I don't feature designer furniture much on My House Candy, mainly because I can't afford it. But I do recognise that there are some designer items, Iike a classic Chanel tweed jacket for example, that have a game changing air of luxury about them. And they throw common sense out of the window.
Now this stunning gold framed dining chair, upholstered in finest blush pink velvet, costs twice as much as my dining table, so I can't just go waving an excitable Visa card at it can I?
Let's take a good hard look at the budget.
My fashion friends go by the cost per wear rule. Well, if I own this chair for the next 40 years and sit on it every evening, it costs me just 0.12p per day. *Note to enquire about instalments*
But there's extra value for money in this chair which you are forgiven for having overlooked. See, this chair nails five must have interior trends in one canny, pretty-in-pink package. That's FIVE for the price of one people, count 'em:
1) Pink - the perfect shade of sorbet pink to satisfy all of my cravings
2) Gold - the new brass and forever my favourite precious metal (See wedding ring for details)
3) Velvet - Go on admit it, it's got its plush little paws into you too?
4) Glamorous Gatsby - He had me at hello. No, actually before then when I first encountered the dashing self made millionaire in the F Scott Fitzgerald novel and decided glamorous 1920s Long Island is where my heart belongs. These days high glamour art deco-dence is a major interiors crush that shows no signs of slowing.
5) Miami - The South Beach vibe that's predicted to be big for 2017; fun, retro, kitsch, Ken and Barbie.... I'm almost there, I just need a couple more flamingos.
So there you go. Not only is she extremely beautiful, but the Julius chair is also a hard working little doll, who definitely deserves a seat at my table.
In all seriousness, I've been googling deco style metal framed dining chairs for a while now and vintage ones rarely come up for sale in Britain. If they do, they are likely to need a professional upholstery job, so this is not an item you are ever going to get on the super cheap.
Beautiful Julius has given a thrift lover like me a taste of the finer things in life and that's the thing about designer goods isn't it? You see, all these junk shop finds, painted up-cycles, high street copycats that I covet - they have all helped give my home its lovely, down to Earth personality. But this chair has made me realise it could do with an out and out star of the show too.
Open Plan Living is an innovative brand, bringing cutting edge Portugese design to the UK. Its unique portfolio of products can be made to order in bespoke size, colour and fabric preferences, making it a favourite with interior designers whose clients demand something a little more exclusive than you can find on the high street.
However, this is a name for the likes of you and I to keep in our little black books too. Within their range of furniture and accessories, there are some prize pieces that compare favourably in price with well known furniture brands and have the extra benefit of being handmade to exceptional quality standards.
Some people buy diamonds and pearls to feel like a Princess. Personally, I'd go all out for the throne.
What do you think? Have you got a piece of furniture that has lives up to its designer price tag? Let me know below, it will seriously help me justify this to the House Candy Benevolent Fund.