10 things to buy now that you'll keep forever
The essential dining table
The black finish on this 19th-century cottage-style table gives this piece a modern touch. And it'll grow with your family - expanding to seat up to six.
Avalon 45" Black Extension Dining Table, $499, CrateandBarrel.com
Your favorite chair
The streamlined, classic design of this mid-century modern chair mixes with other styles like traditional or eclectic - a bonus if your tastes change later on. Plus it's super-durable, so with the proper care, it'll last for years to come.
Cole Chair, $749, RoomandBoard.com
Midas I by Autumn Rose, $150, UGallery.com
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A durable knife
Toss your old knives and invest in this one. The chef's knife is the all-purpose tool in the kitchen that everyone should own, and this one has a sweet deal - a lifetime warranty!
Victorinox Swiss Army Chef's Knives, from $110 each, SurLaTable.com
Tired of breaking dishes and ending up with a mismatched set? This line is virtually indestructible (break- and chip-resistant), making it perfect for everyday use.
Corelle Square Simple Lines 18-Piece Set, $68, ShopWorldKitchen.com
A shatter-resistant pitcher and a relentless motor make this appliance stand out from the rest. This blender will survive plenty of kitchen mishaps.
KitchenAid KSB560ACS Blender, Architect 5 Speed, $140, Macys.com
A well-made rug
Persian/Turkish/Oriental: Any way you slice it, it's a handcrafted design staple. Plus, they actually look better after some wear and tear.
Sarouk, from $599, ABCCarpet.com
A heavy-duty dutch oven
Because it retains heat really well and cooks evenly on any stove top (even induction stoves), this pot makes cooking easy. Use it to braise meats and vegetables, make stews and even create desserts!
Le Creuset Classic Round Dutch Oven, 3 1/2-Quart, $195, Williams-Sonoma.com
A timeless headboard
Nailhead Upholstered Headboard, from $349, WestElm.com
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A classic lamp
Keep lighting simple and traditional with this versatile table lamp. It looks great in a pair on a console table or tucked in a corner for reading light. A custom lamp like this (usually only done by decorators) now only takes a few clicks of a mouse, and in two weeks, it'll be on your doorstep.
Tresana Lamp (as shown), $699, Mottega.com