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    27 Great Things To Up Your Home Game In 2021

    An air fryer for french fries? A new down comforter? Vegan leather dining chairs? 2021 just got a bit better.

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    1. A LaCrosse down comforter if your current bed spread is getting kind of sad and you need a minimalist upgrade. This stunning comforter is filled with ethically sourced down and feathers for the most cloud-like sleep imaginable.

    LaCrosse RDS Certified down comforter in ivory
    The Company Store

    Promising review: "Cozy, fluffy, delicious. I like to sleep in a cold room. At first the comforter was a little too warm. But then the feathers fluffed out and some magic temperature regulation happened. Just love it. Worth every penny." —Susan

    Get it from The Company Store for $189+ (available in four warmth options, five sizes, and 22 colors).

    2. A two-in-one soap dish and dispenser that'll house your sponge and also distribute the perfect amount of soap with a simple press.


    Promising review: "Picked this product up for a good place to keep my sponge for the kitchen without just sitting it on the counter. This works well for that but the plus is that this holder also dispenses soap!! SO all I have to do is press down on the sponge before picking up my sponge and I now have a sponge with soap that's ready to use with the use of only one hand! I think this is an innovative item and it has worked well for us since we had it these last 10 days!" —Darius Carter

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    3. A rattan accent chair to add a unique extra seating option to your living room. Drape a cute throw blanket on top or a faux fur seat cushion to pull in the color palette of your space.

    The chair in a living room decorated with a green pillow

    Promising review: “Love these chairs! I love the look of them, but I also love sitting in them! They’re surprisingly comfortable to sit in and if I plan on being in the chair for a while (it’s become one of my work from home chairs) I just add pillows and I’m good to go. We use two as the heads of our dining table and I love them so much. So worth it in every way!” —Miramr

    Get it from Target for $190.

    4. A ladder desk so working from home can also be functional. Use the desk as your new at-home office and you can use the upper shelves for storage!

    Metal desk frame with manufactured wood desktop and shelving

    Promising review: "I moved to a small apartment and needed a desk that is functional, stylish, and small. This ladder desk turned out to be the perfect desk! Exactly what I expected based off of the online pictures and reviews. I highly recommend for a student or anyone who needs a desk in a small space." —Taleen

    Get it from Wayfair for $165.99 (originally $259; available in four colors)

    5. A Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine for the silkiest cups of coffee you'll ever have the pleasure of consuming. Brew up to six different sizes of coffee to fit your caffeine needs at all times.

    Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine

    Promising review: "Wow just wow. We own a $200 expresso machine and regular Keurig. This machine and their coffee pods are just in another level. The coffee smells so good and the flavors are delicious. There is no mess, no guessing what the appropriate size should be, etc. We are loving this thing." —Daniel

    Get the machine from Amazon for $119.96+ (originally 159.95).

    6. A USB table lamp you'll most definitely purchase for every side table in your place so you can have some much needed light as well as a much needed place to charge your tech devices. *Pssttttt...the lamp doesn't have to be on to charge your device!

    Orren Elis table lamp in gray

    Promising review: "Definitely happy with my purchase! I needed some table lamps for our guest room and these fit all the criteria. Black shade, pull chain, modern simplistic. It was a bonus that this lamp came with a USB power source on the base of it. I think it will work perfectly when we have family staying with us. Also, sometimes pull chain lamps tend to fall over when you turn them on and off but, the base is wide enough and solid enough that falling over does not happen when you turn the lamp on and off." —Camille

    Get it from Wayfair for $37.97 (originally $49.99; available in 18 colors).

    7. An ice ball maker tray so when you're mixing up your fave cocktail you'll have the perfect spherical ice cube to add some ~chill.~ Whiskey on the rocks anyone?


    Promising review: "Normally I do not write a review so soon after receiving a product but this product is pure simplicity. I had owned a similar product which would make two ice balls at a time but as straight forward as this sounds, making six is far more efficient than just making two. Just an FYI, using the two tiny funnels which is included is recommended it will help with the release of the ice balls because overfilling may make the mold more difficult to release. I will most likely purchase again as a gift as these ice balls keep a drink cold with far less dilution." —ermichalski

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three colors).

    8. A pair of boho throw pillow cases to upgrade your current bed or couch pillows. Why buy new pillows when you can just buy new covers at a fraction of the cost that are minimalist and chic?

