Lee Mayer was inspired to start Havenly when she found traditional interior design services were out of her range. Today, the website matches users with interior decorators starting at just $79 for a room refresh. The site has also recently made the leap to brick and mortar, with complimentary design consultations happening through the remainder of 2018 at their Boston pop-up, Hideaway. In honor of Hideaway's opening, we asked Mayer to share some of her favorite home essentials, from $6 candles to wine glasses worth splurging on.
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Overlook Throw, $129 at CB2
"Cozy, chunky, and totally Hygge. It's my go-to throw when I want to curl up with a book or watch TV."
Unscented Tealights, $6/50 pack at Yummi Candles
"I love using these for dinners on my deck. They're inexpensive, fun, and useful–lighting them instantly creates a romantic ambience."
Plaid Coir Welcome Doormat, $13 at Target
"The Hearth & Hand collection at Target has so many lovely and inexpensive details for the home. I love this doormat because it refreshes the entry, without breaking the bank."
Nichols Standard Bookcase, $200 at Wayfair
"This bookcase is inexpensive, stylish, but also small enough to fit into different rooms, so I can just buy one every time I need more space for books–which, given my propensity to book binge, is often."
White Bird of Paradise, $31 at Home Depot
"I've named mine so I'm clearly really close to it. It adds a breath of life and exoticism to my dining room."
Old World Fatto A Mano Pinot Noir Glass with Pink Stem, $100 at Riedel
"What entrepreneur doesn't need a big glass of wine after a long day of work? This elegant red wine glass is great for entertaining or just drinking a glass after work."
Instant Pot, $100 at Amazon
"I work late a lot, so having something that lets me quickly prepare food that tastes like it's been braised for 24 hours is amazing. I've been using this pot recently to make Indian curries that remind me of home—in less than 30 minutes! I'm not kidding!!"
Mint Mattress, starting at $750 for a king at Amazon
"Because sleep is precious and an incredible mattress is worth its weight in gold. Luckily, Tuft & Needle makes affordable premium level memory foam mattresses. And it comes in a box, which is pretty convenient and cool."
Energy Saving Home Thermostat, $169 at Nest
"I enjoy quite a bit of variation when it comes to temperature. I like it really warm during the day and really cool at night. The Nest helps me control everything from my phone, so I save energy when I'm not there, and I don't even have to get out of bed to warm up the bathroom in the winter."
Books by Color, prices vary at Juniper Books
"My favorite way to add a pop of color to a room is with books. This company makes it easier to find the colors you're looking for when it comes to the book's spine. They have beautiful options, new and vintage, that are sure to liven up your bookshelf."