24 Things That Can Bring Some Life To Your Home

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1.

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.


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Sometimes I buy live monstera leaves at the corner shop. They really brighten up the room and live 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).

2.

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


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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 $22.99 (available in two colors and two sizes).

3.

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


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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).

4.

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

5.

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.”


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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 $15.99.

6.

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 $5+ (available in nine sizes and two materials).

8.

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


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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 $11.69+ (available in two styles).

9.

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?


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Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four colors).

10.

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


Walmart

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

11.

Or if you think you can handle taking care of something, a potted heart-shaped philodendron capable of growing long vines that’ll look simply divine draped over your shelves or wrapped around your bedpost.


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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 $9.50. See more houseplant options from Hirt’s Garden or find more places to buy plants online.


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Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in two colors).

13.

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


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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 $10.99+ (available in 12 styles).

14.

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


Macy’s

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 $89.99.

15.

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!


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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 $163.63+ (available in four colors).

16.

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.


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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 $15.95.


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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. 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 $9.95.

18.

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


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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).

19.

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


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

Get it from Amazon for $19.54+ (available in 17 styles).

20.

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.


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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 $43.99.

21.

A faux zebra rug you simply hoof to have.


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Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in cow or fuzzy white).


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23.

A fun patterned curtain you’ll be totally starry-eyed for, especially when you see how it transforms your room.


Urban Outfitters

This is a listing for one panel. You can get the second one for $25% off.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39 (available in two colors; ships July 17).

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