So waaaaaay back in October of 2012 (feels like forever ago to me) I excitedly rushed downstairs one morning to retrieve my new copy of Real Simple from the mailbox. Now, I love this magazine – if I could create my own magazine it would probably look a lot like Real Simple. With articles on everything from home decor, to fashion, to finances, and organization, what’s not to love? Anyway, back to that fateful day in 2012… The cover featured an article that promised “27 Instant Room Upgrades. Fabulous, affordable ways to transform any space”. Awesome!! I’m definitely interested in fabulous and affordable. The article header promised to reveal secret pieces that 21 design pros use to create “Wow Factor” in any room. Yes please!
Instant room upgrade #1 – a sculptural bronze vase for… SIX. HUNDRED. DOLLARS. What the ef????
Okay – maybe that’s just on the high end of affordable, I thought. Moving on… The next item, the chandelier you see on the front cover above, for $1,920. Holy #@$& Real Simple. I’m so mad at you right now!!!
And so it continued – the article featured 27 “instant” room upgrades, only TWO of which I would consider as affordable. Thus this post was born – I chose 12 of the items listed in the article and found comparable “Wow Factor” budget pieces. Because we all deserve some fabulous things in our lives (I’m talking to you, Real Simple).
Etsy is a GREAT place to find original, inexpensive artwork and home decor. If you have never been on Etsy.com (and have some time to kill) I highly recommend checking it out.
For a DIY option (and to save even more dough), re-create the look by using an existing (or bargain find) cabinet/dresser/side table and Martha Stewart’s Indian inlay stencil.
The Carter chair is also available in a fabric option for $899
I hope you’ve been inspired to some add some fabulous budget “Wow Factor” pieces to your own home decor. If you have any statement pieces of your own you’d like to share I would love to see them!