Innovative materials and statement-making finishes have allowed for high-end pieces that are ready for a real life full of action, movement, and the messiness inherent with it all. It's an appreciation of those items—chic, but not precious; luxe, but not delicate—that leads this edit of stylish pieces designed to hold up while retaining a high-end feel.
A classic armchair ought to be the MVP of your space, and snowy hues always evoke luxury. Think strategically when shopping, and opt for a style made in a stain- and odor-resistant fabric from a trusted label like .
Henredon Bayley Chair from the David Kleinberg collection, price upon request;
If you believe in a work hard, live hard mentality, don't go with a delicate table. Lucite is the ultimate in glamorous durability, putting up with spills aplenty.
Jonathan Adler Jacques Table, $1,295;
A sofa in your den or family room will be lived on, truly, so don't be precious. Avoid delicate fabrics in favor of durable upholstery from Crypton that's purposefully made ready-to-rumble (yet still has the feel of linen).
Michael Thomas Collection Claire Sofa, $3,295;
Spring and summer practically demand outdoor entertaining, but poolside is hardly the place for fine china (and disposable is neither chic nor eco-friendly). Instead, update your alfresco dinnerware to elegant melamine.
Ballard Designs Melamine Plate, $39 for 4;
A chic ottoman won't look chic for long as wear and tear starts to happen. A made-for-it fabric like those offered by Crypton is always important, but especially so if your color scheme calls for creamy hues.
Portsmouth Ottoman, $995; onekingslane.com
Hand-painted is nice, but "scrubbable" is better. If you're going to invest time into wallpaper, consider a version that will put up with splatters and sprays.
Risky Business II "Pucker Up" Wallpaper, $35 for a bolt;
To allay worries over spills or traffic, look for floor coverings in sturdy materials like natural seagrass.
Safavieh Seagrass, $116;
If you like the look and feel of upholstered chairs pulled around your dining table, the fabric they're done in can make all the difference. Spills and crumbs are bound to happen, so buy chairs covered in Crypton's stain-resistant fabric.
Universal Furniture Cooper Arm Chair, price upon request;
Accent pieces that sit at hip-, tail-, or toddler-height are always in the danger zone. To add in the personality and height variance standalone pieces can give, buy familiar shapes in resistant weaves.
Pier 1 Woven Banana Leaf Vase, $130;