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!
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Barbara Green is The Design Diva and owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design. Follow on Twitter @thedesigndiva.
On this week’s Million Dollar Decorator, Martyn Lawrence Bullard went to England to shop for a “Designer Curated Sale” for online retailer Open Sky. If you haven’t heard about Open Sky, its concept is they get celebrities to pick out their favorite items, and then Open Sky sells them online for a discounted price. These are high-end items, any of which would not be available to the general public.
Today’s Save or Splurge item was not featured during Million Dollar Decorators, but since his shopping trip was, and the the throw is on the Open Sky website, you know Bullard picked it out. It is a black rabbit throw and its discounted Open Sky price is $2395. He is quoted “Pillows and throws are among the easiest ways to instantly change the feel of any room.” He is correct, but I am morally opposed to using real animal pelts. I’m sure PETA would protest, too.
If you want the elegant look of a fur throw, you can find cheap faux fur throws at shops like Target for under $25, but they won’t be as rich looking as this one which costs $209. Even though you can find it cheaper, sometimes you just need to invest in a higher quality product. This throw is timeless and can last for your lifetime.
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Barbara Green id The Design Diva and owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design. Follow on Twitter @thedesigndiva.
Placing furniture around the room is the easiest part of decorating. What really makes the room “sing” is including the perfect accessories scattered evenly throughout the space. If you are going for an elegant look, a crystal vase brimming with seasonal flowers is a great way to go. This Baccarat vase from Saks Fifth Avenue costs $375. That’s a pretty high price for the average homeowner. The only way an untrained eye is going to know how much you spent is if you leave the price tag on the bottom and they are snoops!
Another option would be this vase by Nachtmann, which only costs $17.99 on Amazon.com. It is still crystal, it still has the same shape, it is still heavy, it will still look beautiful brimming with flowers. However, you will still be able to eat the rest of the month if you buy it!