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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Elegant Design Ideas, on a Budget

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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Elegant Design Ideas, on a Budget

May 4, 2018

At Remodelista, “spring refresh” is an oxymoron. See five of the editors’ favorite stylish (and budget-friendly) ideas to refresh the interior design of a home.

Stylish Hardware Hooks

Above: A zinc Library Single Hook is available in a brass (shown) or antiqued black finish; $5.99 at Target.
Julie writes “our first post ever on the HGTV Fixer Upper phenoms Joanna and Chip Gaines: We recently spotted some nice-looking hardware at Target and were interested to learn the provenance (they’re from the Gaines’s Target line Hearth & Hand).” See more in this week’s Hardware post.

Sleeper Sofas

Ikea&#8\2\17;s Vallentuna Sleeper Sectional Sofa can be ordered in different configurations. As shown here, the left seat pulls out to a single bed at the base of the sofa; \$\1,3\20 at Ikea. For more options, see all the Vallentuna sectional products on Ikea.
Above: Ikea’s Vallentuna Sleeper Sectional Sofa can be ordered in different configurations. As shown here, the left seat pulls out to a single bed at the base of the sofa; $1,320 at Ikea. For more options, see all the Vallentuna sectional products on Ikea.
See Alexa’s favorite picks for sofas that do double duty as beds (at prices from high to low) in this week’s 10 Easy Pieces post.

Paper Composite Countertops

In her Mill Valley, California, kitchen, Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson installed paper composite countertops during a remodel. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
Above: In her Mill Valley, California, kitchen, Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson installed paper composite countertops during a remodel. Photograph by Matthew Williams.

Made of paper (or wood-based fibers), natural pigments, and non-petroleum-based resins, paper composite kitchen countertops are low-maintenance, stain-resistant, and less expensive ($30 to $80 per square foot) than many other countertop materials. Are they right for your kitchen? See the pros and cons at Remodeling 101: Paper Composite Countertops for the Kitchen.

Direct-to-Consumer Kitchenware

Above: With a 5½-quart Dutch Oven, LA-based Milo lowers the cost of enameled Dutch oven pots; $95, compared with almost $400 for a similarly sized French brand. Read more in Object of Desire: A Sleek Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, Nicely Priced.
Writes Meredith: “We’ve covered mattress disrupters (see 14 Upstart Mattress Companies), bedding disrupters (see Luxury Linens for Less, Online Edition), and furniture disrupters (see 6 New Upstart Furniture Companies), so perhaps it was only a matter of time before the tabletop/kitchenware category was disrupted.” See more in 10 New Kitchen and Tabletop Disrupters.

Bright Blue on a Budget

Photograph courtesy of White Arrow.
Above: Photograph courtesy of White Arrow.

“Peggy Wang, editorial director at Buzzfeed, worked with a friend, designer Keren Richter of White Arrow, to renovate her Ridgewood, Queens, row house. The two wanted something brighter, updated, and cost-efficient. The kitchen checks all the boxes: bright blue cabinets (Ikea with custom fronts) and modern appliances,” writes Alexa. See more in this week’s Steal This Look post.

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