The Best Furniture and Decor AT Editors Bought This Year

published Dec 27, 2019
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As Apartment Therapy editors, we see a lot of stuff. This past year we collectively went to numerous press events, tested dozens of products, and heard countless testimonials from AT readers, all resulting in a vast amount of knowledge about the best places to shop for your home and the things to buy.

It makes shopping easier in some ways, but also a bit more challenging—there are, quite simply, too many options out there. So when we thought about the best pieces we added to own homes this year, we all wanted to highlight products that we didn’t buy just to buy, but rather the things that we fell in love with, despite seeing so many amazing home goods every day. Check out the best furniture and decor we bought this year, and tell us what pieces you added to your own space in the comments!

Credit: West Elm

Clifton Coffee Table

“My boyfriend’s only direction when asked about his coffee table preference: no straight lines. I nailed his request with this West Elm purchase. We had been looking for something that had style, but wasn’t too visually heavy; something curvy to help soften all the straight lines that already exist in the space. I like that this is a little bit on the trendy side, but the marble base gives it a classic vibe. Most of all, we’ve had it for a few weeks and it has withstood our use and abuse, so we’re happy with the investment.” —Adrienne Breaux, House Tours Editor

Buy: Clifton Coffee Table, $399 $279.30 from West Elm

Rattan Daisy Wall Shelf

“I love this rattan shelf, because it looks like something you’d find at a flea market. Plus, it weighs very little, so it was easy to hang on my temperamental walls.” —Tara Bellucci, News & Culture Editor

Buy: Rattan Daisy Wall Shelf, $59 from Urban Outfitters

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Abruzzo Brown Leather Tufted Chair

“You know how sometimes there’s just one really expensive thing you can’t stop thinking about? And you wonder if all the saving and scrimping is going to pay off, or if you’ll just feel silly spending your rent on a chair? I am here to tell you that if you spend months lusting over a chair, revisiting it over and over on the Pinterest board you dedicated to it, it will always be worth it.” —Taryn Williford, Lifestyle Director

Buy: Abruzzo Brown Leather Tufted Chair, $1,299 from CB2

Optical Inlay Nine-Drawer Dresser

“I have a few confessions. 1. I have too many clothes in my one-bedroom apartment, despite many, many bouts of Marie Kondo-ing, donating, and selling. 2. For many years, I used both bedroom closets and a dresser for my things—which meant my husband kept his clothes under the bed. 3. I think a lot of dressers are inherently kind of… ugly. With all of that in mind, I started off 2019 with a goal to give my husband his own dresser and a bit of closet space. I handed a desk down to a friend to make space for a second dresser. But that meant I needed to find the perfect dresser for myself. I searched for months, until I found this beauty from Anthropologie. I waited another few months to work up the nerve to spend so much on a dresser (and for a 20 percent off promo code). But it was worth it. The nine drawers fit so much, and now my husband doesn’t have to fish under the bed every morning for his clothes.” —Laura Schocker, Editor-in-Chief (see it in her space here!)

Buy: Optical Inlay Nine-Drawer Dresser, $2,798 from Anthropologie

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Bagel Poster Poster by Art by Amalyah

“I bought this bagel print for my entryway, and it never fails to get compliments from guests when they first walk in the door. Plus, it has special meaning, since I live with my sister and having bagels together on the weekends is one of our favorite traditions.” —Emma Glubiak, Social Media Manager

Buy: Bagel Poster Poster by Art by Amalyah, $19.99 from Society6

Tufted Mila Pillow

“This pillow makes styling my bed so easy in the mornings, because it’s just one thing but it makes a big decorative impact. And the colors go with everything!” —Danielle Blundell, Home Director

Buy: Tufted Mila Pillow, $118 from Anthropologie

Nomad 5-Seat Corner Sectional

“My favorite new addition to my apartment this year isn’t something I bought—I was actually gifted this sectional by Burrow to write a review (yes, I’m very, very lucky that I have a job with these types of perks). As it turned out, I loved the sofa even more than I expected to. Like all of Burrow’s sofas, the Corner Sectional is modular, so my roommate and I were able to create a design that fit perfectly for our space. It wasn’t too difficult to put together, and it’s comfy enough to lounge on all day when all you want to do is watch Netflix. My last sofa was a cheap one I found at Target, and I can confidently say that this new one is a huge improvement in quality, comfort, and style.” —Nicole Lund, Associate Commerce Editor

Buy: Nomad 5-Seat Corner Sectional, $2,495 $2,195 from Burrow

Credit: CB2

Scrabble Deluxe Edition

“Growing up, I found myself constantly on the Scrabble battlefield, spending late nights fighting for the champion title against my cousins. Now that I’m older, I yearned to bring back those fun (and competitive) evenings in an adult fashion, which is how this elevated Scrabble board from CB2 came into my life.” —Nicoletta Richardson, Senior Associate News & Culture Editor

Buy: Scrabble Deluxe Edition, $149 $129 from CB2

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Ashbury Upholstered Bench

“Dining benches are expensive! And in some cases, they can cost as much as a dining table. After months of looking high and low for the perfect match, I finally spotted this upholstered beauty at World Market that was under $200. Even better? I found a 30 percent off coupon and was able to snag the bench for a little over $125. I have had the bench for almost four months now, and I am so pleased I pulled the trigger on it. It’s sturdy, the colors are perky, and my table now accommodates up to six people—perfect for game nights.” —Sholeen Damarwala, Commerce Editor

Buy: Ashbury Upholstered Bench, $179.99 from World Market

Credit: IKEA

SANELA Room Darkening Curtains

“I just moved into a new apartment that’s graced with gigantic windows. That means my bedroom is wonderfully sunny, which I love—except when it’s 6 a.m. I bought these green velvet IKEA curtains partly to block out morning light, but mostly because they’re gorgeous. They add some really nice texture and depth to an otherwise bright and airy space.” —Madeline Bilis, Real Estate Editor

Buy: SANELA Room Darkening Curtains, $59.99 from IKEA