Heads-Up: I Always Get Compliments on These 11 Décor Items

Sean Litchfield ; DESIGN: Gabrielle Savoie

I may live in a studio apartment, but that doesn't mean I don't love having people over. As a home décor editor, I spend a lot of time thinking about new ways to optimize my space—I strive to make it feel cozier, more inviting, and a touch more elevated. So I always appreciate when friends notice these small displays of attention to detail—no matter how tiny or understated. Because of the nature of my small space, décor displays around here must be physically petite, practical, and in sync with the rest of the apartment.

This goes to show that you don't need to make a grand statement for your guests at home—they will notice even the tiniest things, from the soap in your bathroom to the mugs in your cupboards. So if you want your next dinner party attendees or overnight guests to gush over everything from your Bluetooth speaker to your bed linens, I guarantee these accents will do the trick. Guests never fail to compliment me on these 11 décor items, and this is why.

Schoolhouse Electric Isaac Plug-In Sconce $219

These plug-in sconces are the saving grace to my limited nightstand space issue—I live in a studio, after all—and people never fail to notice.

Diptyque x Tomas Maier Old Montauk Highway Candle $70

If people always say my apartment smells nice, it's because of my favorite candle—a collaboration between Diptyque and Tomas Maier (or my second favorite, Ralph Lauren's Joshua Tree).

Blu Dot Dang TV Stand $1799

Sleek and modern with its beautiful brass handles, this TV stand never fails to attract compliments. The craftsmanship is unparalleled—it's even more beautiful in person.

Sferra Set of 4 Hemstitch Dinner Napkins $49 $39

My friends always joke that I'm a real adult because I entertain with linen napkins—but I secretly love them because they're easy to wash and look even better wrinkled.

Hasami Unglazed Japanese Porcelain Mugs $16

There hasn't been a single time I've served someone tea or coffee without getting compliments on these gorgeous Japanese stacking mugs—which I received as a gift last Christmas. 

Blu Dot Real Good Bar Stool $249

These bar stools are, without fail, the first thing people notice upon walking into my apartment. I always get compliments—especially when the natural light hits and makes them look extra shiny.

Parachute Linen Stripe Duvet Cover Set $329

Whenever friends and family are visiting from out of town, they always rave about how comfortable my bed is—which I largely attribute to these linen sheets. 

Farmhouse Pottery Milk Bottle Match Striker $38

Our senior editor, Sophie Miura, gushed over my new match striker, which elevates lighting candles to a whole new level—and is always a beautiful coffee table accessory.

Frette Unito Shawl Collar Bathrobe $390

Friends always ask me if I really use the plush bathrobe that's hanging in my bathroom—and the answer is every single day. 

Tivoli Cube $200

This is the ultimate wireless speaker—it's beautifully designed and has a sound quality to boot. It's the perfect petite statement in my small space.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash $39

My friends often joke that my bathroom feels like a hotel—something I attribute to my addiction to luxe Aesop hand wash and plush white towels.

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