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    Updated on Jul 7, 2020. Posted on Jul 6, 2020

    29 Things That'll Freshen Up Your Home A Bit

    Home feeling drab and a little stuffy? These things will help your home turn a new leaf.

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    1. A lotus storage container for your toothpicks or cotton swabs. Why settle for a boring glass container when you could feel like a frog princess getting ready at their floating pond vanity?

    four pots with lily flowers on top and an opening for cotton swabs

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four colors).

    2. A leafy doormat or bathroom mat because more (green) is more (good vibes).

    white bath mat with leaves in three shades of green in front of tub

    Promising review: "Plants are abundant in my bathroom, and this mat is a perfect addition. It absorbs water well, and I can easily throw it in the washing machine when it needs cleaning. I am very happy with my purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    3. Fake wood contact paper to transform furniture or spruce up window sills.,

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome!! Bought some to cover up sun spots on a few windows before we sold our house, and couldn't believe how good it looked and how easily it installed. I could hardly tell the difference from the original wood! Recommend to anyone looking for a cheap fix!" —Trent

    Get it from Amazon for $2.87+ (available in seven colors and five sizes).

    4. Fancy brass knobs for a surprisingly noticeable difference in your kitchen or bathroom.


    Promising review: "Really love these. They were inexpensive, but look top notch. We used them in both our bathrooms. Can be used either direction for a sharp look." —Kelsey F

    Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in two other finishes).

    5. And grab some matching drawer pulls to complete the well-polished kitchen look.,

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $29.97+ (available in 10 sizes).

    6. A set of fake monstera leaves that do everything a live one can, but without the devastating side effect of dying after a few weeks.

    three large plastic monstera leaves in a vase

    I used to buy live monstera leaves at the corner shop. They really brightened up the room and lived much longer than traditional flowers. The only problem is that they do still die after a while. These fake ones will never hurt you like that.

    Get them from Amazon for $15.98 (available in packs of 4–6, with monstera or palm leaf options).

    7. Or just get a real plant, like a tricolor stromanthe, for fresh air and a fresh new look.

    live plant with long pointed green leaves with stripes of light pink and white plus hot pink bottoms

    These babies like bright, indirect light.

    Promising review: "THIS PLANT IS BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING AND SO GORGEOUS AND HEALTHY! It literally arrived in a day. I cried and howled in joy when I pulled the box away and pulled the well-wrapped trappings away from its secure and healthy root ball. It is flawless and perfect and healthy. I can't wait to pot it and love it and treat it with all the love and adoration that I have for it. BEST PLANT DEAL I'VE EVER GOTTEN!" —Shiznit1984

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49+ (available in two styles).

    8. Oooor a potted heart-shaped philodendron capable of growing long vines that'll look simply divine draped over your shelves or wrapped around your bedpost.

    reviewer image of vining plant with heart-shaped leaves

    Promising review: "I ordered two of these philodendron, along with a parlor palm and a peace lily. All of the plants arrived beautiful and healthy, and very well packaged. Because some of the reviews mentioned spider mites, I immediately washed all the leaves off upon arrival (though there was no visible evidence of mites), and sprayed them the next day with a mild solution of dish detergent and water. So whether they came with mites, I couldn't say, but three months later they are still healthy and infestation-free. After giving the plants a month to settle into their new environment, I transplanted them to larger pots, and now they can't seem to grow fast enough. They get a little morning sun, and then shade for the rest of the day. They are absolutely gorgeous now, with vines beginning to stretch out. Love them, and would absolutely buy from Hirt's again." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $11. See more houseplant options from Hirt's Garden or find more places to buy plants online.

    9. A cool exposed bulb desk light to shed some light on your home decor.

    green tripod with exposed bulb at the top and wire with button switch

    Grab a cool Edison bulb to go with it.

    Get it fro Novogratz on Amazon for $25.14.

    10. A fuzzy area rug for anyone looking to glam up their space.

    furry white rug hanging on ottoman

    Promising review: "We love these throws!! We’ve bought four (purple, pink, turquoise, grey) to use in photos with our social media puppy. They have held up beautifully even after washing (we air dry and do some light combing after) and our dog actually prefers them to her bed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (available in two colors and two sizes).

