Some people live by the adage "never pay full price". While that is a wise way to go if you can manage it, sometimes in life, you just need to go out and scoop up what really speaks to you, regardless of whether or not it's got a sale tag attached. We always ask our House Tour participants what their biggest indulgence was and for many of them, it was their "full priced" purchase. What got them to set aside the quest for a discount and indulge just a bit? Read on…
Biggest Indulgence: The couch. I have a tendency to be cheap and Isaac forced me to pay extra to get the longer couch with a chaise. I was resistant to the "sectional" but we freaking love lying on this couch together. Drinking coffee, reading, internet-ing, napping and watching movies…it is perfect for all of these things
Take the Tour: Sophie & Isaac's Eclectic Minimal Home
Biggest Indulgence: I think my coffee table is the only thing I paid full price for and it has gotten really beat up. Teaches me that I should stick to vintage!
Take the Tour: Corina's Hollywood Glamour on a Budget
Biggest Indulgence: Our charcoal gray sofa and chair. I found them at Z Gallerie and while I'm usually not a fan of things matching, they just went together too perfectly not to buy them both. They were expensive, but so worth the investment. Since we have a big living room, we needed a pretty sizable sofa and one that people weren't afraid to sit on. While I love the idea of a white couch, it's just not reasonable, given our propensity to watch movies with a pint of Haagen Dazs between us.
Take the Tour: Emily Schuman's Modern Rustic Home
Biggest Indulgence: I would say my biggest indulgence is my office chair. I spend most of my day there and it has been a lifesaver. It's a Herman Miller.
Take the Tour: Mallory & Liz's Santa Monica Prop House
Biggest Indulgence: Our dining room chairs. We went all out on the DWR Eames and Panton chairs. We have both admired them for a long time and think they fit perfectly with the style of the house and our lifestyle. We are saving up for the big daddy Eames white leather and molded plywood lounge chair.
Take the Tour: Erin & Ben's Cliff May Modern
Biggest Indulgence: In an apartment where everything is purchased on sale, I actually paid full price for the Crate and Barrel Petrie apartment sofa and ottoman.
Take the Tour: Marian & Sig's Retro Modern Ukrainian Village Apartment
Biggest Indulgence: I'm saving up for an Eames Lounge chair, but my biggest indulgence so far would be my Chesterfield Sofa. It was my first major investment and is completely indestructible.
Take the Tour: Caitlin and Levi's Youthful Loft with His and Hers Offices
And, of course, just to put all of this in perspective, paying full price for what you love doesn't have to mean breaking the bank, and even if it means living without some other stuff, its just fine - life is all about the choices! As LonAnne (seen at the top happily hula-hooping) told us when we asked for her biggest indulgence: "I buy succulents and spray paint like most gals buy dresses and shoes. So I don't have any money for dresses and shoes!"
Tell us what you paid full price for - or what you think you WOULD break open that piggy bank for - in the comments below...
Images: top - Adrienne Breaux/LonAnne's Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer , all others - as linked above