When it comes to living room furniture, there are nine items that can only be described as essential. But what to do if you have a budget of $1,000 to spend on each of these important items? If you choose the following key pieces carefully, they will act as your room's base for years to come and offer the most "bang for your buck." And while quality is obviously key, these living room staples manage to come in under the $1,000 so you'll have a little left for those affordable accents that make a house a home!
Well, the holidays are over, and a brand new year is upon us. Maybe Santa didn't exactly give you what you wanted, or perhaps you've got a few gift cards burning a hole in your J Brands — either way, this is as good a time as any to pick up some chic new pieces to spruce up your 2012 wardrobe. We've rounded up 10 pretty postholiday pieces that are sure to bring you into the new year in style. Click through to see and shop them all.
The Piece: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony Lace Blazer
The Investment: $725
Why We Covet: It's Rodarte. The Mulleavy sisters have become one of fashion's most highly respected designer duos, and their collections are the hard-to-acquire stuff of fantasy. Their collaboration with Opening Ceremony has all their romance and frills in functional silhouettes at a slightly lower price point, making it extremely covetable. Case in point: this incredibly detailed, ultra gorgeous floral guipire lace jacket that will be perfect for the soft dreaminess of Spring. It can look chic over a sleek silk column dress, flirty over a tank and jeans, or romantic with a flowy dress. It's got slight bell sleeves and a gently curved collar. It's something new that could be vintage, and we guarantee you could bring this out every season and get a million compliments.
The Piece: Chloé Sally Bag in Ivy
The Investment: $1,795
Why We Covet: Our Spring wardrobe palette promises to be full of neutrals, so we're looking for a pop of color. That said, that pop of color needs to be on something totally timeless and chic. Solution: this Chloé bag. Grained calfskin is soft and supple and holds the green color like a luxury bag should. The metallic clasp and guilloché hardware are beautiful but elegant, making this a statement bag that only the chicest woman would carry. Imagine this bag with a camel sweater and calf-length camel skirt, a navy sheath, or a flowy gray dress. Gorgeous, right? We think so.