What is YOUR definition of luxury?

DaisyJane

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Thanks to Jae for prompting the discussion.

How would you define luxury? What would be a luxurious setting for you - either on permanent basis, like your home, or simply on "visiting" basis, such as a holiday.

Is luxury a lovely apartment, or spacious home? Is it a BMW, a fully catered resort, or you on a wooded trail with nothing more than your backpack? Is luxury camping in the midst of a beautiful landscape, or shopping with an unlimited budget on Rodeo Drive? Is it a hot cup of tea and a roaring fire in a snow-covered cabin, or staff handing you glasses of champagne?

What is luxurious to you? Inquiring minds want to know!
 
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I find I could imagine many scenes I would find luxurious, but I will start with one to get the ball rolling.

I love the outdoors. And as an introvert who lives in a home of constant "busy-ness" I appreciate time-outs where I can decompress and hear myself think. So, for me, our cottage is a luxurious setting even in winter when basics are limited and it can be freaking cold. Once we hit late fall we turn off our water and our cottage has only limited, baseboard heating - so it certainly doesn't meet any classic definition of luxurious. But the snowy landscape is exquisite and the stars are amazing without the light pollution of the city. So for me the height of luxury is a weekend there with my beloved. We walk in the snowy woods and then eat good yet simple food accompanied by seriously kick-@ss wine. We read and play Scrabble by the fire. I work on a jigsaw puzzle or we watch a movie. We have a chance to talk without the constant interruption of nurses, caregiving demands, dogs, kids, jobs, and life. For me, this is luxury.
 
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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of luxury is a comfy bed with a fluffy comforter. Being able to sleep in a quiet spot and wake up when I'm ready rather than to an alarm clock is wonderful. When we bought this fifth wheel, we ended up with a higher end unit than we initially planned. Some would call it a luxury model. We call it comfortable and solid. We love being able in an RV park in the trees by the ocean. The city is here and it feels like we are nowhere near civilization. Wonderful.

I'm not impressed by material things. I prefer experiences and connections with good friends. A good book and a comfy chair are more important than many things. I'm also an introvert so value my quiet time.

I am less impressed with "stuff" since we downsized and since my cancer diagnosis.
 
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Good friends are a near abstract concept given a world driven to absolute powerful aggression!

My dad and step-grandfather built a log cabin in a remote area of NB in 52-53. We attended it in the fall until dad was succumbing to mental diversion. We enjoyed it as there was no power, telephone, TV, etc. resulting in much personal interaction. A cousin (now deceased) said his secretary made fun of our regression into primitive conditions ... giving rise to questions of the Ide (defined as primal power in some sources).

Such was peace in which we could walk out on the roadway, especially on full moon nights and see just about everything in the glow ... including coyotes wails ... and wild cats howling! It was a bone chilling sense ... but somehow a comfort zone compared to the Cana Bill ism of modern man!

Recall the aforesaid is just an abstract expression and nothing to do with the absolute sorts ... only a rare type of ogenist type liked being there!

It didn't auger well if taking a citi person there ... primitive cooking, washing, etc was a chore ...

We did have a generator for short periods of watching the World Serious as the grandfather labelled the game ... then the thing was shut down for the gas lamp scenario and fire on the hearth! Un hearthly to other perspectives ...

Some ancient and crude english might be encountered ...
 

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The first definition dictionary.com gives for luxury is, "a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity:Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget." - source: Definition of luxury | Dictionary.com That resonates with me.

There have absolutely been places in my life which have been beautiful, wonderful, fun and pleasant but which I don't consider to be places of luxury. Such include...

  • My mother's farmhouse in northern New Brunswick, built by my great-grandfather upon his arrival to Canada from Scotland.
  • My mother's cottage which is about a 3 minute drive from the farmhouse and located by the gorgeous Bay Chaleur. It was built by one of my uncles.
  • My sister Suzannah's ski chalet on Blue Mountain, Collingwood, at which Yobo and I spent our honeymoon.
  • Several Ontario provincial parks at which my family and I have camped, especially the wondrous Charleston Lake.
  • Camps I worked at during my highschool years - Wabikon on an island in Lake Tamagami, and Olympia near Huntsville.

These are all great places, and I'd happily visit them all again. Do I consider any of them to be luxury? Absolutely not, and their lack of luxury is part of their marvel and charm.
 

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Using natural resources for making plastics that we use for 3 minutes to carry groceries into the house before we throw it out polluting our environment is a luxury mankind cannot afford. Same for other packaging.
Clean air, clean water will and has turned into a luxury only part of the world‘s population can afford.
 

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North wind reminded me of my first trip to Europe. We splurged for an expensive ( to us) hotel in Zurich Hotel was lovely, but nothing that blew us away

until we got ready for bed. One of those places that turned down your bed and left a chocolate on the pillow OMG. What a gorgeous chocolate that was.
and to sink into this bed piled high with a white duvet. Seemed like it was 12 inches thick. I felt like I was in a cloud

at the time, bedding for me was pretty ordinary. And I grew up in a home with sheets, blankets and a bed spread

when we got home I bought my first duvet. Never looked back

ultimate Luxurious bedding
 

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Using natural resources for making plastics that we use for 3 minutes to carry groceries into the house before we throw it out
You're assuming those bags are only getting used once. We re-use them for lunch bags and carrying other stuff. Even keep a few in both cars so we don't have to get new ones the next time we shop (and I have seen other people doing this, too, BTW). And when we do throw them out, we used them as garbage bags rather than just tossing them in the trash. I do agree that seeing the end of them would be a good thing, but I also think you're making a big assumption that everyone is treating them as single use.

