Bored of the same ol' look day after day? Shake up your style by adding a few simple touches to three basic pieces. Sound impossible? More like incredible.
By Krissy Tiglias for TheNest.com
Start With the Basics: The Sofa
The clean lines and comfy cushions put this couch on our short list. Even better? The proportions make it even more versatile -- two seaters can fit nearly anywhere!
Goodwin sofa, $899, WestElm.com
Start With the Basics: The Chair
The low, graceful arms and nubby linen upholstery give this chair a classic, timeless look.
Sweep armchair, $599, WestElm.com
Start With the Basics: The Coffee Table
The fine metal frame is what makes this table so great. It's a fresh riff on a classic Knoll piece (minus the sticker shock).
Frame coffee table, $499, CrateandBarrel.com
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LOOK 1: Modern ($424)
Light It Up
An oversized, white pendant with a simple shape makes a sharp style statement.
Sol pendant lamp, $100, CB2.com
We're all about the sunlight, but privacy is priority.
ENJE roller blinds, from $20, IKEA.com for stores
Yep, florals and geometrics can sit together.
DwellStudio for Target pillow, $25, Target.com
Vase or decorative piece? Mod art looks chic empty or filled.
Zing vase, $38, Chiasso.com
A blanket adds a shot of color and something to snuggle under. Score!
Cable yellow throw, $50, CB2.com
Crisscross your warm tones -- in no particular order.
Yotta area rug, $88, Lowes.com
LOOK 2: Retro ($480)
Go with a graphic print to make a major impact. 'Nuff said.
Marimekko Vermutti wall art, $80, CB2.com
Play It Up
Windows can finish off your room's look. See, multicolors can hang together.
Fabric, from $4/yard, IKEA.com for stores
Make a Face
Why not toss quirky, cool designs on a pillow?
Alexander Girard pillows, from $38, UrbanOutfitters.com
No rule says throws can't be neatly arranged. Show off that scalloped edge!
POLARVIDE throw, $4, IKEA.com for stores
We say, start with the message and work your way up.
Keep Calm rug, $199, CB2.com
Nah, your flower vessel doesn't need to be glass. Just saying.
Vase, $18, UrbanOutfitters.com for stores
Forget those plain ol' ordinary trays. Hooray for punchy designs!
Marimekko Hetkia serving tray, $29, AlwaysMod.com
LOOK 3: Serene ($458)
Nobody said go plant a garden. Fake stuff can look real. Fooled? So were we.
Silk tree orchids, $15 each, JamaliGarden.com for stores; Lacquer shelf, $11, BedBathandBeyond.com for stores
Sneak in some natural light with a sheer cover-up.
Cosmo window panel, from $25, BedBathandBeyond.com
This room calls for soft, serene shades. Blues and grays = clutch.
Grassland pillow, $22, CB2.com; Ombre pillow, $24, UrbanOutfitters.com
Colored glass is chic enough to stand solo. Pull it off with a pair.
Stretch vases, from $25, CB2.com
All eyes are on the floor where pattern and color meet.
Persimmon area rug, $99, HomeDecorators.com
Pick a tray in a natural wood to hold your pretty pieces.
Bone tray, $39, WestElm.com; Tea set, $49, UncommonGoods.com
Lend a hint of color as a side note.
Scarf, $18, UrbanOutfitters.com for stores
LOOK 4: Cozy ($445)
Too much light? Pick panels and work browns and tans.
Oyster curtain panel, $20, Lowes.com
Here's a tip: Look outside for natural inspiration.
Branch (59"), $30, JamaliGarden.com for stores
Warm It Up
This sofa is crying for texture. Faux fur and mohair do the trick.
Mohair throw, $88, PillowsandThrows.com; Fuzzy pillow, $23, Pier1.com for stores
Want a unique decorative touch? We chose a piece of wood with an organic shape.
Driftwood, $20, USEvergreen.com
Pick a Spot
Faux fur just screams soft and cozy.
Faux-fur pillow, $50, PillowsandThrows.com
Double up on wood for an eclectic touch.
Bark platter, $29, PotteryBarn.com
Oh shaggy, you're just what our feet need. Shoes off!
Spectrum shag rug, from $85, NaturalAreaRugs.com
Photos by: Mark Lund
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