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7 Home Hacks That Will Make Your Friends Jealous

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    There’s a reason certain items are considered home decor basics; these things are useful, functional, and among the building blocks of a liveable (and loveable) abode. But what about a little something we like to call “the new basics” — items that aren’t technically essentials, but have become ubiquitous in many modern-day dwellings? (Think: wine crate storage, leather poufs, Mason jars.)

    We’re the first to admit we love a sheepskin rug draped over an office chair just as much as the next person — but when an item becomes so trendy that it’s suddenly everywhere, it can be easy to fall into a trap of predictability. Luckily, this time of year is all about new beginnings. With the official start of fall a little over a week away, we’ve combed the web for the most surprising, delightful updates on decor staples. With a few tweaks, you'll have an apartment that feels fresh, of the moment, and anything but basic.

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