Leah LeMoineOctober 1, 2015
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Balance your home and your budget with these splurges and steals.

Fashionistas have known the score for decades: Combine a low-end piece with a high-end piece and the look will be more than the sum of its parts.

“All my clothes come from Poor Little Rich Girl, but I’ll mix them with a fancy handbag,” says Meg Van Lith, co-owner of Tierra Del Lagarto with her mother Linda. She applies the same cost equilibrium to her interior design. “At home, I have a blanket that costs $6 on my bed, layered with a vintage Moroccan wool blanket that costs you a few hundred dollars. Similarly with pillows, I collect antique textiles, so I’ll have a priceless Banjara cloth pillow next to some little homespun thing that I got at a craft fair for a couple bucks. We’re all about layering.”

It may seem counterintuitive, but splurging on every piece doesn’t always make for a rich look. Balancing “high” and “low” – in price, culture or taste – yields an eclectic assemblage of pieces that complement and enrich each other. “We love to mix and match less expensive items with pieces you have splurged on to elevate the entire look of the space,” says Tessa Koch, director of marketing at Feathers Design & Manufacturing.

It’s a philosophy Shawn Silberblatt is well-acquainted with at the two shops he co-owns with Chad Campbell, Modern on Melrose and For the People. “We have some great quality items that to some people are a higher price point, but we also have things in the shop such as potted local succulents in handmade pots that are less expensive,” Silberblatt says. “We really do pay attention to that and try to be a store for everybody, hence our name, For the People.”

We asked Van Lith, Koch and Silberblatt to each pick a trend and highlight “high” and “low” options for their trends from their stores.

PHM1015AH02TREND: Succulent, Critter and a Curio
Tierra Del Lagarto
15330 N. Hayden Rd., Ste. 125, Scottsdale, 480-609-1289
“We wanted to focus on the same thing: a succulent arrangement, we always say a critter in every room, and a little box or other item,” co-owner Meg Van Lith says. The high-end option (above) is a living room setup, with an antique Indian pickle jar pot, a chest made of antique architectural fragments and a vintage water buffalo from West Africa. Total for all: $1,380.

In the lower-priced option (below), Van Lith styled a breakfast nook with a small metal pot with succulents, a decorative box from India, a brass cow and a cast-iron candlestick. Total for all items: $220.   

TREND: Home Bar For the People
UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
602-954-4009, shopforthepeople.net
“At Modern on Melrose, one of our biggest sellers and what people are really looking for is a vintage bar,” says co-owner Shawn Silberblatt. “What’s great about having the accessory store here is we see a lot of people coming in for barware.” For the “save” option (above), Silberblatt chose iittala Ultima Thule barware designed by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala. “They were designed after melting ice,” Silberblatt says. “They’re hand-blown into wood molds, and the design has been the same since 1968. They really cross over into what’s new now, but also vintage.” From left to right: set of two highball glasses ($65), set of two rocks glasses ($55) and set of two sparkling wine glasses ($60).

For a barware splurge (below), Silberblatt recommends Tom Dixon’s Plum series. “It’s hand-blown, blue cut glass,” he says. From left to right: copper-plated steel cocktail shaker ($135) and glass ice bucket with copper-plated steel top ($290).


TREND: Metallics
Feathers Design & Manufacturing
15330 N. Hayden Rd., Ste. 110, Scottsdale
480-905-1396, feathersdesign.com
“The metallic trend is huge right now, and we are seeing it woven into all aspects of home décor, from fabrics to finishes to accessories,” marketing director Tessa Koch says. “Mixing metals is encouraged, so have some fun with it!”

The first vignette (above) “is a great example of how to combine less-expensive items and still get that luxurious look. It also shows how mixing metals and reflective surfaces can add so much warmth and dimension,” Koch says. The picture frames range from $18-$38 and the crystal lamps are $2,500 each. The decorative mirror costs $2,282.

The “splurge” vignette (below) “shows what you can accomplish with a larger budget and how glitzy you can go with all of the room’s finishes,” she says of the custom-designed and -built sofa ($6,775) and cocktail table ($4,800). “The fabric used to upholster the sofa is a soft chenille with gold thread woven in so it really sparkles. The cocktail table is upholstered in white gold crocodile leather with an antiqued mirror top.”


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