11 Home Buys You Will Never, Ever Get Rid Of

While there are many things about moving that are absolutely zero fun, the angst of sorting through your stuff might be among the worst. The “take or toss” decisions can exhaust even the most hearty among us. But what if, on the eve of a big move, you knew there were pieces that would remain with you until, well, until you make your very last move? What if, in your new place, you assembled a collection with lasting style power rather than semi-disposable placeholders? Ahead, a roundup of investment-worthy (but not necessarily pricey!) pieces you’ll keep from move to move — and might even end up passing down as family heirlooms.
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Designer Eero Saarinen famously put this sculptural shape on the design map, and it has proved iconic for good reason: The small footprint is perfect for even the tiniest space, and it provides an elegant surface for eating, working, and yes, entertaining. Bonus: There’s no shame in a knock-off version until you can afford the pricey-but-so-worth-it original.

LexMod Lippa Dining Table, $389.50, available at LexMod.
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Striking on the stovetop? Check. Oven-ready? Check again. While Le Creuset is renowned for its wonderfully durable and French-chic kitchenware, this deep skillet (two pour spouts!) is an especially versatile standout that will do justice to anything you throw at it, from frittatas to stir-fries.

Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Deep Skillet, $170 (10”), available at Williams-Sonoma.
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The right mirror is like a jolt of espresso for a room: instantly adding light, enlarging a space, and yes, handy for checking one’s hair. This glam-yet-slightly-traditional version would work pretty much anywhere, and the sunburst pattern adds tons of visual interest.

Ballard Designs Bellesol Mirror, $179 (medium), available at Ballard Designs.
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Nesting tables are a space-saving dream in a small apartment. This trio adds surface area without weighing down a room, thanks to the wonders of super-modern but enduring acrylic. Use as night tables with storage baskets underneath, or whip out when entertaining.

CB2 3-Piece Peekaboo Acrylic Nesting Table Set, $199, available at CB2.
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Rugs can be tricky, but the coveted Beni Ourain style from Morocco has proven popular enough to prompt numerous imitations. Whether you spring for the real deal or opt for a copy, it instantly warms up a room, and the natural wool feels amazing underfoot.

NuLOOM Hand-Knotted Moroccan Trellis Natural Shag Wool Rug, $161.91, available at Overstock.com.
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The X-frame is a classic (Roman) shape that plays well in trad and mod rooms alike. In the bedroom, use one as a night table with a tray on top, or two at the foot of the bed for a bench-y spot.

PB Teen X-Frame Ottoman Stool, $199, available at PB Teen.
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Even deli flowers can invigorate a room, so why not own an iconic bud vase to put them in? Storied Heath Ceramics has been handcrafting pieces in California since 1948; this was originally designed by Edith Heath and now comes in the groovy, textured Cool Lava glaze.

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Bud Vase, $43, available at Heath Ceramics.
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When you’re craving a truly civilized vibe, look no further than an umbrella stand. Never again will there be umbrellas thrown willy-nilly at the bottom of a closet. This classic, blue-and-white porcelain pattern will bring a traditional touch to an entryway, and you can stash a yoga mat in it to boot.

World Menagerie Umbrella Stand, $81.99, available at Wayfair.
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Creating an entryway system is one key to an organized home. The slim profile of West Elm’s Parsons console (drawers for keys and mail!) means you can use it in a small space. The pleasing Parsons proportion — the legs are the same thickness as the top — also works beautifully as a desk, behind a sofa, or anywhere you need a touch of class.

West Elm Parsons Console, $249.99 (sale price), available at West Elm.
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Even the smallest pieces can have a big impact. Take this Art-Deco- inspired tray for the bath: Use it for perfume, to corral your glasses and watch or your in-rotation jewelry, and transform an everyday routine into an aesthetic treat.

RH Faceted Metal Bath Tray, $52, available at Restoration Hardware.
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It’s never too early — or late — to start your own art collection. The folks at 20x200 make it super-easy to buy (and frame) limited-edition, museum-quality prints. Yes, you can own a print by a legend — and bring some natural serenity into your home — with this gorgeous Ansel Adams release.

Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming by Ansel Adams, $24 (8"x8"), available at 20x200.
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