Tax Day is upon us, and after dealing with the stress of filing, many of us will be rewarded with a nice little return. According to the IRS, the average American’s refund is a bit over $3,000, which could be used to pay off your credit card, pad your savings account, or make a different kind of investment: The kind that adds aesthetic (and actual) value to your home.
Since making a purchase upwards of $1,000 is no small decision, we did the heavy vetting for you, and selected 17 unique finds worth dropping serious cash on. Some are major pieces with hefty price tags, and others are more affordably indulgent—but each is an investment that’ll pay off in beauty, comfort, or compliments.
Whether you got $3,000 or $300 back from the government this spring, these finds are worth splurging on—or saving up for until you can.
A super-luxe sofa to upgrade that good-enough-but-slightly-janky Ikea one.
Sabine 101” Sofa in Vance Indigo, $2,499; at Room & Board
A room-stealing piece of art.
Love Force Field Copper with Glitter Embellishment, $1,127; at Oliver Gal
A vibrant rug.
Hand Tufted Bazaar Moroccan Style rug, $769; at nuLOOM
A metallic minimalist floor lamp.
Ktribe F Modern Floor Lamp by Philippe Starck, $995; at FLOS
The softest ottoman ever.
Outpost Original Tibetan Lamb Fur Round Ottoman, $1395; at Barneys
A gorgeously ornate mirror.
Silver Toned Soleil Mirror, $1,104; at Ethan Allen
A bright designer throw.
Labyrinthe Chevron Jacquard Blanket, $980; at Hermes
A glitzy paperweight to rival any of your nicest jewelry.
Aviva Stanoff Organic-Shaped Pyrite Paperweight, $295; at Barneys
Eye-catching vases to add richness to any surface.
Set of Three Vintage Murano Scavo Aqua Vases by Gino Cedenes, $1,900; at 1stdibs
The coolest bookcase.
Reclaimed Pine + Iron Bookcase, $1,299; at West Elm
A 1970s poolside photo print.
Poolside Gossip (Aarons Open Edition), 1970 by Slim Aarons, $780; at 1stdibs
A handcrafted, lacquered wood tray in the prettiest print.
Fornasetti Farfalle Tray, $1,235; at Barneys
A chic box for your favorite trinkets.
Fortuny Piumette Small Decorative Box in Gold + Piumette, $665; at L'Objet