We’d be lying if we said we never lounged around sometimes, dreaming of all the amazing things that could be ours if money were no object. Yes, this is definitely a first-world scenario. But let’s pretend for a moment: What would make your list of over-the-top purchases? What are those indulgences that you would allow yourself? A piece of statement jewelry? A VIP experience? A few bottles of really expensive wine?
We’ve scouted out some truly exceptional items from local stores that are not only fun to dream about — they’d be fun to own. Read on for our latest edition of Luxe Loves, Memphis style!
FOR THE HOME
Antique Khouta rug
A gorgeous antique Khouta rug from East Turkestan, handcrafted in the 1930s, has been lovingly tended and repaired, and is ready for a new home. It’s 4 feet 5 inches by 8 feet 3 inches and costs $3,900, at Sarkis Kish Oriental Rugs.
It’s easy to fall into a rug coma when rug shopping. But a selection of hand-knotted, 100 percent wool rugs in a beautifully distressed finish come in multiple designs and colors to accent any décor. From Kiser’s Floor Fashions, these rugs from India range from $1,195 to $2,595 for sizes 5.5 by 8.5 feet to 9 by 12 feet.
Whether singly or together, these metal vessels by artist David Huang are made to be displayed and admired. Fashioned from copper, sterling silver and gold leaf, the vessels feature delicate, yet colorful, patinas that are simply stunning. Find them for $400 to $600 each at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.
A quartet of white quartz accessories, in various sizes, adds a stunning, yet natural, glow to any gathering or tablescape. Use them indoors or out, singly or in a grouping. $295 (each) for the petite votives; $900 for the bowl, and $2365 for the extra large votive. Find them at Garden District.
We have no shame in admitting total lust for these classic English library steps in mahogany, some version of which has been on our must-have list forever. Seriously. From Palladio Interiors , (the former Market Central), this piece can be yours for $1,975.
We adore these Monica Rich Kosann 18-karat yellow gold lockets; they are two-sided, with either gems and rock crystals on both sides, or a petite initial on the second side. Find them for $2,450 to $2,950, at Mednikow Jewelers.
Silk is eco-friendly and adds luxury (and, let’s face it, a bit of va-va-voom!) to the bedroom. From Lisa Mallory Interior Design and Linens, this collection of silk accessories is divine. Queen-size pure silk filled duvet, $1,080, and silk/cotton, machine-washable duvet cover, $685; Ann Gish silk/fleece throw with naturally fringed edges at top and bottom, available in seven colors and machine washable, $205; silk robe, $172 and charmeuse, $118.
Yeti cooler and wines
It’s outdoor concert season, so that means it’s time for the coolest cooler of all: a Yeti. The Yeti Roadie 20 cooler ($249.99) won’t break a sweat and will keep your favorite beverages cold for days. Fill it with springtime wines: 2013 Cayman Cabernet Sauvignon, $84.99; 2013 Cakebread Chardonnay, $84.99; and a 2004 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose, $114.99, from Buster’s Liquors and Wines.
Can’t you just picture a gorgeous, amber-hued liquor — like an expensive port or bourbon – in this subtly frosted glass decanter? Featuring a nickel cross-shaped topper, this unusual piece is sure to start a spirited conversation during cocktail hour. Find it for $250 at 20twelve at the Dixon.
FOR LOOKING GOOD
Treat both the surface of your skin and its deep layers to eTwo Rejuvenation, which uses two types of radio frequencies to stimulate collagen production in the deep dermal layer of your skin, as well as the production of both elastin and collagen in the top layers. The result after three treatments is a lifted, brighter complexion and a decrease in wrinkles and age spots. From Solutions Medical, the cost is $1,500 for three treatments on the face; $2,000 for three treatments on the face and neck.
Unlimited personal training
Make a commitment to your health with a year of personal training in a small group environment of two to four people. With unlimited visits, each session includes a mix of strength training, cardio and metabolic conditioning. Get a year of unlimited 60-minute sessions for $4,300 at Wellhouse Fitness.
JUST FOR FUN
A grand night at the South’s grand hotel
There’s likely no more romantic way to celebrate a special occasion than to celebrate it at the Peabody Hotel. Start with the Sommelier’s Dinner with three wine pairings at Chez Philippe, $228, then head to a fairy-tale ending in your two-story Romeo & Juliet Suite, starting at $1,010 a night, featuring a parlor with either a fireplace or a wet bar, and spiral staircase that ascends to a balcony and bedroom upstairs.
VIP Experience at Beale Street Music Festival
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Beale Street Music Festival, so why not blow it out with a VIP experience for two? The package includes tickets for two people to all three days of the festival with private viewing areas, complimentary snacks and drinks (including up to five alcoholic beverages per day), private restrooms, parking and more. The experience can be yours for $1,290; learn more and purchase at Beale Street Music Festival.
Luxe for free? From Oak Hall!
Enter this Oak Hall giveaway for your chance to win this spring “must haves” package worth $1,513! Luxe for free is always the best! Click on the photo below for details.
Whether your dreaming or doing, have fun this month with all the Luxe Loves this great city has to offer!
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