You’ve been really good all year, and if you play your cards right, Santa Baby might just hurry down the chimney with something really special. To help you get your wish list started, we present our holiday edition of Luxe Loves, a collection of aspirational gifts so special we only publish it twice a year. (Read our Derby edition here.) You’ll have heart eyes for all these extravagant gifts, so it’s perfectly fine to forward this list to a special someone. Hint, hint …
Original art is a wonderful gift to both give and receive during the holidays. The colorful brushstrokes of Louisville artist Katherine Jury have us trying to find room on our walls for just one more painting. We’re smitten with “Normandie” (24-by-24-inch acrylic on gallery wrap frame, $550).
You know all about the Yeti cooler, but have you heard of the Sovaro? This black 45-quart capacity beauty is the Cadillac of coolers, putting your moldy Coleman to shame. You’ll be the talk of all tailgaters with this top-of-the-line cooler, complete with a telescoping travel handle and roller wheels, cork-lined interior, transparent dividers, cutting board, and deep enough to store ten wine bottles upright. Find black and white versions of this cooler at Circe for $595.
These fun chevron hide stools, $289 each at Posh Home, will instantly pull your living room together. They’re light enough to easily move around, making them a functional coffee table, side table, or footstool in seconds. (Just add a tray for drinks!)
Stoneware & Co.’s new Louisville Pottery Collection is really something special. This four-piece nested mixing bowl set ($299 for a set of four) is a classic that will last for generations without ever going out of style. Each bowl has a handy spout for pouring and is stamped with the quart size on the side.
You have lovely, cozy blankets for your living room couch, but what about your outdoor living spaces? What if you’ve got the fire pit blazing, but there is still a chill in the air and you need a cover? Leave it to the geniuses at Sunbrella to create an outdoor throw that looks and feels good enough for your sofa, but is specifically made to withstand the elements and enhance your outdoor decor. This herringbone blanket is $275 at Digs Home & Garden.
Here’s a gift that everyone in the family will appreciate! These vintage leather club chairs, $2,500 each, are soft and comfortable, and will bring sophisticated style to both traditional and modern interiors. If you’ve been searching for a handsome replacement for your husband’s worn out recliner, look no further than The Lee W. Robinson Company.
Scout on Market boasts a terrific collection of art, including fantastic large-scale art and photographs that would truly “make a room.” Louisville artist Gibbs Rounsavall created these extraordinary round graphite drawings ($4,750) that you have to see to believe. Both massive (48 inches in diameter) and intricately detailed, a piece like this would take your blank wall to a new level.
The Reindeer Games set of 12 party plates by Juliska ($395 at Dover House and Mercantile) is a must-have if you like to entertain over the holidays. These darling plates, depicting Santa’s athletic reindeer, come with a red corduroy storage unit and are microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe.
Looking for just the right piece to complete your entryway, bedroom, or living room? This white lacquered grasscloth Ming-style dresser ($2,450) at Fleur de Lis is a showstopper; place it in any room and you won’t be able to focus on anything else.
This stunning starburst six-light pendant, $435 at Merridian Home Furnishings, looks amazing on its own, but just imagine it hanging out with one or two more friends over a large island or down an empty hallway. Yes, that sounds luxurious, indeed!
We love these colorful Missoni scarves from Peacock Boutique ($345), and it’s a sure bet that any woman would wear one for years to come. But what sets these beauties apart from all the other neckwear out there is the incredible softness. We mean incredible. Pictures and words don’t do it justice — you have to feel it to believe it.
This beautiful calf hair scallop clutch, $268 at Lulubelles, will be a staple in your wardrobe. Dress it up or down, wear it with the suede or the hide folded over, and enjoy the compliments that will be coming your way.
If you’re dreaming of fine jewelry, look no further than Jordan Clines Jewelers. These necklaces are anything but simple, but would still fit in with day-to-day outfits, making them a lasting value. The top necklace is a light pink diamond set in 18-carat white gold with .24-carat white diamonds ($6,500); the bottom necklace is a 1.24-carat fancy yellow cushion cut diamond with 18-carat white gold and .20-carat white diamonds ($6,400). Swoon!
Here’s a gift that will make you smile all winter long, even if you despise the ice and cold. Wrap yourself up for a night on the town in this wool Milly coat ($750), available in classic black, red, and a show-stopping blue. Choose your favorite style at Clodhoppers.
Why settle for candy canes and socks when you can ask Santa for what you really, really want?! Whether it’s something for the home or something for yourself, this edition of Luxe Loves is a great cheat sheet for Santa. Happy holidays!
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