I've Written 150+ Home Décor Stories—Here's What I'd Buy From Target and IKEA

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As a home editor, I've written about décor for publications from MyDomaine, where I was previously managing editor, to Lonny to Hunker, covering everything from Zara Home items that look designer to Anthropologie-approved trends to watch to how to get a French-girl apartment on an IKEA budget. In other words, I've spent a lot of time scrolling through the new arrivals section of home décor retailers' sites in search of the coolest items (aka shopping).

Although it's part of my job to seek out under-the-radar brands, not even a home editor can't resist the allure of affordable wares at Target and IKEA. Whether I'm sourcing everyday basics at realistic price points or looking for thrifty, trend-forward pieces, Target and IKEA always deliver. So what's on my radar now? From a $20 side table in the color that's about to be everywhere this fall to an $8 set of wine glasses that'll lend a refined edge to any table, keep scrolling to see the 19 pieces I'm currently coveting and shop the edit for yourself.

Everything in Leanne Ford's recent collab with Project 62 is good, but this metal dome pendant lamp stands out. 

With a tapered, wood-veneer frame, this round mirror looks much more expensive than its $129 price tag.

Pistachio green poised to be the It color of fall. At just $20, this side table makes it easy to buy into the trend.

Bold and sculptural, this steel bowl would look undeniably chic on a coffee table, with or without decorative items.

Now's the time to stock up on entertaining supplies. This modern glass whiskey decanter is a steal at $10.

A decorative tray is a surefire way to make a coffee table look layered and elevated. No one would guess that this one was just $20.

Rattan furniture is having a moment, and this streamlined armchair offers an elevated, Scandi-chic take on the trend.

A large rug has the potential to completely transform a space. This artisanal-looking find from Target is perfect for adding a layer of texture to a room.

Ideal for casting a warm glow over any space, this paper lantern floor lamp would look equally chic in the living room or the bedroom.

Luxe metallics are an enduring fall home décor trend. These gold coasters are a low-cost way to get the look.

Smoked glassware has been a trend to watch for a while, and these stemless wine glasses would lend a refined edge to any table.

With its organic shape, this stoneware plate is understated enough for everyday use yet nice enough for formal dinner parties.

Mustard yellow is the shade of the season, and a cotton-velvet cushion cover in the hue carries the trend into the fall.

Versatile and easy to move, this bench can be styled in the bedroom, in the entryway, or even in the dining room.

A sheepskin rug instantly lends texture to any space. At $30, this IKEA classic simply can't be beat.

Opalhouse's selection of faux plants is surprisingly chic, and this potted dragon tree would liven up even the darkest of corners.

This sculptural candle is the perfect tabletop addition for making every meal feel like a special occasion.

This gilded basket will be ideal for stowing throws and accent pillows during the cooler autumnal months ahead.

Modern and minimal, this table lamp would look great on a living room side table, a nightstand, or even a home office desk.