7 Little Luxuries To Give—Or Get For Yourself!

Coco Chanel reportedly said, “Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends.” Of course, her luxurious “necessities” did just that, merging comfort and function with great design. And as luxury interior designers, that’s exactly what we strive to do in our projects. So with those qualities top of mind, we scoured the web to find little luxuries to give as gifts this holiday season. Or get them for yourself because they’re so fabulous!

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Epic Embroidered Bijoux

We spotted Pascale Nivet Bernetiere’s playful eye pin on a very chic Chicagoan who wouldn’t reveal the source. So we tracked it down by sheer persistence, only to discover this French artist has an astonishing line of hand embroidered bijoux (and a few amazing bags) that she creates under the name Celeste Mogador. They aren’t sold stateside but you can order them from France (though there’s often a waiting list for some of her pieces). Our favorites are her brooches (from €120) and eyes bag (€490) at Céleste Mogador.

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We replaced ordinary architectural details with more intriguing versions, such as embellished cremone bolts and hand cast snake door pulls. (Images: Cremone bolts at Hardware Designs, Edgar Brandt door pulls at 1stdbs)

The Definitive Breakfast Tray Table

Forget just breakfast! This handmade, high-gloss tray and table will take you through the day and night as it does triple-duty thanks to its removable tray and prop-up work surface. Choose from three colors (olive and teal, blush and white or baby blue and white). $890 at The Lacquer Company.

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Fabulous Faux Flowers

We aren’t fond of fakes, but Diane James’ faux flowers are truly luxurious and impossible to tell apart from the real deal. Perhaps that’s why the company is a favorite of House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. Some of her best sellers include Blooms Hens, Chicks and More ($365), Desert Delight ($450) and the Big Sur bouquet ($715) at Diane James Home.

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Spirited Smart Speakers

Danish furniture company Hay teamed up with electronics innovator Sonos to produce a sleek, state-of-the-art, limited-edition smart speaker in five kicky hues. The results speak for themselves, literally and figuratively. $229 at Sonos.

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Large gestures, such as handsome new double doors in all the public rooms and sumptuous stones, like Calcutta Violette in the kitchen, were used to add cohesion and glamor to the apartment. (Images: 1stdbs and ABC Stone)

Wander-Luxe Travel Stash

This exquisitely made palm-sized leather jewelry box is billed as a travel stash, but we can see it gracing a dressing table or more. It comes with a tiny drawstring bag and stowaway envelope, and can be engraved with a handwritten embossed message of your choice (up to 25 characters). It’s made of Spanish leather and Italian goat suede by Stow in London, comes in three colors and is sold at Aha Life stateside. $360 at Aha Life.

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With such stunning options from de Gournay, Gracie and Zuber, it was tough to commit to a scenic wallpaper. Stay tuned to see what we picked. (Images: l-r, de Gournay, Gracie and Zuber).

Fantastic Patches

The precision and quality of royal and military patches are the inspiration for this fantastic, and fantastically large, collection of tiny, hand embroidered patches and pins from French designers Marie Macon and Anne-Laure Lesquoy. You can only find the entire collection at their site, where there are dozens of options (including every letter of the alphabet). Some of our favorites include the rubber leaf pin (€80), the bisou duo patches (€12) and the Pont Neuf patch (€12). €12 and up at Macon & Lesquoy.

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Plush Skin Print Pillows

Cowhide from prime Argentinian cattle are used to make these 20” square pillows that come in a leopard or tiger print but can be custom made in additional sizes or prints (think giraffe, zebra and cheetah). They’re backed in sturdy suede to prevent them from slipping on leather sofas and are stuffed with a 95% feather/5% down fill. $210-$225 at Imperio JP.

05 Dec 2018

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