Just like fashion's crisp white shirt or cosy black turtleneck that you can always count on, there are decor classics that look fabulous in interiors of any style. Invest your decorating dollars in these timeless pieces, and they'll endure as your design taste evolves. Here, STYLE AT HOME focuses on a dozen must-have items to add to your decor shopping list.
1 A leather club chair is perfect for reading, chatting, or snuggling with feline friends. A dark leather chair gets softer and more comfy with wear. If leather's not your thing, upholster your chair in a favourite fabric; change the fabric as your taste evolves.
2 A decorative throw looks gorgeous draped over a chair or around your shoulders. Look for one in wool or cashmere to keep you cosy; cotton and rayon throws can be used year-round. Fine weaves and subtle designs add visual interest to a room without overpowering it; deep fringe trim is a luxurious touch.
3 An ample sofa is one you can stretch out or sleep on and that seats at least three people without anyone feeling cramped. Shop for quality wood construction and long-lasting sinuous springs. Down-filled cushions are soft, but foam or a combo of foam and down maintains the sofa's shape better.
4 A beautiful wool area rug defines a room and can bring a dull space to life. A rug not only softens your way underfoot, it also muffles noise. Look for a Persian rug with a subtle pattern in versatile neutral colours. Choose a design that you love, and with proper care, your rug can last a lifetime.
5 Quality stainless-steel flatware should feel smooth and weighty in your hands. Pick a style that will make you smile every time you set the table. A simple, classic design is one you'll enjoy for years to come and will be perfect for casual or formal occasions.
6 A stunning crystal vase looks great on its own, or filled with gorgeous white flowers or seasonal decorations like shells, pinecones or fruit. A vase with clean, simple lines will never go out of style.
7 A 48-inch round pedestal dining table that can seat six to eight people is the most relaxing way to dine with friends and family. Guests' knees won't bump table legs or other knees, and conversation is so much easier at a round table. With proper care, this piece of furniture will become a family heirloom.
8 Connoisseurs know that wine and liqueur taste best when sipped from crystal or fine glassware. The shape and size of a glass should feel pleasing to the hand and enhance a drink's bouquet.
9 We spend a third of our lives in bed, so 500-thread-count cotton bedding is a wise investment. Soft and lustrous white bed linens make you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud. Build your collection as your budget allows.
10 The simplicity of white dishware allows food and its presentation to really shine. Plus, you'll never have to worry if your pattern is discontinued; dishes in varying designs and shades of white can be mixed together stylishly. Shop for dishes that are chip-resistant and dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
11 Originally popular in the '30s, the swing-arm lamp provides stylish task lighting. Whether your taste is modern or traditional, a classic pharmacy lamp works on any desk or side table.
12 One piece of original art says more about you than several reproductions. Original works also have the potential to increase in value.