Throughout my adult life I’ve moved house ten times. From student digs to rented apartments and finally owning my own home, both my taste and budget have evolved over the years. With every house move I’ve tended to throw out previous items of furniture, artwork and decorative items, in favour of an upgrade. Some I’ve held on to, but the majority simply went out of fashion or, more often, they just weren’t built to last and ended up falling to pieces the moment we tried to dismantle them.
I simply don’t have ‘best’ and ‘everyday’ sets of crockery like my mother, and the only items that I really treasure are those that were bought for us as wedding gifts. Ikea has been my go-to home store whenever I’ve needed to replace our chipped dinner sets, brighten up a tired room or create a new home office on a whim. If the purchases don’t last past five years it doesn’t really matter – they won’t cost an arm and a leg to replace. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Ikea stores – I really can’t imagine what my parents did without them!
But recently I came across an article in Ideal Home magazine which was all about investing in key basics for your home that will still work as time and tastes move on – well made, useful pieces form the backbone of a stylish home apparently. And it got me thinking that now I’m a fully fledged adult (apparently), I should really start to invest in quality home items that will last. So I’ve put together a bit of a wish list…
Buxton Floor Lamp – Next £180
Traditional colander – John Lewis £16
Junction Table lamp – Heal’s £135
Wooden salad bowl – John Lewis £30
Oak desk/console – Heal’s £590
Salt and pepper mill – John Lewis £25
Jasper Conran set of three stainless steel pans – Debenhams £92
Painted sideboard – Next £850
Recycled magazine rack – Uncommon Goods £176.54
Giraffe family bookends – Uncommon Goods £47.83
I would love to update some of our current kitchenware which is in the main from Ikea. It has served us well for the last five years, but I would really like to invest in some more classic pieces such as the colander and salad bowl from John Lewis. We do already own the Cole & Mason salt and pepper mills (bought as a wedding gift) and I know that they’ll be a staple of our kitchen for years to come.
The magazine rack and giraffe bookends are from a US company called Uncommon Goods. The company endeavors to feature designer decor and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment – 50% of their items are made by hand and one third of the collection uses recycled and/or upcycled materials. In an age where most items are mass produced, I love finding unique items like these. Most of their items are available for shipping to the UK – you should definitely check out their website here.
Next is always a favourite of mine for their homeware and I think this sideboard would go so well in our kitchen/diner. It’s classic shape and neutral colours would also mean that it could go with us to our next house – whatever style that may be. I also love the classic Buxton floor lamp featured here, which would be perfect for a lounge and also double up as a cool shelving area.
Do you invest in quality home items that will last or do you tend to just buy items when you need to? What’s your most treasured item that will stand the test of time?
Disclosure: In collaboration with Uncommon Goods. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.