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).

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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

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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+)

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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).

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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+)

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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.

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