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10 Home Decor Finds That Will Elevate Your Crib​​

Decor is what makes a house a home.

Home Improvement

There's no place like home, especially when you make it your own. And with the current state of the world, our habitat is helping us save humanity. I have purchased far too many decor pieces for my sanctuary now that it's my everything. Not that we need an excuse to throw some items in the bag but it definitely helps us cope with worldly woes when we can take shelter in a dope abode.

Just like you need classic staples in your wardrobe, you need timeless staples in your home. To offer an assist, we have gathered some ultra-modern items, from an elegant mirror to a vibrant bench that provide the best flair. Here are ten home decor staples you must have in order to elevate your crib.

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Woman Figural Wall Canvas White - Opalhouse

Target

Be it a standalone piece or a part of a gallery wall, this work of art will look fantastic in any room of your home.

$10

Hub Modern and Contemporary Accent Mirror

Wayfair

Mirrors serve as a focal point and make rooms look larger instantly. Try adding this beauty to one of your smaller rooms to add more natural light as well. It would be a perfect fit for an entryway or a hallway.

$150

Nebraska Velvet 71'' Square Arm Sofa

Wayfair

This couch is giving me major Insecure vibes. I definitely pictured Issa and Lawrence getting it in when I saw it. It's the color for me – it just evokes happiness. Offering luxurious comfort, this couch will be the gem in your living room.

$395

Square-based Glass Vase

H&M

Flower vases are the epitome of a functional vessel constantly elevating your space. There isn't a room that won't be forever changed by a beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting pretty in this vase. Sit this piece next to a stack of magazines and you instantly have a Pinterest-inspired layout.

$25

DENY DESIGNS Amy Sia Animal Spot Bench

Nordstrom

Now this is a bench I would love to approach! Black, white and gold are such classic colors and they offer a clean aesthetic to your home. You can opt to add this bench to your dining room table to dress it all the way up.

$299

Stop & Smell The Rose Coir Doormat Brown - Sun Squad™

Target

Did someone say rosé? Personalize the message that your guests see when they enter your home. You are sure to get a bottle of wine the next time they visit.

$13

Small Marble Candlestick

H&M

Candles are essential for all homes, so why not stylize your space with a chic holder? The warmth of a candle combined with the modern twist of a holder makes for calmative furnishing.

$18

Solveig 4x6 Picture Frame

Crate & Barrel

If you're adding new picture frames to your cart, don't forget this Crate & Barrel exclusive. This is what a grown and sexy picture frame looks like. The multicolored resin resembles exotic hardwood and just makes me want to snuggle up on the couch.

$25

CROSLEY RADIO 'Pay Phone' Wall Phone

Nordstrom

When you add retro staples throughout your abode, you add a unique touch that resonates like no other. The nostalgia of circling the dial round and round to make a phone call reminds us of simpler times. This vintage piece also keeps your coins in a bank if you decide to drop a few on a call.

$70

Renee Bar Cart

Crate and Barrel

Meet your new bar cart full of sparkling glass and marble dedicated to being a glamorous focal point. Because of its versatility, you can add spirits, books, flowers and so much more to take advantage of this fixture.

$174

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Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

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Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

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