A $75 Passes-for-Designer Lamp Tops the List of Your Most-Shopped Buys in 2023
Along with a few hidden gems from one NYC home tour.
Published Dec 16, 2023 1:12 AM
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Domino readers bought (and loved) a lot this past year. The stories you shopped—gift guides, home tours, product reviews, news, supersale guides, and intel on designer collaborations—served up all kinds of popular buys, ranging from looks-more-expensive lighting on Amazon to an editor-favorite mattress brand.
Here’s our full list of the best-selling products of 2023—according to your shopping carts, of course.
O’Bright’s products make more than one appearance on our best-selling list, and this highly rated pharmacy lamp was among your favorites. When we spotted it on YouTuber and affordable decor aficionado Kiva Brent’s Instagram earlier this year, we had to tell you about the $75 score. Available in antique brass, black, and brushed nickel, it swings 360 degrees and is dimmable and adjustable. A telltale sign it’s a good find: One Amazon commenter claimed guests have mistaken it for RH‘s version.
As seen in: Domino Good Design Awards 2023
Drew Barrymore debuted her first furniture line this spring, and suffice it to say, the crowds went wild: The first iteration of her nubby bouclé swivel lounger sold out three times. Maybe that’s thanks to you, or maybe that’s because it’s a cool $298, affordable like the rest of the products from her line for Walmart. The sage green fabric option was also a hit, and her newest design might even be better.
We love the vintage-esque appeal of this pair of Edison-like lanterns, and you sure did, too. They discreetly hide a solar panel on top and, after six hours in direct sun, stay illuminated until dusk. Their durability stems from a waterproof rating of IP65, as well as a material combo of stainless steel, aluminum, and glass. The lamps are an ideal source of atmosphere at 15 lumens, which is right up our alley. When it comes to outdoor lighting, we’re Team Ambient over bright beacons.
Huckberry’s Turkish towels are a perennial favorite among Domino readers. While wider and longer than most, they pack down to the size of a burrito, are absorbent, and dry particularly fast, making them suitable for both beach adventures and park hangs. Not to mention: They’re often on sale at half off.
Fashion retailer Ssense is known for having extremely good sales (the end-of-year discounts are happening right now). We love to dig through the pages of markdowns to share our favorites with you, and at one point this year, the brand’s collaboration with Henry Holland Studio was included. You immediately scooped up these side plates, and we could barely keep track of what was still in stock. Handcrafted in the U.K., each glossy ceramic plate is striped in blue, green, and white; no two are the same.
After reading this review of Cozy Earth’s silk-filled pillow, many of you had to have it. While the main reason our reviewer loved the product was because it’s ridiculously soft, other pros include the cool-to-the-touch shell made from bamboo and viscose; the high-quality 6A grade silk used; and a cloudlike feel from being stonewashed and treated with aloe vera. The price is the one drawback, but we promise it’s often marked down in Cozy Earth’s sales. (Right now, it’s 20% off.)
H&M Home is an editor secret source for only-looks-expensive products that actually live up to how they’re pictured on the Internet. If there was one item you could all agree on from the retailer this year, it was the under-$70 quilted cotton bedspread. Available in natural beige or sage green, the versatile piece adds a finished look to beds or can come out during streaming marathons.
Records require a turntable, but with this Audio-Technica version, you don’t need cords to play music on your speakers. The player’s Bluetooth tech connects wirelessly to speakers and other equipped devices, as well to wired audio and powered speakers (if that’s more your style). It has two speeds—33 1/3 and 45 RPM—and comes with a die-cast aluminum platter, automatic needle, AC adapter, and a built-in switchable pre-amplifier.
Sateen, a type of cotton weave featuring a tight three- or four-over-one, is known for sealing in warmth instead of letting air flow through. So when Quince—known for thoughtfully made and affordable home basics like curtains, rugs, and table linens—came out with what the brand described as “exceptionally soft and breathable” sateen sheets made with organic cotton, we gave them a spin. When they lived up to the claims, we told you ASAP, and you also wanted in. The vintage T-shirt feel, cooling factor, durability, and unbeatable price all combined to make this set worthy of top-seller status.
Mattresses are personal—there’s no way around that. But ordering one online these days is commonplace, and we’re all looking for recommendations that align with our needs. There was one brand that pulled ahead of others for you this year, and that’s Saatva. Its mattresses are made-to-order, quasi-customizable hybrid innersprings, which means they combine a coil base, individually wrapped coils (which are firmer in the center third), a layer of CertiPUR-US memory foam for pressure-point relief, and a quilted pillow top, all covered in organic cotton. Other pluses that make it stand out: There’s always free delivery and in-room setup, the company will remove your old mattress, there’s a lifetime warranty, and you have a year to decide if you want to keep or return yours.
