Thursday, February 23, 2012

Don't you love when you find things from your house in magazines?

Have you ever been flipping through a magazine and you see something that you absolutely love but deep down know there is no way you can afford it? I was browsing through my most recent edition of Style at Home magazine and came across an amazing chair. I mean I could have drooled over the pages.
Source Metropolitan Home
Do you see the one I am talking about? The one with the three ovals? Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? Let me officially introduce you to the Bracelet Chair by Barbara Barry.
Here are a few more images of it:
Source Metropolitan Home
Source Barbara Barry
Oh I love it so much, but not for the retails price of...wait for it...$2,800! Yes, there is a coma and two zeros on that price. If you drop the one zero I might consider it or maybe even the 2 and the comma (probably not) :) So I can honestly say I will never have it but I can dream. In fact I was dreaming so much that I showed it to my husband, and him being the wonderful man he is he looked at it and said "how is that different from the headboard you pulled out of the garbage?" I immediately corrected him and said I didn't pull it out of the garbage I picked it up at the Sidewalk Boutique. :)

But then a light went on and he was correct. It does look remarkably like this headboard I got for free out of the trash. Amazing! It actually made me smile.
Then I stumbled upon this in a Parenting magazine I got.
Source Ballard Design
It retails at Ballard Design for $153. Seriously, it is a small ottoman! But isn't the fabric purdy? Well does it look familiar?How about now:
This is the same fabric I used a year ago to recover my kitchen chairs and to create the stair basket I made out of a cardboard box here:
So if I were to find a cheap crappy ottoman at a thrift store for a few buck, spray paint the legs black and cover it with fabric I have on hand (cost under $15 per yard to start out with) I could have almost the same ottoman for around $10! A savings of $140!

I am literally going to head out to my local thrift stores after I hit publish on this post to go find one. I will let you know how it goes.

Doesn't it make you happy when you find things in your home that are in magazines? It makes you feel like you might have made a couple of right decorating decisions.

Have you ever found something like this before?

Have a great day,


  1. YES, I love when that happens!! It's like a confirmation that I have good taste! (Not that I don't KNOW that already...haha!) I am so in love with that fabric you used!! And that headboard- I can't believe you got that thing for free! who in their right mind would throw it away?! As for the chair...I'm drooling too. I can't imagine ever spending that much on a chair one would ever be allowed to sit in it, that's for sure.

    1. Hi Brooke,

      I feel the same way about that chair...if I were ever to spend that amount of money on a small piece of furniture, I would turn into my Grandmother and put plastic all over it so my kids, dog, husband :) would not be able to spill anything on it.

  2. I think you are on a genius path there!



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