9 Décor Items to Replace Before You Turn 30
A slew of realizations come with almost turning 30: You evaluate where you are in your life versus where you thought you would be, maybe you spot a gray hair or two, and your perspective on making your house a home takes center stage in your life. Call it growing up or nesting; things like plastic plates and hand-me-downs will just no longer do. Keep scrolling for the pieces of décor and furniture that we should not carry into our 30s.
You know the ones I mean: a New York City skyline, Audrey Hepburn’s silhouette… Keep calm and donate them. It’s time to start investing in a real grown-up art collection, and as a bonus, you don’t even have to spend a fortune. We promise tons of affordable non-generic art is out there.
Confession time: How many plastic chairs have you (or your guests) broken over the last decade? If you feel confident that your entourage has matured enough to sit comfortably in an upholstered chair at dinner without ruining it, then it’s time for an upgrade.
When I first moved out on my own, my mother and I went shopping for a mattress, bedspring, and one of those basic metal frames on wheels that come with a starter bed. I’m eternally grateful that she helped me get a head start with my first apartment, but when I started approaching 30, I invested in a bed frame I actually loved (and it was 75% off—ha!).
Speaking of your bed, how is your mattress? I know it’s not the sexiest of purchases (or is it?), but you won’t know how big of a difference a mattress can make in your sleep quality and comfort until you try it. I sure didn’t, but since this guy below came into my life, there has been no turning back.
Calling all homeowners out there (and renters who are staying put long enough to pay an electrician to change their lighting fixtures): Your flush-mount lighting doesn’t have to look like a certain part of a woman’s anatomy. There are some seriously stunning options out there, and some of us are secretly jealous.
It’s like Nike says: Just do it. Bedside tables do not have to be expensive, and with the help of a friend, they can even be carried home on the subway. No more excuses.
Before becoming the subject of a bad college dorm pun, consider investing in a sofa. It doesn’t have to be down-feathered, mill-washed Belgian linen handcrafted in Brooklyn. It just has to not be a futon. Pro tip: If your futon still serves as a guest bed, consider a sleeper sofa, an upholstered daybed, or even a deep sofa with one long seat cushion.
Ah, the remnants of wild college dorm days. Truthfully, they are better left in a (private) Facebook album, not in your closet or bedroom. Time to send those stacking drawers to the garage or storage unit and upgrade to a proper dresser.
Hello—it’s your posture calling. It says you need a desk chair with proper back support. I know this because I’m totally guilty of using a wishbone dining chair as a desk chair at home, and I’m probably setting myself up for major back problems later in life. This ends in 2016.
What furniture upgrades are you planning to make this year? Tell us in the comments below.