We may not have the budget for these luxurious Birmingham finds, but it’s just so much fun to kick back and daydream! Plus, you never know when you might hit major pay dirt, and you’ll need to be prepared to spend your newfound loot on top-of-the-line clothing and luxury home decor. Here’s to “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” as you peruse this round of late summer luxe loves!
Michael Healy brass door knockers
Michael Healy’s door knockers are not your average hardware. Handcrafted in solid brass, solid bronze and solid nickel silver, these unique door knockers come in many shapes, such as pineapple, blue crab, seashell, anchor, oyster shell, bumblebee, dragonfly and more. The fleur-de-lis is perfect for receiving guests at your palatial French chateau—or your welcoming Birmingham home! Available for $170 (pinecone) and $115 (fleur-de-lis) at Brandino Brass Co.
This transitional, arctic white bedside table, outlined in nailhead trim with hair-on-hide drawer detail, will make your bedroom the very embodiment of pristine elegance. This gorgeous piece is sold at Argent Antiques in Homewood for $1,090. argentantiques.com
Alabaster marble lamp
This honed alabaster marble lamp with linen shade is perfect for a sideboard display that needs a touch of luxurious illumination. Find it at Hiltz-Lauber for $880.
Spanish Renaissance Revival armchair
This gorgeous Spanish Renaissance Revival armchair in distressed wood with rich, green leather upholstery exudes masculine grace. Fancy up your beau’s man cave with this impressive piece of furniture. Find it at Leaf & Petal for $2,300.
Biella Collezioni lace dress
For a dash of Duchess Kate Middleton glamour, this Italian-made dress by designer Luisa Maria Barbera of Biella Collezioni emanates a sophistication and grace befitting royalty. Find it at PlainClothes for $750. plainclothes.us
Tahitian pearl and beryl jewelry
For a formal summer event, adorn your evening wear with these Tahitian pearls and beryl in shades of green, encircled in pave diamonds. Find them at Jordan Alexander: stacking bands, starting at $1,400; Tahitian pearl ring, $3,519; Tahitian pearl studs, $4,968; Tahitian pearl earrings with removable beryl drop, $13,915.
Wendy Stevens stainless steel purses
Wendy Stevens’ hand-fabricated bags of stainless steel with leather and metal components have been on exhibit at the prestigious Tassenmuseum in Amsterdam. These wearable works of art are available at Beverly Ruff’s new shop, The Village Poodle, across the street from her other beautiful store, Beverly Ruff Antiques and Linens, ranging from $394 to $484.
NOW. Fall Boots
These European boots by NOW. feature two of fall’s hottest emerging trends—fringe and the chunky heel. Hit the bustling streets of downtown’s hip, emerging neighborhoods in style. Find these at Gus Mayer Shoe Department, ranging in price from $400 to $750.
Freshwater pearl necklaces
Celebrate the last of summer with jewels from the ocean. The pave diamond-framed pearl pendant necklace has a formal elegance, while the freshwater pearls on beige thread with metallic snakeskin leather tassels have a more casual feel. Choose your favorite style at Jordan Alexander for $2,919 (pave diamond-framed pendant) or $690 (pearl strand with tassels).
Susan Riedweg hand-cut leather couture
Vests are trending for fall, and this taupe, collared vest and cream waistcoat are not only set to be in style, but both are made of amazingly soft Italian leather and hand cut to create the intricate textured patterns. Designer Susan Riedweg’s one-of-a kind designs grace only the hippest and most fashion-forward boutiques in the country. These styles are available at Betsy Prince boutique for $998 (taupe collared vest) and $1,175 (cream waistcoat). betsyprinceboutique.com
Weekend cowhide tote bag
Need a carryall with serious style? Great for men or women, this 100 percent natural cowhide tote comes in black, brown, gray and white with leather detail options in black or brown. These weekend totes are available at Patina for $625.
Carolyn Goldsmith painting
Birmingham-based artist Carolyn Goldsmith creates abstract oil-on-canvas works of art. This 40″x60″ painting is called “Periodic Table.” Find it at Gallery 1930 for $5,500.
Le Creuset cookware
Cook in style with these top-of-the-line, cast-iron Dutch ovens by Le Creuset. The French cookware company has been making the signature pieces for nearly a century. Available at The Cook Store, prices start at $300.
Made-in-Birmingham Murray Board
We still have so many warm days to enjoy in Alabama. Paddleboarding is a fun, relaxing and rejuvenating way to exercise in the great outdoors. Check out this handmade, ecofriendly beauty from Murray Boards, a Birmingham-based paddle board maker available at Alabama Outdoors!
Seibels’ swinging bed
Seibels’ swinging beds will transport you to dreamland. The ultimate in porch luxury, these custom built, made-to-order, swinging beds are available at Seibels, starting at $1,995, with cushion sets available for $899.
Maybe you shouldn’t wait until the time is right. Maybe you should get out there and invest in one of Birmingham’s gorgeous luxe loves!