As fall approaches, we notice that stores begin to unveil new goodies that we can’t help but admire. From antique décor pieces to new, functional furniture and stunning works of art, local businesses have us lusting after a handful of items that would look divine on our shelves, walls and floors. Today, we share a few of the higher-priced items … the luxe list on our list of loves! Whether you are looking to splurge or are just interested in lusting after gorgeous items, check out the list below. No worries, we’ll be back with our Cheap Thrills list pretty soon … it’s all about balance!
DECOR WORTH THE DROOL
If you are in the market for a one-of-a-kind lamp, head to Lumen Lamps. You will find yourself, hours later, still admiring all they have to offer. We would be happy to find a place in our home for this lamp, priced at $1,310. The interesting piece gives a nod to contemporary design, but its timeless sophistication gives it the ability to pair perfectly with more traditional pieces.
One gorgeous chandelier
Make a statement in any room with this fabulous modern lighting fixture by Kelly Wearstler. This is the Strada Oval Pendant and isn’t it just one to drool over? If you are in the middle of a renovation, perhaps a whole room should be decorated with this in mind! This piece is new and you can find it in the lighting section of AshBlue for $2,100. It’s 38 inches wide and 25.5 inches tall.
Coin silver tea set
Before sterling silver became popular, the A.H. Miller Company in Chicago crafted this gorgeous tea set from coin silver, circa 1860. Ivory escutcheons and incredible detail work set this tea service apart as special, but we love the size. To people of the era, a large sugar bowl would have denoted great luxury, while the small pear atop the teapot was an additional signal of prosperity. Indulge in this beautiful set from Harpeth Gallery for $3,495.
Ornate Persian rug
We know that everyone across town is heartbroken at the thought of Bradford’s Interiors closing its doors. This gorgeous Ferahan Sarouk rug from the late 1800s is a fabulous reason to stop in one last time and find yet another perfect item for your home. The floor piece is beautifully woven and in excellent condition, with rich colors that would look stunning in any classic living or dining area. While the retail price would be $44,000, the sale price at Bradford’s is $30,800.
FUNCTIONAL, FABULOUS FURNITURE
Crafted with burned walnut, this center table is worthy of the high price tag. The elegant detailing makes it a one-of-a-kind piece, and the clean finish and lines make it timeless and elegant. The 48-inch, round table comfortably fits four chairs, and while we adore the chairs featured in the image, they unfortunately are not included. Snag this table for $2,150 at R. Higgins Interiors, and enjoy its beauty for a lifetime.
Luxurious custom chaises
Kick back and relax on these chaises, with prewashed linen slipcovers (which allows you to throw them in the wash with bleach if need be), that are as functional as they are attractive. This line offers customization for someone trying to fill a specific space and style. Swing by D. Luxe, and they will help you choose length, depth, leg style and color, piping, skirt type and fabric (slipcovered and upholstered options are available). Pictured below are the 84-inch option, priced at $3,725, and the 96-inch version, priced at $4,885, at D. Luxe.
French Empire bureau plat
This stately French writing table from Northgate Gallery has a leather-tooled top, perfect for working at home. The turned and tapered column legs add a sleek feeling, while the French polish beautifully highlights the richness of the mahogany. Ormolu laurel wreath escutcheons dot the three drawers, each with its own functional key. Brass pulls on each side give way to additional writing surfaces, granting additional functionality to those with need for a little more space. Available for $6,800
DECK THE WALLS
“Sphere of Possibility (Stars)”
Tinney Contemporary never ceases to amaze us with the talented artists they represent, and Jaq Belcher is no exception. This piece, crafted using 4,142 cuts of paper, is complex and thought-provoking. Belcher’s work explores alternative states of consciousness, and the visual outcome evokes focus and an understanding of the artist’s process of reduction and repetition. Adorn your walls with this 42-inch by 42-inch piece that sits in a seamless, white, shadowbox frame, and allow it to become a talking point for years to come. $15,000 at Tinney Contemporary
Elizabeth Winnel explores her own self-image through her mixed-media, textured works. She has produced a series of pieces that focus on the female mouth. This work, titled “Ppleuff,” can be found at The Rymer Gallery, a contemporary gallery located on Fifth Avenue. Let this piece pop against a plain wall in your home. Find it for $4,000.
“Winter Tree” painting
James P. Garrett is one of very few artists using a Venetian plaster technique to create his stunning works. Garrett applies his “paint,” a ground marble and lime mixture, with a trowel or knife blade, allowing him to work in an entirely different way than artists with traditional paint and brushes. The buildup and layering creates a unique texture to the piece, which, because his work undergoes such rigorous polishing and varnishing, he encourages patrons to touch. We love the contrast between the sturdiness of the trunk and its texture and the frailty of the branches and twigs. The cool colors evoke the feeling of the barren months and remind us that (thankfully, on these hot August days) winter is coming. Available at Bennett Gallery for $6,800
Ed Nash sculpture
Local artist Ed Nash, who is known for his abstract, nonrepresentational work, showcases his tremendous talent with these two stunning sculptures, both available at Pierce & Company in Cool Springs. The unique, metal pieces, sold together or separately, are indulgent, yes. But if you have a little extra padding in the bank, these would make inspiring conversation pieces for any home. $2,550 each, pedestals included
French Impressionist painting
Marcel Adolphe Bain, a native Parisian, was known for his skill in the Impressionist style. Clearly influenced by leading artists of the era, like Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro, Bain captures the beauty of his home outside Paris, in Bois le Roy. His fleeting brushwork creates a movement within the work that resonates with the viewer. We can imagine exactly what he sees: his daughter running away from his wife as a warm breeze ripples through the trees and grass on the midsummer day. Bain’s ability to grant immortality to the transient moments of life was quintessential to the Impressionist era. “La promenade dans le jardin” is available at Stanford Fine Art for $38,000.
FOR THE KITCHEN
A beautiful blender
Countertop appliances might not be the first thing on your list of things to buy with your fall budget, but we think this blender will change your mind. With preprogrammed settings, you have the ease of blending up milkshakes, smoothies, cocktails, sauces, butters and soups. Our favorite feature is the mode that heats soup through friction, but the precision, functionality, size and look are unbeatable. You can find this Wolf blender for $599 at CenWood Appliance.
Hand blown and etched in Czechoslovakia, 3.2.1. Glassware has crafted this 16-fluid-ounce crystal decanter and set of four 7-ounce tumblers that are both classic and distinctly modern. Equally amazing on the bar, table or bedside, we love how the decanter morphs from a triangle to a circle and the heft of the showstopping glass “cork.” The decanter is available at Wilder for $349. The set of four low tumblers is also available in the store for $349.
This glassware is heavy and looks like art. Collect them all or pick the ones you like best. These Artel glasses are found at Epergne and are timelessly fabulous. At $195 each, you may want to start with just one or two and then add to your collection as the years go by. They are worth it!