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    39 Things Under $50 To Upgrade Your Home

    Only read this list if you want your guests to ask you to design their home.

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    1. The Pink Stuff all-purpose cleaning paste that is extremely effective without being harsh on furniture, kitchen tops, pans, floors, rust, and much more. You'll finally be able to remove old stains that you had given up on (like the marker art that's been covering your walls for years).

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    This TikTok-famous paste can clean literally ANY mess whether it's in your bathroom, kitchen, basement or anywhere in between.

    Promising review: "Amazing product. 99% all natural...no chemicals, no toxic odor. Shower wall hard water stains completely wiped out. I used other products on my 10-year-old oven door and it never came as clean. First try, I wiped on, wiped off. (Recommended at least five minutes.) Second try, I applied Pink and left it over night. Baked on grit was softened enough I could use a spoon to scrap. End result... BIG DIFFERENCE. By far the best versatile, nontoxic, gentle abrasive product. I would love a case so I could go crazy." —ap808

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in packs of one or two).

    2. A rain showerhead attachment which will make you feel like you're under a waterfall in a tropical rainforest or in one of those Herbal Essences commercials from the '90s.

    Photo of rainshower shower head appliance in use
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    The rainshower head and arm attachment comes in either chrome or matte black and two lengths (8 inch or 12 inch).

    Promising Review: "I’m SO impressed. I wasn’t really expecting much, I thought for sure my shower wouldn’t have enough power to make the water run well but thought it was worth a shot for the price... holy hell! It’s literally like being under a waterfall, it took me no more than five minutes from unboxing to assemble and it looks chic, luxe, and is the best shower I’ve had in a long time!" —Jackee

    Get it from Amazon from $30.99.

    3. An affordable decorative book display with real hardcover books so everyone on Zoom will think you're a super-organized bibliophile. All orders are customizable meaning you can choose the titles and colors.

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    Promising Review: "If you've been looking for decorative books, then look no more — you've found your shop! Colors are true to photos and I love how they were real books! Not those hallow, fake ones you see often. This made decorating very easy, fast shipping, and quality superb. Will be ordering more from here in the future!" —JH2

    Get it from Amazon for $4.00 (per book).

    4. A sculpted female figure vase that belongs in the Louvre. This ultimate accent piece is an instant conversation starter and can be used to hold anything TBH; all for under 20 bucks.

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    Promising Review: "I don't know what it is, maybe it's the pandemic that has us all staying home and not dressing up as much, but this little figurine has been empowering and a great pick-me-up lately. I love how I have it in my vanity area." —xisweetz

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    5. A decorative pillow that will make your living room look like it was staged by a real estate agent. They are easy on the eyes, well-made, and super comfortable.

    Blue and navy pillow on cream couch
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these pillows! I've had two since 2020, and they've held up wonderfully. The covers are nice and thick feeling, which gives them a more high-end feel, and the fabric is very well stitched. We have a dog, and they have had no problems with her nails or the everyday wear and tear. I was super surprised to find that her hair also doesn't seem to stick to these! I'm hoping this brand comes out with solid-green covers in the exact same material so I can replace them. I highly recommend!" —Mary Alston

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    6. A Drill Brush attachment to remove deep stains from hard surfaces. Use this scrubber on your stove, bathtub, and sink to easily take off rust, grime, and dirt.

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    Make sure to use them only on surfaces you're pretty sure they won't scratch! And you can alway test in a discreet area first to check.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim because my walk-in shower is just a pain to clean. I'm 51 and I guess I've just been old school with how I clean, so hand-scrubbing it was for years. The FIRST time I used this to clean my shower it took five minutes AND it scrubbed my shower more clean than it has been in years. In the corners, the floor, the glass door...everything came out squeaky clean. I'm NEVER cleaning my shower by hand again." —Terry

    Get the set of three brushes from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    7. A large woven storage basket because unlike when you throw everything into your closet, when you stuff everything in these things and call it "cleaning" it actually looks chic.

    Photo of basket on floor in home
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    Promising Review: "Love this basket. I was looking at a $130 Room version and am so glad I found this one. It is high quality and looks expensive." —Jennifer Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    8. An essential-oil diffuser to uplift your mood and appeal to all the five senses. It comes with the option to switch between seven different LED lights, all while letting out a light humidifying mist.

