Wednesday, March 7, 2012

room replica 3

I came across the latest Crate&Barrel catalog at my mom's house the other day. Inside the first spread was the most fabulous, yet simple room. So many things that suit me - bright sunny colors, different textures, global influence with a touch of glam... I am in love! I want it all. Now. See below:

I am picturing myself lounging on the pristine white-ness of that sectional, feet propped on a pretty pouf, sipping a Mojito as the summer breeze blows through my hair. Aaaah.... until the 2 year old attacks the couch with peanut butter fingers and orange juice!!! What am I thinking?! I have been having a lust affair with white sofas lately. It must be because it makes NO SENSE whatsoever until Cason goes away to college and our black and gray cats have moved on to their next life. Oh, well. I did the math, and if one were to waltz into C&B and ring it all up, the grand total would be a mere $6,687.20. A pittance for such a perfect living space, right? Not according to my hubs or my bank account, unfortunately. Sigh! Not to fret. I decided to see if I could replicate this room via Craiglist and Etsy for less. Following is the frugal story...

I started with the Zola Rug. The Crate&Barrel version shown in the picture is $599 for a 6'x9'...

I found this hand-tufted Loft wool rug (7'6 x 9'6) on CL for $170. I think it's amazing how similar the pattern is to the dream rug! Different colors, but close enough. We're off to a great start!

On to the sofa. The Oasis Sectional in the picture is on sale for $4,333.30...

I couldn't find a decent white sectional on Craigslist, but I did run across this simple sofa for $400. It has similar loose back cushions, and I think it makes a great substitute. And since it saves so much moolah, I think a couple of white chairs are in order for additional seating, don't you?


How about two Ikea Tullsta chairs for $160? Perfect. On to the side table... The Crate&Barrel Ginger Salt Side Table runs a cool $299. Ouch! But it plays such a pivotal role in the vignette! This one would be hard to replicate. I did my best!

I know, it's not nearly as WOW as the dream side table. But imagine it with some glossy white paint? And I bet you could use some balsa wood and an Exacto knife to make your own panels to glue in the spaces. At least it's a hexagon, right?! For $5, I'd take it on as a project. :)

Now for a lamp. Groooan. The Georgie Table Lamp pictured is priced at $329. It's BIG and yellow, and beautiful. This was challenging. I did not find a yellow lamp, but I did find this super cool substitute:

I thinks it's a good stand-in for the missing detail on our side table, perhaps? For $40, I think it works. And I love the brass base. Done!

The Ibiza Throw Pillows from Crate&Barrel are super cute. But at $79.99 a piece, I would be hard pressed to bring home more than one. Have you ever done a search for pillows on Etsy? It's like a wonderland of pillow-ness! Do it! Let's see if we can find a more pocket friendly version of our dream pillows...

$44.90 for a silk bolster cover. Yes, please.

And fancy that! A matching red one for $48.00. All we need is brown now...

So perfect! $25.00. Have I mentioned my love for throw pillows? Don't get me started! 

A big piece of this room replica puzzle are the oh-so-wonderful Marrakesh Poufs, for $399 a piece. How fun are these things?! And what a fantastic kid-friendly coffee table! I've written before about my affection for poufs, and these are no exception. And I love that they are square. Replicating these is hard because of their scale and bright pattern. I didn't find the perfect pouf, but I did find an Etsy shop that will make one in your fabric of choice for $92.00:

I would choose this Waverly fabric, since it's so reminiscent of the Crate&Barrel version:

Or maybe this one, since our replica rug is a bit darker:

Last on the list is the Lima Alpaca Throw blanket for $169. How about this pretty orange one for $38? It does reinforce the darker color palette of the rug, too:

Ta-da! Room replicated for... wait for it... $1022.90! Feels a bit more attainable, doesn't it? I still wish I could redo my living room STAT, but until I can, this little adventure has been fun. 



  1. yes, IT WILL BE TONS OF FUN! Love your ideas.
    Come join our fun at Happy Homes!

    1. Hi Jessica! Love your blog... aren't we two birds of a feather? My degree is in Graphic Design and I do freelance as well! This will be fun ;) xoxo