15 Things Every First Home or Apartment Needs
Spoiler: a stocked bar makes the top five.
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Find your footing in your new home by purchasing a durable, stylish and, most importantly, properly sized area rug. While you’re at it, grab a runner, too! These are investment-worthy additions for your first place because with proper care, rugs will last for many, many years. We’re talking forever, people. The best part? Rugs are the easiest way to add warmth, comfort and personal style into any room, anywhere. And unlike paint, rugs roll up so you can take your warm, comfortable style wherever life leads you.
Conversational Coffee Table
Use your coffee table for more than just your morning cup o’ joe, people! Scope out a coffee table that works double time to reward your space with a sleek design and functional surface and storage component. Add fresh flowers, color coordinated hardcovers and one-of-a-kind tchotchkes for a polished, styled look.
Stocked Bar Cart
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst — adulthood in a nutshell, right? Thus, we suggest you keep a well-stocked and styled bar cart within reach for the days that call for celebration and the days that call for cabernet-induced sedation. Use the cart as an excuse to stock up on cute coasters, sassy stirs, bar napkins and Pinot Grigio galore — no judgement here.
Coordinating Dishware + Cutlery
Keep things crisp and tidy with coordinating dishware and cutlery. Investing in harmonious dishware is especially crucial for smaller spaces or open shelving, as it keeps the space feeling open and airy. Classic white-on-white sets, as pictured here, guarantee a clean and orderly appearance — even when they’re left haphazard and used around the house.
Farewell, futons. Find yourself a sturdy-yet-comfy and oh-so-stylish sofa, instead. Expensive though they may be, sofas are able to stand the test of time under the right circumstances. The key? Opt for classic designs and durable, neutral-toned fabrics. If you manage to keep dog hair and red wine off the cushions, or at least effectively remove them, your sofa can easily last you for 5-15 years. (Big spender? Your sofa could last over 20 years.)
Cotton T-shirt sheets are great for the XL twin beds in your dorm room, but we all reach a point in life where we deserve to rest our heads on the finer sheets in life. Invest in at least one — nay, two — sets of quality bed linens for your first home. Research different thread counts and head to your go-to department store for a hands-on investigation. When in doubt, grab a set of sheets in the 200-800 count range. These will offer max comfort and long-lasting wear, to boot.
Window treatments add drama and privacy to your humble abode, all in one fell swoop. Pro tip: Positioning curtains far above the window frame itself will add instant height and glamour to your space.
Christen your first home or apartment with a personal piece of artwork on the walls. Set aside a small portion of money and aim to purchase a new piece each year. As time passes, you’ll curate a collection that will always remind you of the times spent in your first home. Sentimental and stylish? You’re welcome.
Purchase cleaning supplies and a basic tool set to keep on hand in the new digs. Keeping up with cleaning will ensure your new home maintains that "new" feeling for a long, long time. Plus, the tool-kit makes those unforeseen mishaps much more manageable — trust us. Store them both under the sink or in a hall closet for safe keeping.
Ceiling fans have their benefits, but style is not one of them. Switch out the dreaded fan for a sleek, stylish light fixture. Can’t live without it? Add a quality table lamps throughout your home and upgrade the light fixtures in the bathroom. The chandelier seen here? To die for.
Clear Kitchen Essentials
Stock your kitchen with classy, clear containers for stove-side spices. Love this for open shelving? Us too. Why stop at the spices, though? Carry through the entire kitchen and bring the same technique into the pantry with large, transparent containers for salty snacks and sweet treats alike.
Keep things out of sight, in style. Rather than using unsightly plastic bins or ratty hampers, grab woven baskets and lucite boxes instead! We love the large trio of boho-inspired baskets, pictured here. Use them to hold shoes, store blankets or sort laundry.
Crisp + Cohesive Towels
Nothing quite spells "big leagues" like purchasing a uniform set of towels, right? Much like dishware, investing in cohesive towel sets will keep your space feeling clean and well-kept, rather than suffocating and cluttered. For a spa-like experience in your home, opt for a traditional, wintery white bath towel. Other neutral hues like gray, beige or black will offer the same sleek effect, too.
Bed (With Frame + Headboard)
Buy a bed that comes with all the bells and whistles, guys. We’re talking a frame and a headboard — the works. The design options are endless but we have heart-eyes for the four-post pretty, seen here. Not your vibe? Go glam with a tufted velvet number, instead. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to clock in eight hours a night when you’re smitten with your bed.
Call it a mudroom, a catch-all corner or organized chaos, friends. Whatever it is, it’s vital for homes of every size. Create a spot that functions as a space that you can hang your winter coats, kick off your boots and drop your keys when you walk through the door. Make use of decorative baskets, bowls and trays to catch your snail mail and newspaper.