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7 Products That Pro Decorators Say Aren’t Worth Spending Your Money On


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There are plenty of seemingly “must have” products that designers say aren’t worth the hype. So where can you cut corners? Four designers weighed in on things that aren’t worth spending big on.

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Good lighting is essential in any home, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you really want to save big, check out your neighborhood thrift store.

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Decorative Accents

“Vases, books, and other pieces for shelves and coffee tables can be found at local stores and some online marketplace for a lot less than big brand names.” — says Molly Kay Johns of MK Interiors

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“You can also find some amazing art at estate sales, on Everything But The House, and on Etsy,” notes Elizabeth Stamos, owner and principal at Elizabeth Stamos Design. 

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Side Tables

A good place to go cheaper is with occasional furniture like side and end tables. Same goes for nightstands in the bedroom—splurge on a headboard or bed, since it’s the focal point but don’t sweat the small stuff. 

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“Buying fancy china means some hand-washing is involved, so save money and time with a set of porcelain for everyday,” says Shannon Crain of Shannon Crain Design. “They are easy to clean, pretty, and don’t chip! 

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Entertaining Accessories

As much as we wish every day was a party, you’re likely not hosting seven days a week. So keep your entertaining items budget-friendly. 

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Coffee Table Tchotchkes

No vignette is complete without a candle or sculptural piece, but these items don’t need to cost hundreds.