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Ready, Set, Redecorate: Here Are 37 Ways To Upgrade Your Home

Consider this your audition for an HGTV makeover show.

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1. Want to feel like you're at a fancy spa every time you step into your shower? Use these reusable dispenser bottles that come with labels and the necessary wall-mounting supplies to give your bathroom a uniform, high-end look.

Reviewer's shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles are shown on the wall of a shower
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Promising review: "I love these bottles. They make everything uniform and high-end looking for a fraction of the price. They hold up amazing. I bought another set for my second bathroom." —Cindy

Get it from Amazon for $27.70+ (available with or without the wall mounts).

2. One of the easiest ways to give your living space an upgrade is through soft accessories like pillows and throws. Consider this 100% cotton boho throw for draping over sofas and chairs.

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Promising review: "My wife purchased this throw blanket as an accent piece in our bedroom. It works perfectly and we often use it in the middle of the night when taking care of our new baby, and it totally works well, as it is quite soft. Love it!" —Jonathan Burrup

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three color patterns).

3. Black metal is a material you always see on the "after" shots on HGTV, and it's mostly through lighting and kitchen hardware. This wall-mounted sconce that plugs into an electrical outlet is a great way to get that look without the hefty price tag of a costly sconce that requires an electrician to install.

Reviewer's black wall mounted sconce is shown in a living room corner
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Promising review: "I bought two of these, and they are absolutely perfect for the bedroom. The ONLY — and I mean only — thing that would make it better is if they had separate controls for each light (sometimes it's a bit bright if both are right on top of you). Other than that, these are AMAZING for the price! The quality is top notch, they were easy to install, and they put out great light for bedtime reading or as a moodier light for the bedroom as compared to the overall fan light.

"PS: Yes they DO rotate independently of each other, and the head can swivel a full 180 degrees so you can point both lights up if you really wanted to. I very much enjoy the swiveling features of this light." —Alex Duncan

Get it from Amazon for $112.

4. If you want to achieve a farmhouse aesthetic, this 100% jute rug is a great place to start. Natural rugs — jute, sisal, seagrass, etc. — are super soft underfoot and easy to spot clean.

Reviewer's circular rug is shown in the dining room
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Promising review: "I absolutely love this rug! I wanted a farmhouse look and so I ordered this rug for my dining area. I am pleased that it is softer than I imagined it would be. I thought it would be course and scratchy, but it's not! Love love love it! I got the 6-foot round rug which will eventually sit under my new dining table. It has been down for two days now and the rug has almost completely relaxed, too, which none of my other rugs have done so quickly." —Vicky Barboza

Get it from Amazon for $28.44+ (available in 16 sizes and four colors).

5. Give your space a new scent with a flannel candle that'll channel autumn and winter vibes. It's a soft but bold fragrance with notes of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, amber, tonka, smokey woods, and musk. And let's be honest: The whole aesthetic of this candle is *chef's kiss*. It just looks so...clean.

The lit candle sits on a magazine next to a big feather
Sweet Water Decor/Amazon Handmade

Sweet Water Decor is a woman-owned small business based in Pittsburgh making candles and other home goods. Each candle is hand-poured using American-grown soy wax.

Promising review: "Smells amazing and they even sent me a little tea light of a new scent to try. I love the natural ingredients, no headache from this candle, just a great scent! Can’t wait to order some more for the holidays!" —CARAND

Get it from Sweet Water Decor on Amazon Handmade for $24 with free delivery.

6. If you want to add some texture and pattern to your space, do it with a set of three modern pillow covers that are all different designs that work together super well. The neutral tones mean they look good year-round, too!

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You can snag a set of two 18"x18" pillow inserts here.

Promising review: "I LOVE these pillowcases. I’ve been shopping around for something with a boho touch for a while and finally found these. I love that I can take them off to wash. They feel great and are made with great quality. The price point you can’t beat either for three pillowcases. I would definitely recommend!" —Josh

Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $21.95.

7. Give your stairs a major upgrade by using a set of removable tile decals. They come in a roll just like tape, so you slap them on your risers and — boom! — you're done.

The stair riser stickers in beige and white are shown applied to a set of stairs
Quadrostyle / Etsy

Quadrostyle is a woman-founded brand from Aussie designer Gabrielle Morabia. With operations based in Bali and an HQ in the south of France, Quadrostyle embraces all corners of the globe and takes inspiration from the traditional tiles found in the Mediterranean, Latin America, and Scandinavia.