    Boho throw pillow covers

    Promising review: "I was looking for something black and white but with a boho feel. Love the way these look. Super affordable and they make the space feel so much more inviting. I purchased water resistant inserts so that I could use them outside, but if you replaced those with down inserts, they would be adorable inside on a sofa or chair. Love them!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in 18x18" and 20x20").

    9. A wooden book shelf — perfect if you'd like to display mementos, books, vinyl records, and plants that'll spice up your living room without taking up too much space.

    Book shelf used to hold mementos and books

    Promising review: "This was the easiest piece of furniture I have ever bought! All I needed to do was put the shelves on basically and they have a very nice feature where they securely clip onto the rungs which hold them. It looks exactly like the pictures, a nice industrial mixed media style that is great in my office. I'm very pleased with this. I opened the packaged, unfolded the arms, popped in the shelves and was done. I am very pleased and would suggest this to anyone!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in five colors).

    10. A Karen Jai Home Grand Style Set featuring a chic decanter and ornate geometric glasses that can be gorgeously displayed on your bar cart. These are beautiful and functional for serving cocktails (or just serving yourself a fancy cocktail). 🍸

    Grand style set
    Karen Jai Home

    Set includes one decanter and two glasses.

    Karen Jai Home is a Black woman-owned business based in Dallas, Texas.

    Get the set from Karen Jai Home for $98.

    11. A set of fairy lights to create your dream cozy oasis AKA blanket forts and hot chocolate movie night viewing parties.

    People using fairy lights during movie night

    Promising review: "Wowwww, impressed with these lights. So I just set up my patio and wanted lights and was weary because I live in Las Vegas where it is so hot!! These lights have held up pretty well and make my patio look so nice at night. I love that it has a remote with it so i don’t have to get up To unplug or reply when I have company and the length is so nice you can make all sorts of designs!" —Kainat Faizi

    Get them from Amazon for $11.04+.

    12. A ceramic plant pot and wood stand for putting your beloved green friend on the pedestal it deserves. Style this amongst other potted plants for a multi-level plant oasis.


    Promising review: "Love love love this planter! I combined it with others with a similar style throughout a couple spaces in my house and I’m super happy with the results!" —Gabriel Evaristo

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    13. A set of floating shelves — ideal for placing in a bathroom to house your skincare collection or even in your kitchen for displaying your home-grown herb collection.

    Floating shelves used to hold house plants

    Promising review: "These shelves are so beautiful! My bathroom doesn't have a counter around the sink so this is perfect. It is modern and sleek and the wood and cast iron shelves are VERY well built and sturdy. I was surprised that these are such high quality considering the price." —Vincent

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in five colors).

    14. A set of all-purpose wineglasses because you'll need a cohesive set when you crack open a bottle of wine and want to share the grapey goodness.

    Signature wine glasses

    Promising review: "These are gorgeous wineglasses. Great for red or white, elegant shape, and I HAVE DEFINITELY been getting my use out of them!" —Pasquale

    Get a set of four from Wayfair for $30.99 (originally $34.99).

    15. A pair of vegan leather woven dining chairs that are just the right amount of rustic. These feature rattan backrests and woven vegan leather seats for a stunning contrast that'll look ~perf~ at your dining table.

    Vegan leather woven dining chair

    Promising review: "I didn't have high expectations for these chairs, particularly due to the vegan leather but wow, vegan leather has come a long way and these are really nice chairs. They were fairly easy to assemble and they look great. They feel durable and well-made. It seems like they will hold up well and last a long time. I am very happy with these and would recommend them." —Jean K.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $236.90.

    16. A moon phase canvas since you'll need a focal point for that gallery wall you've been dreaming up for years.

    Moon phases canvas

    Promising review: "This print is way better than I expected! Print quality is nice and the frame is great and adds a modern touch." —Starrfalarph

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    17. A Crosley record player so you can enjoy a whole new music experience. Listening to some Harry Styles tunes and a glass of wine in your living room = heavenly.

    Crosley dove grey cruiser record player
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Great sound, nice clean design, with straightforward instructions, it’s good for a first-time player or someone looking for something more portable because it’s sleek and light to carry around. Definitely happy with this purchase!" —carlyyyy1313

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $69.

    18. An air fryer to keep in your kitchen for when the craving strikes to make some french fries or fried chicken without the greasy mess.,

    Promising review: "First-time air fryer user! The fries I made were the best fries I ever had! Made chicken too in it and it turned out perfect! I didn't really see too much fat in the pan after cooking. That may be my only concern. But the food I made was amazing and it definitely beat cooking in the oven with the hot weather. I hope this fryer last forever because I'm in love with the cooking method and how easy it was." —Jennifer Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    19. An Animalist modern pet poster that is an absolute work of art. Pick your pet (or dream pet) from the wide variety of options that'll make a gorgeous print that even the MoMA would display.

