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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