Friday, November 5, 2010

The Case of the Copy Kat Decor

I really love all of the design & decor from the top name companies but it is usually way out of my price range.  But sometimes you can recreate the same look and spend a whole lot less.  Sometimes items you already have can be repurposed or recrafted in a way that duplicates the style you want.  Sometimes, thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales can supply a similiar lamp or table that you wanted but knew you couldn't afford.  & sometimes, just sometimes, you buy something just because you like it, regardless of anything you saw in a catalog or in a blog or on tv & discover that expensive store is now featuring a similiar item to what you have.  & that is when you know you are truly awesome! ;)   This is my livingroom rug.  I have had it approximately 2 years or so.  I bought it at Home Depot for @ $50. 

This is a similiar rug in a very popular catalog selling  (Can I name names?  Hint: C&B) for $800. 

(Images from Crate & Barrel)

I am sure it is probably much better quality than my rug but honestly, I bought that rug cause I liked how it looked not for the fiber content or how long it would hold up.  & because I spent $50 on it & have been using it for a couple of years, I won't feel bad when I decide (as I often do) that I am tired of it & want something new.  But if I spent $800, it would be there until it rotted away!

This is an iron tiered stand I bought to put fruit & vegetables in for my kitchen.  I thought it was cute & useful.  I spent @ $15 at TJMaxx about a year ago. 

Here is a very similiar stand in a catalog I just got a week ago for @ $45.  That's about 3 times the price.  Yes, it is a beautiful stand but I'd rather keep my 30 bucks. 

(Image from Ballard Designs)

Look around you.  What do you have that you absolutely love, not because it was trendy or you
spent a fortune for it but you just love it because it is an expression of you

See, I knew you were awesome too! 

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  1. What great finds! I love it when I find things like that. Looks like you go about it the right way. I usually wait until the catalog comes out and then knock it off. ;)

  2. I love finding ways to save. Definitely save your money and get creative with accessories, and put your money into buying a really quality sofa or an amazing mattress -- the kind of stuff you keep for years and years.

  3. I think your rug is so much more colorful than the more expensive one. I love it. I found you on the weekend blog hop. Check me out if you get a chance

  4. What a great find with that tiered basket! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm now following yours!

  5. So funny- and true--Guess what I too have that HD rug (in the greenish colorway) and its GREAT! I also have that stand!! Great design-minds think alike-- I totally agree, copy cats the way 2 go!

  6. It is fun when you can find a copy at a great price, you can laugh all the way to the bank.

  7. Yay! I bought that same tiered stand at TJ Maxx, spray painted mine off white w/ a brown glaze and just put it on my daughters dresser for hats, bows, trinkets, etc. Like the rug too :)

    Looking forward to checking out more of your blog.