June 10, 2014Everyday
8 Budget D
We obviously love browsing endless inspiring images of enviable, perfectly designed spaces, but when it comes to replicating the looks in our own home, most of the time our eyes are bigger than our wallets. Thankfully, many manufacturers have caught on to what today's style-savvy consumers are after and are creating items inspired by high-end design. We've taken some of our favourite interior snaps and shopped for the key components that get the look without breaking the bank.
What items are you wishing you could find for less? Let us know in the comments and we'll get to hunting!
Photographs: 1. Douglas Friedman (photographer and source), 2. Steven Gambrel (designer and source), 3. Barrie Benson (designer and source), 4. Nate Berkus photographed by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest, 5. Betsy Brown photographed by Don Freeman for House Beautiful, 6. Valorie Hart (designer and source), 7. Timothy Whealon photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor, 8. François Halard
|Indian in origin, these peacock mirrors, made up of small disc-shaped mirrors surrounding a central mirror, are real statement makers. Though vintage and authentic versions are available sporadically at flea markets and on eBay, mainstream retailers are making their own versions at much more wallet-friendly price points. Peacock Mirror, $399, Wisteria|
|We love the look of this kitchen by Steven Gambrel and can't take our eyes off of the statement lighting hung from the vaulted ceiling. These eye-catching pendants with milk-glass shades have a retro, industrial feel, but somehow look sophisticated at the same time. Lucky for us, we found how to get the look for less. Dana Pendant, $190, Rejuvenation|
|As seen in this space from Barrie Benson, we're digging the look of large, swing-arm sconces that we've been seeing in seriously stylish interiors. Though many oversized versions also come with a hefty price tag, this particular pick will give you that Parisian look for a fraction of the price. Bare Arc Wall Lamp, $420, Allied Maker|
|Summertime always makes us look to nautical influences when updating our décor, and this rope mirror, reminiscent of the one in Nate Berkus's New York powder room, will inject some seaside glamour into your space. A simple loop detail at the top adds a special touch and elevates the entire look. Know Your Ropes Mirror, $140, Bliss Home and Design|
|One of the hottest, and most polarising items seen in today's designs is Serge Mouille's three-arm floor lamp. Though some fail to find the appeal while other décor lovers can't get enough, there's no denying the popularity of the piece. Sculptural, slightly insect-like, and popular in modern-eclectic rooms, it's one of our personal favourites; we're digging the look of this design with more rounded shades. Praying Mantis Lamp, $345, Organic Modernism|
|Classically French in style but with modern comforts, this tufted cocktail ottoman looks stunning in this New Orleans home from Valorie Hart -- plus, who doesn't like to put their feet up on the table? We love the combination of traditional detailing with family-friendly applications. Add an oversized tray to corral tabletop necessities and provide a solid surface, and then just kick back, relax, and put your feet up. Maison Tufted Cocktail Ottoman, $795, Wayfair|
|The classic look of a black and white kilim has been a style staple for years now, and we see no sign of its popularity waning. The visible stitching when individual panels meet as seen on vintage versions is charming but until we can afford their less-than-charming price tags, we're happy to hold ourselves over with this big-box-retailer Scandinavian version. Stockholm Rug, from $199, IKEA|
|We've always loved the layered and collected look of photographer François Halard's mantle where decorative objects and ethnic accents mingle in harmony. In contrast to the rustic elements Halard added in a giant, gilt frame mirror and Jacques Grange white table lamps. The sculptural quality of the table lamps is definitely eye-catching despite their absence of colour. We've found a way to get a similar look for way less with, believe it or not, a children's lamp. Checkmate Table Lamp, $59, The Land of Nod|