This Is the Easy, Inexpensive Decor Item That Has Become the MVP of My Home

updated Mar 31, 2021
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Throughout all my years as an apartment dweller and now a homeowner, I’ve had a rotating cast of characters that have slowly but surely become my home holy grail accessories. Whether it’s the pan I swear I can’t make my lemon roast chicken without (Le Creuset’s oval dutch oven, for inquiring minds) or the sheets I’d literally take with me to a desert island (honestly, they’re pretty cooling… so it tracks), these MVP items transformed from one-off buys into can’t-live-without-‘em favorites (and repeat purchases) almost instantly. 

By this point, I have a pretty good idea of what types of home decor picks or gadgets will earn a coveted spot on my MVP list. Anything that is functional and beautiful is an automatic win in my book, and the perk of writing home design content for a living means I have a justifiable excuse for perusing my favorite decor sites on the reg. Considering I’m basically always on the hunt for new favorites, even I was totally blown away by what became the indisputable holy grail accessory in our new home. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t even something we bought, at least, initially. 

When purchasing a home, often you inherit other people’s stuff. Some of it’s expected (the previous owner left behind a grill for us to use because we didn’t have one, which was so nice!), some accidental (they forgot a guitar and a pair of shoes), and some unavoidable, like fixtures, hardware, or finishes previously chosen in your home’s past life. In that last category, alongside myriad cool vintage lights, we also inherited an old school, unassuming peg rail shelf, and it’s low-key now one of my favorite features of our home.