Something I firmly believe is that, as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. In design, that means that adding in a few high-end, luxurious, quality accents can elevate any space – even if most of your main pieces are from Ikea. I’ve done this in my own apartment – I have my fair share of Ikea and West Elm, and I’ve mixed in a few small, higher end accents. One easy example: using throw pillows made from designer fabrics. An added bonus is that smaller high end accents (pillows, trays, candles, etc) are way more affordable than a high-end couch or other piece of furniture. Another thing I want to mention: I didn’t get any of the pillows just because the fabric was high-end – I just really loved them! I would recommend never buying something just because it’s expensive or has name recognition (in both decor and fashion).
When it comes to high-end decor, AERIN is one brand that I love – mainly because most everything she produces is simply gorgeous. Her pieces have such an upscale look and feel – you can tell that they’re quality, and yet they never feel ostentatious. As much as I love a good bargain or vintage piece, there’s something about Aerin Lauder’s items that just brings a luxurious feel. And the best part? Even just one piece of this ilk is enough to really elevate a space.
And since some AERIN products are truly out of reach for me (like the $875 gilded agate bookends – sigh, a girl can dream, right?) I’ve included a few lower-priced lookalikes as well…scroll down for those!
Gilded crystal bookends (ok, impossible to find a budget version of these. I tried!).
Which is your favorite?