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    Promising Review: "Elegant-looking diffuser with a superior atomizer. Spreads the aroma of my essential oils much more effectively than the other diffusers I own. Holds more water than many on the market. Ability to dim the variety of colors available is very handy when I want to go to sleep." —Ken

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    9. An Amazon Echo Dot for turning on/off your TV and lights, changing your channel, adjusting the volume, locking your door, playing music, controlling your temperature, giving you the weather, annnnnd answering any other question you have without you having to lift a finger...What's more luxurious than that?!

    Photo of Echo Dot on counter
    Amazon

    Promising Review: "I was skeptical if this would be an upgrade, but it really is. It is better looking, much better sounding, and just a better product. It has treble and bass adjustments, which I find cool. I really love the look of it!" —Robert P. Gates

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    10. A cloud-shaped acrylic mirror — It can make an empty room look chic. Not only will it help you take Instaworthy selfies but it's a fabulous piece of decor for under 20 bucks.

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    Promising review: "If wavy mirrors have been occupying rent-free space in your head but you don't possess the funds to cop one, then here's an under-$100 MVP for you! I very quickly carted this $20 Amazon find after going on a hunt for affordable blob mirrors (spoiler alert: there aren't many) and was not disappointed. Although it's small and not very hefty (as reviewers warned, the quality is pretty thin and light), it serves its vibey purpose; good for selfies and looks cool with the rest of my desk baubles." —Tim Monaghan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.45 (available in two shapes).

    11. A gold-lined mirrored tray that makes budget beauty items look high-end. Who's swiping on $4 liquid lipstick? You are! But who will feel like royalty when they do so? Also you!

    Tray on counter with perfume and makeup inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this tray to use in my bathroom, to hold various creams, serums, etc. It’s a perfect size for that, it’s lovely, and it's very sturdy — not at all light or cheap feeling. I’m super pleased with it, especially for the price!" —Jocelyn Merkel

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    12. A vine wall decal that will make your home look like one of those fancy estates. Thankfully, these are fake so you won't need a gardener.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE how beautiful these are, like hand-painted beads on my little one's closet doors. They look great on a soft sage-green background. There's a tiny bit of texture in the paint that you can see through the decal at the right angle, but most often guests assume I painted them myself! The smoother the surface the better, but I would definitely buy these again." —Alexis

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    13. A marble adhesive film that will make your home look like a palace. *I* personally used these on my drab bathroom and counters and it looked like a luxury apartment afterward. (Psst, when I took it off there was no damage and I got my full deposit back).

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

    Get a roll from Amazon for $12.21+.

    14. A four-pack of decorative geometric trays so can you get organized in a jiffy. Placing your jewelry, candles, supplies, and any other miscellaneous items will instantly make them look like an interesting piece of decor.

    the multi-colored tray
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    Promising review: "I absolutely loved it! I was looking for a tray from a famous designer and I got a better product and value for less than half the price, at the beginning I thought I was not going to like it that much because it is plastic but now that I have it I like it even more since the material is easier to clean, perfect to organize my desk, the colors are beautiful, and the shape and sizes are so playful. Two thumbs up!" —Nataly Tovar

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. An abstract wall decal that looks like it was painted on by a professional. Once you see this, you'll want to decorate your place to fit this decor and not the other way around.

    Wall decal behind a bed
    KennaSatoDesigns / Etsy

    And no worries, this is removable.

    Utah-based small biz KennaSatoDesigns sells cool wall decor, prints, and gifts like mugs and phone cases.

    Get it from KennaSatoDesigns on Etsy for $45.04 (originally 52.99).

    16. A macramé produce hammock to keep all your fruits and veggies from rotting in the back of your fridge or being strewn across your kitchen counter.

    KnappsKnots / Via Etsy

    Knapps Knots is a San Diego-based small business owned by Anastasia Knapp, who is making the cutest macramé and wood crafts you've ever seen.

    Promising review: "Absolutely loved it! Perfect if you have little counter space." —Jessi

    Get it from KnappsKnots on Etsy for $27.90+ (available in two sizes and 11 colors).

    17. A ceramic hands catchall tray that looks like the jewelry is being handed straight to you. Placing your necklace, candles, and any other miscellaneous items will instantly make them look like an interesting piece of decor.

    Non-pigmented concrete catchall dish holding earrings
    Made by Rheal / Etsy

    Made by Rheal a Black- and queer-owned business based in Oakland, CA. Rheal's pieces include jewelry, blankets, pots, coasters, and more.

