By Cora L. Diekman

Published on September 27, 2016

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Photography by SCOTT JONES DESIGN

What could be more fun than swapping a tired hand-me-down coffee table for this colorful piece?  And no worries – if this soft shade of pink doesn’t work with your decor, it’s available in three additional colors to suit any space.

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Photography by APT2B

This is NOT your mom’s sectional.  If you’re ready to upgrade from an out-of-date sofa, consider this modern take on a sectional that’s seriously versatile in a gorgeous shade of blue.

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Photography by CRATE & BARREL

Don’t we all still have a few pieces of hand-me-down flatware in the drawer?  This set will bring your dinner scene up to date with a chic charcoal finish that’s edgy and modern.

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Photography by INCY INTERIORS

When it’s time to ditch your old night stands, consider upgrading to something versatile with lots of character.  This lovely Jack Night Stand would work just as well in modern or rustic spaces.

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Photography by UMBRA

Make a statement in your entryway with a coat rack that’s just as beautiful with or without coats and scarves.

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Photography by MOE’S HOME COLLECTION

Yes, IKEA is awesome!  But when it’s time to invest in a long-term piece, this cube bookcase has a sophisticated, modern appeal that’s designed to store in style.

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Photography by WEST ELM

This modern take on an end table will breathe life into any space.  Place a few around the room, or push three together as an eclectic alternative to a single coffee table.

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Photography by CRATE & BARREL

Mismatched dishes can be a fun look, but everyone needs a clean white set of dinnerware.  This 20-piece set is a great start.

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Photography by ANTHROPOLOGIE

Upgrade an old rocker with this modern Haverhill Rocking Chair that packs plenty of charm and class.

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Photography by MOE’S HOME COLLECTION

When your hand-me-down dining table needs a refresh, this mid-century modern version in classic wood tones promises to work with any existing decor.

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

And speaking of the dining table, don’t forget chairs.  You can never go wrong with shaker-style chairs – especially in this sleek black finish.

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Photography by JULISKA

These tumblers are designed for everyday drinking, but glam enough to use as modern stemless wine glasses.

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Photography by MASH STUDIOS

If a tired hand-me-down media cabinet is clouding your living room, brighten up your space with this modern white credenza with wood accents – perfect for keeping media clutter out of sight.

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Photography by SAFAVIEH

If you’re still using the same desk chair from college, it’s definitely time for a refresh.  May we suggest something in a bold blue hue?

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Photography by SERENA & LILY

A modern bed PLUS built-in storage?  Yes, please!

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Photography by DAVID FRANCIS FURNITURE

If you only need a headboard, this version adds plenty of sophisticated glam to any bedroom.

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Photography by B BY BRANDIE

Because grown-up barware is a must.

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Photography by ZUO MODERN

Part of having grown-up furniture is selecting versatile pieces that serve more than one purpose.  This serving cart can host appetizers, act as a chic end table, or work as a glam bar cart.  Whatever you’re serving drinks on now, THIS is definitely an upgrade.

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Photography by BLU DOT

Comfy chairs don’t have to be, well, ugly.  This ultra plush lounge chair has clean, modern lines and plenty of comfort, too.

Shop Blu Dot via Domino.

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Photography by WILLIAMS-SONOMA

When upgrading your hand-me-down cookware, it’s best to start with pieces that do double or triple duty.  This pasta pot can cook practically anything, from soups and stews to sauces and steamed veggies.

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Photography by BROOK FARM GENERAL STORE

Toss the plastic measuring cups and replace yours with something that doubles as decor in the kitchen – because we still love ANYTHING copper.

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Photography by WORLDS AWAY

Don’t you just love a side table that works in practically every room of the house?  Use this chic graphic piece in place of a tired end table, night stand, entry table or even as a small buffet.  Love!