Warwick Daily News - - Weekend - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

The Scan­di­na­vians have a say­ing when it comes to buy­ing fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings for their homes – buy once, buy well.

While in­te­rior trends come and go, there are some essen­tials for any home that are worth in­vest­ing in – both for peren­nial style and prac­ti­cal­ity.

The num­ber one house­hold item re­quired for health and well-be­ing is a re­ally good bed. Given that most of us spend about a third of our lives in our beds, that starts with buy­ing a qual­ity mat­tress and bed base. A beau­ti­ful bed, with a qual­ity mat­tress and bed linen will pro­vide you with the best start and fin­ish to your days.

Se­condly, a re­ally beau­ti­ful sofa is in­dis­pens­able for both style and com­fort at home. Buy well and your sofa should last 10-20 years, de­pend­ing on us­age and whether you have chil­dren and pets. If you do share your home with ei­ther of these, I sug­gest choos­ing a sofa in a dark coloured, hard-work­ing fab­ric such as linen.

The third big-ticket item for most house­holds would be a din­ing room set. I would sug­gest with this pur­chase, to be es­pe­cially wary of slav­ishly fol­low­ing trends. A high qual­ity din­ing ta­ble will grow old with you, in fact, it could pos­si­bly out­live you – so you don’t want to be stuck with a style that screams 2018. For longevity, choose a well-crafted ta­ble, prefer­ably made of hard­wood.

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