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Design on a Dime: 5 Modern, Playful Finds on a Budget

Awesome decor items that don’t cost a month’s rent.

Who says you have to plunk down a million bucks to snag a decent design find? Thanks to some carefully chosen resources—hello, CB2 and Nate Berkus for Target—high-style can be scored for relatively low-cost. Here are five of our favorite recent finds—all featuring bright hues, bold graphics, and playful sensibilities.

1) Kate Spade Saturday Outdoor Tray, $20

Perfect for picnics, this durable melamine tray boasts a bold graphic pattern guaranteed to spruce up any spread.

2) CB2 Stella Cabinet, $399

While, sure, this one’s a bit more of a splurge, CB2’s boldly striped cabinet still gets the thumbs up for combining form, function, and lots of fun—at a price that’s way less than what we’ve spotted elsewhere.

3) Swimming Pool photo by Lucy Snowe Photography, $20-$85

So summery! Etsy ranks as one of our favorite resources for tracking down affordable art, and we especially love Lucy Snowe’s minimalist photography.

4) Ikea Stockholm chair, $119

We’re big fans of the most recent release from Ikea’s upscale Stockholm collection, which offers midcentury-inspired items with a emphasis on conscious design and subtle organic influences—including the brilliant green of this wooden chair.  

5) Nate Berkus for Target pillow, $21.24

It’s a trendy triple threat: Punchy brights, metallics and geometric. Nate Berkus’s throw pillow manages to cash in on several right-now looks without breaking the bank.

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