Wedding registries have come a long way over the past fifty or so years. Today’s couples are choosing to marry later in life, and as a result, their requested gifts have become more niche. If you’ve already been living together for five years, chances are you don’t need a toaster, but you may like a new nightstand. For those whose kitchens are fully stocked, but whose living spaces could use a design refresh, we’ve put together a list of 15 home decor items that you should add to your registry ASAP.
1. An incredibly luxe throw blanket
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Solid Cashmere Throw in Alpine Grey from Williams Sonoma, $299.00
Skip anything that’s too pattern-happy and go right for the coziest natural fiber known to man — cashmere wool. Choose a solid color like oatmeal or heather grey that will continue to coordinate with your decor throughout the years.
2. A stylish upholstered headboard
Modway Keira Channel Tufted Headboard (Full/Queen) in Midnight Blue from Amazon, $112.58
If you’re going to become true adults, you’ll need a proper headboard. Your guests will appreciate the approachable price tag of this luxe-looking velvet headboard from Amazon.
3. An oversized, statement-making mirror
5′ Gleaming Primrose Mirror from Anthropologie, $848.00
Mirrors are a surprisingly worthwhile investment — they can be used to brighten up a room, make it appear larger, or create a focal point. If you can’t fathom spending nearly $850 on a gilded, vintage-inspired mirror, maybe your rich aunt can!
4. A dinner party-worthy candle holder
Wireplay Candle Holder from CB2, $29.95
Why stress about designing a tablescape from scratch when you could simply throw down a geometric tea light candle holder and call it a day? This sculptural design is suitable for weeknight dinners and formal occasions alike.
5. A timeless porcelain vase
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Honeycomb Studio Cylinder Vase from West Elm, $38.00
Even if you’re not a fresh cut flowers type of person, at some point, a friend or family member will surprise you a bouquet of tulips (how thoughtful!) and you’ll need a vessel to display them in.
6. A comfy linen sheet and duvet set
Linen Hardcore Sheet Bundle from brooklinen, $423.00 and up
If you are not wise to the ways of a linen duvet, let me break it down for you: linen is moisture-wicking, bacteria resistant and sustainable. Plus, it gives you that effortlessly rumpled, Instagram influencer bedroom lewk. Add to
7. A large indoor plant
Dracaena Marginata Open Weave from Bloomscape, $195.00
Bringing a big ass plant home from the farmers’ market is no easy feat. Skip the mess and the fuss by ordering yours online and having it delivered. Online retailers like Bloomscape or The Sill will even pre-pot your new leafy friend in a stylish planter.
8. A cutting board that doubles as a serving tray
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Herringbone Cutting Board from Crate and Barrel, $99.95
Sometimes you need a cutting board that’s heavy duty enough to carve a ham, and other times you need a serving tray that’s nice enough to whip out when company arrives. Thankfully, you can have both with this herringbone patterned piece made from end-grain acacia wood.
9. A sculptural side table
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Marble And Gold Metal Norah Accent Table from World Market, $99.99
While it’s still considered a bit gauche to add big-ticket furniture items to your registry, you can probably get away with an under-$200 side table.
10. A modern floor lamp
Gira Matte Black Floor Lamp from Article, $149.00
Lighting is often overlooked, but so important when it comes to designing a put-together home. Remember to layer your lighting — in addition to task lighting (like this streamlined floor lamp), you’ll need ambient and accenting lighting, too.
11. A cute laundry hamper
Soft Sided Laundry Hamper from Target, $24.99
That unsightly laundry hamper you’ve owned since college simply will not do in your matrimonial home! Ask for something new (preferably with a lid) that you can discreetly display in your bedroom or walk-in closet.
12. Matching nightstands
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Marte Nightstand from Urban Outfitters, $149.00/each
Make your master bedroom look grown-up in no time by adding two matching nightstands to your registry. Your space will appear more cohesive and symmetrical, and your guests can divvy up the purchases to make it more affordable.
13. A high quality shower curtain
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Pom Pom at Home Arrow Shower Curtain from Lulu and Georgia, $80.00
Can’t afford a full-gut bathroom renovation just yet? Easily change up the look of your bathroom by swapping out the shower curtain. This block print-inspired design is graphic, yet neutral.
14. A chic bar cart
Novogratz Stella Bar Cart from Amazon, $132.68
Even if you’re not big into cocktail culture, you can still use a bar cart in other ways. Turn it into a plant display, coffee station, arts and crafts cart, nightstand and more.
15. Stylish storage baskets
Photo: PB Teen
Open Weave Baskets from Pottery Barn Teen, $23.99 – $48.99
Storage baskets are admittedly unsexy, but unlike that panini press you put on your registry, these will get used on the regular!
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