The Sofa Fund
Photo above, Paul Costello for Domino.
When it comes to decorating, my friend Carson has a serious investment strategy. After college graduation she started a sofa savings account, with the goal of acquiring a classic "forever" piece. By the time she was 25 she had a custom Baker.
Carson would rather live in a room with only one piece she loves than a room filled with many things she doesn't. She also has been on the move since her boarding school days; work, marriage and grad school keep transporting her from city to city, and yet another beige rental. So, it serves her well to focus on basics (sofa, chair, coffee table, bookcase) and avoid not-so-mobile elements like curtains. Wise to the core, nearly a decade before having children she chose a raspberry Brunschwig-upholstered sofa that is now totally kid-friendly.
Obviously, very expensive sofas aren't for everyone. But I thought some of my teen readers might be inspired by the idea of a sofa fund. (Carson started collecting inspiration tear sheets at age 16. ) Your goal might be Pottery Barn, or a vintage sofa from a favorite local shop. Domino has a great online sofa guide.