Gutenberg: Luxe for Less: 8 Ways to Make Your Home Feel More Expensive

Time 8 hours

Budget $ 123

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WORDS BY Gabe Hesse

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Published on September 25, 2020

Taking a home full of IKEA and hand-me-downs to the next level isn’t as hard—or expensive—as you think. Use these eight tips to create a cohesive, luxury look where no one can tell where you spent and where you saved.

Throw Down

A beautiful blanket styled on a big-box couch perfectly nails that high-low mix. Drape it casually over the arm for a more bohemian look, or fold it neatly across the back of a sofa for a classic, tidy effect. Similarly, a designer accent pillow — we love ones from The Citizenry — can add instant oomph to an otherwise-drab sofa.


Bonus: Interior designer Fran Keenan has a few tips for putting it all together on her IGTV.


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Starting with the dark grey on the walls, this modern and industrial-styled bedroom feels moody, and a touch dramatic. There’s a tailored structure to the room with the wainscotting on the walls, but it’s offset by the dreamy linen curtains that lend a natural feel to the room.

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A no excuse policy.

A beautiful blanket styled on a big-box couch perfectly nails that high-low mix. Drape it casually over the arm for a more bohemian look, or fold it neatly across the back of a sofa for a classic, tidy effect. Similarly, a designer accent pillow — we love ones from The Citizenry — can add instant oomph to an otherwise-drab sofa.

  • If you need to traverse your staircase in the middle of the project, paint the steps in sections or skip every few steps so you can still get up and down the stairs without tramping over your hard work!
  • Use a semi-gloss finish for a durable and easy-to-clean look.
  • Smaller tools like a small roller and trim brush work better for these small spaces!
  • Choose a paint with a built in primer for added durability.

That meant creating a nursery that didn’t scream ‘baby’ but brought in elements of my husband’s and my taste paired with nursery musts.

— CYNDI RAMIREZ

In light of California’s shelter in place order, Keltie’s been spending more of her time at home than ever. Before, with a busy triple-threat schedule, she’d often leave before the sun was up, only to return home when the sun was already down. Working from home, Keltie’s found a new use for her living room in the day-to-day.


While this time hasn’t been easy, Keltie found a silver lining. When she started gutting and renovating her home room by room, she saw each space purely as a project to check off her list.


“I knew I would live in the space, but I wasn’t really focused on how I would ‘live in a room.’ Now that my home is all I see every day, I’m so glad we chose a really calming color palette and a very laid back, comfortable vibe.”


In stressful times, Keltie looks for something to be thankful for. “There were options to choose items that were aesthetically amazing, but not the coziest to live in, so I’m thankful for the choices my designer and I made. In times of stress, being surrounded by things that bring me comfort–soft luxe fabrics, books, smelly candles, art–puts me at ease.”

The room’s pops of color, like orange and coral, are subtle. They add to the warm palette that incorporates wood and leather while black and white artwork juxtaposes the design’s natural elements. The large, abstract art from High Fashion Home plays to the height of the room and adds a modern statement to the space through contrast.


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