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Use inexpensive home decor items to fancy up any space on the cheap

Mary Fetzer is a freelance writer and marketing consultant with a marketing degree from Penn State University and 15 years of international business experience. Mary specializes in writing about parenting, children, pregnancy, college, h...

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

When decorating, it's not necessary to splurge on every item. These home decor bargains will fool even the savviest house guest.

Get it for a buck

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: Dollar Tree

You may be surprised by what 100 pennies can get you from a dollar store. These long-stem glass tealight candleholders are just a buck apiece but look like they came from one of the better department stores. Only you will know the truth. (DollarTree.com, $1)

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Be a thrifty hipster

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: BoConcept

Sometimes the best decor comes from stores that specialize in furniture. European retailers BoConcept and Ikea (one high-end, one not) both sell furniture that appeals to the younger set, and they complement their pieces with irresistibly affordable accent pieces.

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: Ikea

For $19, get BoConcept's conversation-starting Owl Vase or Ikea's eye-catching hanging Button Set Decoration.

Drapes are not a luxury

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: Walmart

Sure, you could get custom drapes and blinds for a grand per window, but why would you? The great thing about buying inexpensive window treatments is the flexibility you then have to change them out as frequently as your heart desires (or as quickly as trends change). For example, you can recreate this high-fashion window featuring two Ikat Drapery Panels for less than $20! (Walmart.com, $9/panel)

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Be a copycat

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: Target

"If you crave the styles of Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel but don't have the budget, check out the home departments at stores like Target," says Kendal Perez, Savings Expert with CouponSherpa.com. Why spend $39 for a high-end white pitcher when you can snag a pretty porcelain pitcher for $14! (Target.com, $14)

Get social for savings

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: Pier1 imports

Follow your favorite brands on social media, suggests Perez. "Décor stores use social media to announce upcoming sales and promotions." Companies like Pier1 Imports, for example, recently rewarded loyal Facebook fans with 25 percent off dinnerware and table linens. That means you could stock up on beauties like these fabulous Color Wheel Placemats for just $2.96 a piece! (Pier1Imports.com, $3)

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Invest in glamorous art

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: Little Paper Planes

For just $35 you can own a limited edition digital print by New York painter Annika Connor. Only you will know you didn't spend a fortune. Not your style? Check out tons of affordable prints at Art.com and AllPosters.com, too. (LittlePaperPlanes.com, $35)

Get lost in a discount retail store

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: TJMaxx

Anyone who's ever shopped at Ross, HomeGoods or TJ Maxx knows how easy it is to spend hours there. "Throw pillows, decorative trays, picture frames and table lamps can be fetched relatively cheaply from these stores," says Perez. On any given day, there's no telling what you might find in the store — like a fabulous 3'x 5' area rug for just a fraction of what other retailers charge — so make it a point to stop in frequently! (TJMaxx.com ,$30)

Buy cool stuff that just looks expensive

Your home decor doesn't have to be expensive — here's how to score some total steals

Image: Lamps Plus

This silver standing bulldog sculpture makes a super-fun doorstop. The bedazzled pooch gives any space that big "wow factor without breaking the bank. (LampsPlus.com, $40)

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