Monday, February 1, 2016

Design Finds (for Less)!

One of my close girlfriends always jokes that she'll never understand my love for Anthropologie. She actually saw this duster in the store being sold for $68, and snapped a picture of it to send to me.  "They can't be serious.  A cleaning product that can be bought for under $10 at the hardware store is retailing for $68 at Anthro?!"  I understand her point.  Some of the items are a bit ridiculous, but there's no store I'd rather wander through.  I remember studying the company in business school and learning that the store was purposely set up to feel like a treasure hunt.  Among the freestanding racks of clothing are small tables and niches with smaller items (i.e. impulse purchases) that allow your eyes to take a visual break.  While I love their clothing, I've always been drawn to their bedding, bath and furniture. While typically very pricey, I was surprised to come across these stunning lucite + brass bar carts for $698:

I thought my bar cart was a steal, and I still had to spray paint it to get it to be the shade of gold I wanted.  If I could do it over, I'd definitely go with one of the styles above because I love the lucite details.  Any time I find a good deal online, I always want to share it with you. It's rare that I find a beautiful furniture item or art piece that is somewhat affordable without feeling over-done or cheap, but it is possible.  Here are a few of my current favorites:

A few of my go-tos for chic art, lighting, and furniture:

Minted Art (fab photography and art for less, lots of framing options)

One Kings Lane (for unique furniture, accessories, and lighting)

domino (a great source AND a favorite magazine)

cb2 (modern, affordable furniture perfect for small spaces)

Etsy (the perfect place to get that custom, designer look for less)

Do you have a favorite online shop I failed to mention? Let me know, because I'm always out to discover new sources!

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