Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pottery Barn Looks for Less


Pottery Barn Logo


I love Pottery Barn.  I don’t know if there is one thing in their store or catalog that I wouldn’t want in my house.  It’s all so beautiful!  But let’s be honest, ITS EXPENSIVE!  As newlyweds we just can’t afford the prices but I still want for our home to have that Pottery Barn “look”.

I think the key to finding that look for less is first of all knowing the look.  I love looking through Pottery Barn magazines, and I rarely throw them away when I get them.  The styling in their rooms is amazing, and interestingly enough, most of the time the things I love the most in the rooms aren’t even things that they sell- just what they’ve styled with!  Because I know what I love, I know when I see it for less!

I had been eyeing this tiered stand at Pottery Barn for months. 


It is perfect for filling with fruit, cupcakes, plants, you name it.  I wanted it. Bad.  But, it cost $69!  So imagine my delight when I spotted this little beauty during my shopping trip to Homegoods yesterday.

100_1290 For $14.99, I got the look for much less!


I love the wire baskets that Pottery Barn has right now.  They cost $39 each.


While I was at an antique store last week I saw these metal baskets.  I purchased 3 of them for a total of $4. 




I also found some other great Pottery Barn look-a-likes at Homegoods that I didn’t purchase. 

Pottery Barn sells these lampshades for $69 each.  (They are on sale right now for $39 though)


I saw these lampshades that INCLUDED the lamp for $39 at Homegoods.  (click on photo for source)

Homegoods also had tons of lamps with burlap shades for $29.  Pottery Barn’s burlap shades are $39- $69 each.

You can also make Pottery Barn knock offs yourself!  For example, I’ve always loved the nest pillow from Pottery Barn.


I could easily recreate that look using the Citrasolv Transfer!

You can even make furniture that looks like Pottery Barn!  Ana White’s blog is full of easy do it yourself plans for building furniture, including lots of plans that are Pottery Barn knock offs. 

Remember when I told you I fell in love with this bed?  It is the Farmhouse bed from Pottery Barn.  It cost $1,199 for a queen size bed. 


Ana White has a knock-off plan for this bed.

Farmhouse Queen Plans

My grandparents are actually having someone build the headboard for Jeremy and I right now.  And it only cost around $125 for the building materials!  We will stain our headboard an espresso color and we will be getting the same look for about $1,000 less! 


There are many ways to get the Pottery Barn look for less, you just have to get creative and be on the lookout.  Know what you love, and think outside the box to find what you love for a much more reasonable price. 


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