In the wise words of Coco Chanel, "The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive." While we can't argue, some of the most luxurious items are simply those that are made with care -- and beautiful materials. Since Santa might have a hard time fitting a Carrara marble countertop into his stocking this year, we've pinpointed a few materials that are unequivocally luxurious to us, in whatever form they may be. You don't have to spend a fortune, but a touch of quartz, velvet, gilding, malachite, or cashmere always earns the "fancy" seal of approval in our book. The touch of velvet in this dining room designed by Nate Berkus, for instance, transforms so-so chairs to sumptuous ones. Shop our luxurious gift picks below.
Source: Nate Berkus, Nuevo Estilo, Chango and Co., Carol Dronsfield for Matchbook Mag,
|Malachite Cocktail Napkins, $12, Furbish Studio||Indulge Round Platter, $550, L'Objet||Malachite Dog Collar, $34, Pecan Pie Puppies|
|Merlot Velvet Slipper, $305, Ahalife||Leopard Lumbar Throw Pillow, $78, High Street Market||Dog Riding Jacket, $69, Ralph Lauren|
|Nate Berkus Wall Decor, $15, Target||White Diamond Pendant, $1050, ABC Home||Rope Placemat, $36, Zara Home|
|Cashmere Robe, $299, Restoration Hardware||Cashmere Très Chic Gloves, $58, C Wonder||Cashmere Striped Blanket, $605, Ahalife|
|Amethyst Geode, $99, Wisteria||Rose Quartz Lamp Finial, $14, High Street Market||Crystal Votive Holder, $79, West Elm|