Promising review: "It turned out amazing! And completely easy to install. It totally changed our space. We love it!" —jaclynnancekivell

Get it from Quadrostyle on Etsy for $11.36+ (available in six heights and matte or gloss finishes).

8. Move over, fiddle-leaf figs! There's a new fave in town. If you've opened a design magazine or turned on HGTV lately, you probably have seen an olive tree or two strategically placed somewhere. Use this faux olive tree to achieve the same look, minus the maintenance of a live one.

Reviewer's faux olive tree is in a living room
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Promising review: "I exclusively have fake plants. I can't even keep a real succulent alive for an afternoon, and they literally don't need anything to live. As a result, I would consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of prosthetic foliage. I hate fake plants that look fake. This is the least-fake-looking fake plant in my house of fake plants. Sometimes I find myself trying to pick the olives because I forget it's fake. If only these plastic olives tasted as good as they look. They don't. They taste terrible." —Ian

Get it from Amazon for $169.

9. Give your dining room a makeover with a pair of Louis XVI–style dining chairs for ultimate Parisian vibes. Trust me, this style of chair usually goes for thousands of dollars a pop, but these particular ones are a set of two for between $200 and $300. This is a great deal if you're loving this look.

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Promising review: "This is probably the best deal on these chairs (two for $233 + tax)! I have been looking for some for AGES and found these and what a steal! I have a Pier 1 table and chairs and got them for a good deal — was wanting their version of this chair but not paying $250 for one chair! These are gorgeous and are true to the images! They look fantastic in person! Buy them — you won’t regret it!" —Ronnie

Get it from Amazon for $210.39+ (available in 22 colors and sets of two or four).

10. Make old furniture look new with a budget-friendly DIY project. Use this damask-pattern peel-and-stick wallpaper to add new life to an old dresser or nightstand.

Wayfair

Promising review: "I pondered this paper for several days and am very happy I broke down and bought it. There's a gray/whitewash woven texture in the damask. It softened and added color to our industrial/farmhouse sitting room." —Susan

Get it from Wayfair for $1.53 per square foot.

11. Make your living room or den look like something from a museum with a wireless library light. Each light is battery operated and controlled by a remote.

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The portrait lights are AAA battery operated and wireless so no need to fret about installation. It includes a remote so you can set the light to different brightnesses and schedule a timer for 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes. Please note that some reviewers thought the gold was a little orange.

Promising review: "This light is WAY better than others in the same price category. Very easy install, love the different color settings (warm or cool and full or half light), even has a timer. I am 100% satisfied!" —Birkie

Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in three colors).

12. Short on space but want to create a useful and beautiful focal point? This velvet-upholstered accent chair with an ottoman that slides right underneath it will do the trick. Its compact size means it's great for homes that have limited space.

Reviewer's chair is in a corner of a room and a tiny dog is standing on it
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Promising review: "Oh, she’s cute alright. Really great piece, well made, super comfy, and love that it’s designed for small spaces. The ottoman tucks away perfectly! I’m in love with it more than I thought I would be. One thing to note is don’t lean super forward...the chair isn’t very heavy to begin with so if you lean too far forward, the chair will tip forward with you. Other than that, it’s perfect!" —Rosanne Chan

Get it from Amazon for $214.09+ (available in five colors).

13. Love art and watching TV? Don't have enough wall space for both? Get a Samsung TV that'll disguise itself as an elegant picture frame when it's not in use. The art available in the preinstalled app is collected from various time periods (575 CE to 2021) and includes Ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionism, Postimpressionism, and Contemporary art.

A BuzzFeed editor's TV hung alongside art
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BuzzFeed writer Mallory Mower has and loves her frame TV. She said: 

"This is honest and truly the best splurge I have ever made. It has massively upgraded the look in my living room. My husband loves the photography options and I love all the classical paintings — as someone who loves changing up my decor, being able to update the display images has been so fun. The quality is fantastic while watching movies and TV...but I'm pretty sure I love it as a piece of art in my home even more."

Get it from Amazon for $527.99+ (available in seven sizes, four styles, and with or without expert installation).

14. Create a gallery wall with a set of eight framed pieces of art in various sizes. The themed art will create a cohesive look without being too matchy. Bonus: This kit comes with a sheet of paper that shows popular layout options, so you don't have to spend hours going, "OK, so where should THIS one go?!??!?!"

