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As an ASID interior designer who literally built my business on offering affordable, approachable design to my clients, I am a firm believer that good design doesn’t have to be expensive.  I also love the $10 price point, so much so that I developed an on-going list of design ideas that I call “Ten under Ten” $10.00, there are certainly lots of great items on the market (many of them often overlooked), that combine high style that won’t break the bank, all under ten bucks!

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Here are my top picks:

  1. Queue vase by Z Gallerie: “This vase falls into the category of “I’ve never seen this before!” “ This vase is a collection of five individual pieces, each able to hold one or two blooms.  $9.95
  2. Rivta Throw by Ikea: “I am not sure that I have every styled a residence without using at least one throw, and this one by Ikea is one of my favorites! Plush and warm, its available in lots of rich colors. $7.99
  3. Trilling Poster Set of 3 by Ikea: “Ikea artwork to me is a well kept secret. Their graphic often whimsical prints look fantastic framed and make for wonderful, affordable art. I especially like these prints displaying icons in Paris, New York and London.”$9.00
  4. Hanging glass terrarium by CB2: “These ‘floating’ glass planters are simply magical.  Fill them with succulents, cactus or your favorite bloom.” $6.95
  5. Recycled glass bud vases by West Elm: “I love love looooooove these.  Simply adorable and available in fun colors like caramel and teal, these little gems filled with a single stem will spice up any table!” $6.00
  6. Juno Vase by Crate and Barrel: “When it comes to vases, nothing quite looks as rich as earthenware. Sturdy and rich with color, I also really love the texture of the lines on this vases as well as the fun ‘dill pickle’ shade.” $9.95
  7. Birds & Flowers Gift Wrap as wallpaper from The Container Store: “I love finding new ways to use materials. I simply adore this fun print and think it would be an interesting and easy idea to use this gift wrap as wall paper.  $4.99 per 20”x30” Sheet
  8. Piper Large Candleholder by Crate and Barrel: “These candleholders hold a simple tea light candle and I believe that only add a touch of elegance, but in groupings make a stunning centerpiece.” $3.95 for the large size
  9. Sandstone coasters by Crate and Barrel: “These sandstone coasters add a natural element to the table.  Made in India, the neutral tones, go with any décor.” $9.95 for a set of 4
  10. Hour Glass by CB2: “I have actually started using these as fun, conversation pieces in some of my designs. What I really love about this one is the uniqueness of the lime colored sand!” $9.95

The Popular Site Sheknows.com recently asked me to share my top design picks under $10, profiling my selection of this luxe Ikea throw.