25 Conversation Pieces for Your Home
Crested Crane Bust
Beige sisal rugs and white duvet covers are sorta the blue jeans and black dresses of décor: totally necessary staples that are great and timeless and all things good, if a little boring in their basic-ness.
The home goods in this slideshow, on the other hand, are anything but ordinary. They're the statements, the sort of things you aren't sure about until one of your friends freaks over their amazing-ness.
Pop art throw pillows Liza Minelli would love, heirloom-y accents straight out of a Charles Dickens novel and shower curtains that might actually make you laugh, legitimately, out loud? Yeah, you're sure to get more that a few compliments -- and queries -- on those kinds of tchotchkes.
This slide: Mount it near your closet and drape your necklaces and belts around it.
Crested Crane Bust, $198, Anthropologie.com
Silver Snow Globe
About as big as my head, it's the ultimate little-kid-turned-adult desk accessory.
Silver Snow Globe, $225, Maison Martin Margiela, Cooperhewitt.org
All the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen appeal of a telescope or globe, without the space commitment.
Large Pewter Hourglass, $235, Match, Barneys.com
Hors d'Ouevres Tray
You could serve Kraft Singles on it and they'd somehow seem fancy.
"Make Headlines" Hors d'Ouevres Tray, $75, Katespade.com
Fill them with wild flowers or floating candles for a centerpiece Courtney Love would adore.
Chained Vase, $148 for small or $198 for large, Anthropologie.com
Fancy, grown-up artwork for rental places (no holes in the walls needed).
Bronze Legs, $1,495, Kellywearstler.com
"Please Don't Leave" Rug
Fool them into thinking they didn't overstay their welcome.
"Please Don't Leave" Rug, $18, Urbanoutfitters.com
Push your light fixtures into ornate, Narnia territory.
"Golden Twig" Ceiling Medallion, $320, Neimanmarcus.com
French Bowling Set
Might even be more fun than Jenga.
1920s French Bowling Set, $299, Restorationhardware.com