Reviewer's bedroom shows the prints above a small sofa
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The set comes with two frames and art in 12"x16", 8"x12", 8"x10", and 6"x8" sizes.

Promising review: "These photos are so nice and great quality for the price. My family room needed a little changing, and these photos were awesome! I also love that the seller provides a sheet of different ways to hang the photos." —Critic

Get it from Amazon for $41.39+ (the frame color is available in natural or black).

15. Use this super-thin electric fireplace that's designed to mount directly on the wall — no construction required — to add ambience to your living space. It comes with a remote control that lets you adjust the flame colors and speed and set a timer.

Reviewer's faux fireplace is placed on a living room wall
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Promising review: "Installation was quick and easy, it's very very slim to the wall profile wise. The heat output is great and it's quiet, it's heating approximately 1,000-square-foot basement to comfortable levels. I was frozen down here, now I just set the fireplace on low and it's 72 degrees. Plus it looks awesome, the remote is easy enough to use. I've had tons of compliments on it." —m.code

Get it from Amazon for $224.99+ (available in five sizes).

16. If you have a bathroom with outdated cabinet pulls or knobs, consider swapping them out for something that's on trend yet timeless, like these black matte-steel cabinet pulls. If you rent, simply put the old ones in a shoebox or bag under the sink so you can swap them back in when it's time to move out.

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Promising review: "Perfect! They were exactly what I was going for! Great quality, very durable, and actually have some weight to them. Great purchase for replacing all of the hardware in my kitchen and bathroom for the camper I am remodeling. Definitely would recommend, especially at such an amazing price. Great value for great quality!" —Summertime

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in quantities 1 through 60 and in black, gold, or silver).

17. Want to give the illusion of someone who thrifts or antiques like it's their job? Try this set of nine unique votive holders that come with a wooden display tray. People will be very impressed by your "curation."

Reviewer's votive set with tray is displayed outside on a wooden table
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Promising review: "I bought this for my coffee table and they look very cute. Once the candlelight hits the glass it gives a heartwarming sensation. I highly recommend it. Good for a romantic cuddling or just spending time alone with a glass of wine and a good movie." —Rherna

Get it from Amazon for $29.92+ (available in three colors).

18. Hang up a beautiful gold tulip framed print for an elegant piece of wall decor that will instantly elevate the space to make it a whole lot classier.

The print with gold frame
Novogratz

Get it from Novogratz for $79+ (available in five sizes and five frame colors).

19. Your amazing collections of books, photos, candles, and succulents deserve a gorgeous display case that doesn't cost a fortune, so try this metal-and-wood wall-mounted ladder bookcase because it checks all those boxes. I actually have these in my own house, and because they mount to the wall they feel extra sturdy.

Two of the ladder shelves in brown and black are next to each other
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Promising review: "I LOVE this unit. So easy to install and the materials are super-high quality. Very sturdy shelves and matte black metal are stunning. Can’t wait to add tons of books. I will have this forever. Takes up zero space, simple design. Highly recommend." —Augie

Get it from Amazon for $157.49+ (available in four sizes, three styles, and 20 colors and finishes).

20. Update the space above your kitchen island or dining area with a pendant light with major mid-century modern vibes. It comes in a variety of colors, so there's really something for everyone.

Reviewer's chandelier is shown close up
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Promising review: "I ordered this lamp for my living room. I wanted a sculptural mobile-type effect for our mid-century decor. It was reasonably priced and oh so easy to install. We love it." —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $189.99+ (available in 10 colors).

21. Bump up the class with an extremely posh Diana the Huntress bust. It's 12" tall and can be used as an art piece or, you know, somewhere to place your sunglasses when you're not wearing them.

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Promising review: "This is perfect in my entryway and was exactly what I was looking for! It’s beautiful and sturdy in person, and also a perfect size that doesn’t appear too over the top but really elevates the aesthetic of my home. Highly recommend!" —Deanna Smeragliuolo

Get it from Amazon for $34+ (available in white or patina green).

22. Want to add instant glamour to any room? This set of two gold lamps will do the trick. And they come with light bulbs, so that's one less thing for you to do.

Reviewer's lamp sits on a nightstand
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Promising review: "Just beautiful! These were a housewarming gift for my youngest daughter and she absolutely loves them. Now my oldest daughter has asked for these same lamps as a Christmas gift for her house! The lamps were packed incredibly well and arrived on the date promised. Great purchase!" —LucyK

Get a set of two from Amazon for $110.39.

