When you think of grown-up living, you imagine a well-appointed home. When your house looks better, you feel better. Why? Because you're more comfortable. You're surrounded by things that feel good, that are suited to your personal tastes and that are made to work for you. Of course, it's easy to experience sticker shock when furniture shopping. But while luxe, high-end pieces might seem like an unnecessary expense at first, they will prove to be a sound investment over time. Not to mention, that when you shell out for quality furnishings, you're set up for the long haul. You don't have to constantly replace items. In fact, some just get better with age and wear.