Friday, January 22, 2010

Sensible Chic

This week's rooms are inspired by the HGTV show Sensible Chic. The premise behind the show is creating a budget-friendly room based off a higher-end designer room. I tried to do that here with these two mid-century modern inspired rooms. Along the way I ran into a few obstacles, the main one being it's hard to create an item that looks just like another more expensive item without being able to dress it up a bit. I don't have the luxury of paint and tools to create something out of a thrift store find. If these were actual tangible rooms I probably would have made the cheap art myself to make it look like the expensive art in the first room.

So, I give you these rooms each designed with brand new products hot off the internet. At first glance I think it's pretty easy to tell the first room in the pricey one. I think the rug and solid walnut cabinet give it away the most. Clocking in at $11,420 the swanky room cost over $9,000 more than the less expensive room, which only totaled $2305.88.

I think I actually prefer the chair and the rug from the cheapo room but for the most part if I could afford it, I'd rather live in the high-end room. Who could pass up that ceramic horse?

Brooks upholstered chair ($849) from Pottery Barn
Vitra George Nelson Spindle clock ($480) from Velocity Art and Design
Spike/Pool hand-tufted wool rug (8x10 - $1699) from Angela Adams
Solid walnut storage cabinet ($2199) from Room and Board
Large ceramic horse ($395) from Jonathan Adler
Bantam Sofa - 86" ($1683) from Design Within Reach
Legna Lightbox 3 wall art ($1500) from JefDesigns
Kina Pendant light ($875) from Design Within Reach
Thomas Paul Bird Cage Linen Pillow ($100) from Design Public
Thomas Paul Daisy Linen Pillow ($100) from Design Public
Chinnery White Horse framed photo ($1495) from Jayson Home and Garden
Benjamin Moore paint in Dolphin ($45 a gal.)

Total = $11,420

Corona Sofa ($699) from Macy's
Athens Upholstered Chair - Cinnabar ($254.15) from Target
Modern Design Spindle Wall Clock ($45) from Vintage Looks 
Hand-tufted New Zealand Wool Rug (8' x 11' - $334.89) from
Angled-Leg Sideboard ($649) from West Elm
White Ceramic Imperial Horse ($79) from Z Gallerie
Little Bird Pillow ($29.95) from CB2
NY Folk Pillow ($29.95) from CB2
Shadow Field 1 wall art ($99.95) from Z Gallerie
Boja pendant light ($59.99) from IKEA
Behr paint in Hidden Peak ($25 gal)

Total = $2305.88

Savings of $9114.12

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