Everything You Need In Your First Grown-Up Apartment

The desire to create a cozy environment for nesting is one of the most telltale signs that you've officially become an adult. Sure, your college bedding and barebones pinewood table are still functional, but you may reconsider them for your first grown-up home — especially when all you want to do is channel your inner Olivia Pope and lounge with a glass of wine after a long day of hustling in the real world.
Whether you're moving into a new house share or simply thinking of refreshing your interiors for the fall, we've pulled together the ultimate shopping list of essential homewares for your mature self. And, knowing that you wouldn't want to drop an entire paycheck on one designer piece, we've also curated alternatives for those on the budget. Click through for the key elements that make a refined home — from small to big.
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Towel Set: Splurge

Towels are essential for every bathroom. Investing in whole sets not only keeps your bathroom color-coordinated, it can win your serious hostess points in the future.

Crane & Canopy The Classic Taupe Towels, $90, available at Crane & Canopy
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Look for Turkish cotton materials for a soft and supple touch.

Crowning Touch Luxury Turkish Towel Set, $30, available at JCPenney
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Stemware: Splurge

The biggest difference between a sophisticated dweller and an aspiring adult? Whether you own nice stemware to toast a special occasion. Go for a gold rimmed goblet if you're opening a special bottle.

Canvas Home Willow Wine Goblet, $15, available at Canvas Home
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Champagne lifestyle doesn't have to come with a high price tag. These affordable coupes are the best proof.

Ikea Storhet Champagne Coupe, $1.99, available at Ikea
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Hand Wash: Splurge

A hand wash that cost almost $40 is pretty steep, we know. But, your hand wash is one of those everyday luxuries that does wonders in improving your mood. If you've ever caught a whiff of the amazing orange, rosemary, and lavender scents, you'll get why. Plus, the elegant bottle is reuseable.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, $39, available at Aesop
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These hand wash bottles feature artwork from Creative Growth, a non-profit organization for the disabled. The refreshing scent of bamboo and palm leaves is another major draw.

Method Gel Hand Soap Palm Garden, $3.49, available at Target
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Cozy Throw: Splurge

A simple throw blanket makes your couch look that much more comfy, and you'll have something to keep your toasty during your next Netflix marathon.

MAYDE Turkish Beach Blanket, $69, available at MAYDE
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This machine washable cotton throw will only set you back a little.

T&Shop Bloomingville Grey Woven Cotton Throw, $20.77, available at Trouva
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Dinnerware Set: Splurge

A complete set of dinnerware guarantees that there will be no awkwardly mismatched plates when you invite your friends over for a dinner party.

Maison Cobalt Blue 20-Piece Dinnerware Set, $225.95, available at Crate & Barrel
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There's something about this monochrome set that feels timeless.

Gibson Essex Dinnerware Set, $39.99, available at Macy's
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Bed Linens: Splurge

You spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, so you better make sure your bedding is butter soft. These 400-count sateen sheets are crafted from durable long staple cotton, and will stay wrinkle-free no matter how much tossing and turning you do at night.

Snowe Sateen Sheet Set, $188, available at Snowe
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Made with organic cotton and boasting a thread count of 300, this sheet set is a great option if you're on a budget.

Threshold Organic Cotton Sheet Set, $45.99, available at Target
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Side Table: Splurge

Eddie Ross, the senior editor at The Mine, one of our favorite home decor sites, let us in on a fabulous tip: Fill up the corners of a room with narrow side tables topped with potted plants — It's an old trick from famous decorators like David Hicks and Billy Baldwin.

Jonathan Adler Jacques Pedestal, $1,250, available at Jonathan Adler
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This hexagonal alternative is great for the price. These petite side tables are also great for stowing your keys and other knickknacks.

Foreside Hexagon Glass Top Side Table, $59.99, available at T.J.Maxx
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Dining Table: Splurge

If you're going to splurge on one piece of furniture you'll use every day, make it this silver table with a pedestal base.

Scott Living Home Rochelle Round Dining Table, $803, available at The Mine
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This Scandinavian-style dining table will look chic with a stack of coffee table books.

Modway Furniture Tempera Circular Dining Table, $165.49, available at Domino
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Area Rug: Splurge

Your flooring takes up the most surface area in your home. If your apartment comes with less-than-ideal floors (or worse, carpeting), having a special area rug is crucial for spicing things up.

ABC Carpet & Home Turkish Wool Flat Weave Rug, $400, available at ABC Carpet & Home
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You're basically getting two rugs out of this affordable reversible piece.

Urban Outfitters Reversible Color Block Rug, $34, available at Urban Outfitters
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