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5 Easy Room Updates You (Probably) Never Thought Of

The folks at Apartment Therapy share nifty, thrifty interior-design ideas in a new book

Style on a Dime

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It may have started out as a showcase for clever small-space decorating solutions, but has grown to be a destination for great home design of all kinds. Now Apartment Therapy Complete + Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban (Potter Style, 2015) presents a full-circle guide to setting up, living in, and maintaining your ideal place—in print. Here are just of few style-savvy ideas from its pages.

Love the look of patterned tile but can't afford it right now? Consider stenciling a similar pattern on finished plywood to serve as flooring until your budget allows for the real deal.

Save on Fabric Costs

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Looking for an inexpensive slipcover fabric? Try a vintage wool blanket. Good-quality wool that's been washed and used over the years develops a lovely plush feel—and wears like iron.

Fake High-End Molding

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Replicate the look of traditional panel molding on your walls with painter's tape. Simply tape the desired layout on your wall, paint, then remove the tape. A dark color, like this plum, works best.

Borrow From the Bedroom

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Get the cozy look of mismatched sofa cushions—or hide worn spots—with a pillowcase. Just slip one over a seat (or back) cushion, and pin excess fabric as necessary.

Repurpose Something Unexpected

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Need over-the-desk storage? Prop a vintage metal bed frame against the wall, and add shelves, file holders, and clips to the springs for a unique salvage-style solution.

Get the Book

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Apartment Therapy Complete + Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan and Janel Laban (Potter Style, 2015) is available at independent bookstores and at