During Nordstrom’s big annual sale in July, you were just as impressed as us with the markdown on this set of 100% cotton waffle towels. Even at full price, they’re a pretty good deal—they’d make a great housewarming present or host gift, or perhaps they’re just what you need to stock your own kitchen cleanup drawer. The waffle-knit texture is said to be thick, absorbent, and soft.
You’ll see oversize, lightweight shades in almost all of Leanne Ford’s projects. Because we feature homes she designs regularly, maybe you began wondering what big pendant lamps you could string from the ceiling. Her go-to wiring kit—the E27 base ceiling pendant kit—was a bestseller this year, as it’s used to hang up vintage fixtures, Noguchi lanterns, Etsy finds, and the like. The bulb socket and ceiling canopy are made of shiny solid brass (also available in burnished brass) and come in four different cord lengths.
If you’re a renter and have a boob light in your apartment, raise your hand. Here’s a sweet solution that a good number of you picked up: the Tulip shade. Founder Lori Smyth’s idea initially came from throwing a pair of (clean) boxers over a dorm room light, which she then parlayed into six easy-to-install shades. While it may not be for owners who are investing long-term in their home, this is a bright idea for anyone who might move and would need to take improvements with them.
Chunky glassware, like little liqueur vessels or funky water goblets, were dotting our tables this year. You added them to yours, too, in droves. We saw Godinger’s Italian-made martini glasses rise above the rest, and maybe that’s related to the martini table craze that caught wind. A budget-friendly set of four is ready for some gin and vermouth, but they’re also versatile; fill them to the brim with ice cream or fruit during your dessert course.
Kitchen cabinets have taken a cue from moody exteriors this year: We saw all kinds of cook spaces swathed in black. You were ready to go all in on getting cozy with the hue, putting Farrow & Ball’s Off Black first when it came to paint colors. We noticed it used beautifully on kitchen walls, too, in this Lake Tahoe renovation. Are you inspired yet?
Best-Selling Amazon Furniture and Decor in 2023
Well-designed budget buys were at the top of your list this year, ranging from furniture to lighting to decor. We were all moved by RHONY star Brynn Whitfield’s high-low Manhattan apartment, to the tune of grabbing her floor-length mirror and living room arc lamp in droves. The crisscross applesauce desk chair continues to wield its power over shoppers, and O’Bright’s cordless table light had many of you going full New York cocktail bar at home (not to mention the cute acrylic bar cart that completed the look). A 70% off Chris Loves Julia x Loloi rug slid into a spot on your most-loved list, too.
Best-Selling Books in 2023
It was a great year for interiors books, particularly those related to the kitchen. While designers like Heidi Caillier, Brigette Romanek, and Amber Lewis all debuted their latest monographs, the four below reigned supreme. Natasha Feldman’s endlessly useful dinner-party manual was your favorite, followed by Paris-based Ajiri Aki’s embrace of all things Francophile. Not far behind those were Sophie Donelson’s exploration of the least common kitchens and newly published The DeVol Kitchen.
Best-Selling Cleaning and Organization Products in 2023
Keeping a tidy home is generally top of mind for us, and it clearly is for you, too. Here’s a question: If you don’t have the Chom Chom lint roller yet, why not? The more than 100,000 reviews should tell you all you need to know. As for closets, you listened to a pro organizer who doesn’t do velvet hangers by scooping up rubber ones. A spinning scrubber brush delighted the deep cleaners, and the low-maintenance among us opted for a classic Swiffer mop. Our home editor, Lydia Geisel, picked up a new step ladder during Amazon Prime Day, and many of you thought you might like one, too. And our style editor’s Nori Press made an impression on people who want to leave the iron in the closet from now on.
Best-Selling Reno Products in 2023
We love the satisfaction of a good before-and-after, and we also get exited about upgrading our own homes (sometimes without too many tools). You must have been thinking the same this year, with all kinds of no-demo reno products hitting your carts. This $9 grout pen made a splash in late 2022 and you can’t stop buying it. Swivel hooks, perfect for hanging plants of many persuasions, got you excited, as well as this extremely affordable set for installing wallpaper. The drawer pulls that Brynn Whitfield chose for her apartment had you swapping yours out quickly, too.