    Animalist pet poster

    "These are such a fabulous way to have an ode to your furry friend without it being super gaudy. To some it may just seem like a great piece of art but you'll know it has extra meaning. They also have so many cool options of art styles and pets to choose from." —Allison Faccenda, BuzzFeed staff

    Get it from Animalist for $67+ (available in three sizes).

    20. A three-tier bar cart so you can showcase your liquor lineup in true Jay Gatsby fashion.

    Three level bar cart

    Promising review: "All of the other serving carts I looked at were a little big for the space in my new dining room. This one is a touch more compact but fully functional. I didn't want something with wine bottle holders or other frills. I just wanted something basic and pretty. However, this piece, which I thought was a little pricey, exceeded my expectations in the way it looks and feels in terms of quality. The three mirrored shelf panels are a classy touch. I thought it nice that there were extra rubber glass-protectors included in case of loss (which one was missing). I got mine in rose gold and it is absolutely perfect for the space. I love it and although it is primarily decorative, I can't wait to use it to decant some wine for special guests!" —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $165.59+ (available in three finishes).

    21. A frameless lighted vanity mirror if in 2021 you're determined to create the makeup room you've always wanted. This will for sure be a great place to start when curating your getting-ready station.

    Frameless vanity lighted mirror

    Promising review: "A great vanity mirror at an affordable price. Like others noted, if you are tall, the mirror might be too short for you. I bought some drawers to put underneath it to keep my makeup and prop the mirror up. I also like that it has a USB port on the side." —Courtney

    Get it from Wayfair for $115.99+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A set of food storage containers to give Khloe Kardashian's organized pantry a run for its money. Keep all your snacky snacks stowed and stored in true The Home Edit fashion.

    Natick 6-container food storage set

    Promising review: "These containers are wonderful! Since they are rectangular they fit nicely in my cabinets or on my counters. I'm using them for all sorts of dry ingredients. I like that they are made of heavy plastic since glass ones tend to break with the varied ages of the people using my kitchen." —Angie

    Get a set of six from Wayfair for $48.61 (available in two colors)

    23. A metal moon phase banner for adding some galactic pizazz to any wall that is lacking in the decor department.

    A hammered metal moon cycle wall hang
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "These gold moons are the perfect pop of color to add to any room! I have gotten a lot of compliments and I just hook them on command hooks and they have not fallen off the wall at all!" —Claireb153

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.

    24. A Tribit StormBox portable speaker because it's attachable to a slew of items like bike handlebars, backpacks, an exercise machine, or hanging in the shower. This waterproof and dustproof speaker is super durable so you can enjoy some moody music when you're taking your morning shower.


    Promising review: "Tribit StormBox does indeed live up to its name. The power-packed speaker boasts of an incredible design along with a strap that can be used to attached it to almost anywhere. It goes well with my bag or table or the fan stand. The sound quality is top notch that I stopped using my TV speakers and connected to Tribit StormBox for the sound! The charge stays for a great deal of time in terms of battery life and the sound quality is top notch. Had no issues with the Bluetooth connectivity. It connects like a charm." —Sebin Pullukatt

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in two colors).

    25. A foldable cutting board so after you chop your veggies you can easily transport them to the pan. It's time to stop sliding them with your knife off of your cutting board and only half of your cut veggies actually making it into the pan...

    Foldable cutting board transporting veggies to pan

    This board features a textured knife-friendly surface so you can chop away and then folding sides so transporting your ingredients safely and efficiently to the pan. (Sorry pups, no more grabbing the fallen scraps that end up on the floor.)

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    26. An open weave basket for keeping your blankets in one place whenever a cozy moment strikes (or the need to build a blanket fort).

    Open weave basket

    Promising review: "Really beautiful, nice quality basket. Looks much more expensive than it is." —Jessie

    Get it from Target for $30.60 (originally $34).

    27. A set of nesting tables that can be used as one (to save space), or separately if you need more surfaces to place snacks, drinks, or other living room must-haves.

    Set of nesting tables

    Promising review: "Perfect matte gold that I was looking for. Just a hint of shine but lots of richness. The tables are a fun shape and I love how they nest or can be separated when I entertain for more use." —Wendy

    Get them from Wayfair for $177.99 (originally $209).

    If these products could speak they'd say:


    (in reference to making your home prettier AND more efficient)

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