Think about the things in your house that you touch every day—from the moment you wake up (alarm clock, coffee cup) to the moment you go to sleep (pillow, water glass).
Do those items make your life happier and your home more beautiful? Notice how you feel every time you reach for that chipped coffee mug or curl up in a throw blanket that has seen better days. Then imagine how you’d feel if your home were filled with items that are high on style and function.
If the stuff you use every day is worn out, difficult to use, or just plain ugly, it could be depleting your energy, putting you in a negative mood or making your days more hectic. How’s that for a good excuse for a little retail therapy? If it’s time for you to make some upgrades around your house, check out these luxe versions of the household items we use most often.
Sure, your smartphone can double as an alarm clock, but you spend the rest of the day at the mercy of your phone’s beeping and flashing. Make mornings more serene by waking up to the sound of chirping birds and sunlight (or at least high-tech facsimiles of them). Philips, $100
You don’t have to get rid of your mug from your alma mater or the “#1 Mom” coffee cup your son gave you 10 years ago, but you also don’t have to use them every day. Sip in style with colorful ceramic mugs from designer Jonathan Adler’s Carnaby collection. Jonathan Adler, $18
Turn your shower into a mini spa by storing cleansers and loofahs on a pretty and durable teak rack. Aqua Teak, $70
Ban messy bottles in your shower and keep things organized even behind closed doors (or curtains, as the case may be) by installing this chrome dispenser for shampoo and conditioner. Bed Bath & Beyond, $40
You probably wear your bathrobe more often than those designer peep toes you had to have, so why shouldn’t your robe be just as stylish and well made? Bloomingdale’s, $178
Say goodbye to mismatched plastic hangers and metal leftovers from the dry cleaner. Stock up on a closet-full of these sleek hangers to save rack space and prevent clothes from slipping. Bed Bath & Beyond, $30 for 50
Spend less time searching for your favorite bangles or statement necklace when all of your jewels are stashed in a box that is as pretty as the stuff inside it. Anthropologie, $298
How much more fun would getting dressed be if you had a pretty perch for applying makeup and styling hair? Even if you don’t have a dedicated dressing room, you can set up a ladylike vanity in a corner of your bedroom or home office. Horchow, $999 for vanity, $469 for seat
Nothing can spoil your décor faster than unattractive office furniture. Make your den a stylish retreat with a grand, tufted armchair. Paying bills and signing permission slips just got a whole lot more glamorous. Furniture Crate, $1,159
Banish unsightly wires and bulky iPod docks, and replace them with one wireless speaker that can pipe tunes into any room in the house with a tap of your finger. Sonos, $199
Most recipes call for a splash of EVOO, but who needs a bulky bottle sitting on the counter all the time? Upgrade to an understated cruet that keeps olive oil accessible and maintains freshness by blocking light. Emile Henry, $34
Make movie night even cozier with soft, luxurious throws. Choose from a rainbow of colors to accent any décor scheme, and add monograms to designate a blanket for each member of the family. Williams Sonoma, $249
Keep whites and brights separated and stashed neatly until laundry day in a handsome wooden hamper. Dirty clothes never looked so good. Wayfair.com, $133
A finely decorated room deserves switch plate and outlet covers to match. Ditch standard plastic covers for charming vintage-inspired plates. House of Antique Hardware, $25
If you spend a third of your life in bed, you may as well be comfortable there. Sink into a good night’s sleep with 350-thread count, down-filled pillows. Available in different sizes and firmness levels. Cuddledown, $249-579
Instead of stumbling to the kitchen for a midnight sip of water, be prepared with a beautiful bedside carafe filled that’s as pretty as it is practical. Gracious Home, $135