Here's How I Re-Did My Apartment For Under $500

Yes, I did *need* the throw pillows.

Change your throw pillows, change your life—that's not an actual phrase people say, but it could be. How many times have you heard designers argue that by swapping out your accessories you could have a whole new space? My apartment desperately needed a refresh, so I decided to put that advice to the test. How much of a difference would new throw pillows, wall decor, and of course, planters for my succulents, make it changing the way I feel about my home?

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It wasn't until I started really shopping around that I realized how many different pieces the Urban Outfitters home line—appropriately named UO Home—had for me to choose from. (And no, this isn't #sponcon, but if you want to sponsor me, UO, hit me up!) Initially, I was anticipating some basic pillows and tapestries, but boy, I was wrong.

First, let's talk about their pillow selection: From sherpa to tufted and body to bolster, there is literally a pillow for everyone. I was immediately drawn to the neutral tones of the body and throw pillows. One thing I kept in mind—and something I mentioned in the video above—was the fact that I knew I wanted to go with warm neutrals for accessories, but I wanted to mix and match the textures. My favorite pillow? Definitely the velvet mauve floor pillow. Honestly, I sit on it more than my couch now!

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I also bought a neutral, textured throw. It's an affordable way to make a major impact on the sofa, giving the space a more boho feel.

Next, I knew I needed to spice up my walls. Considering my walls were completely bare except for my mounted TV, I pretty much had the room to go with anything I wanted. I chose to keep it relatively simple, with a wonderfully woven wool wall hanging—say that three times fast! It features a sunny motif with simple-yet-beautiful threaded tufted details. Basically, I'm in love.

I also grabbed a hook for my necklaces, but this isn't just any hook. It's shaped like an eye and made from gold metal, so it still matches the warm, neutral vibe I was going for.

Because I picked up a few more pillows than I had anticipated, I only had a little room in my budget for the planters. However, the found two of the most adorable small planters they had. I opted for two in differing heights—one neutral, one polka-dotted—so they'd look good together but wouldn't be too matchy-matchy.

When I finally got to the register, I came in just under budget, snagging everything for less than $500. And, when I finally put everything in place, I had to admit: It did look like a whole different room. Sticking to a distinct color palette, with a mix of recurring textures and materials (like those flashes of gold!), gave the room a more defined personality. Suddenly, it had a more romantic, bohemian vibe.

If I hadn't given myself that criteria to follow, I could've easily blown the money on a hodge podge of cute things that didn't quite go together—and wound up totally unsatisfied with the result. Lesson learned.

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In our video: Screen, Mr. Brown London; bookcase, table, lamp, IKEA; planter, World Market.

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