How to Pimp Your Pad

Kishani Perera, the owner of Fuse I.D. in L.A., offers a room-by-room analysis, explaining where to spend and where to rein it in.


Entryway:

Spend:

A funky chandelier can personalize the plainest of apartments. Check out Anthropologie's vintage-chic options ($700+,

anthropologie.com).

Save:

Don't bust your budget on that table that gets covered by your keys and mail. Try a cute folding tray table, like West Elm's Butler Tray + Stand ($169,

westelm.com).


Living Room:

Spend:

You need a comfy couch that will hold up to those

The Hills

marathons. For a sofa that'll last longer than the Heidi and Spencer faux-mance, pick a classic shape in a neutral canvas upholstery. "Funk it up with pillows," says Perera. ($2000+)

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Save:

Don't shell out for bookshelves; they're obscured by your stuff anyway. Ikea's gridlike Expedit Bookcase, at $149, does the low-cost trick. "This piece will change your life — it's functional

and

decorative," Perera raves. (Full disclosure: An Allen wrench is involved.)


Bedroom:

Spend:

Roll that metal frame on wheels out the door and replace it with a headboard that makes you want to log serious sack time. Perera recommends Brocade Home's ornate options ($350+,

brocadehome.com).

Most Popular

Save:

Don't spring for wall-to-wall carpet; try a flokati — a wool rug that looks like it came right off the sheep's back. "They're decadent and add instant warmth to a room," enthuses Perera. ($200+)


Dining Room:

Spend:

The table anchors the room. "Go for a solid piece with a leaf or two to expand it for dinner parties," says Perera — perfect for your next, bigger pad. ($450+)

Save:

Forget matching chairs. Go thrifting for mismatched ones, says Perera. "Then stain the frames, and reupholster them in a fun fabric." Voil — your one-of-a-kind set comes at a deep discount.

More Articles from The Smart Girl's Guide to Living Alone

8 Ways to Double Your Closet Space

Cooking for One

Boy-Proof Your Lair

13 Things We Learned From Living Alone

3 Huge Space Savers

Culture
Share
Here's What Weddings Looked Like the Year You Were Born
​Let's embark on a 100-year journey through the history of nuptials, shall we?​
Culture
Share
Why "Treating Yourself" Is Such an American Idea
As the daughter of immigrants, I thought self-care was a luxury only rich families could afford.​
Culture
Share
What's New on Netflix in May
What is productivity, anyways?
Culture
Share
Kesha Drops a Powerful New Track with Zedd, Makes Us Feel All the Feels
"This is more than a song. It's a declaration of my truth​."​​
Culture
Share
Stop Everything and Listen to Rihanna and Calvin Harris' New Heart-Stopping Club Banger
⚡️​⚡️​​
GIF
Culture
Share
Kanye West Liked Aziz Ansari's "Famous" Spoof So Much He Made It the Official Video
​​Classic Kanye.​
Culture
Share
This Quadriplegic Woman Has Spent $15,000 to Look Like Barbie
She wants to show other paralyzed women that their disabilities shouldn't prevent them from living out their dreams.​
Culture
Share
7 Wedding Traditions That Have Disappeared Over the Past Century
For most modern wedding guests, a "traditional" American wedding would be totally unrecognizable. ​
Culture
Share
The Death of the Cheesy Rom-Com
True-to-life love stories replaced fairytale cliché​s at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.​
Culture
Share
Why I Refuse to Get Botox
Actress Amanda Peet opens up about being afraid to look like a science project.​
Marie Claire + Lenny