    Promising review: "This little beauty is everything I hoped it would be! It’s on the small side, but it’s perfect for rings or other tiny treasures and I absolutely love looking at it every day. It’s well crafted and was packed with so much care. I’m looking for excuses to buy more!" —amberandhoneycomb

    Get it from Rheal on Etsy for $15.

    18. A stain remover spray that will do the hard work for you — no elbow grease required. This spray breaks down rust so you'll only need to give your shower a quick swipe and you're done.

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    Promising review: "I am shocked with how well this product works. I used this on a HEAVILY rusted fiberglass bathtub (worse than any photo you could find online of a rusty bathtub). I got my best results by letting my shower run with HOT water for about five minutes, and after it drained while the tub was still wet, I sprinkled Iron-Out pretty generously over the rusty areas then let it sit for about 30 mins. and then used a bristled drill bit to really work it in. When I came back the tub was sparkling white. Buy this stuff, don't even bother with anything else." —chris carp

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    19. A stained-glass window decal to make it look like there is always a rainbow shining through your house. Positive vibes + beautiful scenery = a home you will never want to leave.

    Reviewer light shining through reviewer's translucent rainbow film window; the coating on the film makes the window shine with different muted colors
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    Promising review: "My kitchen window is on the sidewalk near the community mailboxes. Lots of people walking by. I loathe mini blinds which collect dust and grease. Especially since the stove is next to the window. Curtains are better, but still collect cooking smells and grease particles. I installed this in about 10 minutes. It lets in light, but hides me from nosy people." —Gayle Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98 (seven roll sizes available).

    20. Night-lights so you don't become one of the "things that go bump in the night" when you dash to the bathroom at 2 a.m. Just place these in the outlets of your choice and turn 'em on.

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    Promising review: "I bought these lights after falling down the stairs — yes, I’m fine. They are absolutely amazing and like everyone else I don’t know why they’re only $9. Definitely buy if you’re looking for some night-lights. You could definitely buy something worse." —Peyton

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A wire sculpture with a minimalist irregular face design so guests think that you've commissioned an artist to handcraft your decor.

    Black wire sculpture in the shape of an abstract face
    Audrey Rose Design / Etsy

    Audrey Rose Design is a London-based interior design boutique with all sorts of modern wall art, vases, candles, cushion covers, and more.

    Get it from on Audrey Rose Design on Etsy for $31.31+ (available in two styles).

    22. OxiClean stain remover, which can get tough stains out of fabrics, even if they aren't machine washable. Simply mix the chlorine-free powder with water on nearly any surface or fabric and start scrubbing.

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    Promising review: "I had a stained mattress that I'd been covering with a mattress pad for years. As I was preparing for a move, I decided to give this a try and see if it could remove the stains that had been there for well over SEVEN YEARS. I honestly don't even remember what caused the stains, but it removed them! I honestly can't believe the results. I wish I'd done this sooner!" —Little Greek

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    23. Corner shelves because even the most basic furniture can't typically fit into that space. Filling up the corners of your room will make it seem wider and allow you to use up allllll that free real estate.

    Reviewer zig-zag shape attached to the corner of the wall with books on each shelf
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    Promising review: "The shelves complement my living room perfectly. After ordering one initially, I ended up buying a second because it looks so good and was able to add decoration into corners of the living room that otherwise were too small to hang anything. I get so many compliments and I’m able to store all of my little trinkets and meaningful small things that are usually bound to get put away somewhere." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $20.79+ (available in four colors).

    24. A two-pack of grout cleaner to clean the outlines of your floor tiles because they are covered in gunk, grime, and dirt that can easily be removed. Your floors will look showroom new after passing through them with this product.

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    Promising review: "This stuff kicks *ss! We just moved into a house that was a rental for a couple of years and the bathroom tile was GROSS. I previously scrubbed them with Scrubbing Bubbles and felt that the floor was 'clean' but it still always looked gross. Then, this stuff. My type-A clean-freak personality is in total bliss. THIS STUFF WORKS. End of story. I still have a couple of stains that just won’t budge. But for the most part, the floors look great. If I had to, I’d have no problem eating off my bathroom floors now. Amazing." —Ashley

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $39.95.

    25. An under-cabinet wine glass rack to save space in your cupboards and keep them organized. The installation process is quick and easy — just mount the rack to the bottom of your cabinet with the included supplies. Plus, it will make your kitchen look like a fancy Italian winery.