    11. A duvet cover in a fruit or floral pattern for an extra shot of color in your bedroom.


    Get them from Amazon: the pineapple pattern for $48.99+ (available in sizes twin–king and seven other patterns) or the floral pattern for $46.99+ (available in sizes twin–king and five other patterns).

    12. A charming matte gold mirror that will make your space feel larger *and* help you take really cute selfies.

    round mirror with u-shaped embellishments on top and bottom with circular charms

    Get it from Jungalow for $179.

    13. A lovely bird vase sure to make your heart soar, even when there aren't any flowers in it.

    review photo of white bird on branch with flowers in the holes around the top of the branch area

    Get it from Amazon for $25.80 (available in four colors).

    14. A beautiful hand print that you can have in your home THIS VERY MOMENT — assuming you have a printer. It's a digital download!

    pink hand with eye on palm and red nails plus a rose, two stars, and a snake

    Download it from EmmaMakeStudio on Etsy for $14.17.

    15. An elegant console with record storage so everyone can see what amazing music taste you have.

    console with hairpin legs, two drawers, and two open spaces with record dividing wires

    Promising review: "This piece is gorgeous and looks great in my home. It has literally revolutionized my house — I play records all the time now! So thankful for this purchase. Love it!!" —Doni

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $116.99.

    16. A portrait of your beloved pet as a 17th-century aristocrat...or should I say aristocat?

    hand holds up phone with photo of dog on zazzle app in front of framed portrait of same dog but in style of Vermeer's Study of a Young Woman

    Take a well-lit, front-facing photo of your pet and then you can collaborate with a Zazzle Live designer to create a fun pet portrait that really captures their spoiled, luxurious nature. I always knew my dog belonged in a Vermeer painting!

    Get started by downloading the Zazzle Live app.

    17. A string of fairy lights to add some warm ambience. This must be what Owl City meant when he sang "cause I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs."

    coiled wire string lights

    Promising review: "My room is so peaceful now because of these! I’m so happy with this purchase and I would recommend these to anyone. I hung mine with thumbtacks! It was so simple. I got the warm white and it is true to color." —April Biggs

    Get a string of 200 LEDs from Amazon for $13.99.

    18. Stick-on wallpaper with fun designs — application will feel like a very low-key renovation in a single afternoon.

    Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Spoonflower

    Get the mid-century geometric pattern from Urban Outfitters for $59, the monstera pattern from Anthropologie for $138 (available in two colors), or the cloud pattern from Spoonflower on Etsy for $7+ (available in nine sizes and two materials).

    19. A window cling that adds some privacy — and more importantly, RAINBOWS!,

    When the light hits just right, it'll filter through the window film and create dazzling rainbows. Read more about this rainbow window film.

    Promising review: "I'm surprised at how much I like this. I was afraid it would look cheap, but it doesn't. From the outside looking in you don't see the colors, but from inside when the light hits, it's very subtle and pleasing to the eye. It's perfect for that oddly sized window by my front door that I had to order specially made blinds for. Even then, I didn't like the blinds closed, but didn't like them open either. This solves that problem and was easy to put up with just soapy water. Big difference for little investment." —Alice Wakefield

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in two styles).

    20. A plant painting print to bring a touch of plant life into your home without bringing in anything that demands to be watered.

    print that looks like a watercolor of leaves on pink background

    Get it from Walmart for $49 (available in three sizes).

    21. A playful, bubbly wall rack for home decor that really *pops*!

    a bunch of white circles with five elevated circles that work as hooks

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in two colors).

    22. A wooden stand with a pair of bud vases so you can finally start propagating your plants and spreading the joy to your friends.

    two round bud vases held upright with wooden shelf with thin metal legs

    There are actually 12 styles of this set-up in the listing. They range from having one to three bud vases, and come in various wood shapes and shades.

    Promising review: "I’ve been trying to find one of these for my mom for a long time. I was about to buy one off an Instagram page but I thought $40 was way too much. Then I did a quick search on Amazon and found this! It’s so tiny and cute. Very easy to use. My mom was so happy!!" —Mariana

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50+ (available in 12 styles).

