This Amazon Prime Day feels like it's come from nowhere, a special event full of amazing deals and offers for the home. But, frankly, sifting through the reams of bargains is not something anyone has time for...except my team of willing staffers.
I challenged them all to pin down just the two best things they could find so we could present a definitive Livingetc edit of the smartest Amazon home decor and tech. The result is a list that cuts out all the stuff you'd never buy and goes straight for the pieces that will help you create a modern and stylish scheme.
And so from sheer voile curtains like those above to a vibrant cooking dish in turquoise, (one of next year's big colors, beloved for its calming sensibilities), these 12 deals are the perfect place for you to start. Enjoy!
Or browse all of Amazon Prime Early Access Day yourself. You may need to take a deep breath first...
Chosen by Pip Rich, Editor
I've got voile sheer curtains in my own living room - soft green just a touch lighter than the color of the walls. They are elegant and floaty, smart but unobtrusive, wafty and wonderful. Right now, beige living rooms are one of the biggest interior design trends, and these voiles were already a steal before they had 50% taken off the price. Perfection.
True, nothing can beat a real tree when it comes to Christmas decorating, but doesn't the idea of cutting one down and then throwing it out feel a bit...not 2022? What does feel more current is this perfectly frosted artificial tree, coming in at 7 feet tall and looking like it's just been brought in from outside a cabin in the mountains. The festivities start here.
Chosen by Hugh Metcalf, Deputy Editor
I'm calling it now, this festive season everything is going to be served on boards. The 'butter board' trend we're seeing explode on TikTok, where butter is spread across a board and dressed with beautiful toppings, is expanding to charcuterie and desserts too (goat's cheese board or peanut butter board, anyone?). This board with a beautiful herringbone design, will make yours look even better and also look great decorating kitchen countertops.
I'm a recent convert to smart switches as an integrated way to automate your home's lighting. They're much more convenient when comparing smart switches vs smart bulbs. This one fits into almost any home, and when you're looking to fit out a whole house, that $5 saving per switch for Prime Day is definitely going to come in handy.
Chosen by Oonagh Turner, Content Editor
This espresso machine from De'Longhi gives you barista-quality beverages every time with a grind function and easy-to-use manual frother. I'm enjoying stainless steel in the kitchen at the moment, and this appliance will give a sleek, modern feel to the space with an air of a professional chef's kitchen.
A hallmark of quality in the kitchen, if you spot a cast iron casserole dish on sale, act quickly. This discounted Denby dish blends function with design in a tasteful pale blue, making for a beautiful centerpiece on your dining table. What's more, its energy efficient design heats food fast and keeps it hotter for longer.
Chosen by Aditi Sharma Maheshwari, Content Editor
Willow & Everett Whistling Tea Kettle
This kettle made from five layers of stainless steel, iron & aluminum heats up fast and is ideal for tea addicts like me. Perfect for a single cup, it is also accompanied by a tea infuser.
Chosen by Lilith Hudson, Junior Writer
There's nothing I love more during winter than kicking back in a soft, comfy armchair with a good book. For some reason, it's a far more favorable reading spot than the sofa or bed, and this mid-century modern style arm chair with birch wood legs fits the bill perfectly. With clean lines and an understated design, it brings a sophisticated look to you space that's perfect for a cozy reading corner.
Is there anyone who actually enjoys vacuuming? Satisfying, yes - but enjoyable it is not. Personally, I find it the most tedious chore of all. Fortunately for me, robot vacuum cleaners exist, cutting out most of the work (thank you, modern technology). This one from eufy has an auto-empty station that promises up to 60 days hands free cleaning as well as multi-floor mapping and voice control. You'll never catch me vacuuming again.
Chosen by Caroline Preece, Ecommerce Smart Home Editor
One of our favorite multi-room speakers, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level combines audio power with a modern, decor-friendly design. It's also versatile, as you can mount it to your wall or place it on a bookshelf or side table, depending on your preference. And you get 16 hours of battery life!
If you've ever wanted your coffee machine to just be a little bit cleverer, then the Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker could be for you. Not only would it look gorgeous on the kitchen counter, but it is also Wi-Fi enabled and works with Alexa and Google Assistant for Voice-to-Brew controls.
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The editor of Livingetc, Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) is a lifestyle journalist of almost 20 years experience working for some of the UK's biggest titles. As well as holding staff positions at Sunday Times Style, Red and Grazia he has written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and ES Magazine. The host of Livingetc's podcast Home Truths, Pip has also published three books - his most recent, A New Leaf, was released in December 2021 and is about the homes of architects who have filled their spaces with houseplants. He has recently moved out of London - and a home that ELLE Decoration called one of the ten best small spaces in the world - to start a new renovation project in Somerset.
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