    Reviewer wine racks in use in kitchen
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    Promising review: "We have really loved this wine rack. We’ve bought three! Created a bar out of an old entertainment center. The coloring was a perfect dark iron. Each row holds three champagne flutes or two wine glasses. Each rack has four rows. The wine racks were easy to install with short screws and the dimensions were spot on. Would highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.93+ (available in four colors).

    26. A pumice ring remover that will scrub your toilet so well, it'll look sparkly and new after a few minutes. It's made from porcelain and is safe for sinks, showers, and pools.

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    Promising review: "My goodness! I don't give out 5-star reviews unless something dazzles me, and this product did just that. We are finally renovating our 100-year-old home. We researched refinishing services and found that it could cost anywhere from $400–$750 in our area to have someone come out and professionally refinish the inside of the tub. We'd also heard of those home kits where you spray them, but a) the reviews for those weren't great (most people said it looked cheesy/unprofessional OR that it came off within a matter of months), and b) the box did not indicate that the product is appropriate for use on cast iron tubs. Since it's an antique and original to the house, we eliminated that option. Before shelling out the big bucks for a professional, I figured it was worth it to try it out for less than $10 before going ahead and spending $400–$750. Boy, am I glad we did!" —Teacher-student-spouse-mom

    Get it from Amazon for $11.40.

    27. A 70-inch industrial floor lamp because there's no denying that a well-lit room looks more spacious. This tall, minimalist piece will make your ceiling look higher in comparison.

    Reviewer's bedroom with two lights on each side
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    Promising review: "I have seen these sleek minimalist floor lamps for a good deal more money than what they are charging with this one, so while I ordered one, I kept my expectations low in case it was one of those 'you get what you pay for' things and I was more than a little surprised when it arrived. It looks and it feels just like the similar and much more expensive floor lamps available for purchase. I LOVE this look (with the Edison lightbulb) and will be ordering several more of these floor lamps!" —Dalene

    Get it from Amazon $32.99 (available in four colors).

    28. Wet & Forget shower cleaner for anyone who absolutely hates cleaning but still wants everything to be spotless. Just apply the odorless solution to your tub daily and rinse it off with water, and your shower will look like the bathroom at the Ritz — no sponge required.

    Reviewer shower floor before and after using the shower cleaner
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    Promising review: "This stuff is excellent. It performs as promised, it has a very nice scent, no fumes, and leaves shower clean with no scrubbing actually necessary. It is very easy to apply and rinse off. It is designed very well, with squirting spout separate from the large container and attached by a longish tube, so you don't have to hold the heavy container while applying the product. I've been using it for quite a while now, and I love it. I highly recommend it." —Stephanie Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89+.

    29. Sheer-green vine drapes to let some sunlight in and get beautiful plant decor without having to tend to it.

    Reviewer drapes hanging on three windows
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    Promising review: "I have extra-tall windows in my sunroom. I decided to order 10 of these panels because they were so inexpensive and because the print would add a nice touch to all the plants, white wicker, etc. I LOVE THE WAY THIS LOOKS IN A SUNROOM. The quality is what you would expect for the price; the print is great but the seams pucker slightly. But when I put the 10 panels together, that all just worked together. My windows are now bright with leaves cascading down and the whole room is just fantastic because of these curtains." —Janice Briggs

    Get them from Amazon for $9.96 (available in four sizes and 10 colors).

    30. A beautiful matte-print portrait that goes with absolutely any decor. This piece will instantly spruce up your space and give your apartment that TikTokworthy look you've been trying to nail.

    A framed print of an illustrated Black woman wearing a sweatshirt that says "crowned" while standing next to plants
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    Legendary Rootz is a Black woman–owned business that was "created due to a need for representation and a safe space for the Black community." They sell beautiful home decor, bonnets, and apparel.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite prints in my room and the shop has so many good ones that it was very difficult to only buy one! The colors in the print are so soothing and really go with the overall vibe of the image, which to me, exudes coziness and the feeling of being at peace in your own space. I also love that the sweatshirt says 'crowned' — it's such a simple yet empowering detail." —BuzzFeed Writer Kayla Boyd

    Get it from Legendary Rootz for $20+ (available in four sizes).

    31. A floating bookshelf so you can ditch that bulky traditional storage unit. But don't worry, these can hold a lot of novels, so you can still continue your tradition of buying books and never reading them.

    Reviewer photo of six books seemingly floating from the wall with a small cactus on top
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    Promising review: "If you are running out of space for your books, get these bad boys right away. They are incredibly strong, can hold several heavy books, and give your bedroom an incredible look." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.34+ (available in two sizes individually or as a set of three and in silver and white).

