If you were lucky enough to receive a tax refund this year, chances are you’re in the mood to splurge a little.  However, deciding what to splurge on can be a tough decision.  Here are some suggestions from someone who didn’t get a refund this year, but wishes she did…

Statement Lighting

5 Tax Refund-Worthy Splurges | 1. Statement Lighting | RH Modern | Motley Decor

Earlier this year, I predicted that statement lighting (with a modern twist) would be one of the top home decor trends of 2016 and I’m sticking to my guns on this one.  Open any interior design magazine–large-scale, abstract light fixtures pepper the pages.  Retailers are taking note and producing more affordable options.  Case in point: the (above) Bistro Globe Chandelier from RH Modern.

Investing in statement lighting is a splurge worthy of your tax refund, because it’s high impact.  Lighting not only illuminates a room, but often serves as a focal point.  Furthermore, these modern simplified designs are flexible, harmonizing with a variety of styles and–for that reason–are likely to have longevity.


Minerals | 5 Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Refund | Motley Decor

It’s true: minerals from amethyst to marble are enjoying some serious attention from architects and interior designers alike.  Is this a temporary trend?  I think not.  Minerals belong to mother nature and mother nature doesn’t produce passing fads.  She is the creator of the world’s most beautiful wonders and a perennial source of inspiration to artists in every discipline.

That being said, if you are contemplating a new quartzite counter top or even a marble side table, go for it!  The stunning metamorphic specimen pictured above is emerald onyx from Gem International and would make an incredible fireplace surround–among other things…

Antique or Vintage Furniture

5 Splurges Worth of Your Tax Refund | Antique & Vintage Furniture | Motley Decor

Good design never goes out of style and good design that has ceased production, becomes rare.  Rarity breeds appreciation.  In other words, well-made antique and vintage furniture is likely to hold its value.  So, really, it’s more of an investment than a splurge.

Last week, design legend Vladamir Kagan passed away at the age of 88.  He is credited with introducing curves to contemporary design.  This is evident in his famous kidney-shaped sofas–as well as the Nautilus swivel chairs above.  (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)

Handmade Bedding

5 Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Refund | Quilts/Handmade Bedding | Motley Decor

Growing up, my mom had a strong affinity for a style we now call “shabby chic”.  As a result, all of the bedding in our home was eventually switched out for antique, handmade quilts.  I distinctly remember lying in the top bunk, beneath my own quilt for the first time, marveling at the treasure with which I had been entrusted.  The fabric had developed an ivory patina and each stitch was slightly imperfect, alluding to its hand-sewn origins.  Even as a child, I found these qualities precious.  Since then, I’ve had a soft spot for quilts.

Sure, handmade quilts are expensive in comparison to their mass-produced counterparts or even comforters and duvets, but they can be storied pieces of art that impart a little luxury to your slumber.  In other words, they merit a bit of splurging.  And if your style is less-than-traditional, today’s quilters have you covered with an array of more modern designs.  The black and white chevron quilt above is by HanabiQuilts on Etsy.

New Flatware

5 Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Refund | New Flatware | Motley Decor

Flatware is to a tablescape as jewelry is to an outfit.  In both cases, it’s nice to have options.  Maybe you love your casual cutlery, but are craving a more formal set.  Perhaps you’ve jumped on the rose gold bandwagon and want your forks to follow suit.  It’s also possible that Jonathan Adler’s quirky-cool Keytlery flatware is haunting you the way it’s been haunting me.  Really, any excuse for wanting new utensils is totally justified.  (Jewelry for your dining table–right?)

Whatever your splurge of choice, I hope that Uncle Sam has put one of these purchases in reach for you this year.  Happy Tax Day!