16 Decor Items Designers Say You Should Buy and Keep Forever

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Amy Leferink at Interior Impressions

While designers are pros at keeping their eyes peeled for new products for themselves and their clients, they also have plenty of tried and true favorites, too. We spoke with 16 designers and asked them to weigh in on the home products that they know they'll be keeping for the long haul—and what makes these pieces so great.

Anthropologie Sunset Vase

"I love to collect colorful and sculptural vases. They never go out of style, so there’s really no need to get rid of them—plus, a healthy collection is always fun to play with when sprinkling flowers throughout your home." — Michelle Gage, founder and creative director of Michelle Gage Interior Design

Arhaus Millie Coffee Table

"I recently just purchased a staple piece for our living room—it is so beautiful and has an antique appeal to it. This coffee table is timeless and the finish is rich and classic. I will keep it forever!" — Cortney McClure, lead designer and owner of Cortney McClure Design

Horti ZZ Plant

"Houseplants are a great investment! They're versatile, so you can take them from house to house if you move, and they bring so much life and movement to a space. If you're a beginner and are hesitant to spend money on plants, I'd recommend starting with one of these: pothos, zz plant, and snake plant/mother-in-law's tongue. Look up plant care instructions, get familiar with caring for one plant at a time, and build in more plants as you feel comfortable." — Chelsea Evans, founder of Chelsea Evans Designs

Etsy Gathered Pleat Lamp Shade

"I have splurged on a lampshade and then used it for years on different inexpensive thrifted lamps, and it feels so luxe and special every time. I spent a couple hundred dollars having it made from Cruel Mountain on Etsy." — Rebecca Gibbs, co-founder of Gibbs Design + Build

Ballard Designs Found European Dough Bowls

"Dough bowls are everything right now! Whether you buy vintage or new, they are so versatile in their many uses and will last for years to come. Make it functional for everyday as a catch all on an entryway table or throw some moss balls in to create a fun spring centerpiece!" — Elizabeth Burch, founder of Elizabeth Burch Interiors

Unique Loom Beige 11' x 15' 7" Oushak Rectangle Rug

"Rugs should last you a lifetime. Kids, dogs, whatever. You don't need to spend a fortune for a good quality rug, but you should always invest in 100 percent hand-knotted wool rugs. One of our favorite weavers has both new and vintage rugs to select from in a variety of price points. I personally have this beautiful rug in my own home. Their entire Oushak collection is absolutely stunning." — Lisa Shaffer, CEO and creative director of Lisa & Leroy

Serena & Lily Miramar Chair

"This English roll arm chair can go from small city condo to larger suburban family home. It has classic lines that will never go out of style." — Elizabeth Stamos, owner and principal designer at Elizabeth Stamos Design

Lulu & Georgia Belmont Accent Chair by Ginny Macdonald

"A well-made piece of furniture like a couch or accent chair is something to invest in and should last a long time! These are pieces that you sit on day in and day out, and you want them to be comfortable and able to withstand the heavy usage. I love this classic chair from Lulu & Georgia." — Emily Starr Alfano, founder and creative director of mStarr Design

Jonathan Adler Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase

"One of my favorite finds is this chic lucite bud vase from Jonathan Adler. I have it in lilac and I adore it. I think it's the perfect accessory in any home, and I have moved it with me to every home I have had. Even throughout my house, I tend to move it from room to room. In my eyes, it's a mini work of art first and foremost, and I love that I can add flowers to it." — Camila Pavone, founder of Effortless Style Interiors

Wescover "Bohemian Rhapsody", 64"x49" Painting

"We love Wescover for sourcing artwork, as they showcase artists and designers from around the world allowing you to invest in pieces that speak to you or commemorate a treasured trip with photography or artwork from a local artist in that area." —Susan Knof, founder of Knof Design

"One of my favorite coffee table books of all time is "Bunnies" by Hunt Slonem. The cover is quintessential Hunt Slonem and the inside pages are filled with his iconic works of art. I also treasure this book because I was able to attend a gallery event where I was able to meet Mr. Slonem. We had a fun conversation and chatted about his pieces, he also signed my copy of this book. It will go with me wherever I live!" — Stephanie Gamble, CEO and principal designer at Stephanie Gamble Interiors

Design Within Reach Saarinen Dining Table, Round

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"This table just always looks good: It is totally timeless, the clean lines work in so many different kinds of spaces, and I don't think I'll ever tire of it. Lifetime investment material!" — Colleen Simonds, founder of Colleen Simond Design

Penny Morrison Blue and White Tribal Pleated Silk Lampshade With Gold Trim

"A patterned lampshade can make such a huge impact compared to the stock paper shade or drum shade. It helps add in much needed layers, color, pattern, and texture to a space—and can be moved around between different lamps if you tire of it in one location. I recently added these shades atop of my dining room sideboard lamps and it has made the biggest difference in the room to have these on the lamps!" — Ashley Hanley, founder of Ashley Hanley

Afloral Silver Dollar Faux Eucalyptus Branch 30" Tall

"On the top of my list are the silver dollar eucalyptus branches from Afloral.com. They always look beautiful and natural when you bunch them all in a vase. They also work as a great filler when creating a live floral arrangement." — Kimberly Barr, owner and principal designer at Kimberly Barr Interior Design

Horchow Ralph Lauren Home Wyatt Round Tray

"Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a large home, this is something you will use endlessly. You can use it in a literal sense to carry drinks and hors d’oeuvres from one area to another or, it can simply be placed in the middle of a table with a grouping of decorative items on top (and that decorative grouping can change depending on purpose and style you are trying to convey!)." — Maria Viola-Kuttruff, principal at Viola Interior Design

France&Son Quadrant Sideboard

"A beautiful storage can serve as both an aesthetic and functional purpose in your home. Choose one that fits high-quality materials and enjoy the beauty and utility it brings to your space. This piece of furniture can stand the test of time and can be handed down from generation to generation making the piece that much more special." — Karen Rohr, interior designer at Mackenzie Collier Interiors

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