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Decorate-it-yourself with 8 timeless pieces

Tired, confused or overwhelmed by sifting through furniture catalogs and Web sites for the perfect addition to your home? “Domino” magazine lists timeless and unique pieces at reasonable prices.

Restoration Hardware
“Easton Upholstered Sofa in Café Velvet”
,  $3,180

  • Kiln-dried hardwood frame and steel springs will last forever
  • Option for down-filled cushions, which is critical for comfort and retaining shape of sofa — cushions return to former shape when not sitting on it
  • One of the most versatile and great-looking sofas
  • Modern shape with traditional velvet fabric so goes with any décor
  • Mixes in seamlessly with all the pieces you already own
  • Arms and back the same height, which is a custom-made look — without custom price
  • Like its namesake, this table is big, bold and natural
  • Made of solid European white oak; the wood is really pretty and looks unusual
  • Supporting the table are 4 hefty legs, each crafted from a single piece of heartwood, exposing tree’s inner rings
  • Has heft and solid proportions
  • Looks one-of-a-kind; has natural cracks and knots and wood pegging detail on top
  • Polished wax allows wood to gain character as it ages

Pottery Barn
“Nail Head Chair”, $229

  • Looks custom-made but great price
  • Antiqued-bronze-finish nail heads make chair special — custom decorator details
  • More modern version of a classic French chair
  • Sturdy hardwood construction
  • Natural linen upholstery, which is chic and understated
  • Go-anywhere piece — there’s nowhere that this chair wouldn’t look good
  • Can be formal or casual; looks great as dining-room chair or around the kitchen table
  • Fantastic as occasional chair in living room to throw off a room that’s too symmetrical
  • Perfect in bedroom, or pair in a hallway or entrance hall
  • Made of plastic
  • This pattern, faux bois, is always a classic; it's been around for ever but is super-hot right now; never goes out of style
  • Gives a room texture, bringing the outside (tree branches) inside
  • Instantly lightens space — every room needs something in chalky white
  • Clean and modern
  • Looks like it’s imported from somewhere exotic — adding one exotic piece not only makes you appear well-traveled, but lends eclecticism and history to a room
  • Helps a room look lived in — not too sterile — and gives the impression that you didn’t buy everything in the room yesterday (if a room feels too matchy-matchy, this is a great piece to throw into the mix to shake things up)
  • Black-and-white pattern goes with anything —  foolproof way to introduce pattern to a room

“Italian Campaign Canopy Bed”, $1,698 for queen-size

  • Canopies can often be overly romantic or little-girlish — this one balances masculine and feminine (your husband won’t feel like he is sleeping in a little girl’s room)
  • Starkly beautiful as is —  you can leave it bare-bones for a French country look or drape with fabric for a private hideaway and highly decorated look
  • This bed is versatile and keeps giving you decorating options for years to come
  • Upholstered headboards soften the room and are more comfortable to prop up against in bed
  • Camelback shape is timeless and classic — a tailored clean shape is a real “decorator” look, and this shape looks great covered in any fabric
  • This chameleon transitions effortlessly from girly (if you paired it with floral wallpaper) to masculine (if paired with a woven-leather bench)
  • Perfect lamp with great mix of simple shade with substantial base — well-proportioned, leather adds texture to a room (mix with different types of fabrics, textures) and square column base is, solid, hearty, which adds weight and importance to a room
  • Adds a dose of masculinity to a room (helps a room or look that’s too precious or frilly)
  • Neutral color goes with everything
  • Good on either side of sofa or on a desk
  • Timeless — will never look “last year”

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