I'm Not a Millionaire—36 Chic Pieces I Buy to Make My Space Look Expensive

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There's nothing quite like the satisfaction you feel upon discovering an expensive-looking item that is insanely cheap. Even the wealthiest people I know love a bargain. No one really likes parting with their hard-earned money, so even when you are a millionaire, you're always looking for ways to save more and spend less. Am I right? Ever since I was a young girl I have been thrifting fashion (back when it wasn't cool to wear second-hand shoes—believe me!) and then in my college years, I would trawl the flea markets for affordable furniture to fill my first apartment. Then I met my husband from Arizona who taught me some of his tricks as a vintage picker—he has an enviable rock concert and denim collection.  

But I digress. I guess what I'm trying to say is that over the years I have certainly developed a knack (and an eye) for picking out the diamonds from the rough. But there's one oft-overlooked style element of every room that has the capacity to give it the Midas touch and make it look more expensive than it really is: decorative accents. Yes, they're my secret weapon and the reason why prop stylists are always in such high demand—Colin King and Brady Tolbert are masters at it. You see, it's all of these smaller pieces layered on coffee tables, side stools, benches, credenzas, and mantels that truly bring a room to life. 

Ready to give it a try? Here are a few of the chic decorative pieces I'm loving right now from West Elm, CB2, and H&M Home—all under $100.