All Trophies have a purpose and… a place in staging. Being a Trophy Wife isn’t exactly a compliment from others, but by definition it doesn’t sound so bad either. For years it’s not really been a compliment when you are having lunch with a friend and she tells you her ex- husband has a new “Trophy Wife”. In fact, while most of us don’t NEED, an actual definition to understand what she means, I found this one in Urban Dictionary… and you be the judge:
A young, attractive woman married to an older, more powerful man. His role in the relationship is to be her sugar daddy and provide her with power and material wealth. Hers, beyond providing sex, is to remind others that he is powerful or rich enough to be desirable to such a woman despite his age and thus to serve as a marker of this status -- hence the "trophy" part. A specialized type of gold digger.
Couldn’t have said it better, in some cases, but regardless of anyone’s former spouses, we all have a few of the other kind trophies around, and sometimes clients think they can’t be used in setting the stage for a home. I love using trophies err… the metal kind…. to give a room personality and instant connection to something people mostly enjoy.(Funny how that doesn’t apply to the other kind so much)…. Golf, Soccer, Tennis, even Bowling or others can be mixed in and placed perfectly to showcase accomplishment and success.
You don’t HAVE to be a Trophy Wife, as defined in Urban Dictionary…. To have trophies and even if you don’t have any around, Shugg says they make great touches for certain spaces and can be found at Flea Markets and sales.
After I started thinking about trophies, not trophy wives, I found a few interesting things. If I’m ever staging and run into these, all bets are off! Shugg won’t be mixing these in to décor’…. These babies will BE the décor’:
The FIFA World Cup Trophy- value $20,000,000. The trophy features two human figures supporting a globe and is made from 18k gold. A green malachite base adds a touch of turf to the luxe soccer trophy.
The European Champion Clubs’ Cup- Coupe des Clubs Champions Europeens or European Cup, is awarded annually to the soccer club that wins the UEFA Champions League. When it was first commissioned in 1967, the trophy cost some $10,500 to create. Today’s value is so much it’s kept underwraps.
The Stanley Cup- Made of a silver and nickel alloy, hockey’s biggest honor weighs in at almost 35 pounds. Each year’s winner enjoys permanent prestige as the names of all players, coaches and club staff are engraved on the cup. Value undetermined
The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy- Created byTiffany & Co. award, which is almost 15 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil finished in 24k gold. valued at $13,500..
The America’s Cup Trophy- Sailing is often considered a sport for the rich, and its biggest award is certainly fit for the rich too. The America’s Cup Trophy is valued today at about $250,000
Of course, prestige isn’t always about monetary value. If I ever happen to be staging a spot that has any of THESE Best Known Trophies… I will definitely share it with you.
1. The Nobel Prize
Prizes are awarded in chemistry, physics, literature, medicine, economics and peace
2. The Booker Prize
Now known as The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, this is Britain’s most prestigious literary award..
3. The Academy Awards
Since 1929 Oscars are handed out every year to actors, directors, producers and film professionals who worked on the previous year’s best films.
4. The BAFTA Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), are the U.K. equivalent of the Emmys.
5. The Palme d’Or
Among film festivals, Cannes is the giant. The Palme d’Or is its most prestigious prize, and it’s the most widely coveted on the festival circuit too.
6. The Pulitzer Prize
Since 1917 America’s premier prize in journalism, literature and musical composition, Pulitzer Prizes are awarded yearly in 21 categories.
7. The Golden Globes
Academy Awards. Actors, directors and other film professionals gather to recognize each other.
8. The BRIT Awards
Launched in 1977, the BRIT Awards honor achievements in popular music.
9. The Grammys
Awarded in a variety of classical, jazz, country and popular music categories, the Grammy Awards were launched in 1959.
10. The MTV Video Music Awards
Since 1984. Have honored the very best in music videos in a variety of categories.
And...... of course there is the little known… Shugg Award, and it goes to all my wonderful clients, for allowing me to do what I love!Thank you for another wonderful season.
Stay Sweet Y’all Have a Blessed Memorial Day Weekend.