    32. A Squatty Potty toilet stool that's a necessity once you learn that there's a proper way to ~go~. This simple device will make a world of difference.

    White squatty potty in bathroom
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    Promising review: "Unbelievable that I've been performing a basic bodily function incorrectly my entire life. This is a wonderful product that is well worth the money. It allows one to adopt a natural, healthy position without giving up a Western-style toilet. You just have to use it to truly appreciate it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    33. Ceramic lip planters that will surely make a statement. This looks fab with *or* without the plant and is the perfect nightstand or book stand decor.

    Model holding the red lips planter which has a plant inside
    Shelby Sells Co. / Etsy

    Shelby Sells Co. is an Odessa, Texas–based shop with tons of cute planters, mugs, dog bandanas, and more.

    Promising review: "Great quality and exactly as pictured. It’s a nice heavy pot. I love it!" —Liz Petkis

    Get it from Shelby Sells Co. for $25.50 (available in three colors).

    34. Hanging bamboo pendant lights that'll instantly transport you to a water villa in Thailand. These are handwoven from repurposed fishing traps and come in multiple colors, shapes, and sizes so you can tailor it to the rest of your decor.

    Two hanging bamboo pendant lights
    Lanna Passa / Etsy

    Promising review: "These are so beautiful! Much better than I expected! I ordered the second smallest size and was pleasantly surprised by how big they were! These are perfect for my new home office space — thank you so much! I definitely recommend." —Nicole Cross

    Get it from Lanna Passa on Etsy for $27+ (available in three sizes, three colors, and multiple styles).

    35. Marble coasters that will make guests feel like they're at a swanky bar and ensure your tables stay in tip-top shape. Since these double as decor, you can leave them sprawled out so you won't ever have to yell "use a darn coaster!" to anyone again.

    Reviewer's marble coaster on wooden table top
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    Promising review: "I was looking for elegant, high-quality marble coasters for my home. I am very impressed with the quality of the finish of these coasters — they have a felt base, are easy to wipe down, elegant, and excellent weight and thickness. The company has paid great attention to quality and detail, which is also evident in the packaging this set arrived in. Elegant yet robust. These would be a really good gift!" —Suzy T

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $48.89.

    36. A retro eclectic vase that looks like it belongs in a museum. You'll fall so in love with this unique piece of pottery that you might not want to let anyone know where you bought it from.

    Three colorful vases with flowers in them on white sheets
    Sun Sprinkles Shop / Etsy

    Sun Sprinkles Shop is a small business based in Saint Johns, Michigan. They sell unique and colorful vases, jewelry, accessories, and mugs

    Promising review: "So cute!! Love this as a little desk decor and my leftover buds from flower arrangements fit perfectly :)." —Ashley Melchiorre 

    Get it from Sun Sprinkles Shop on Etsy for $45 (available in seven styles).

    37. An abstract figurine sculpture, which looks like it would weigh a ton but is actually super lightweight. You can place this beautiful piece on your bookshelf or your nightstand and it will steal the show.

    Reviewer's sculpture sitting on shelf
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    Promising review: "This piece was very well-made, it's simply beautiful and exactly what I'd hoped I'd get. It's the height of my forearm and is very lightweight. It doesn't look or feel like plastic, which I was worried about when I saw the weight. This is an excellent purchase; now I want more pieces like this one." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 10 styles).

    38. A handmade raw amethyst planter that can be used to hold anything from candles to crystals or plants. The stunning pot is carved with mercury glass, cement, concrete, and of course amethyst.

    Two planters on gray table with plants inside of them
    Desert Stardust Jewel / Etsy

    Desert Stardust Jewel is a small business that sells home decor, amethyst, sage, and gift bundles.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a birthday gift for a very close friend who loves plants. My friend loves the planter and said 'I gasped when I saw it!' So I think she really loves this and now I need one for myself." —Jessica Rabbit

    Get it from Desert Stardust Jewelry on Etsy for $35 (available in two colors).

    39. And! A fall flower bouquet because foliage always manages to make a house truly feel like a home. Plus, they are so inexpensive you can always stock up and put them in every room.

    Model holding flower bouquet in hand
    The Black Home

    This particular bouquet features wild river flowers, wax white, green foliage, and gravellia. The brand sells art, beauty products, home decor, fragrances, stationery, and kitchen and dining products.

    The Black Home is a woman-owned small business founded by Neffi Walker.

    Get it from The Black Home for $10.

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