5 Timeless Pieces That Every Home Should Have

Aside from the obvious home essentials; for example, home appliances, pots and pans, utility pieces, there are a few special and timeless pieces that should not be scrimped on.

At Rockett St George we firmly believe that if an item or piece is going to be on display in your home you've got fall in love with it ... over and over again. Take it from us, it is worth taking the time to research and source pieces for the home that will stand the test of time, no matter how many times you redecorate or move.  So to help you invest in pieces that will last a lifetime, we've listed our top 5 timeless pieces that every home should have...

#1 Timeless Piece: Standout Sofas

Black Leather Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa

Product: Black Leather Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa £2,750

The ultimate grown-up piece every 30+ something should invest in is a statement sofa. In our opinion, a great sofa is an absolute must and that's why it's number 1 on our list. A sofa is likely to stay with you for many years to come so it's really key to get it right because it can not only end up taking up a lot of your time if you get your choice wrong but it can also turn into a very expensive mistake!

Lifestyle grid image of an orange chesterfield sofa, green two seater sofa and mustard chesterfield sofa.

Products from left to right: Burnt Orange Velvet Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa £2,750 | Forest Green Velvet 2 Seater Sofa £1,795 | Ochre Gold Velvet Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa £1,450

When it comes to sofas there is a lot of choices out there from different shapes, sizes, colours, materials, era... the list goes on!

So here are 4 important things to consider when sourcing your very own standout sofa:

  1. Your Sitting Style. Ask yourself how you like to lounge on your sofa? Comfort is an obvious must and without it, you are likely to fall out of love with your sofa very, very quickly. So if you prefer to lie on your sofa than sit, then a corner sofa would be a great choice for you or alternatively, if you like to sip a cocktail or glass of wine on your sofa (who doesn't?!) then an art deco style sofa is for you!
  2. Measure Up, baby! Something that you simply cannot get away with is not measuring your space, so measure your room once and then again to be absolutely sure that you've got it right. Also, don't forget to measure the doorways and hallways that lead to your living room to make sure you can get the sofa of your dreams in!
  3. Make it pop! We love a colour pop and nothing pops as much as a colourful sofa! Be it a gorgeous nude pink, deep and luxurious green or a bright and welcoming mustard sofa, it will instantly grab your attention when you walk into the room. If you prefer darker colours that's okay too! A black, dark blue or grey sofa not only oozes sophistication but tend to be more hard-wearing and so can survive the wear and tear of day-to-day family living.
  4. Get your fabric right. Do you like to sit back in luxury velvets? Or put your feet up on herringbone tweed? Or lie back on gorgeous leather? Whatever your preference, keep it at the forefront of your mind when searching for your statement sofa.

#2 Timeless Piece: Something Vintage or Vintage-Style

image of a large apotecary cabinet styled with green plants

Image: Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99). The home of Shelley Carline. Photography by Debi Treloar.

If you are going to invest in one piece for the home… let it be vintage! The beauty of vintage and antique pieces is that they suit all décor styles – even contemporary looks! So if you have the time, it really is worth sourcing vintage furniture and antiques that you love because they’ll stand the test of time.

We know that finding a vintage treasure could mean trailing flea markets and antique shops which is a LOT of fun and we definitely recommend that you try it, but it can be hard and it does take a long time to source that special something that WOWs. So don't be afraid to go for vintage-style furniture, lighting or home accessories they look really spectacular and are often half the price tag!

grid image of three vintage-style display cabinets

Products Featured: Traditional Apothecary Cabinet Style Wooden Storage Wall Unit £250 | Wooden Antique-Style Library Cabinet £225 | Black Wooden Glass Display Cabinet £320

Don’t be afraid of mixing vintage styles with modern, contemporary styles - we promise it won’t create a conflicting look. In fact, vintage pieces can add layers of interest and focal points to your home interiors.

#3 Timeless Piece: Artwork

image of a gold rose wall art

Product: Gold Peony Rose Wall Art Decoration

Giant artwork, beautiful photographic prints, postcards, photos of your family, canvas prints ... artwork is a household must.  Art is a form of expression and will transform your home interiors into a home that is uniquely personal to your likes and style.

Our key advice for sourcing timeless art is to look for that stop-you-in-your-tracks piece. The kind of art print or photography that brings you into the moment to stop and consider the art. Throughout our lives, we've all scrolled across an art piece on Instagram or viewed artwork at a gallery or in somebody's home that has this effect, so when you are searching for a timeless art piece that will last a lifetime make sure you consider how that art print makes you feel.

It's too easy to see art as something to consider last when decorating your home. As though it is a home accessory or afterthought... don't fall into that trap! Great art should be near the top of your list, it has such a transformative effect on your interiors, that's why we love to pick pieces that never fail to make us smile.

#4 Timeless Piece: Bedside Tables 

image of a dark bedroom

Image: The 2017 home of Lucy St George as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Cath Gratwicke

According to Feng shui having a bed that is accessible from both sides and has two bedside tables creates balance and harmony in the bedroom. In our twenties, it was very cost-effective to opt for simple or mismatched bedside tables from a local charity shop or flea market, but as time goes on you'll want to spend more time curating your home to suit your individual style.

grid image of three bedside tables

Products: Hudson Bedside Table £149 | Sunburst Sustainable Wood Bedside Table £195 | Solid Acacia Wood Bedside Table £170

So in our opinion, a beautiful set of bedside or side tables is a timeless piece that every home should have. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing and so, therefore, an interior design must, but it also helps to create a specific look in the home -e.g. modern luxe, maximalism, scandi or industrial. Co-founders, Jane and Lucy, recommend in their book, Extraordinary Interiors, to write down how you want a room to make you feel, what your personal style is and what makes you happy when planning the decor for a room. So take some time on a lazy Sunday and create a mood board of your favourite looks and once you have your decor style firmly in mind then it's time for the fun part... treasure hunting for your bedside tables!

#5 Timeless Piece: Statement Furniture

image of a panther side table next to a leopard print armchair

Product: Black Panther Side Table With Glass Top £150

Now we know this last option is a bit non-descript but that's because a statement piece can be just about anything! Be it a statement armchair, coffee table, mirror or drinks trolley, there is room to play here and really go for something that sings out to you every time that you walk into the room.

For us at Rockett St George, this is normally a quirky piece that makes us smile or even laugh, but it can also be furniture that is sculptured with animal motifs such as a Swan Coffee Table or a luxury statement chair upholstered in soft velvet.... after all, nothing makes a statement quite like an extraordinarily unusual piece. We have found that when it comes to sourcing timeless statement furniture its best to do your research and only purchase that piece stops you dead in your tracks...it's that have-to-have-it piece that is likely to stand the test of time.

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