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Modern, Sleek & Glam Apartment Living Room Makeover

Before we delve in, we all need to take a brief moment of silence for my white Moroccan shag rug.

Born: January 2016    |    Thrown in Dumpster: April 2017

A small apartment space gets a makeover in a few hours and for under $200 with items from Better Homes and Gardens.

Rest in peace, sweet rug.

What was I thinking buying a white shag rug? It was lovely while it lasted (albeit…not very long), and our Roomba would always get stuck on it. It went from white to ivory to gray over the last 15ish months, and I finally decided I had enough once I really looked at my living room. My style is Sleek, Modern & Glam, especially when I’m in a small space (and don't want clutter!) like my current apartment. Dingy, dirty rug totally wasn’t fitting my style.

We are moving in 4ish months, so I needed a new rug that was neutral enough for now and later when we’re in a house, and the Better Homes and Gardens collection, found in stores and at Walmart.com, is always my go to place for affordable décor. They seriously never let me down, and this partnership with them allows me to spruce up my spaces.

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A small apartment space gets a makeover in a few hours and for under $200 with items from Better Homes and Gardens.

The Better Homes and Gardens Distressed Ogee Area Rug looked so beautiful on my Macbook screen, and I adored the pattern. It’s large scale, easy to vacuum/clean, and the hardest decision was whether to go with cream gray or gray. Since I have a gray sofa, I thought and hoped the cream beige would be a bit on the lighter side. And I was right!

A small apartment space gets a makeover in a few hours and for under $200 with items from Better Homes and Gardens.

This rug is so comfy under foot and it laid flat almost instantly. I love that it was packaged with these shower cap like things (seen above) on the ends because they helped alleviate those pesky curled corners.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

Since I was getting a new rug, I decided to also see what décor from Better Homes and Gardens I could inject into my space, and I instantly fell in love with these gold hurricane lanterns. They come in both a small and large size (both under $20 each) and they're a must-have decor item.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

The gold frame is super thin so it truly has a modern look that would fit into any type of décor whether it be farmhouse, transitional, eclectic, or girly glam.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

I bought both the small and large versions and I love how they add some drama to my coffee table and living room space. I enjoy coming home and lounging on the sofa with the warm candlelight glow from my hurricanes.

You could also put some succulents or mini bud vases in the lanterns for an outdoor table. I look forward to filling them with mini ornaments and jewels during the holidays as part of a centerpiece.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

Pairing the lanterns with some cheap supermarket carnations and some books helps pull it all together.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

Now my space feels clean, glam, sleek and totally updated for under $200. I am seriously so obsessed with this rug. It was a total steal for such a ginormous rug.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

I also did a quick switcheroo with my living room curtains (also by Better Homes and Gardens, as is my lovely TV stand) to lighten up the room. Down came the gray velvet…

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

And up went the white sheers. What a difference! A whole new space in less than a few hours.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

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And to help you with your next décor purchase, I’m giving away a $50 Walmart gift card! To enter to win, simply click over and leave a comment on which Better Homes and Gardens item(s) you would love to buy if you won the giveaway.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

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76 comments

  1. Definitely a rug! I had the same issue with a cream colored shag rug!

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  2. I'd like a new rug for my dining area and possibly an ottoman for putting my feet up while watching TV.

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  3. I would use it towards the Better Homes and Gardens Rolled Arm Accent Chair

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  4. The new rug looks so much better and fits your style better, too! I'd get several lanterns-those are seriously a huge steal and are so versatile.

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  5. I would use it towards the Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Ottoman Storage Bench

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  6. Love the new rug!! Love your style, so pretty!!

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  7. Your space is always glam! I would love to have the hurricanes..

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  8. Love the new rug and curtains. The curtains really brighten up your space! I would love to have the Arabesque Quilt.

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  10. I love the Better Homes and Gardens Metallic Trellis Gold Foil Curtain Panel in grey.

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  11. Loving it all Monica. The rug is perfection. Nicely styled with your gorgeous gold accents.

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  12. i love the outdoor patio lighting items

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  13. I would love to buy the Better Homes and Gardens Beverage Tub with Metal Stand.

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  14. I like the Indigo Paisley Bedding Comforter Set.

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  15. I would use it to buy the BHG Microsuede Pieced Bedding Comforter Mini Set for my toddler's new big girl bed!

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  16. I would get the Better Homes and Gardens Irongate Lamp Shade

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  17. I would love to get the Better Homes and Gardens 15-Cube Organizer, Staggered Wall Unit and put it in my living room.

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  18. i like the Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Ottoman Storage Bench

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  19. I would get Better Homes and Gardens Circle Block Area Rug, and the Better Homes and Gardens Blackout Thermal Faux-Silk Back-Tab Window Curtains!

