27 Starter Pieces Everyone Needs to Build a Dream Home

Your dream home can’t be built in a day. It’s a tough reality that makes the process of moving a challenge for the impatient and/or idealistic among us. After all, we often move with the highest of hopes and the biggest of wishes for this exciting new space—with a sense that anything is possible.

And it is… But building your dream home takes time as well as a solid foundation of practical must-haves and pieces that make you giddy with excitement. In our book, there are just nine items that will get you started out on the right foot. We're all about investing in the right product now, so you don't have to spend a ton of money later. Just update your home along the way with a few decorative accents or trends. 

From taking full advantage of the best budget hacks on the internet to styling tips we learned from Instagram, the digital world is a treasure trove of materials and inspiration to fit any price point. Our easy-to-execute list of musts for first-time décor aficionados is all you need to curate an artful abode on the first try—zero intimidation factor, no guesswork.

A Versatile Sofa

first home essentials
Chris Patey for MyDomaine

No news here: A couch is one of the first pieces you’ll want to settle on when decorating your new place. Home décor lore suggests you build your living room around your sofa, letting its color and aesthetic dictate the rest of the space. Though we don’t insist you follow this route, it will help set the tone. The best part? A classic shape in a durable fabric and versatile neutral color will serve you for years to come.

Interior Define Rose $1795
Willow Modern Slipcovered Sofa
Crate and Barrel Willow Modern Slipcovered Sofa $1899 $1614
4.5 cu.ft. High Efficiency Large Smart Front Load Washer with Steam and Wi-Fi Enabled in Graphite Steel, ENERGY STAR
LG 4.5 cu.ft. High Efficiency Large Smart Front Load Washer with Steam and Wi-Fi Enabled in Graphite Steel, ENERGY STAR $1099 $988

Your dream home won’t be complete until you have a state-of-the-art laundry room. Opt for this LG Washer with more features than you can possibly think of. Our favorite part? It's wifi and Smart Home enabled to operate and troubleshoot remotely via app.

Article Sven Sofa $1299

A Stylish Coffee Table

Brooklyn Decker—living room
Casey Dunn for MyDomaine

No living room is complete without the perfect perch for stacking your art books and setting down your glass of chilled pinot. Not to mention it’s a great place to show off a rotating crop of your favorite objects and accents.

Blu Dot Strut Coffee Table $649
Anthropologie Semisfera Coffee Table $1698-1998

A Welcoming Dining Table

Rebecca Minkoff—dining room
Jenna Peffley for MyDomaine

A place to entertain friends and family is an essential for creating your dream home. Built for a cozy group of four or big enough for the extended family, a dining table is a symbol of hospitality and happiness. Choose the size and shape that will best appease your future entertaining ambitions.

CB2 Span Grey Dining Table $1399
silverado brass 80" rectangular dining table
CB2 Silverado Brass Dining Table $499
Alia Dining Table (Walnut)
Edloe Finch Alia Dining Table (Walnut) $375 $255

A Sleek Bookshelf

home library
Reid Rolls of MyDomaine

Impressive library of books or not, a bookshelf is an absolute must for not only showing off your collections but also providing a space to style your most prized objects to your heart’s content. Large or small, freestanding or built into the wall, this is one storage solution you’ll be keen to show off.

IKEA Fjälkinge $149
Wiens Etagere Bookcase
Everly Quinn Wiens Etagere Bookcase $420
Project 62 Loring 5 Shelf Ladder Bookcase $130

A Statement Light Fixture

closet organization—Nathan Followill
Reid Rolls for MyDomaine

Situated over a dining table, presiding over the kitchen, or crowning a walk-in closet, a light fixture with wow factor will elevate your space and add interest. Whether your style is classic (think a stunning crystal chandelier) or modern, a statement fixture is a worthwhile indulgence.

6/8/10 Lights Radial Chandelier Lighting with Agate Shade
Beautiful Halo Radial Chandelier Lighting with Agate Shade $369
Rabehi 1-Light Single Globe Pendant
Mack & Milo Rabehi 1-Light Single Globe Pendant $110
Rejuvenation Haleigh Wire Dome Pendant: 12" Dome; 32" Height
Rejuvenation Haleigh Wire Dome Pendant $549

An Eye-Catching Oversize Mirror

white bathroom
Brittany Ambridge

An oversize mirror adds a touch of luxe glamour to any interior and will work wonders for small-space dwellers—any room in the house. Rustic, industrial, or unapologetically rococo, they make a rich statement while serving a practical function to boot.

Project 62 Round Decorative Wall Mirror Brass $60
Uttermost Amiel Arch 50" High Wall Mirror $218
Target Wood Ladder Standing Floor Mirror $70

Beautiful and Inviting Bedding

dark bedroom
Reid Rolls for MyDomaine

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: Your bedroom is a sanctuary. Invest in the pieces you’ll need to make your bed one of your favorite places in your home, and you’ll look forward to every second spent snoozing.

Brooklinen Summer-Weight Quilt $249
Sea Life Coastal Organic Percale Duvet Cover & Shams
Pottery Barn Sea Life Coastal Organic Percale Duvet Cover & Shams $50-179 $44-161
Parachute x Jenni Kayne Striped Linen Duvet Cover Set $289

Framed Artwork You Love

Neutral bedroom
Roger Davies/Trunk Archive

Your theoretical dream home will be your actual dream home for a reason! Fill it with items that sing to you—and while furniture often is constrained somewhat by practicality, art is the perfect place to let your imagination and personal style roam free. A gallery wall or single framed canvas will make your home feel cultured and uniquely you.

Jennifer Daily Last Tuesday Abstract Art Print $254
Max Wanger Waikiki No. 6 $50
Margo Selby Colorblock Lacquer Wall Art, Red
West Elm Margo Selby Colorblock Lacquer Wall Art, Red $80

Personal Accents

Entryway ideas
Amy Bartlam

It can be tempting to heed the tides of trends to a T. But whether or not something is having a moment, you’ll want to ensure that your space is true to your style and makes you feel delighted to call it home. One of the most intuitive ways to do this is by adding plenty of personal and unique accents: colorful details collected from antique markets, one-of-a-kind objects, vintage books, houseplants, and so on. Thoughtfully layered and displayed (on your bookshelves and coffee table, naturally!), these items will make your dream home unmistakably yours and yours alone.

Spoke Tea Light Candle Holder
Sandoval Peace Candle $60
By David Douglas Duncan Goodbye Picasso $360
Cinnamon Porjects Rose Quartz Burner and Incense $295

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