I Moved in With My Boyfriend—These Are the 30 Affordable Home Items We're Buying


(Image credit: @aralynbeaumont)

You may be thinking, aren't you the girl quarantining with your boyfriend? Well, we decided to make things official. When the lockdown for the pandemic started, my boyfriend and I had just gotten back from a vacation in Kauai. (Yes, we know how lucky our timing was. Yes, we know to never take a vacation for granted.) I decided to hunker down with him to reduce the back and forth from our homes out of the safety for ourselves and my two roommates.

So eight days together turned into a month, which turned into another month, and now we're in a third month, and things feel good. If we can spend every day together for, what, 90 days—in pretty grave circumstances, mind you—and still feel the love, then we figured this step only makes sense.

So now it's time to make this apartment a home. Normally, we're the type of people who'd love to scour vintage shops, flea markets, and garage sales for our homewares, but since that's not really an option right now, we're turning to our favorite retailers to brighten up our home. Sometimes we may not immediately agree on what to buy and in what shade, but we always align on one thing: affordability. So here are 30 super-cute, under-$100 items we're buying to decorate our home. I know you'll want to snag them, too.

Up next, these 37 random under-$100 items make me feel rich.

Copy Editor, Branded Content

Aralyn Beaumont joined Who What Wear as the copy editor for branded content after a career in food media. Years of poring over intricate recipes with a fine-tooth comb and working with high-profile chefs has prepared her well for working with fashion's top brands while honoring Who What Wear's voice. Her background as a research editor makes her a finicky editor who will probably care too much about making sure all copy is as factually accurate and aligned with the house style guide as can be. Maybe it's because she's a Gemini, but her personal style is impossible to pin down: One day you'll see her in a turtleneck sweater tucked into a midi skirt with heeled boots, and the next, she'll be wearing mom jeans, a white Hanes tee, and classic Vans. At the end of the day, her style reflects her various moods. Sometimes it will be feminine and elegant, and others it will be grungy or androgynous. Certain things will always remain constant, though. She'll forever be on the hunt for the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans.