While today’s 40 feels exuberantly young, we can all agree that it’s synonymous with a certain level of maturity—and your home should reflect that, too. Time to phase out those pieces from IKEA (unless, of course, you’ve done an incredible hack!) and bring your living space up a few notches. Indulge in refining, modifying and splurging on a few investment pieces. Here are nine essentials that we think align with this glorious time in life.
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A Bedroom Set
To be clear, we are not necessarily suggesting a full-on matching bedroom set, but we are suggesting a proper bed (complete with headboard and base), dresser and nightstand(s) that complement one another. Your bedroom is your sanctuary and should feel put together, comfortable and inviting.
West Elm Roar + Rabbit Pleated Bed, $1,199 to $1,499
A Nice Espresso Machine
Whether or not you drink coffee, it's time to invest in a machine that will brew you and your guests a smooth, delicious cup of espresso. The Nespresso machine is our go-to for the best at-home caffeine fixes—it never fails when it comes to making the perfect cup. And it's time to spring for the frother, too. There is something very sophisticated about topping off your espresso with some foam. Trust us, you won't regret it.
Even if you prefer a more modern look, having a vintage piece in your home will instantly add character. It doesn't have to be a huge investment; it can be wall art you found at a flea market, a few cool vases or an elaborate item like this stunning lounger. Either way, it's always a good idea to have something with a story in your home.
It may seem old-fashioned, but crystal candlesticks and barware stand the test of time—making for great family heirlooms. And who doesn't love having something fancy to break out during holiday gatherings?
If there's one thing that grounds all the various elements in a room, it's an area rug. Don't let your pieces float in a space—utilize a large rug to establish the boundaries of a room, especially if you're dealing with a multipurpose dining/living area. And if that's the case, be sure you have a rug for each region—the designs and textures should be complementary but different enough to define the individuality of each space.
Lulu & Georgia Elodie Rug by Glitter Guide, $329 to $1,319
An Outdoor Furniture Set
If you've got some outdoor space to work with, it's time to take the plunge on a proper outdoor furniture set, complete with cushions, an outdoor rug and plants and lanterns to finish off the area. Try making it a tropical oasis where you can relax and entertain your friends.
West Elm Huron Sofa, $1,399
We realize that blinds are sometimes a necessary evil, but, wherever possible, upgrade to beautiful window treatments to polish off your living space. Go the extra mile with new curtain rods and brackets that add texture and design elements, as well.
Anthropologie Linear Sequin Curtain, $75 to $90
Okay, we know this is not the most glamorous purchase, but it is a must. Sometimes being an adult means spending money on necessities versus pretty things. And any vacuum dubbed "Animal 2" is sure to take care of all your dust-bunny needs.
Dyson Animal 2, $399
A Wine Fridge
What could possibly make you feel more adult than your very own wine fridge? Be sure to keep it stocked with your favorite reds, whites and bubbly for those nights when you need to unwind or when your friends unexpectedly stop by.