Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wise Investments

I came across this article about decorating investments from "Style at Home" magazine and thought I'd share...
I for one (as with many) am on a BUDGET. Ack! Scream! Yes, it's the dreaded word that everyone hates to use because let's face it- we are selfish individuals that live in a material centered society and we WANT things! I'm reminded of the song sung by the spoiled brat from the Willy Wonka movie. " I want a party with room fulls of laughter, ten thousand tons of ice cream...and if I don't get the things I am after, iiimmm going to sssscccrrreeaamm!"  Ok, back to the point of this post. Sooo, since we are all on some kind of budget, it's important to know where to put those hard earned dollars, right?! Here is a good list to go by for good decorating investments for the home. Now let's go shopping!

1. A leather club chair
Perfect for reading, chatting, or snuggling with feline friends. A dark leather chair gets softer and more comfy with wear. If leather's not your thing, upholster your chair in a favorite fabric; change the fabric as your taste evolves.

2. A decorative throw
Looks great draped over a chair or around your shoulders. Look for one in wool or cashmere to keep you cozy; cotton and rayon throws can be used year-round. Fine weaves and subtle designs add visual interest and texture to a room without overpowering it. Also a great way to add a pop of color!

3. A good sofa
Is one you can stretch out or sleep on and that seats at least three people without anyone feeling cramped. Shop for quality wood construction and long-lasting sinuous springs. Down-filled cushions are soft, but foam or a combo of foam and down maintains the sofa's shape better. Consider stain resistant fabrics for random accidents and make sure it's comfortable!

4. A beautiful wool area rug
Defines a room and can bring a dull space to life. A rug not only softens your way underfoot, it also muffles noise. Choose a design that you love, and with proper care, your rug can last a lifetime. Sometimes it's a good idea to start the room design with a rug and work the colors and textures around that.

5. Quality stainless-steel flatware
Should feel smooth and weighty in your hands. Pick a style that will make you smile every time you set the table. Consider a simple, classic design that will be one you'll enjoy for years to come and will be perfect for casual or formal occasions.

6. A stunning crystal vase
Looks great on its own, or filled with gorgeous flowers or seasonal decorations like shells, pinecones or fruit. A vase with clean, simple lines will never go out of style.

7. A 48-inch round pedestal dining table
That can seat six to eight people is the most relaxing way to dine with friends and family. Guests' knees won't bump table legs or other knees, and conversation is so much easier at a round table. If you prefer a rectangle (which I do) just look for something quality with a great finish and classic design to last through the ages.

8. Crystal or fine glassware
Makes wine and liqueur taste better according to connoisseurs. The shape and size of a glass should feel pleasing to the hand and enhance a drink's bouquet. Again classic design is better!

9. 500-thread-count cotton bedding
Is a wise investment because we spend a third of our lives in bed! Soft and lustrous white bed linens make you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud. Build your collection as your budget allows. I'm also going to add a great bed! This is an area to splurge and make sure you are getting the most comfortable bed for you. There are a lot of aspects to consider which you should discuss with your sales person, and lay on a bunch of beds to compare!

10. White dishware
Is simple and CLASSIC and allows food and its presentation to really shine. Plus, you'll never have to worry if your pattern is discontinued; dishes in varying designs and shades of white can be mixed together stylishly. Shop for dishes that are chip-resistant and dishwasher- and microwave-safe. You can always add colorful or textural chargers, linens, and accessories to change your table with your mood or holiday!

11. Task lighting
Originally popular in the '30s, the swing-arm lamp provides stylish task lighting. Whether your taste is modern or traditional, a classic pharmacy lamp works on any desk or side table. I personally love the personality that vintage lamps bring to a room or custom fabric shades!

12. Original art says more about you than several reproductions. Original works also have the potential to increase in value.Start with at least one, and continue building over time as you see something inspiring. Art is very subjective, so get something that means something personally to you.

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