23. Add a peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash to your kitchen to create a more finished look. These are extra great if you're a renter — they don't damage the wall at all if you ever need to remove them.

Reviewer's kitchen before and after installing the kitchen tiles
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Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to try peel-and-stick tiles for a long time and I’m so glad I found these for our kitchen face-lift! They are so easy to apply and look amazing! I love that they are actual-size subway tiles as well! They’ve given our kitchen the last very important piece that it needed!" —April Grill

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in eight colors).

24. Your pampered pooch deserves the world, and a good place to start is with a designated jar specifically for their treats. Because this one says "woof" on it, it'll never be mistaken for a cookie jar.

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Promising review: "This jar holds a sufficient number of treats and matches my decor beautifully. As a precaution, I purchased some surface protectors and added them to the bottom of the jar to prevent my furniture from being scratched. The lid closes tightly keeping the dog treats fresh. I'm very satisfied with my purchase!" —Wells Family

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

25. It's important to have a dedicated space if you do any work from home, but sometimes that's difficult if you have limited square footage. Try this small writing desk with a side pocket for getting tasks done without taking up too much space. There are nine wood finishes available, but this particular brown gives it an expensive reclaimed wood look.

The small home writing desk in 47 inches and brown
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Promising review: "Looks and feels great! It’s very light but doesn’t feel like it will fall apart with any weight on it. The wood looks very good quality and makes it look more expensive than it is. Highly recommend for people who need a simple, no-frills desk for a small space. Fits perfectly a laptop, some books, and a lamp if needed. And the side compartment is awesome, very thick and sturdy so I feel comfortable putting heavy things in it, from books to my iPad." —William

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in five sizes and seven colors).

26. If you need a chair that pulls double duty — aka something that is an office chair and also a side chair for your living space — this velvet statement chair is a good choice. It's super glam, and reviewers say you can sit in it for eight-plus hours without becoming uncomfortable.

Reviewer's pink velvet chair for their desk
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Promising review: "I love love love this chair! It was very easy to assemble. The color is stunning and it's comfortable! All this for a great price!" —Lisa Smith

Get it from Amazon for $144.99+ (available in 30 colors).

27. Update your space with a colorful area rug that'll add some cheerful and cozy vibes to your space. It's amazing how much a rug can transform a room!

The multicolored rug
Boutique Rugs

Promising review: "BEAUTIFUL RUG!I bought this rug for my office but haven’t found one for the living room yet so I brought this one out here for now. I’m OBSESSED and debating keeping it out here. It’s such good quality and it’s so beautiful. I’ve got a ton of compliments on it!" —Morgan H.

Get it from Boutique Rugs for $34.12+ (available in multiple shapes and sizes).

28. A well-organized fridge is such a feast for the eyes, and this set of fridge organization labels that has a ton of font, size, and color options is the perfect way to achieve that look.

Organise Life / Etsy

Organise Life is a small business out of Australia that focuses on pantry and home labels.

Get it from Organise Life on Etsy for $1.49+ (available in small, medium, and large).

29. If you want a coffee table that's trendy *and* timeless, consider a faux-marble coffee table that uses the two most popular finishes right now: marble and brass.

Reviewer's picture of the marble-top round table with gold legs
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Promising review: "I LOVE this table! The quality far exceeds the price tag. The faux-marble top is beautiful! Very glossy and looks really close to the real thing. It was really easy to put together, took less than 20 minutes. I am so happy with my purchase!" —PrincessJas9

Get it from Amazon for $74.70+ (available in two sizes, 14 colors, and five styles).

30. Booze can have beautiful bottles and glassware should be shown off, which is why you should get this compact round glass and gold bar cart. This small but mighty cart has racks for bottles or stemware underneath the top shelf, built-in storage for three bottles on the bottom shelf, and casters that can lock when you're done moving it around.

Reviewer's bar cart sits in the corner of a dining room and is holding various liquor bottles and barware
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Promising review: "I agonized over buying a bar cart for my new apartment. I researched online EVERYWHERE and there were so many options that were either ugly, sold out, expensive, or didn't have any practical storage. As someone who lives in a small NYC-area apartment, having some storage (and getting wineglasses and alcohol off my countertops truly makes a huge difference) it was important to me to find the right buy at the right budget. This is one of the nicer and cheaper solutions I found. I think the round edges make this bar cart look unique and elegant while also not taking up too much room. I love the handles and the fact it can roll around if I ever needed it to and it also stores quite a bit, especially with the hanging glasses rack. I put it together myself and only had a bit of difficulty making screws line up with the predrilled holes but overall it was pretty easy to put together by myself. I love this bar cart and its one of my favorite purchases for my new apartment! Highly recommend." —Michele Reynolds

Get it from Amazon for $119.11.

