When is Something Worth A Splurge?

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After lunch last week, I stopped by The White Attic, a store I wander through at least once a month. Usually, I peek around at all the gorgeous furniture and head out. This time, I became mildly obsessed by a vintage highboy, in a price range that was doable, but high, especially at the start of the holidays.

While I often see things I love and move on just fine without them, I couldn’t stop thinking about it all night and asked my husband to go see it the next day. After a long conversation and camera phone pictures sent to my mom, we decided it was worth it and took the plunge.

We knew it was worth it because, in addition to being beautiful and well-made, it could replace our IKEA BENNO that’s seen better days and is now, in all it's open shelved, media-equipment-filled glory, a favorite target for our curious one-year-old. If we move, the highboy is versatile enough to work as something else, from an entryway piece to a china cabinet. It's also from a local store with great owners. And of course, less practically, we both love it — a requirement for major purchases in our home.

We’re not alone — house tours are filled with pieces their owners just “had to have.” The home goods that make us the happiest are often those we thrifted for a steal, found at a local market, or made ourselves. But sometimes, even the thriftiest among us encounters something wonderful that seems worthy of a splurge. Perhaps it's a midcentury table we've searched out for years, an unusual chair that fits perfectly in our home, or a painting that ignites that soaring I-Must-Own-This feeling. No matter what your budget, chances are you’ve splurged on something for your home. What compelled you to finally make the purchase? Are you happy that you did?

Image: Kathleen Luttschyn

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.

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