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Great Furniture + Decor Staples for Any Home.

I love showpieces and statements and dream about custom everything, but there is always a need for sturdy, versatile, well-priced staples in any interior style, especially if children are in the mix. As we gear up to buy and furnish a house, I thought I’d share some solid picks that would look great in any home…

INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG – HIGHLY DURABLE, WELL-PRICED, AND LOVE THE CLASSIC DIAMOND DESIGN

THESE WOVEN X-BENCHES ARE A STEAL AND SO VERSATILE — USE IN ENTRYWAY, FLANKING A CONSOLE, DOUBLED UP AS COFFEE TABLE, AT FOOT OF BED, IN-A-PINCH SEATING, ETC!

DOUBLE GOURD LAMPS ARE PERFECT ON BEDSIDE TABLES (WE HAVE THE ONES FROM ROBERT ABBEY IN OUR MASTER)

CANNOT GET OVER THESE LACQUERED LINEN CONSOLE TABLES — SUCH A CUSTOM/HIGH-END LOOK FOR A GREAT PRICE

ALL LIGHTING IS PRICEY, BUT THIS CHANDELIER IS MORE REASONABLE THAN MOST AND SO HANDSOME

FARMHOUSE DINING TABLE (EXTENDABLE!) IN A GOOD DARK WOOD WASH

EYECATCHING BREAKFAST BAR SET AT AN AMAZING PRICE

THESE NESTING ACRYLIC TABLES HAVE A HIGH-END/GLAM LOOK BUT ARE GREAT FOR MAXIMIZING SPACE IN A SMALL APARTMENT

GINGHAM DINING CHAIRS OR SEAGRASS DINING CHAIRS, BOTH AT GOOD PRICES – CLEVER (AND LESS EXPENSIVE) TO USE THESE AT THE HEADS OF THE TABLE AND HAVE MORE BASIC DINING CHAIRS/BENCHES

COUNTER STOOLS

SEAGRASS RUG

HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THESE SO MUCH, BUT ADORE OUR LEANING BOOKCASES — THE PRICE CAN’T BE BEAT AND I LOVE THE STYLE

UPHOLSTERED BED, PARSONS BED, OR THIS AMAZING ARCHITECTURAL CANOPY BED, WHICH COMES IN FANTASTIC COLORS

CLASSIC DRESSER THAT WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE

THIS UNDER-$800 COUCH LOOKS A LOT LIKE OUR ONE FROM JAYSON HOME

ANOTHER GREAT, WELL-PRICED SOFA — BELONGS IN THE NANCY MEYERS INTERIORS CATEGORY

THESE HIGH-BACKED WINDSOR-STYLE DINING CHAIRS ARE SO CHIC

CLASSIC LINES AND A CLEVER WAY TO CREATE A CLOSET/STORAGE IN A GUEST ROOM — DECENT PRICE, TOO

SIMILARLY, THIS FREE-STANDING CABINET IS A WELL-PRICED WAY TO ADD STORAGE TO A LIVING SPACE, DINING ROOM, OR EVEN KITCHEN

WE HAD AND LOVED THIS SLEEPER SOFA IN THE BASEMENT OF OUR CHICAGO HOME — IT WAS SO COMFORTABLE (NOT ALWAYS THE CASE WITH SLEEPERS!) AND A GOOD INVESTMENT AS IT DOUBLED AS A GUEST BED!

WOVEN FURNITURE TENDS TO BE MORE AFFORDABLE BUT ADDS TEXTURE/WARMTH — THIS IS A CLEVER NESTING COFFEE TABLE SET GREAT FOR A SMALL APARTMENT

BISTRO CHAIRS ADD RETRO CHARM TO A KITCHEN NOOK

CLEAN LINES ON THESE CHIC PENDANTS

MAKE A MAJOR STATEMENT WITH THESE REASONABLY PRICED END TABLES

GOOD-LOOKING ALTERNATIVE TO A BABY GATE

EBONY SIDE TABLES

P.S. On self-blame.

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2 Comments

  1. Great list especially the chandelier! Would be perfect for our home. Have you tried Ruggable? One of my favorite kid-friendly home items. Now I’m on a never ending search for a kid friendly sofa that doesn’t look so utilitarian. Sadly, our beautiful tufted sofas look worn and are no longer ivory. I’ve accepted that performance fabric needs to be in my future BUT … not at the expense of style.

    1. Hi Linnea! So glad you liked the list – adore that chandelier! I have not tried Ruggable, but my sister just got one or a few for her house and I think she has been lukewarm on it, specifically w/r/t the customer service experience? What has your experience been?

      I so hear you on the sofa front. Blah. We hung onto a high-end sofa that our children and dog had basically destroyed by having the cushions recovered. It’s given a sofa on its last legs some new life, but I don’t think it’s long for this world…when can we start reinvesting in furniture our children won’t ruin? When they are ten?? What’s the age threshold?!

      xx

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