31. When it comes to blocking out sunlight, you don't need to sacrifice aesthetics for practicality. A panel of these velvet blackout curtains will do the trick, all while looking fantastic.

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Promising review: "OK, I am beyond thrilled with these curtains, they are very soft and solid (think heavyweight upholstery). They keep the light out and help keep the room noticeably cooler — the windows are south-facing and get full sun all day — this room gets hot in summer and the curtains make it so much nicer. I'd give these curtains a 10 if I could. Very happy and will be ordering more as rooms get remodeled." —Angelia Olson

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four sizes and eight colors).

32. Keep things organized and pretty with a brass and aged-leather storage rack and hooks. Cleaning supplies never looked so good.

The brass hanger and hook is displayed on a wall
Holistic Habitat

Holistic Habitat is a woman-owned small business based in Charlotte, North Carolina, selling socially conscious home decor.

Promising review: "We added this into our tiny bathroom that needed more storage for towels. The distance from the wall and the hooks allow enough air to flow around the towels that they dry quickly and look great doing it." —Kristin H.

Get it from Holistic Habitat for $70.

33. Use peel-and-stick removable wallpaper to create a faux-reclaimed-wood accent wall for a fraction of the price of installing costly real wood. Simply cut the paper to your wall's size and stick on. It's really that easy.

Reviewer's bedroom shows the faux wood wallpaper on the wall
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Promising review: "I love this product, it looks amazing! You really can't tell it's not real wood once applied. I used it to line the inner drawers and cabinets in my bathroom and so far I haven't had any issues. Very durable, easy to cut to the size you need, and sticks really well after you burnish it down. I am very pleased with the results so far! Will definitely recommend and purchase again when needed." —kara upperstrom

Get it from Amazon for $6.79+ (available in five sizes, and two colors).

34. Make sure you're cocktailing in style with this 24-piece cocktail set. There's a lot of pieces to this set, and each one has a special place in the holder, so you won't have to sift through a drawer looking for the corkscrew next time you want to crack open a bottle of vino.

Reviewer's bar set is shown
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Promising review: "My husband and I bought this for our 12-year anniversary and we were not disappointed. It's so gorgeous. We've used it every day for the past week. Looks so good sitting out on our counter." —M.R.

Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in four metal finishes).

35. Want a beaded chandelier but without spending a small fortune? Try this beaded bohemian chandelier. It's also quite big, so if you have tall ceilings or a big room, it'll fill out the space nicely and to scale.

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Promising review: "Love this light fixture! I have it in my kitchen. Really adds to the boho vibe. If you have a handyman around I'm sure they could install it. My husband did it in about an hour or so. Beware: It is rather large and in charge, but beautiful! May not suit a small area. In addition, the light bulbs it comes with are not dimmable so you may want to purchase three of those if you need it to dim. Very happy with the purchase overall!" —Sierra

Get it from Amazon for $128.11+ (available in three colors).

36. One of the best ways to give your bathroom a major upgrade without spending a ton of money is to swap out old and tired lighting for new pieces. This farmhouse-inspired three-lamp wall sconce will do the trick.

Reviewer's lighting is hung above a mirror in the bathroom
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Promising review: "I really wanted a black light fixture for my bathroom remodel, but most of them are high dollar. I found this for half the price of most fixtures and it’s perfect! It looks better in person and ties the room together perfectly. I love it! Don’t look anywhere else!" —Jayme

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

37. Feel as pampered at home as you do at the salon with this dreamy vanity. It's perfect as-is, but A LOT of reviewers line the back of it with LED strip lights to take the glam to the next level.

Reviewer's vanity is in a bedroom
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Promising review: "I bought this for my two daughters, and we all fell in love with it. The wood is absolutely stunning. It is very well made, and the detailing is gorgeous. I was worried after reading other reviews about the mirror being broken, but it was fine. It was packaged very well and they made sure to add extra padding surrounding the inner box. It took me about 10 minutes to put together since it was pretty much already assembled. The only pieces that needed to be assembled/attached were the mirror and the legs. I wish I could rate this 10 stars!!" —Lillian

Get it from Amazon for $271.98+ (available in four colors).

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