Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Budget bedroom - Get the Pottery Barn look for less

Those reading this probably already know that I love to plan and design spaces. Unfortunately I don't have any money at the moment to actually re-design any of our rooms. Even so, I couldn't help but be inspired by this image on the Pottery Barn website:

This photo really speaks to my heart. I love everything about it. The layered and textured bed linens, the slight rustic charm, and the overall neutral feel. What I don't love are the Pottery Barn prices. The following set-up from Pottery Barn costs a whopping $2539:

  • Queen size sleigh bed frame, $599
  • Duvet cover, $199
  • Standard pillow shams (not included with duvet cover), $49 (assuming they include 2 but it wasn't clearly stated)
  • Euro shams for square pillows, $59
  • Pillow inserts for square pillows, $48 (for 2)
  • Accent pillow, $39
  • Lamp, $259
  • Nightstand, $299
  • Dresser, $899
  • Drapes, $89
Total = $2539

So I fired up my search engine and found some good deals on similar pieces. No, it's not an exact dupe, but this is my interpretation of the space.

Click for a larger view

Total = $658.96

Difference = $1880.04

Here's a more detailed comparison breakdown.

Pottery Barn bed, $599 (actually not a bad price for Pottery Barn):

The very similar sleigh headboard that I dug up, for $134:

The dresser from Pottery Barn, $899:

And my sorta similar $250 version from Overstock:

Note: You could make this look even more like the Pottery Barn piece by replacing the hardware. You can pick up new inexpensive knobs at Home Depot or even Ikea.

Here are a few more dressers I found:

Next there's the $299 Pottery Barn night stand:

I found many nightstands that reminded me of this one, but none that were exactly the same. My favorite of the ones I did find is this one from Target for only $79. For that price, you can get 2 tables and still come in at around half the price of the Pottery Barn version. Plus I like the extra concealed storage with the bottom drawer.

Some other nightstands I considered:

The $89 Pottery Barn canopy drapes can be DIY duped with these $5 Ikea Lill curtains.

The Pottery Barn bedding looks soft and luxurious:

But I think my Target version looks just as nice.

Here's those extra pillows, $29.98 for the shams and $6.99 for the pillow insert:

I couldn't find a similar straw accent pillow that beat the $39 Pottery Barn price.

So instead, I looked for other natural textures. I really liked this burlap pillow, only $8 from Etsy:

There's also this neutral and textured pillow from Walmart for $9:

Feeling crafty? You can also pick up some inexpensive burlap fabric from Amazon for $7.99 and make your own pillow cover.

Finally, here's the item I'm most proud of. This beautiful Pottery Barn lamp is really unique, and also really expensive ($259):

So I first found a similar burlap lampshade for $15 (or here's a slightly more expensive one at Ballard Designs):

I found this silver lamp base at JCPenney for $29.99:

Put together, I think they make a really unique looking lamp in similar style to the much more expensive Pottery Barn version. Plus you can easily find instructions for distressing the silver base or adding a patina effect.

Here's my final design, once again:

And here's the cost breakdown and complete source list, once again:
Total = $658.96

What do you think? Not a bad knock-off for almost a quarter of the price.

I had a lot of fun putting this design board together. If you'd like to see more of this kind of thing on this blog, please comment below or feel free to re-blog it!


Linking this post with Frugal Friday -- Finding Fabulous For Less

Decor Mamma

and Penny-Pinching Party at the Thrifty Home


Bonnie @ House of Grace April 7, 2010 at 7:25 AM  

WOW!!!! Great job! You really did your research, amazing! I love PB but not their price! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Cindy @The Flipping Couple April 7, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

Um, love it. Totally love it. I drool over every PB catalog I can get my hands on but the prices are definitely out of my budget. Love how you pulled together a similar room for a totally reasonable cost.

justaddshoes April 7, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

I love that you found this for a fraction of the cost! I also love PB, but can't bear to part with that much $$ for one piece. I'd love more of these types of comparisons!

Danielle and Clint April 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

I seriously love looking through PB and Westelm catalogs for decorating ideas! Great job! You really put a nice mood board together.

Leslie April 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

great job on a look for less. i wish i could find deals like that!!!!

micah @ the yellow front door April 7, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

I'm impressed! PB is great for inspiration but not great for the ol' bank account. I hope you do more of these budget rooms!

Meredith from PenelopeLovesLists April 8, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

Totally genius post! Love these ideas.

I often use PB as inspiration but rarely can afford to actually purchase their stuff.

Keep these kinds of posts coming!

Mallory's Mommy April 8, 2010 at 7:31 PM  

you need your own show or something. the end.

no really please do this more often!

SLourdes April 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

It looks great! I really like what you did, and what a savings!

Life in Rehab April 10, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

Very nice bargain diving! This is my first time over here, and I like what you do.

As for the straw pillow, I'll bet two straw placemats hand stitched around a form would work. I have some from the Dollar Tree in fact.

Suzanne April 16, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

Amazing. Seriously absolutely beautiful and the price is outstanding considering everything you bought. Definitely has the same feel at a fraction of the cost!

Kristi April 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

How fun! It's like thrifty window shopping. You found some great deals! P.S., I like the JC Penney lamp better than the PB one.

Jen April 21, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

Wow, I can't believe how close of a match you were able to find on everything. Your room looks great and all for the price of one of the items at PB :)

Chona March 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM  

amazing job!!! thank u for all the work u put into this.

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