Throughout the summer the Victoria and Albert Museum has been holding an exhibition called “What is Luxury?” Their interesting question interrogates how luxury is made and understood. When I looked into the idea behind the exhibition I was immediately taken in as the word “luxury” is used so much in this industry, that I was intrigued by what the creators had to say. There was a line written within the exhibitions description which seemed to resonate in my mind: “It explores how attitudes to luxury are shaped by cultural concerns and personal dreams.” Is how we think about luxury shaped by our culture? And is one person’s luxury simply ordinary to another? It’s so often that we see magazine articles offering to add “luxury” to your home, so instead of luxury how about Prestige? Inspired by Eat Sleep Live’s latest collection, we present you with the opportunity to live the lifestyle of your dreams. Fine Dining Fine Dining conjures up images of silver service restaurants with several dedicated meal courses and of course décor that features the highest quality materials, with an eye towards their desired “atmosphere”. But how can this transfer to your home? In actual fact, you don’t have to be a Michelin Star chef to add this level of “atmosphere” to your home. As we have already established, the question of luxury is ultimately a personal one, so to achieve your own style of fine dining I have found some pieces to complement and harmonise seamlessly in your home. [caption id="attachment_6106" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Prestige Dining Table, from £1,930.00[/caption] Made from luxurious bone china, each piece of this stunning Gwyneth range from Ralph Lauren is adorned with a unique horn inspired design. Indulge yourself as the range includes salt and pepper shakers, creamer, bowls and a 5 piece platter set. Let’s not also forget the platinum ring which would not go unnoticed by your dinner guests. [caption id="attachment_6107" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Ralph Lauren Home - Gwyneth Tableware, Amara, from £65.00[/caption] Fine dining wouldn’t be complete without the perfect cutlery set that your guests will admire, as they’re enjoying yet another delicious meal around your prestige dining table. This 42 piece cutlery set is from the award-winning Bud range and comes gift boxed to confirm its quality standing. Mirror-polished finish and made from the finest 18/10 stainless steel, it naturally complements the strong features of your table. [caption id="attachment_6108" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Bud Bright Cutlery Set, 42 Piece, Robert Welch, £238.00[/caption] Something Old, Something New "The first rule of decoration is that you can break almost all the other rules." - I can’t help but agree with this quote. The most inspiring rooms combine old and new pieces in a variety of styles, giving them an effortless sense of having been assembled over time. Mixing old and new has been beautifully achieved in the Prestige collection, our assortment of chairs and benches simply adding to this style. However each piece itself also follows the trend of something old and something new. The floating reclaimed wood attains its proud history whilst held underneath by the sleek brushed stainless steel frame that creates a modern look. The slim or chunky chairs clash perfectly with the relaxed, casual benches but how else can this be used in your home? [caption id="attachment_6109" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Prestige Bench, from £640.00[/caption] Add a touch of something old with these Moroccan inspired drinks tables that use reclaimed and vintage serving trays, handpicked from markets and antique shops. The vintage tray mixed with the solid chrome coated legs is perfectly described as a unique piece of design, that you feel has been enhanced through time. [caption id="attachment_6110" align="aligncenter" width="620"] New Casablanca Table (Brass Legs), In-Spaces, £420.00[/caption] A beautiful blend of gestural brushstrokes with an exquisite colour palette may fool you into thinking that this piece of art holds a wealth of history, however it has been hand-painted in the UK and reveals the true power of contemporary design. Choose from a hand-painted gold or silver finish to complement or contrast with the pieces in your room. [caption id="attachment_6111" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Umpara Bronze Painting, Lux Deco, £2485[/caption] Mixing Wood There once was a time where you had to match your dining or bedroom sets, but this time has long gone. Don’t be afraid to mix wood finishes in a single room, as you know while you are choosing your favourite Eat Sleep Live pieces you can sample the 4 finishes for yourself. Who is stopping you from mixing classic with warm or neutral and limed grey? The quality of wood in a room shines through giving you the Prestige style that you wanted. Don’t forget to also incorporate your wooden flooring to help add this touch of high end quality to your home. [caption id="attachment_6112" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Prestige Coffee Table, from £780.00[/caption] The new City collection from LSA brings to your kitchen, dining and living psace contemporary serving pieces combining mouthblown glass with solid walnut. Even your accessories can become involved as they refuse to match your furniture, the solid walnut base is oiled to protect the wood and enhance the texture of the grain. [caption id="attachment_6113" align="aligncenter" width="620"] City, Dome & Wlanut Base, LSA International, £110.00[/caption] Take a deep breath in and embrace the pure luxury that this simple board game brings to a room. Rich ivory and smoked veneer add to the contrast of textures and finishes. Relax as your coffee table is now complete. [caption id="attachment_6114" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Backgammon Set - Smoked Oak, Lux Deco, £1,500.00[/caption] Don’t you agree that a touch of “Prestige” offers so much more than just luxury? The collection itself is warm, so when used with these trends that generate a passion for quality your living space takes on a new style of its own.