There comes a time in everyone's life when they decide to rid themselves of the dated, likely beat-up furnishings they acquired in their early 20s and procure actual "adult" furniture. But some precious mementos hold more significance than, say, that secondhand IKEA couch you bought on Craigslist for your first apartment. Here, five of our editors share their first big home interiors purchase that was well worth the splurge. Read on below for some #pinspiration.
"A pair of antique mid-century zebrawood cabinets that I found at Todd Merrill about 15 years ago when I lived in a tiny studio apartment in N.Y.C. I had never seen that type of wood before, and I was drawn to the simple lines and high-gloss finish. They still sit nicely in my new home uptown. My two kids were warned not to drive Lego cars across their glossy surface!"
—Rina Stone, Creative Director
"A Noguchi Akari ceiling light. I usually find overhead paper lanterns a bit cheesy, but theirs are timeless, and I love the unique shapes they come in. Plus, the color of the paper gives it a nice, warm glow that looks great over the kitchen island where most of the cooking and eating takes place in my home."
—Anne Vorrasi, Lifestyle Editor
"My first splurge was completely self-indulgent: white Frette sheets for my bedroom and a matching bathrobe. Small luxuries can completely transform how you experience life. These days, I'm coveting the amazing light fixtures from Flos."
—Melissa Rubini, Fashion Director
"When it came time to redecorate my apartment, my first purchase was a '50s Eames lounge chair (pictured, top). Not only is it incredibly comfortable—it feels like I have a beautiful piece of art in the middle of my living room. When I was swiping my credit card, I was comforted by the fact that MoMA's permanent collection features a similar design. It remains a fixture in my home to this day."
—Brian Anstey, Design Director
"My first biggest splurge was a pale green, hand-dyed Tibetan carpet that still anchors the main living area in my home. I fell in love with it at ABC Carpet & Home in N.Y.C., and it utterly transformed the space, and was so well worth the splurge. There are unique gradations of color that can only come with a non machine-made piece. I will have it—and love it—forever!"
—Joanna Bober, Lifestyle Director