Trend Watch: Indulging in Small Luxuries

Guest Post from Kelly LaPlante of Standard Magazine

It's true. Our 2007 spending habits are long-confirmed dead. But while we may not be marching down Melrose with armloads of shopping bags, we are opening our wallets and becoming more carefree. As we begin to spend again, I predict that we are going to discover that the next "it" luxury items will be cleverly disguised as things we need...

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Perhaps we're not ready to justify that Queen Anne chair we've been eying at the antique shop, but we can't stop buying things like, say, cleaning products. And with companies like Murchison Hume making cleverly-coined and decidedly luxury products (that also happen to be great for our homes and families) our "I deserve this" instinct is going to kick in big time.

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Other "needed" indulgences may take the form of gorgeous dishes—hey, they break and you always end up needing more! I'm notorious for setting a table with mix-and-match vintage pieces. Throwing them together, like I did for Standard's LA Tastemaker dinner, creates a really beautiful effect and you can collect them on the cheap, which makes the purchases easy to justify.

We're also likely to find ourselves investing in great bedding and towels because small luxuries like these can make a big difference. It's no secret that I am hopelessly devoted to Nandina and their extra-soft towels and bath robes made of organic cotton and bamboo.

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