On topic, I differentiate between "luxury" and "comfort". Comfort is making sure our needs, including our less tangible ones, are met. Luxury is amping that up to 11 and insisting that we need to spend $$$ to really be comfortable. Comfortable is a Civic. Luxury is a BMW 1 series. Similar sized cars, but light years apart in amenities.

And that's really what separates comfort and luxury: amenities. Comfort covers necessities, luxury is all about the optional stuff. You can sleep comfortably in both a Comfort Inn and a Hilton, but the latter will have more options and cost more. For instance, you'll probably have to pay for breakfast in the Hilton and get something fairly "classy" that you choose from a menu (eggs to order, for instance) while Comfort Inn includes breakfast but it's a buffet of fairly basic options (sausage, scrambled or fried eggs, toast, bagels, cereal, maybe a local favorite like biscuits and gravy depending on the location).

When we travel on our own we stick to more basic places, but obviously when we cruise or do resorts, the accommodations are more luxurious.

Now, I suppose some would insist they need those amenities to be comfortable but I find there comes a point where the extra amenities aren't worth the cost. Citing Lastpointe's post above me, I don't care if there is turndown service or a chocolate on the pillow. If the bed is comfortable enough to sleep (and I sometimes find those plush beds uncomfortable, to be honest), I'm in. So I'm not up to paying a lot extra for that stuff.
 
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@Lastpointe you remind me of our trip to Europe and a night in a fancy Zurich hotel. :love: We also stayed in a hotel in Bad Aibling, Germany that used to be a castle. It was pretty amazing. We now use the European method of making our bed. We don't use a top sheet, and instead use the duvet cover instead. Comfy cozy.
 

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Of course, to each their own. I really enjoy luxury, and will opt for luxury every chance I get. Others prefer to live in a shack in the woods, a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, etc. It's all good.
 

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@Lastpointe you remind me of our trip to Europe and a night in a fancy Zurich hotel. :love: We also stayed in a hotel in Bad Aibling, Germany that used to be a castle. It was pretty amazing. We now use the European method of making our bed. We don't use a top sheet, and instead use the duvet cover instead. Comfy cozy.
I am sure the north american divorce rate is at least 5% higher because of couples getting tangled up in sheets and fighting over them.
 

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Sheets are critical even on vessels known to sail off into the sunset!

Thus the expression regarding the tensing of sheets ... then there was that young chap that appeared in a dell ... thing obvious on the hillside!
 
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Luxury can be any and all of those things. Comfort and peace, no stress - wherever that is, is luxury. I like a nice pretty environment outdoors or indoors but it doesn't have to be expensive or exquisite - I don't like to feel like a bull in a china shop, afraid to knock over a designer crystal vase or something - that actually adds tension to my experience. I actually enjoy making things feel like luxury on a shoestring budget.
 

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Thread count makes no difference in such instances. :ROFLMAO:
Recall the dernier in the nylon and silk masques ... thus negligence in dealing with niggling the Jae? Night teases ... he refuses to see in the dark of the myths ... CS Lewis Shadowland as shared with Northrup Frye ... as altruism is poorly accepted by tyrants ... they really get agitated!

Look what NU's and common discussion did to Gabriel and Ur latest trumpeted follower ... all is not as it appears ... or manifest alteration!

Some say incarnate ... and if the sin is done out of sight ... it was neigh scene ... like that streaker in the market place!

I once wore pantihose over my head ... while hanging from an overhead scene with a red coveralls ... mimicking a dead man hanging in a church cellar during all saints celebrity fete! The attendees thought I was a stunned numby until I quietly reached out and touched a few ...

In another room the mayor of the small town was laid out in a box supplied by the local undertaking business ... talk about kids acting a bit touched ... the minister took nearly an hour to settle the bulk of the demos down ... tyrants really don;t know what causes Eris'n concerns in the wee folk ... it can be a pneumas 've blowout ...

Always respect the demos ... or demos convert to demo crazy! No matter how writ ... it is the thought and emotion that really register ... expect balance! Consequence is a blown full crum ... and a cosmos made up of scraps ... Jez A' Bell ... maybe 3 've em on Sunday morning in the veil of sunshine ... with grins of the idiot savant! The labeler said the savant was partly genius ... and from there we extend the passion ...

It may become snappy ...
 
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Recall the dernier in the nylon and silk masques ... thus negligence in dealing with niggling the Jae? Night teases ... he refuses to see in the dark of the myths ... CS Lewis Shadowland as shared with Northrup Frye ... as altruism is poorly accepted by tyrants ... they really get agitated!

Look what NU's and common discussion did to Gabriel and Ur latest trumpeted follower ... all is not as it appears ... or manifest alteration!

Some say incarnate ... and if the sin is done out of sight ... it was neigh scene ... like that streaker in the market place!

I once wore pantihose over my head ... while hanging from an overhead scene with a red coveralls ... mimicking a dead man hanging in a church cellar during all saints celebrity fete! The attendees thought I was a stunned numby until I quietly reached out and touched a few ...

In another room the mayor of the small town was laid out in a box supplied by the local undertaking business ... talk about kids acting a bit touched ... the minister took nearly an hour to settle the bulk of the demos down ... tyrants really don;t know what causes Eris'n concerns in the wee folk ... it can be a pneumas 've blowout ...

Always respect the demos ... or demos convert to demo crazy! No matter how writ ... it is the thought and emotion that really register ... expect balance! Consequence is a blown full crum ... and a cosmos made up of scraps ... Jez A' Bell ... maybe 3 've em on Sunday morning in the veil of sunshine ... with grins of the idiot savant! The labeler said the savant was partly genius ... and from there we extend the passion ...

It may become snappy ...
Now that's scary!:eek::LOL:
 
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