It’s hard to deny the appeal of the styled, perfectly-appointed rooms in catalogs. I love the rustic warmth of this Pottery Barn dining room and wanted to mimic the look in my own home. However, the cost of the primary elements–a table, six chairs, and chandelier–exceeded my budget at over $4,200. So I started searching for comparable look-alike items. I managed to find the three key elements for only $1,650, a savings of $2,550.
The Cortona Extending Dining Table from Pottery Barn is a bold piece that anchors a room and features a rustic plank top, baluster legs and a hand distressed finish for $1,799. Cost Plus World Market offers the Greyson Fixed Dining Table with a similar finish and design for only $699.99. You save $1,099, or 60 percent.
Pottery Barn’s Calais Chair has espresso-finished legs and antique nail heads that accentuate three different fabrics. The leather version is $499, adding up to $2,994 for six chairs. Overstock offers the attractive alternative Monroe Leather Dining Chair at $420.89 for two, or $1,262.67 for six dining chairs. You save $1,731, or 57 percent.
Pottery Barn’s Calais chair in linen fabric adds up to $1,974 for six. Again, Overstock offers the Crown Top Beige Dining Chairs for $294.99 per pair. With six chairs at $884.97, the savings add up to $1089. Add one inch upholstery nails to more closely match the look for $30.30.
I love the natural details of the Stanton Leaf Cup Chandelier at $499. While not as intricate in detail, but featuring the same bronze metal finish, the Home Decorator's Collection Denholm Bronze Chandelier from Home Depot better fits my budget at only $159. That’s a savings of $340, or 68 percent.
This has been a guest post by Amanda from Erath, LA.
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