10 Decor Items Worth Buying This Spring, According to Our Home Editor
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Being a home editor is a dangerous game. One day I’m covering the Whimsigothic bedroom trend, and the next, I’m researching Google’s most-wished-for home items—all while attempting to spare my wallet. But alas, covering design trends and shopping for furniture, décor and gadgets is kind of my thing (at least that’s what I tell myself when I ruthlessly click “add to cart” throughout the week). What I’ve noticed? It seems as if the design industry has adopted a fast-fashion mentality—today’s table lamps and armchairs have about the same lifespan as '80s parachute pants.
That said, it’s my job to stay on top of what’s new in the market and aggressively test products to discern what’s truly worth the hype (head to our PureWow100 review series for more on that). So, out of the thousands of new decor arrivals I’ve seen this spring, here are the top ten finds I’ve been obsessing over that won’t lose their luster in six months—promise.
WHAT’S TRENDING IN HOME FOR 2023
Though home trends seem to be a cyclical as fashion fads these days (read: Coastal Grandmother and Barbiecore), they’re still to steeper in price—and require more long-term consideration. So when it comes to decor, you want to follow the golden rule of interiors: Keep things classic with pops of personality.
The former should be applied to bigger, more permanent items—like mirrors or lighting—where you want to choose high-quality, functional pieces that aren’t too trendy (think: black/white/neutral hues and classic materials). Then, for more swappable items—like artwork, candles, throws and decorative vases—you want to find items that speak to your personality (as opposed to the trends). Example: If you’re a film lover, look for cinematic artwork that features your favorite movies, actors or directors. Or, if you’re an animal lover, look for zebra-, tiger- or leopard-printed pillows, rugs or artwork. Keep the subject matter personal, and use the finishes/materials to make it feel current (think: antique brass metals, velvet/wool fabrics and dark wooden finishes).
THE BEST SPRING DECOR AT A GLANCE
- Why We Love It: Made from a blend of alpaca and wool (that doesn't feel scratchy), comes in neutral colorways that work with every season
No, my obsession with this blanket has not grown tired. And yes, it’s totally worth every penny. For those who don’t know, this blanket has gone viral for two reasons: 1.) it’s made from a mushy blend of alpaca and merino wool (which isn’t scratchy, unlike other wool blankets) and 2.) it comes in a slew of earthy neutral color options, including ivory, light grey, oatmeal, charcoal and cocoa. It’s just as comfortable as it is chic—and I suggest you grab yourself an oatmeal number before it goes out of stock.
- Why We Love It: Features a velvet tiger design (with insert included), pulls from trending London interiors
Yet another brand that’s going viral? House of Hackney. While classic heritage interiors are sweeping American interiors right now, trendy women in London have been rocking this design style for years (see: Victoria Beckham’s colorful Holland Park mansion). So, if there’s one item *every* London woman has right now, it’s a nature-inspired print from House of Hackney. This Tibetan tiger print pillow totally fits the bill, where its tasseled velvet cushion and British wool filling makes it just as sumptuous as it is stylish.
- Why We Love It: Floral scent that's sophisticated without being sweet, available in three different sizes, comes in a rose-themed vessel
Here, a luxurious spring-scented candle will make you want to stop and literally smell the roses. Its medley of fresh blooms evokes the feeling of a romantic stroll in May through a lush English garden. The scent is subtle yet sweet, and its light, floral base creates a delightfully romantic atmosphere. Plus, if you’re unfamiliar with the brand, you should know that Diptyque is famous for its timeless, sophisticated scents and Parisian-inspired designs (so, thankfully, this candle is far from the sickly-sweet rose scents you’ve experienced in the drugstore).
- Why We Love It: One-of-a-kind design, made from white ceramic, matches just about any decor style
Speaking of timeless, Parisian-inspired designs…this sculptural vase takes a playful approach to the bust trend we’ve been seeing for years (without the mass-produced, college-dorm decor undertone). It’s the perfect abstract piece for your favorite spring blooms and the vase was designed and molded by one of House of Leon’s cofounders (aka my favorite decor brand ATM).
- Why We Love It: Classic and timeless design, includes a pivoting shade, crafted with hand-painted enamel
If there’s one thing that’ll never go out of style, it’s traditional checkered prints (see: Gwenyth Paltrow's Montecito abode). Yet, while I love the idea of doing a full black and white floor, I also love the idea of being able to pay my bills on time. That’s where this desk lamp comes in. It pulls from MacKenzie-Childs’ signature style with a flared shade and a hand-painted, enamel checkered base that’s trimmed with brass. Plus, the shade pivots for extra function (making it perfect for anyone who needs to give their WFH set-up a trendy upgrade).
- Why We Love It: Subject combines fashion, nature and travel, available in three sizes, black and white overlay never goes out of style
When it comes to artwork, I have one rule: Choose something that’ll make people stop and ask, “where on Earth did you find that?” It should be something unique, statement-making and evocative—and this limited-edition print hits each category with a bullseye. It features an elephant named Mae West accepting an apple from a passing tram driver while taking her morning exercise along Gray's Inn Road, London, on December 16, 1936. And aside from the fact that it appeals to my tree-hugger meets city girl persona, it also carries a timeless appeal with classic, black and white photography. (Also, Mom, if you’re reading this—how early is *too early* to give you my Hannukah list?)
- Why We Love It: Offers a rustic yet traditional style, made from petrified wood on an iron frame, medium size can fit anywhere,
Next up on the list of swoon-worthy homewares is this new mirror introduction from Lulu and Georgia. It’s constructed from panels of petrified wood in an iron frame, where the rich depth and subtle industrial tone offers a rustic yet traditional finish (thus, nailing the look I’m seeing *everywhere* right now). Plus, the 26-inch by 38.75-inch size makes it the perfect fit to go over an entryway console or at the end of an (otherwise boring) hallway.
- Why We Love It: Neutral-toned hardcover can work with any coffee table, includes personal moments and behind-the-scene shots from Barbra Streisand's life and career
As with artwork, you want your coffee table book to make a statement about who you are (and what you enjoy). And if you’re a Barbra Streisand fan like me, this is the partner your acrylic coffee table has been waiting for. It features a collection of 170, never-before-published photographs (which have been chosen for their rarity, beauty and insight into Streisand’s multifaceted life and career). The best part? The images include personal moments away from the set and stage, and feature behind-the-scenes shots from her most iconic roles, including Funny Girl, The Way We Were, A Star Is Born and so much more.
- Why We Love It: Made from hand-knotted wool, shaggy and cozy, features an abstract tiger print that won't overwhelm a space
Perhaps you’ve picked up on a theme here: Animal (everything) is in. From artwork to decor to figurative little sculptures, each of the latest intros seem to speak to a decorative take on an exotic animal. And don’t get me wrong; I’m *here* for this moment—but that doesn’t mean I will be in two years. Hence, why I love this abstract Tiger rug. It hits the trend without shoving it down your interior throat, where the big cat emblem is only visible from a distance. Up close, it just looks like another rustic, boho pattern.
- Why We Love It: Woven from durable straw and polypropylene, includes a lid, oversized dimensions make it decorative hidden storage option
Finally, a stylish storage basket that you won’t feel inclined to hide behind the couch when guests arrive. It’s woven from sturdy straw and polypropylene—so you know it’ll last season after season—and the tall, 25.6-inch diameter is perfect for storing linens, cleaning supplies, kids/pet toys or seasonal jackets that won’t fit in your closet. It even includes a matching lid (so you can pass it off as decor, even if you have rolls of toilet paper stacked up inside).