibrant gold and then maybe put some modern or interesting candlesticks in them, like a soft lilac tapered candle or a twisted candle!”

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Craving some dopamine decor? Grab a pair of pink glass candle holders. “This style is just so current and cute,” says Henderson. “I would use this as filler on a bookcase or table, and maybe buy a couple and place one on a book or some sort of raised surface to create dimension in the heights.” They’re also a great complement to a pair of Dollar Tree’s taper candle holders!

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Dollar Tree’s vases give luxury retailers a serious run for their money, and this gold rim vase is no exception. “Small bud vases can be a great and easy accent on a bookcase or sideboard,” says Henderson. “Place this next to something taller and insert a small piece of greenery or [something] floral. I would probably have some sort of bust sculpture as the tallest item, then a mid size vase or candle stick, and then this bud vase.”

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If you have sentimental items or special tchotchkes that you’d like to show off, Dollar Tree’s plastic high cloche dome has got you covered — pun intended. “This is a great filler piece for a bookshelf,” Henderson says. “Put a fun trinket inside or place moss on the bottom and a succulent. You can also spray-paint the bottom different colors. I personally am a gold girly, so I would spray-paint it gold.”

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Ready to take on a fun, new DIY project? As far as Henderson is concerned, this stackable stool is the perfect DIY piece. “Spray-paint the legs black or gold, and cover the wood with a marble contact paper,” she says. “Or do a two tone with gold legs and a black top. You could also go super fun and paint it a vibrant color for a modern pop of color in your decor.” To take it one step further, she suggests upholstering the seat to make a cozy footstool.

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Keeping plants alive isn’t everybody’s strong suit, so faux plants to the rescue! “Plants bring so much warmth to a space and you can never have too many,” Henderson says. Look for pieces that have a more natural appearance, and don’t be afraid to keep it simple when styling them. A single piece of artificial greenery in a small vase can go a long way.