Lonny Readers Share Their First Major Home Purchase

You never forget your first.

Lonny Readers Share Their First Major Home Purchase
Photographed by Maria Del Rio.

When you are just starting to furnish your first place as an adult, every single purchase feels like such a huge deal. Most of us are just starting out our careers and budgeting is definitely a major concern. So when you commit to a home item that feels like a splurge, you never forget it (tbh I'll always remember spending $120 on my Persian rug that I haggled down and bought at a flea market).

We asked our Instagram followers to share what pieces were their first huge home commitments. From sofas to vintage finds, it's clear that every furniture item comes with its own unique story. 

“We drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles to buy vintage Thonet chairs from Craigslist. I’m still madly in love with them!” -@nataliewhearley

“A Crate & Barrel Bench. We also opted to build it ourselves but decided to splurge the $500 in the end. Best decision ever. It’s the first thing you see (and use) when you walk in!” -@theartemuse

“The West Elm Brooklyn couch! We actually bought it secondhand but it was brand new. Got if for half the cost but it was still terrifying spending so much money on a leather couch and praying our cat didn’t catch it up! He didn’t btw and we are SO glad we bought it!” -@kelseylenesigars

“A second-hand tufted leather couch!” -@klowee81

“My Floyd bed frame!” -@mrn.tn

“I was in college and my BFF and I shared a Charleston single, just the two of us. I decorated it like a real home but on a college budget. I bought a piece of art at a local thrift store. Fast forward 12 years and it’s still my favorite piece of art I own. I still live in Charleston and last hurricane season when we evacuated, it was one of the two art pieces I took.” -@cmapple1

“My first home purchase was a vintage Jydsk Mobelvaerk sofa in 2010. I happened upon a vintage furniture store name Home Anthology and saw this sofa. I purchased it on the spot and hauled it to my mom’s house where it sat in storage for two years until I found a house that could fit the sofa. It probably sounds crazy but although it’s not the coziest, it’s my favorite piece of furniture to this day!” -@iamblakeross

“A vacuum! Miele’s aren’t cheap but so worth it! Five years later and still going strong!” -@alexandranicolejimison

“A post-breakup leather couch from Mitchel Gold Bob Williams. I still sleep on it all the time. It’s one of my most prized possessions.” -@helloyowie

“A proper sofa from Room and Board! Went into the store to sit on all their sofas and loved taking home the swatches to see what would work in our living room. Took us a few weeks to commit to the purchase but I’m so glad we did. Now we have had our sofa for three years and it still feels like new!” -@carolmee

“Ours was a couch! We went to a Jayson Home warehouse sale. We waited for hours in line and raced to find one once the doors opened.” -@canary_lane

“A tufted linen daybed/couch that does ALL the things.” -@apedelman

“Mine was buying a vintage Moroccan rug that I hulled all the way from Copenhagen.” -@embeanz

“Room and Board sofa! We still have it seven years later.” -@chelsea.mazur

“Ours was a Sleep Number bed! We were living in a tiny Chicago apartment on one entry level salary, so it did not make sense to make a purchase like that. We made payments over three years. Money was tight. But I freaking love that bed more and more every year! To this day, it is my favorite piece of furniture. Especially after becoming a mom!” -@a.montealegre

“I got rid of my childhood single bed last year at 27. It felt so good to buy my first double bed frame when I moved into my new flat. Realized why I’d been sleeping so badly for so many years!” -@elameats

“Mine is a corner sofa from Room and Board. It was SUCH a big deal. Now my boxer dog has made it his bed and wipes his mouth on it every night after dinner. I can’t wait to get rid of it! One expensive dog bed!” -@houseofbrinson

I am Lonny's Senior Associate Editor. You can find me writing about interior tips, scouting out the coolest new spots, and rallying behind amazing female entrepreneurs. You can reach me at shelby.wax@livingly.com or on Instagram @shelbywax.
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