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The Look for Less – Part 3

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Getting a great deal on home decor is fun, but getting a high-end look for less is even better!  So today I’m continuing The Look for Less series with a few more of my favorite knockoff decor finds that have a high-end look at an affordable price.

It’s fun to browse through the glossy catalogs that show up in the mailbox every few weeks, but it can be discouraging when your heart soars at the sight of something you love and then sinks when you see the price tag!  But with a bit of effort {and the Google image search feature}, you can often find a reasonably priced alternative that will give you the look that you want, but stay within budget.

Here are my recent Look for Less finds!

Tufted Linen Headboard

Tufted upholstery is a classic look and this headboard is no exception.  Pretty, right?

The Chesterfied Tufted Headboard from Pottery Barn is beautiful and I love the decorative bronze nailhead trim detail, but at $1,049 the price tag is hefty.  Bed Bath & Beyond makes an almost identical headboard, complete with nailhead trim, for just a fraction of the price!  Keep in mind, though, that with a low price tag comes limited options, so the BBB version only comes in two colors, whereas the PB one comes in approximately 85 different fabrics.  If neutrals are your thing, though, the BBB one might work for you.  So if it’s the look you’re after, save the money to spend elsewhere in your home!

Linen Curtains

I’m a sucker for linen so when I saw these heavyweight curtains at Restoration Hardware, I was in love!  But my go-to source for window treatments is always HalfPriceDrapes.com so it only took me a matter of minutes to find their version of the curtains, but at a fraction of the price.  Both curtains are 96″ with a pole pocket with back tabs and made from a heavyweight material to help block light and provide some privacy.  The difference is that the RH ones are made from 100% Belgian linen from Flanderes flax, while the HPD ones are made from a linen/polyester blend with a weave meant to mimic pure linen.  But with an over $200 price difference, you have to decide whether the pure Belgian linen is worth it to you.  I haven’t purchased these exact curtains from HPD, but I’ve purchased others so I can attest to their quality fabric and construction.

Ludie Armchair

These chairs are both based off of a French bergère from the Louis XV period with exposed wood frames and Rococo carvings.  If you didn’t have the graphic below, do you think you’d be able to tell the difference between the two? The Restoration Hardware Lyon chair comes in 5 different finishes and 138 fabrics.  Yes, you read that right!  The Ludie Armchair from Wayfair, on the other hand, is exactly what you see below.  Again, if your home has neutral furnishings, though, this might be just fine for you!

When choosing seating, though, always take into account the quality because there’s nothing worse that a saggy seat with stretched upholstery!  A lower price doesn’t necessarily mean lower quality, but it’s best to know what you’re getting and how you’ll be using it before you buy.  See below for more info about the quality versus price tradeoff…

 

Zebra Print Rug

My friend was recently talking about a zebra print rug and I’ve been a little obsessed with the idea ever since.  Plus, years ago I remember seeing one in Christen’s dining room over at Blue Egg Brown Nest and I loved it!

via Blue Egg Brown Nest

I came across the one below from West Elm recently but it’s not in my budget right now.  But it’s 100% wool, hand-tufted, which is great.  The Rugs USA version is 40% Wool, 60% Viscose, so it has a silkier look, but won’t hold up as well if it’s in an area with a lot of foot traffic.  For a dining room, though, it’ll probably be fine!  And personally, I like the Rugs USA version a bit better anyway…

Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Figs have been popular for several years now among designers and bloggers.  The only issue with them is that they can be quite fickle and if they aren’t placed in exactly the right spot with exactly the right amout of water, their leaves will begin to drop and you’ll be left with nothing but a twig.  {Sadly, I know this from experience.}  I like the idea of a faux tree so long as it looks realistic.  I’ve seen both of these in person, and in my opinion, the World Market one looks much better!  The Pottery Barn tree is 7ft tall with the branches more vertically spread out, whereas the World Market one is 6 ft tall with more of a cluster near the top.  The WM tree has a much better-looking trunk and more lifelike leaves, though.  The difference in price and quality definitely sold me on the World Market version, so I’m now the proud owner of two! ;)

One caveat to this post….often times {but not always}, there’s a reason one item costs less than another, whether it’s material quality, size, construction, details, etc.  Before buying a less expensive item, give thought as to whether the quality is good enough to suit your needs.  Sometimes, it really is necessary to go with the more expensive piece, but if not, why not score the look for less!  To learn more about what to look for and when you should splurge vs. save, you can view {THIS POST}.

 

If you missed the other posts in The Look for Less series, you can find them {HERE}.

If you’re ever looking for a less expensive alternative to something, share the product with me and if I find a “Steal” I’ll share it in the next update!

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