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Secrets from an interior designer: These 6 home decor gems start at just $23

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Level up your home for a steal. (Photo: Amazon)

As the owner of Burrow & Nest Design Studio, it's my job to keep budget in mind when assisting my clients, while still keeping things pretty, of course. My motto: It's in the details. Luckily, there are some easy fixes for folks who struggle with the little things, and I'm about to lay down some wisdom for you.

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Amazon has reasonable prices on my favorite decor hacks that easily upgrade a space to feel polished and well designed. Some of these finds are on sale, and available through Prime, so you can get your home in tip-top shape in a jif (and with free shipping!). Not yet a Prime member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here.

Whether your issue is cluttered spaces, dark rooms, or just a look that bores you, there's an affordable solution that will make you feel good about the place you spend your days. Now, for the quick and budget-friendly fixes that will surprise you with their level of impact on your home.

Try some noncommittal wallpaper

This removable Tempaper x Genevieve Gorder wallpaper measures 20.5 in X 16.5 feet — and it's made in the U.S.
$35 at Amazon

I love wallpaper. It makes the most impressive impact in a room, adding color, pattern and fun. If you're afraid of commitment, there are some beautiful removable wallpapers out there, including this bird wallpaper from Tempaper. This is a DIY-friendly project that's hard to mess up, since you can realign the paper until you get it right. Unlike traditional paper, it's vinyl, so it's moisture-resistant and easy to clean, making it ideal for a kitchen or bath. Even better is that a small bathroom or a feature wall in a bedroom or living room can be done in less than a weekend. One roll covers 28 square feet. Save on five great colorways, including this peppy denim.

Says a DIYer, "Awesome! Yes, It’s beautiful... Yes, you can peel it off and do it over 3 times and it will still stick." Another peel and sticker touts, "Easy to work with, repositionable. Love the print."

Add a touch of brass

Add flair to cabinets or drawers with this set of 10 golden knobs.
$2,300 at Amazon

Have an outdated dresser? An inexpensive vanity that could use some oomph? Kitchen cabinets looking blah? Some new knobs go a long way in creating a new look. These brushed gold drawer knobs from Goldenwarm are made of acrylic and zinc alloy, so they are as durable as they are stunning. Add a coat of paint to that high boy you inherited from your Great Aunt Bea and finish it off with these lucite beauties to add a personal touch. This style blends perfectly with decor from regency glam to mid-century. Larger matching handles are available, so you can presto-chango the look an entire room of furniture in a matter of minutes. These come in sets of 5, 10 or 25, so you can add to whatever is screaming for a makeover in the house.

Says an obsessed customer, "Easy to install and made my IKEA dresser look much more expensive. I love how comfortable they are too." Says another five star reviewer, "We get so many compliments on these. Worth every penny."

Lovely up your loo

This matching trash can, plunger and toilet brush combo keeps bathrooms looking tidy.
$35 at Amazon

No one wants to think about the tools we need to maintain the toilet — and there's no way anyone wants to look at an exposed toilet brush and plunger. Especially in the guest bathroom. Bath Bliss accessories save the day. This trio of toilet tricks is just what you need to keep those nasty necessities under wraps. A 5-liter trash can in stainless steel coordinates and hides other personal-care detritus. Everything will look nice and tidy, with germs tucked out of sight and reach in attractive containers.

Says a happy customer, "Adds a very clean look to my bathroom." This satisfied spouse says, "The wife is very happy. Now she can hide the plunger."

Choose flattering lighting

Modern Table Lamp

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This small, gold lamp has a graphic, hollow metal base and a fabric shade.
$24 at Amazon

Lighting may be the most important aspect of a room, but it's often ignored. If you're still relying on just the overhead, it's time to vary things a bit. Overhead lighting casts shadows, creating dark corners and sullen-looking faces. Layer lighting to create different looks and moods throughout the day. The Cotulin mod lamp in brass looks smart on a nightstand or end table. At just 7 inches wide and 14 inches high it will fit on tiny tables, but it's still bright enough to provide a nice glow. Also available in black and rose gold.

This decor maven says, "Super cute, super sweet. Perfect for a teen room, a dorm room or a casual adult room. Perfect for a bedside table, bookcase, or desk. So versatile."

Give your space new life

This eight-inch planter plus stand awaits your plant of choice.
$3,200 at Amazon

Bring the outdoors in and benefit from the oxygen a live plant provides. But don't stop there. Dress it up with a charming planter, like this stylish ceramic pot on wood stand that looks at home with boho, eclectic or mid-century decor. Save some green while showing off your green thumb, with the on-page coupon at checkout.

This indoor gardener raves, "Exactly what I was looking for! The stand is very sturdy and it's easy to assemble. The pot itself is a nice, heavy, sturdy ceramic that looks very classy. Overall, very satisfied."

Tame unsightly cords

Contain cords with this three-foot-long, three-outlet power strip/cord manager.
$24 at Amazon

Does your floor look like a death trap of snakes, just waiting to trip you up? The Sleek Socket is the solution to the corder clutter from which we all suffer. The plug lays flat against the socket (particularly perfect for when an outlet is behind a dresser or console) and the cord is sent down the wall to a power strip. This makes the outlet nearly invisible to guests as well as curious toddlers and pets. 33,500-plus fans

A lover of neat cords says, "Very, very nice. I am a renter so putting a huge hole in the wall to hide my wires was not going to happen. After searching for something that can help with the look of the wires in my living room I am glad to have come across this socket! I love love it. I’m extremely happy with the look and the adhesive works really well. I highly recommend."

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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