12 Home Buys You Should Put Your Tax Return Towards

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The one upside to tax season? The tax return check that shortly follows — and hopefully, it'll be a big one! And whether yours is a couple hundred dollars or even a few thousand, we want to help you indulge a little. Maybe you've had your eye on a stylish new light fixture or you've been coveting a much-needed ceramic French press, either way, this year you deserve to treat yourself to a little home decor upgrade with all that extra cash. (After all, you earned it for getting through this year's tax paperwork.) Here are 12 delightfully modern products that are totally worth the splurge.


1. Park Studio X Sarah Sherman Samuel Half Moon Hardware, $32

Even if your tax return is on the smaller side this year, you can still give your home a noticeable upgrade by swapping out your cabinet hardware. This half moon shape, available in brushed brass, will add subtle interest while still creating a sharp and modern vibe.

2. West Elm Roar and Rabbit Brass Geo Inlay Dresser, $1,099.99

Now's the perfect time to buy that standout accent piece you've been eyeing. This brass inlay dresser, made from ebony-stained mango wood, will make the perfect statement in your bedroom. Or, you can even use it as a console in your entryway.

3. RBT Wing Corkscrew, $50

Give your bar cart a little extra pizzazz with this sleek and stylish corkscrew with a gold-on-black-finish. It's a worthy investment for those hard-earned tax dollars.

4. Nordic Knots Tiger Rug, starting at $289

This striking handwoven rug, made from 100 percent New Zealand wool, will add crisp contrast to any room. Plus, the colors are woven all the way through so you can always flip it over and use the other side — you know, for when your kid inevitably spills grape juice on it.


5. Rove Concepts Marcus Dining Table, $1,120

This dining table's ash wood base and white lacquered top will bring an understated modern appeal to your breakfast nook or casual dining room. Its removable leaf lets you change up the look and size, too.

6. Roost Orbea Zinc Circle and Half-Circle Planters, starting at $22

Made from galvanized iron with a weathered zinc finish, these hanging planters make it easy to create a "living wall" in your sunroom or back porch. What's more, they come in six shapes and sizes so you can customize your look.

7. AEM Brass and Leather Magazine Rack, $295

Thanks to your tax return, you can finally stop piling your favorite magazines on the floor next to your sofa. Upgrade to this undeniably sleek magazine rack, and your living room will instantly feel less cluttered and a little more luxe, too.

8. Skagerak Fionia Stool, $349

This stunning sculptural folding stool is the perfect match for just about any location or purpose — as a seat, a side table, a nightstand, or an ottoman. Thanks to its portable design, you can move it around and dress up any room in the house to your heart's content.


9. Cinnamon Projects Rose Quartz Burner and Incense Set, $295

Put your tax return to good use by purchasing this jaw-dropping incense holder. Whether you place it in your living room or use it to add a touch of drama to your bedroom, this aromatic conversation-starter will completely transform your space, giving it the zen vibe you crave.

10. CB2 Darbuka Brass Coffee Table, $749

Make a statement with this spherical, half-dome coffee table made from cement mixed with marble, granite, and stone powder for a natural effect. More like a work of art than a piece of furniture, it'll quickly become the focal point of your modern living room's design.

11. Yield Design Co. Ceramic French Press, $120

Brew your next cup of joe in this lovely ceramic French press. It might be a little extra, but you deserve the occasional splurge.

12. Teamson Versanora Artiste Tripod Floor Lamp, $110.99

Bring an industrial touch to your space with a tripod floor lamp, like this one. Made of brushed black metal and accented with a gold finish inside the lamp shade, the design is subtle enough to work in any room.


Maryn Liles, a former NYC magazine editor now living in sweet home Alabama, is obsessed with all things home decor. She believes people's spaces should reflect their personalities — which is why you can find lots of hand-painted furniture, sentimental wall art and playful decor accents around her place.

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