Cool and useful items to add to your home

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When turning a house into a home, it’s hugely important to think about things that are both necessary and add a bit of nice decoration. If you’ve already got the main components in your home, such as a couch, bed, TV, kitchen table, etc., then now’s a great time to include some flair and really make your living space your own. After all, if you want to host a great party, then make sure your place is looking incredible for your guests.

Vintage furniture

IKEA is all well and good, as the items are easy (more or less) to assemble, not hugely expensive, and a breeze to transport from the warehouse to your home. However, the one thing these items do lack is a bit of personality. Even if your wardrobe looks great, you just know that thousands of other men have exactly the same thing in their own bedroom, so where’s the fun and individuality of that? While we’re not saying that everything in your abode has to be vintage and retro, just adding a few small pieces here and there makes a big difference.

A coffee table from the 1950s, a lamp from the 90s, or even some cutlery and plates from the 80s are all nice touches that show you take a bit more effort to care about your home than the average person. You can find all these items in flea markets and thrift shops, and while some can be a bit tricky to transport, it’s all part of the fun and you can enjoy the reward once it sits proudly in your home.

Smart speaker

Vintage furniture looks to the past, but smart speakers are all about the future. These handy little voice-controlled gadgets can do everything from controlling the lighting and heating to playing music and reading the news. The great thing about smart speakers, particularly the market leaders in Google Home or Amazon Echo, is that they can be tailored to fit your life. If all you want is something that can play music and answer a few burning questions, then you got it. Plus, they’re cool-looking things and new functions can even be installed if you want to search for the best Alexa skills.

Artwork from new artists

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In a similar way to the furniture point from before, it’s great to find artwork which not many other people have. Van Gogh and Picasso prints are amazing, of course, but it’s a beautiful thing to support new and upcoming artists who are trying to find their feet. Society6 has some cool wall art from talented yet not well-known painters and photographers. Get some art that really speaks to you, rather than picking up something just because it’s from a big name.

Plants and more plants

Seriously, who doesn’t love plants? They look awesome, provide us with oxygen, and help purify the air in rooms. Best of all, they are far easier living things to take care of than a pet! A bit of water and sunlight is all they require, and you’ve added a functional yet good-looking item into your home. The cactus, lily-of-the-valley, bamboo, and snake plants are often considered to be some of the best plants for apartments, as they are simple to take care of, cheap, and don’t take up much space.

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