Category Archives: Furniture
Each month I look forward to getting my Architectural Digest and checking out what they have deemed worthy enough to feature. Since they feature work by the world’s most famous (and expensive) designers, I like to see what they use and figure out how I can achieve a similar look at a much more affordable price. Today’s Save or Splurge features the very high end seating by Howard A.M. Stern called the Tete-A-Tete. The set includes two corner chairs with wood trim and a coordinating ottoman. The back is very elaborately detailed and the wood trim adds to the elegance. That being said, the set sells for the ripe sum of $30,000. You could purchase a pretty decent car for that!
My alternative is not an exact match, but it has some unifying elements and frankly, I think it looks like it would be more comfortable. It still retains the wood legs and wood trim around the back and sides, but the back is 7″ shorter and doesn’t have the “X” pattern. It is out of soft chenille rather than linen, and has what I consider to be a more stylish looking ottoman. Since they are all purchased separately you can really put any ottoman you want with it, but I needed to have something for comparison’s sake. The best part is, for this set you are only out $1467. That still leaves you enough to buy a car!
Kitchen islands, Man Caves, and game rooms make leather bar stools popular pieces of furniture. A comfortable bar stool that swivels is practical in all of these applications. This elegant bar stool from Frontgate features a barrel-type back that wraps you in leather comfort. However, you might need a drink from the bar after paying between $699 and $1099 per stool, depending upon the upholstery chosen.
My affordable option is from Hillsdale Furniture, a great source for high quality furniture that won’t break the bank. This bar stool still features leather upholstery, a barrel-type back, and solid wood construction. Granted, it doesn’t have the fancy carvings, but at almost one-third the price, you might be able to look past that. In fact, at $269 per stool, you actually have so much money left over you can afford to throw a great party, get drunk, and you won’t even notice the difference!
Is there a high priced item you’d love in your home but can’t afford it? Email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find you an affordable option.
Barbara Green is The Design Diva and owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design. Follow on Twitter @thedesigndiva.
Friday night may be a family game night for you or a poker night for the guys. If you have the room, why not include a game table in your interior design plan for you and your family’s pleasure? No matter what your budget, I have the option for you.
The set featured on the left is made from solid oak construction, black leather upholstery on rolling high back chairs, a reversible top that has felt on one side for a game of Texas poker and a solid wood surface perfect for a family game of Scrabble or Monopoly. It also has a hefty price tag of $4230.
For the family looking for something more affordable, below is a hardwood table stained to look like cherry. It still has rolling chairs with leather upholstery, but the backs are a little shorter. It still has a reversible tabletop, but a more affordable price tag of $1182, which is one third the price of the original. That leaves a lot of surplus money for beverages, snacks, and (optionally) betting.
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