Artwork: It can maintain or gain value with age, unlike most furniture; and you get to enjoy it, unlike stocks and other investments.
Any midcentury piece of furniture.
An antique mantel, distinctive accessories, and landscaping.
–Betty Lou Phillips
Fabrics. I can smell a cheap fabric a mile away.
–Catherine Dolen Rock crystal chandeliers (one of my favorites is the Castalla chandelier from Ebanista).
Charles Birdsong lampshades.
A unique chandelier or ceiling fixture—something over scale and dramatic that will be the focal point of the room.
–Emily Johnston Larkin
Gorgeous handmade tiles. The pattern, color, and texture they add to a kitchen or bath sets the backdrop like nothing else.
Foundational pieces—a custom upholstered sofa or an outstanding dining table.
Luxurious bed linens and towels and one grand piece of art.
Cedric Hartman lamps.
A great coffee table because it is always the most important piece in a room.
Splurge on anything that moves you emotionally and you will never regret it.
–Jason james Jones
A fabulous chest—antique or not, drawers or doors—you can use for years in many different rooms.
–John Phifer Marrs
First the bones, then the art.
Lamps! There are too many cheap lamps out there, and they just ruin a great room.
I always encourage clients to find a piece of art that transcends joyful feelings—a piece that adds beauty and interest to the room, but, more importantly, has meaning to them and adds to their history.
F. Schumacher “Walden Quail” wallpaper.
–Susan Bednar Long
Fabulous pillows finish off any space. And because they require so little fabric, go for the most luxurious options to complement your color scheme.
Spend on a sofa.
Acrylic with a pop of color. (I would go for pink!)
*Sorry, Abbe, we went with blue!