Decorate a Living Room for Under $100

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Decorate a Living Room for Under $100

All accessories pictured found at The Reject Shop

It doesn’t have to be a tough choice between a beautiful home and ticking off the next designer bag on the wishlist. The Reject Shop has set me a challenge to decorate a living room with affordable pieces found in store. I’ve made so many affordable interior finds that I just can’t wait to share with you. Here are my tips on how to decorate a living room for under $100.

Bold soft furnishings

If you pick up just one thing to decorate a living room, then let it be some bold soft furnishings. A statement rug in the living room is always a good idea – this chic monochrome rug is only $30 from The Reject Shop. You’ll also want a few mismatched cushions to haphazardly leave around the place. Mine were just $9 each. Both the rug and cushions are current catalogue items in stores while stocks last.

Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-6 copyMonochrome rug ($30); Cushion ($9 each); Pouf ($28); Chalk Board ($10); Chalk ($2.50); Pyramid Candle Holder ($10); Sugar Canister used as vase ($6); Glass cloche ($10); Geometric Ceramic Stool ($20)
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Monochrome rug ($30); Cushion ($9 each); Throw ($20); Chopping board, used as serving tray ($8); Large Straw Basket ($15)

Keep it Simple

Simplicity is practically a synonym of ‘luxe’. It’s about setting the tone with a few key minimal pieces, like this single drawer side table (a steal at $34). As for decorations, less is more. I’ve chosen these very Scandi pyramid candle holders, a natural wood clock, and a glass cloche (all $10 each). Retro storage boxes in designs that match the rest of your home make for functional decor ($7 each).

Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-11 copySide table ($34); Small storage box ($6); Large storage box ($7); Geometric Clock ($10) Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-7 copyChalk board ($10); Chalk ($2.50); Pyramid Candle Holder ($10); Sugar Canister, used as vase ($6); Glass Cloche ($10)Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-1Pyramid Candle Holder ($10); Sugar Canister, used as vase ($6); Glass Cloche ($10); Geometric Clock ($10)Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-1-2 copyChalk board ($10); Chalk ($2.50); Pyramid Candle Holder ($10); Sugar Canister, used as vase ($6); Glass Cloche ($10); Cushion ($9 each) 


Just because the tag says one thing, doesn’t mean it can’t be used for another (even better) purpose. I’ve used an $8 bamboo chopping board as a minimal serving tray, and gave a $5 candle a second life as a treat jar. Any cylindrical container is a vase in my book, including tin sugar canisters. And what’s stopping you from shopping indoor furniture in the outdoors section? I found this ceramic outdoor stool in the outdoor aisle of The Reject Shop for just $20.

Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-9 copyGlass Cloche ($10); Sugar Canister, used as vase ($6); Cushion ($9 each); Throw ($20); Geometric Ceramic Stool ($20); Large Straw Basket ($15); Small Straw Basket ($6)Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-10 copyCushions ($9 each); Chopping board, used as serving tray ($8); Side Table ($34)

Instant DIY

The Reject Shop stocks much more than interior accessories, so it’s always worth having a look in their other sections for DIY opportunities (however unrelated it might seem). I’ve made an instant DIY print from a $10 chalk board, by drawing one of my favourite quotes in cursive style lettering. The chalk was also from The Reject Shop – in the arts and crafts aisle.

Decorate a Living Room with Reject Shop-8 copyChalk board ($10); Chalk ($2.50); Pyramid Candle Holder ($10); Sugar Canister, used as vase ($6)

Use The Reject Shop’s store finder to find your nearest store, and follow them on Instagram (@therejectshop). For my Perth readers, the South Fremantle The Reject Shop is one of the biggest in Perth, where you can find many items already sold out elsewhere.

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  • Jenelle
    30 August 2015 at 7:05 pm

    You are kidding me that they have all of this at the Reject Shop?! Like, what? That is awesome, the cloche, the stool and baskets! Thanks babe, will have to take a look, you did a great job with this project!
    xx Jenelle

    • Jiawa Liu
      30 August 2015 at 10:30 pm

      I know right! I think because The Reject Shop sells such a huge range things you need to look a bit closer to find the gems.

  • carolyn
    31 August 2015 at 10:39 am

    Hi Jiawa!
    HELLO! Very nice to meet you. I came across you via IG cause you liked one of my pics.
    Just want to say that your style is super chic, simple and stylish!
    Its effortless style.
    Hopefully will come across you again. I just started on IG so have a long way to go. If you ever need white origami butterflies etc to style your shots I would absolutely love to send over some goodies!
    I also run a jewelry line
    Would love to send you some simple pieces too to style up a storm.
    If you’re happy what would be the best address to send it to?
    Thanks so much. I know you must be super busy!
    Xx Carolyn

    • Jiawa Liu
      31 August 2015 at 10:51 am

      Hi Carolyn! Thanks so much for coming all the way to check out my blog. You are so sweet! Your work is lovely, so I’d definitely be interested to talk about collaborating. As it’s hard for me to keep track of conversations through comments, the best thing to do would be to send me an email. I don’t dare type it out here for fear of spam bots, so you’re welcome to use my contact form, or the email in my Instagram bio. Talk soon!

  • Judith
    1 September 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I’m moving in 3 weeks time and I can’t wait to get my hands onto that ceramic stool and straw basket. Thanks for the timely post!

  • The Rue Collective
    10 September 2015 at 11:37 am

    It’s great how the little touches can make such a big difference eh? I’m eyeing off that candle holder. I can’t get enough of geometric designs and metallics at the mo. Love your eye for styling, your good taste extends beyond your wardrobe! xx

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