Where to Splurge on Your Home

Local interior designers on when spending a pretty penny is a good idea.

Artwork: It can maintain or gain value with age, unlike most furniture; and you get to enjoy it, unlike stocks and other investments. 
–Amy Thomasson-Ramirez 

Any midcentury piece of furniture.
–Alex Montana

An antique mantel, distinctive accessories, and landscaping. 
–Betty Lou Phillips

Fabrics. I can smell a cheap fabric a mile away. 
–Brant McFarlain

Castalla chandelier, to the trade/Ebanista Photo courtesy of vendor
Rock crystal chandeliers (one of my favorites is the Castalla chandelier from Ebanista). 
–Catherine Dolen 

Charles Birdsong lampshades.
–Cathy Kincaid 

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.
–Erin Sander

Foundational pieces—a custom upholstered sofa or an outstanding dining table.
–Shelby Wagner

Luxurious bed linens and towels and one grand piece of art.
–Glen Boudreaux

Cedric Hartman lamps.
–James McInroe

A great coffee table because it is always the most important piece in a room.
–Jan Showers

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.
–Paul Draper

Lamps! There are too many cheap lamps out there, and they just ruin a great room.
–Rhonda Grubbs

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.
–Sherry Hayslip

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.
–Debra Stewart

Spend on a sofa.
–Joseph Minton

Acrylic with a pop of color. (I would go for pink!)
–Abbe Fenimore 
*Sorry, Abbe, we went with blue!

McLaughlin Collection Azure tables, to the trade/Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman Photo courtesy of vendor

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