Shopping the Classics for Less


Would you like your home to resemble your favorite furniture store? Follow along to learn how mimicking the designer looks, in your own home, is easier than you’d think. This task will require a little bit of shopping savvy, but with a little patience and research, you can achieve the room of your dreams at the fraction of the cost!

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Pottery Barn is known for it’s classic cottage style. The look is cozy and comfortable, but still traditional.

Slipcover Sofa

Splurge: Pottery Barn’s Slipcover made to fit a small sofa can easily cost $700.

Steal: The Sure Fit Slipcover, priced at a more budget-friendly $120.

Leather Arm Chair

Splurge: Pottery Barn’s Leather Arm Chair will set you back at $900.

Steal: At Grandin Road, you can get away with spending a much more sensible $300.

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Ethan Allen knows how to inspire timeless traditional design. This is one reason they were chosen to dress the 2014 HGTV Dream Home.

Round End Table

Splurge: This classic round end table from Ethan Allen costs $1800.

Steal: You can use a small dinette table to achieve the same look found at Target for $170.


Splurge: The large Ginger Jar makes a bold statement as an accent piece for $400.

Steal: Save 50% with a similar jar from for just $200.


Restoration Hardware boasts masculine accents and neutral colors. Unfortunately, it is a notoriously expensive brand.

Framed Maps

Splurge: These framed maps from Restoration Hardware sell for $1300 apiece.

Steal: Save at which offers similar unframed Giclee map prints for $180 each.

Reading Lamps

Splurge: Restoration Hardware’s Pharmacy Lamp costs $780.

Steal: Purchased from Lamps Plus, a similar domed shaped lamp costs just $106.

West Elm brings contemporary design to another level. While most contemporary design can be considered “cold”, West Elm softens the edges and adds that much needed “warmth”.

Floor Mirror

Splurge: West Elm’s floating floor mirrors will cost around $400.

Steal: A similar style floor mirror is just $119 at World Market.

A designer look is attainable without the designer price tag. Take photos of your favorite furnishings to local discount stores to search out these looks, as well as online retailers. Target is a great source for trendy designer looks, that rotate seasonally, at minimal cost.

Published by March 2014