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  20. I would love to get the BHG 12 Cube Organizer in Espresso.

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  21. the Indigo Paisley Bedding Comforter Set.

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  22. I would buy this if I won Better Homes and Gardens Piers Gray Mix and Match 16 Piece Dinnerware Set.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  23. I would buy the Better Homes and Gardens Cameron Textured Print Area Rug.

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  24. Better Homes and Gardens Thick and Plush Bath Towel Collection

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  25. I like the Better Homes and Gardens Rustic Table Lamp Base, Distressed Wood

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  26. Oh I really love the Better Homes and Gardens Kids Sealife Bedding Comforter Set! We are changing our little ones room and that would be so cute!

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  27. If I won the gift card I would get the Better Homes and Gardens Crossmill Bookcase with Doors.
    thank you

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  28. I like the Better Homes and Gardens Teal Medallion 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Teal. entry name- heather hayes panjon

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  29. If I won I would get the faux wood blinds for my windows. My house needs them badly!

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  30. I'd love to get a new indoor/outdoor rug for our sunporch!

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  31. LOVE those Starfish and Sand Dollar beach towels!

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  32. If I won, I would purchase the Better Homes and Gardens Adjustable Arm Metal Floor Lamp.

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  33. I would love to buy the Better Homes and Gardens Crossmill Weathered Entertainment Wall Unit! I love the color of the finish.

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  34. I would love to buy the romantic purple Better Homes and Gardens Extra-Absorbent Textured Towel Collection.

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  35. With so many great items from Better Homes about Gardens I don't know which one to choose!

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  36. I love the candles but, what I really want is that TV stand!!

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  37. I would love to get some new accessories for my dining room.

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  38. I would like to purchase some pretty throw pillows and an accent rug to spruce up my livingroom

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  39. I would get the better homes and garden Storage Ottoman.. 2 KIDS have a lot of toys scattered lol

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  40. I would buy some new Better Home and Gardens sheets for my kids room.

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  41. i really want to spice up my garden area

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  42. I like the Beach Bicycle Throw Pillows - perfect for Summer

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  43. I'd like the Better Homes and Gardens Preston Park Bookcase/Room Divider, Set of 2, Mahogany.

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  44. I would definitely purchase a Better Homes and Gardens Oversized Print Beach Towel, Global Medallion. So pretty and colorful.

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  45. I would LOVE to have the Better Homes and Gardens Contemporary Fountain.

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  46. I WOULD LOVE TO PURCHASE THE BETTER HOLMES AND GARDENS KIDS COLOR BLOCK QUILT SET FOR MY SON :)

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  47. I would love the Better Homes and Gardens 20-Count Clear Glass Globe String Lights.

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  48. Better Homes and Gardens Beverage Cart is what I would buy. Perfect for my outdoor patio set.

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  49. I like the Better Homes and Garden Griffin Chair.

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  50. I love the essential oil diffuser Moroccan scroll!

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  51. I would put it towards this... https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-Carter-Hills-Gas-Fire-Pit/54245167

    Love it!!

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  52. I need new everything!! Loving that Grayson Ottoman Storage Bench! TY for the chance!

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  53. I would choose the Better Homes and Gardens Metallic Trellis Gold Foil Curtain Panels for my master.

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  54. I would get the Better Homes and Gardens Damask Ogee Curtain Panel for our front porch windows.

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  55. I would love to purchase the Better Homes and Garden Pintuck Bedding Duvet Cover in Grey! My email is traciemcooper0515@gmail.com

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  56. gorgeous!! Where is the basket under the coffee table from

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  57. I would pick the Better Homes and Gardens Plush Eyelash Shag Area Rug

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  58. One thing I would get is the Better Homes and Gardens Piers Gray Mix and Match 16 Piece Dinnerware Set. I have had my eye on these for a while. Thanks!

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  59. Ahh, so many awesome items! Totally loving your décor in there. Love those lanterns! I would definitely pick up the Better Homes and Gardens Crossbar Metal Outdoor Lantern and also the Better Homes and Gardens 4' Bench, Dark Red! starla.batesATyahooDOT com

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  60. I would get the whole Better Homes and Gardens Jeweled Damask Bedding Quilt Collection. So pretty!

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  61. I would like to buy the Better Homes and Gardens 4-Piece Lamp Set. This set would brighten up my dark living room.

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  62. I like the Better Homes and Gardens Suzani Area Rug or Ru

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  63. I really want this: Better Homes and Gardens Azalea Ridge 3-Piece Outdoor Bistro Set, Seats 2

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  64. I want this https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-Starfish-Sand-Dollars-Striped-Beach-Towel/47364094

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