Decorating & Design

September 2, 2015

Margot Austin’s Favorite Finds Under $50

Who knew that despite having a degree from one of the country’s top universities, shopping would end up being one of my key job skills?

As a design editor, I’ve combed so many shops that I feel I’ve earned a PhD in shopping! I love the thrill of the hunt. Here I’ve pulled together 10 recent favorite finds that each cost less than $50. But first, check out my tips on how to get affordable gems that look as if they cost a lot.

  1. Train your eye. Know what high-end design looks like so you can recognize its characteristics at lower price points.
  2. Choose natural materials. They stand the test of time and look more luxe.
  3. Stick with simple. Bells and whistles can make an item look cheap (trying too hard) and can go out of style fast.
  4. Get the black one. It always looks more expensive than any other color.
  5. Shop vintage. This is by far my favorite way to get unique items for less.
  6. Support a local artisan. Handmade trumps mass made.