In fashion, a capsule wardrobe — a group of vintage, versatile pieces that may be dressed up or down and will last for years — is widely considered a must. This month I’ve been wondering: What is the equivalent for insides? Are there certain items that form the base of any great interior? And how do you guarantee you invest that you won’t fall out of love with?
Here’s my stab in a capsule collection for the home. What have I missed? What would you have in yours? — Lucy from Four Walls and a Roof
Louis XVI End Chair
A bergère chair is similar to a little Chanel coat: It seems to be an extravagance, but it’s well worth it for its hint of glamour. Pair it with your own sofa, and you have turned into an average living room into a class act.
Cavett Leather Chair – $1,199
Perhaps your style is a little more manly, or maybe a tailored leather coat is the thing. In cases like this, this seat is the best thing for the capsule collection. Its clean lines and soft leather will work in many rooms and will look great for ages.
The Isla Sofa – $1,400
The perfect sofa ought to be like your favorite pair of jeans : functional and comfy, but with just the correct designer particulars to be posh. This sofa looks really inviting, but its square arms and turned wood legs provide it sharp style.
Original ‘Tripod’ Dining Table, Tan/Garbarino – AUD 890
I believe a dining table ought to be your collection’s little black gown. It ought to work for almost any event, be it supper with the elongated family or an official dinner with friends. A table is especially versatile because it fits in most spaces, and you may cram additional guests about it.
Strong Walnut and Raw Steel Side Table by Dylan Design Co. – $285
Negative tables accessorize a space, and it’s worth having one or even two in a capsule collection since they’re so incredibly versatile. Pair them up to make a coffee table or use them as guest nightstands. I adore these tiny octagonal tables; they’re simple yet eye-catching at precisely the same time.
Kiki Table – $48
Now, not everybody will agree with me, but I feel a metallic shoe is vital to any wardrobe. This metallic facet table is simple enough to use anywhere, however the smoky grey tray top and slender silver thighs would bring tasteful sparkle to an everyday space.
Moroccan Stool, White – $99
This blossom is no dull basic. I can envision it being used in lots of ways, possibly as an end table or as extra seating for celebrations. It’s similar to that white lady you purchased as a beach cover-up but happen to be wearing with jeans or shorts all summer.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Beau 3-Drawer Chest – $1,245
The perfect capsule necklace is like a tailored suit: It must be well made, as it will find a great deal of use, and details depend. And because you won’t want to splash out on another one anytime soon, make sure it has sticking power. I love the curved drawers and angled legs of the piece.
Glass Links Chandelier – $299
Every home needs at least one standout light fixture, just as every wardrobe requires one piece of jewelry. This modern chandelier allows you to add or remove hyperlinks. Add more layers for a glamorous impact or eliminate them to keep it simple.
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‘Claridge’ Tear Drop Table Lamp – $515
This crystal would definitely be in my capsule collection. It’s tiny, so it works in almost any space — just like a set of pearl stud earrings.
Luca Task Lamp – $375
I may be stretching the analogy a bit here, but a task lamp ought to be like the best pair of boots : a practical basic. And if you decide on the right one, it’ll always look smart. This silver light is one you’d wish to stay forever.
Regina Andrew Ivory Ceramic Gourd Table Lamp – $197.50
A design classic, gourd lamps work in both traditional and modern spaces. A pair of these makes a space immediately more grown-up and polished. They’re like an effortless cotton dress: deceptively simple, perfectly female, always elegant.
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Pimlico Duvet Cover – GBP 170
The vital bed linen item is a white duvet cover in crisp cotton. Like a classic white shirt, you know it will not last forever, but it’s well worth investing in a quality piece since it is going to look and feel so much better.
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Madison Arched Wall Mirror – GBP 175
It’s amazing how a gilt mirror may work in a lot of interiors. This one has a particularly simple layout. I can envision it in a traditional living room or propped up in a minimalist bedroom or toilet.
Expedit Bookcase | IKEA – $129
If the Ikea Expedit bookcase have been a piece of clothes, it’d be a modest white tee. It’s the ultimate basic, looks good anywhere and forms the base of a clean home.
Mug – $34
A fantastic capsule wardrobe requires a soft tight sweater. These Heath ceramic mugs would be the equivalent of a cashmere wrap cardigan: a small bit of luxury in a put-your-feet-up format.
Bungalow 5 Orchid Tray, White – $169
A tray plays the same role as your go-to purse — excellent for corralling all of your jumble, but also a way to attain instant style points. This mirrored tray has it all: simple lines, slight detail about the handles and the perfect surface for showing chosen treasures.
John Robshaw Textiles
White Marble Plate – $75
Every wardrobe requires a couple of pieces with a narrative, things that touch at exotic travel and adventure. Think about the effect of a turquoise-beset belt with a white shirt and jeans. You can’t beat these stone dishes for a similar impact. I have one of these as a soap dish, however they function for holding jewelry, collecting odds and ends or simply hanging out as display pieces.
turkish hammam towel – $65
Hammam towels are another extremely versatile thing inspired by travel. I use mine as hand towels in the powder room. They also function as guest towels or tea towels, and the larger ones twice as throws.
Luigi Bormioli Serveware, Michelangelo Masterpiece Ice Bucket – $19.98
What? You do not consider an ice bucket an important item for your home? Well, perhaps it is not, but apart from switching on the music, it’s certainly the fastest way to produce a celebratory mood. Every home requires a couple of fail-safe pieces for producing an instant party style.
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