LUXE FOR LESS

We’d all like more ‘ev­ery­day lux­ury’. James Tre­ble shows how the good things in life can be af­ford­able.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - James Tre­ble is a qual­i­fied colour con­sul­tant/in­te­rior de­signer with over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence within the build­ing and de­sign in­dus­tries.

In­te­ri­ors guru James Tre­ble of­fers up his thrifty ways to achieve high-end style.

WEALTH… WITH­OUT THE PRICE TAG

Some items are nat­u­rally sump­tu­ous. For in­stance, shim­mer­ing me­tal­lic ob­jects bounce light around the room and ap­pear lush. For a high-end look, style and dec­o­rate your home with cop­per, pol­ished brass or shiny chrome ac­ces­sories. And don’t for­get col­lectable items you may have in­her­ited and stuffed into a drawer: dust off and use those old sil­ver serv­ing trays and crys­tal de­canters. In­cor­po­rat­ing tac­tile fin­ishes in your rooms also lends an af­flu­ent air. Think faux fur or vel­vet cush­ions, chunky weave throws and leather ac­ces­sories, such as dec­o­ra­tive con­tain­ers and mir­ror sur­rounds.

A LIT­TLE LUXE GOES A LONG WAY

You know that feel­ing when you drink your cof­fee from that gor­geous mug you splashed out on? Of­ten it’s the lit­tle things that can have the big­gest im­pact. I get real en­joy­ment out of al­low­ing my­self a few nice touches in my ev­ery­day rou­tine. Beau­ti­ful cush­ions, for ex­am­ple, are an easy and af­ford­able way to de­liver a daily dose of lux­ury. And it’s in­ter­est­ing how small but key items, such as a stylish vase or serv­ing bowl, will make ev­ery­thing else around it feel lux­u­ri­ous.

ROCK A HO­TEL VIBE

There’s noth­ing quite like the feel of crisp and clean fresh sheets. It’s some­thing we love about stay­ing in ho­tels, so why do so many of us set­tle for cheap and lack­lus­tre bed linen at home? I bet your linen cup­board con­tains a range of sheet sets, some of which you don’t even use, all of which you’ve spent good money on. In­stead of buy­ing mul­ti­ple sets on im­pulse, buy one good-qual­ity sheet set with a high thread count. By spend­ing on qual­ity in­stead of quan­tity, you’ll ac­tu­ally save money and get to en­joy the lux­u­ri­ous feel that truly good-qual­ity sheets pro­vide ev­ery night. And bonus, you’ll have more room in the cup­board in­stead of stack­ing it full of sheets you never use. The same goes for good-qual­ity pil­lows.

CRE­ATE CLASS

It’s not all about bling. Even the sim­plest things can add an in­dul­gent feel to your home: good-qual­ity scented can­dles, hand­made soap in the bath­room, a Moroc­can tas­sel on the bed­room doorhan­dle or a bunch of fresh flow­ers in a vase as you walk through the hall­way. By adding small touches like these through­out your home, you can cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous feel­ing in a very cost-ef­fec­tive way.

CHOOSE, DON’T LOSE

So you’ve fallen in love with a set of amaz­ing din­ing chairs, a stylish pair of lamps and a stun­ning cut­lery set, and then you check the price… we’ve all been there! In­stead of giv­ing up or set­tling for a cheaper op­tion, my trick is to think about which one of those items would make the big­gest im­pact of lux­ury in my life. It may be that the din­ing chairs are so com­fort­able af­ter a big day. For me? It’s the cut­lery set, as pre­sen­ta­tion is ev­ery­thing – and even a toasted cheese sand­wich tastes bet­ter when it’s served with qual­ity cut­lery and din­ner­ware!

Ho­tel vibe Good-qual­ity bed linen, flow­ers in a vase and an op­u­lent pen­dant light cre­ate an up­mar­ket space.

Pasadena Plait cush­ion, $99, from MJG Store. Perle tum­bler in Amethyst, $90 for set of 2, from Casa e Cucina.

Live it up

A few key pieces, such as plush cush­ions, can speak vol­umes when cre­at­ing a lux­u­ri­ous look.

Ginger­bread can­dle in pure cop­per jar, $44.50, from End­less Can­dles.

EV­ERY­DAY LUX­URY Charm cut­lery set in Cop­per, $79 for 16 pieces, from Free­dom.

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