    23. An Aerogarden so you can have fresh herbs in your home, no green thumb needed.

    black device with pods of growing herbs and a light overhead

    Promising review: "I never thought I'd be successful at growing *anything* and now it's a joy for me watch the seedlings' progress every day. It's amazing how big of a difference some greenery can make in an apartment — it just feels so much more ~lively~." —Yi Yang, in her review "Grow Herbs In Your Apartment With Zero Effort Using This Smart Countertop Garden"

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $99.99.

    24. A statement chair perfect for curling up in with a good book — or Twitter feed. Make sure you tweet about how good your home looks with this piece in it!

    plush blue chair with wooden legs

    Promising review: "I don't think I have ever written a product review before, but in this case I must. I am a hard-to-please critic. (Yes, I am a Virgo). This chair came a day early and it was extremely well-packed. The legs are in the zipped pouch in the bottom of the chair. I am a petite 68-year-old grandmother and I was able to secure the legs properly in 25 minutes. (It will probably take other people 15 minutes.) The chair is surprisingly well-made with a thick and comfortable seat cushion. The quality exceeds 100% of what I imagined for a chair with this price. I have been shopping for something exactly like this for my living room... furniture stores had a similar chair priced at $455. You positively will NOT be disappointed with this purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $220+ (available in four colors).

    25. A bunny vase you'll want to compliment all the time, but sadly it won't hear you because it has flowers in its ears.

    bunny vase with flowers coming out of ears

    Promising review: "SO, SO, SO cute. My son knocked it over and one of the ears broke off. BOO. Total accident, he was more sad than I was...but it glued up really well and with flowers in it, I can't even tell. BUT, I bought another one just the same! I love to add sunflowers — looks like a flower crown! The quality is good, despite the accident, it is a stable and well-weighted item. It is pretty, clean, and classic; nice enough to display with no flowers too...especially if you are a lover of all things bunny." —jrm37'fugitive

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    26. A removable faux marble adhesive so you can make all your shelves, counters, and cabinets look extra fancy, even if they came from Ikea.


    Promising review: "Used a little more than one roll for a quick makeover for an ugly fireplace in a rental apartment. It was easy to cover the tiles with the film, and I could stretch the film out about 1 mm if I had cut the strip too short. It makes a huge difference for minimal effort/price. I don't think anyone would be squinting down at the floor to notice the slightly pixelated pattern." —zhen

    Get a roll from Amazon for $10.50.

    27. A retro radio small in stature but big in style and sound. Nothing livens up a room quite like some morning radio tunes.

    a collection of mini radio in green, white, blue, black, and pink

    Promising review: "I can’t believe I got such AMAZING retro speaker at such low price. I really love it! I have a 5-year-old daughter who loves music and dance, so when I saw this small (it’s palm-sized), pink, cute mini speaker it was a no brainer! I just got it last week but we have used it each day! So far, so good, we are really happy! I was amazed at the quality of sound coming out of the little thing. It belts out music like a full stereo. Decent bass power, highs and mids both still sound clear and smooth; quite balanced for all types of music. Easy to pair and charge. The battery works great and it lasts for hours exactly as advertised! I can play and charge at the same time. I found it’s perfect for the beach, picnic, or parties. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the vintage style!! A great gift for family and friend!! Highly recommend!" —Angela McCoy

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89 (available in six colors).

    28. A sweet and funny doormat so your home can feel more lived in, inside and out.

    a welcome mat that says home sweet gnome and has a gnome and ladybug

    Reviewers note this is best used in a hallway or under a covered porch, away from the elements.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 17 styles).

    29. A clothes rack that also works as a place to hang all your surplus plants. Gone are the days when you "didn't have enough room" for another plant.

    wooden rack with two shelves. there are plants on the shelves and a plants hanging from the top bar

    Promising review: "I bought this for a plant rack and it works perfectly. It's super easy to put together and comes with all the hardware you need and the Allen wrench. I was pleasantly surprised with the stability of the shelf and the quality of the materials! It looks great and I highly recommend it!!" —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $43.23.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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