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As the saying goes, there's no place like home. However, we have to admit that IKEA is a very close second.

Of course, IKEA is a lot more than affordable prices and mouth-watering Swedish meatballs. It's one of the best places to buy clean, versatile furniture.

Though we love IKEA as much as the next person, the problem is that everyone loves it, too. Your sister, your old college roommate, your work wife — everyone. For us design lovers, having the same side table or bookshelf as everyone and their cousin can make our space feel, well, less special.

But if you love the minimalist aesthetic, what's the alternative? Spending a pretty penny on some super fancy piece of furniture? Not necessarily.

To help turn your place into a beautiful — and unique — modern home, we found 11 cool, minimalist-approved brands you need to stock up on in your home. But of course, there's still room for the occasional IKEA piece!