Thursday, July 14, 2011

More or Less {For Even Less}

I was looking through the newest issue of Boston Home Magazine and I stumbled upon the newest article of high/low vignettes {I think Met Home used to do this too}.

The lower priced room is $5,500 and as much as I'd like to say I would drop $5,000 on a room without a second thought, I couldn't, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.  It sounded like a challenge to me, so here are two options that cost even less.

1. Mason Glass Top Desk - William Sonoma Home. $1,250
2. Dip Cup - Gretel Home. $32
3. Robert Abbey Genie Table Lamp - Lamps Plus. $168
4. Hippo - AMradio, Etsy. $34
5. Maskros Pendant Light - IKEA. $50
6. La Plume Fabric in Jade - Dwell Studios for Robert Allen Home.  $70/yard
7. Peacock Blue Recycled Glass Vase - Pier 1. $40
8. Medallion Jewelry Box - West Elm. $80
9. Madison 3 Drawer Dresser - West Elm. $400
10. La Marie Chair - Y Lighting.  $319
11. Chenille Mat - Pottery Barn. $299
12. Turquoise Garden Stool - Salon of Fine Things.  $367

The total is just about $3,100.

Or an even lower priced option...

1. Josephine Desk - World Market. $200
2. Pencil Cup - SusyJack. $10
3. Turquoise Glass Lamp - Pier 1. $75
4. Vintage Brass Snail - Etsy.  $9
5. Paper Lantern - Luna Bazaar. $3.50
6. Amsterdam in True Turquoise -  $7.50/yard
7. SALONG Vases - IKEA. $18 for pair
8. Letter Box - The Container Store. $10
9. Malm Dresser - IKEA. $70
10. TOBIAS Chair - IKEA.  $100
11. Hand-woven Chaitali Sisal Rug - Overstock. $183
12. Yellow Lattice Garden Stool - Overstock.  $96

Or just about $800.

Obviously for an even cheaper look you can use or redo what you have, comb Homegoods, Craigslist and consignment shops for furniture and Goodwill for accessories and lighting.  You can buy an inexpensive lamp or furniture piece with a good shape and spray paint it the color you need.  A can of paint can be your most important tool.  A can or old glass and some decorative paper can be a new pencil holder {I recently saw some at the Dollar Spot at Target}.

If you prefer to buy new furniture certain items, like the garden stool, will be marked down dramatically toward the middle of the season.  I purchased a garden stool about 4 or 5 years ago for $19 in July as they were setting up the fall furniture.  Some shops rotate out furniture styles on a regular basis.

For a desk along the same lines but a bit different you can get some desk legs and add a top.  A piece of plywood in a high-gloss paint would be inexpensive or for a bit of an upgrade, you can use a piece of 3-Form from their Reclaim site.  The selection, price and size changes quite a bit depending on the availability so this could take some patience to find what you need.

It can be done, it just takes patience and planning.

{images: #1 & #2 - Boston Home Summer 2011; #3 & #4 - jeanine; individual items from the linked pages}

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