Congratulations on buying your new home! You survived the hardest parts: making an offer, mortgage approval, the home inspection, and closing. Whew! Go ahead and take a moment to pat yourself on the back. You earned it.
But now the real fun starts: outfitting your home with everything you'd ever want and need. Of course, you do have every right to buy that neon beer sign you've always wanted. It's your house, and you'll decorate it how you want! But allow us to suggest a few more grown-up items that every well-appointed house ought to have. After all, your brand-new mortgage does mean you've reached peak adult status.
Our experts say the following items are worthy investments and will lend a touch of comfort, sophistication, and elegance to your new home.
Your towels looked OK in your last apartment, but it's time to up the ante. No more mismatched sets or ragged edges.
“As an adult, it’s time to invest in some high-quality bath towels. These are something you use every day, and they should feel plush and luxurious, not like old gym towels from high school,” says Christine Stucker, founder and creative director for Stewart-Schafer, with offices in New York and Connecticut.
2. High Quality Mattress
Sleeping on any old mattress won’t cut it in your new home. A supportive, comfortable mattress can help you get a good night's sleep and make you more productive during the day.
3. Bamboo Sheets
With a deluxe mattress on your list, you’ll also need to ditch those decades-old sheets for something more elegant.
“Your bed is one of the most important places in your home, and high-quality sheets are absolutely necessary,” says Stucker. “Cariloha’s thermal-regulating sheets will help you get a good night's sleep and are by far the softest sheets I have ever laid on.”
4. Pretty Dinnerware
Mismatched plates, cups, and cutlery were part of your old life. A new home means you have more space to hold extravagant (and socially distanced) gatherings and dinner parties. And you definitely don’t want to be entertaining with paper plates, either.
5. Meaningful Artwork
After moving into a new place, you'll notice the walls are glaringly bare. Add some life and character to your abode with artwork from talented emerging artists.
6. Unique Serving Bowls
Beautifully designed serving bowls can add a statement to your home and showcase any food or items placed in them.
7. Fancy Vent Cover
A decorative vent cover can add an extra special detail to further beautify your home.
8. Scented Candles
Set the mood of your home with a hand-poured scented candle made from natural ingredients like coconut wax and a cotton wick. Whether it’s something sweet, fruity, musky, or beachy, there’s a candle that’s right for you.
9. Linen Napkins
Linen napkins add a touch of luxury to your dining experience and as well as a splash of color to your table.