Well done champ. You're paying rent, buying groceries, doing the laundry your mum refuses to do - these are all good life goals. Maybe you're even thinking about bringing someone back there. To your place, not your parents' - not yet anyway. Dream big, we say, but let's get one thing straight: said someone's decision to stay over is not automatically made and your home (plus the items in it) could seal the deal. That's not to say your potential paramour is that shallow they'll be swayed by homewares, but it may well help you to be viewed as a man - not a bro - who has his game together. Here are the items we recommend you enlist.
1. The bedding
We know you'd rather gouge your eyes out and spent the rest of your life listening to 1D than go shopping for bed linen. So don't. Hop online and get yourself the chambray duvet set, $69.95, from hm.com.au. It comes with two matching pillowslips so all you have to do is throw on a clean fitted sheet. We'll let you figure out the most important word in that last sentence.
2. The glassware
If you're inviting someone up "for a drink", you want a decent glass to serve it in. No mugs, nothing that was a gift with purchase of booze. Instead, check out the Metallic Print Glassware Set, $39, from westelm.com.au.
3. The candle
How do we say this delicately? Men's abodes can sometimes not be the most fragrant of environments. That's why you need a candle to both set the mood and fill the zone with fragrance. We get that you don't want the place to smell like a florist, so get yourself a Formulary 55 Black Tea & Tobacco candle, $38, from thecandlelibrary.com
4. The table
Gotta put that drink on something right? A coffee table is mandatory and the Wicker Sticks Table, $299, from zara.com.au, looks like it should cost way more. If you're sensing a theme here, you should be: fast fashion players are now getting into homewares that won't break the bank.
5. The throw
Couches can be pricey, but fortunately they can also be dressed up when their looks start to slip. So here's the newsflash: throw is not only a verb. Check out the Pia Wallen Cross Throw Blanket, $344, from urbanoutfitters.com.au. Add a cable knit cushion or two, $67, from the same online store and you're good to go.
6. The floor lamp
Blending form and function, the floor lamp catches the eye and provides a level of illumination between 7-11 and candles. Intimate without quite verging into creepy. The Hektar floor lamp is finished in gunmetal grey and won't blow out the budget at $79, from ikea.com.au
7. The statement chair
Most of us can't afford to buy original pieces from famed designers such as Hans Wegner but that's where the word "replica" can be your best friend. Unlike their fashion equivalents, these are licensed products and manufactured to exacting standards. Which is why they're still not exactly cheap. That said, the Hans Wegner Plank armchair, $1250, from mattblatt.com.au, will last longer than most of your relationships.