When I turned 30, these 6 timeless home decor items gave my space a glow-up

Timeless home decor buys for adulting at its best

PSTR wall art, Target floor lamp and Wayfair leather seat
(Image credit: Future | Urban Outfitters | Target | Wayfair)

When you're approaching 30, all sorts of things go through your mind. One of them is where or how you’re nesting. I've always loved finessing and investing in my home surroundings, and generally speaking, I would say that timeless home decor is my go-to. But without telling my age, what I will say is that when the big 30 was coming up, even I was doing a lot of looking around my rental, worrying "How do I prepare for this?" and essentially, "how do I get my s*** together?"

Whether you have a small studio to yourself or a room in a huge apartment, your space, at any age, should be a firm part of your support system and it really deserves your time. 

So post-celebrations, in that first month or so of stepping into what is a period of true adulting, I did a lot of reassessing of my space. I considered what I loved about it and what I felt needed to work harder for me, both aesthetically and functionally.

6 adult home decor essentials

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As well as a bulk order of collagen supplements and Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum, I happened to buy six items for my home that year. I still have and appreciate all of these things, because they are proving to be timeless and continue to serve my 30-something-year-old self pretty well.

Camille Dubuis-Welch
Former Deputy Editor

I'm Cam, the former deputy editor of Real Homes who worked on the site from 2020 to 2023. As a renter myself, sharing a home with two friends (and my cat) in London, I know all too well the challenges that this can pose when it comes to creating your perfect setup. As someone who has always loved everything interior design-related, I cannot rest until a home feels right and I am really passionate about helping others get there too, no matter what their living situation, style, or budget may be. It’s not always the easiest to figure out, but the journey is fun and the results are so worth it.

After interior design, travel, art, and photography are my next big passions. When I’m not writing or editing homes content, I’m usually tapping into other creative outlets, exploring galleries in London or further afield, taking photos, scribbling, or drawing!