IKEA hacking—upgrading and embellishing affordable IKEA furniture to create a more unique piece—is all the rage these days.

But even if hacking isn’t your thing (who’s got the time?), there’s a wealth of super chic, hack-free home décor to be had if you think inside the (big) box. At big-box prices, you can definitely afford to spice up your interior design with some of these surprisingly stylish pieces.


IKEA is an embarrassment of riches. Long heralded by savvy designers and bloggers on a budget, this place holds treasures that have graced the pages of even the glossiest shelter magazines.

Barometer Desk Lamp: Nickel-plated steel and a classic shape make this lovely little desk lamp right at home in any high-end space. $30


Dalfred Bar Stool: A perennial fave among designers, this solid wood and steel barstool lends architectural authority to the kitchen counter. $40


Stockholm Walnut Table: This sophisticated table with gorgeous walnut veneer top would make a stunning desk. At $499, it’s a steal—get one for the office and the dining room! $499



Embraced by hipsters and housewives alike, Target has become a weekly pilgrimage destination for the masses. Collaborations with big-hitting designers like Nate Berkus mean wares that are fresh, stylish and pocketbook friendly.

Nate Berkus Sheet Set: 300-thread count cotton sateen makes for a luxurious night’s sleep and the delicate patterns are reminiscent of hand-block printed sheeting 10 times more expensive. $53 for a queen set


Russian Hill Writing Desk: Sleek lines paired with rustic fir wood forms a ruggedly handsome, yet refined desk with sharp design sensibilities. $460


Threshold Windsor Dining Chairs: These classic chairs, updated with an array of cheerful colors would be gorgeous around a roughhewn farmhouse table. $120 for set of two


Cost Plus World Market

From rugs to riches, World Market is overflowing with cost-conscious, stylish steals from overseas. Global influences make for perfect punctuation pieces like gilded tray tables and pillowed day beds.

Emerald Marian Loveseat: This jewel-toned gem packs loads of presence and stately charm in a pint-sized frame. $500


Linen Caiden Bed: With smart linen upholstery and an elegant headboard with nail head trim, no one would ever guess this tailored bed could be scooped up for (way) under a grand. $664 for a queen


Rugs: Cotton kilims in deeply saturated colors or bold geometric patterns, and Moroccan wool shags—all hand woven—lend some bohemian depth and texture to any room in the house or, at these prices, every room in the house. $600 for 8 x 10