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post #1 of 21
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sort of a s/o from another post...just saw that a few people on here are like me in their lust for pottery barn

I was just wondering if anyone has any tips for a pottery barn look on a more frugal budget. (I guess maybe I should have posted this in the frugal section?)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE looking through the catolog...savoring over the clean, timeless looks and organizationalness of it all lol But then i look at the price tags and almost fall over! haha.

Just wondering if any of you have an decorating tips that mimic the pottery barn "look" so to speak.
post #2 of 21
ebay.

one time I *almost* got a PBK toddler bed on ebay once for $45...I will never get over it...

post #3 of 21
Thrift stores, target, Big Lots, Tuesday Morning. You just have to be on the hunt. Oh...Home Goods is great too.
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Originally Posted by hollytheteacher View Post
sort of a s/o from another post...just saw that a few people on here are like me in their lust for pottery barn

I was just wondering if anyone has any tips for a pottery barn look on a more frugal budget. (I guess maybe I should have posted this in the frugal section?)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE looking through the catolog...savoring over the clean, timeless looks and organizationalness of it all lol But then i look at the price tags and almost fall over! haha.

Just wondering if any of you have an decorating tips that mimic the pottery barn "look" so to speak.
post #4 of 21
I don't know if you mean the kids stuff from Pottery Barn...but if so, Target has some bins and bookshelves that kind of have that look. The bins are either primary colors (bright green, blue, red) or pastels -- which I didn't really look at closely since I have 3 boys.

They are much more reasonably priced, and if you keep your eye on the weekly Target circular/ ads, they go on sale every so often. We've had ours for ? 6 months probably, and they have held up pretty well. There are a couple of paint chips on the corners, but what am I going to do, you know? I would have probably had a heart attack if they were the fancy/ pricey ones from Pottery Barn...but these Target ones look, well, not *just* as nice, but close enough for the stage of life we are in.
post #5 of 21
CRAIGSLIST!

I just bought 2 brand new rugs and pick them up tonight! They originally cost $499 (plus shipping) EACH, but I got them BOTH for $250!

I check Craigslist Evey day for PB items.

You can find similar styles, but PB's quality is far superior to the look-alikes (IKEA, Target, Pier 1).
post #6 of 21
I don't know if this blogger does this often but I like this article on "frugal hacks" for how to recreate various things in a Pottery Barn catalog ....

http://frugalhacks.com/2007/10/22/ch...ty-catalogued/

I have seen many PB-like things at Marshall's, Target, etc. I have also gotten some PB things used. If it makes you feel better, I think the PB quality is good but not vastly better than some of the "knock-off" items we have.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by 2GR8KIDS View Post
I don't know if this blogger does this often but I like this article on "frugal hacks" for how to recreate various things in a Pottery Barn catalog ....

http://frugalhacks.com/2007/10/22/ch...ty-catalogued/

I have seen many PB-like things at Marshall's, Target, etc. I have also gotten some PB things used. If it makes you feel better, I think the PB quality is good but not vastly better than some of the "knock-off" items we have.
Awesome site, thanks!
post #8 of 21
For my furniture, I checked obsessively for sales. Everything I bought from PB I bought at a steep discount. That meant that I was usually lusting after something for a year before it went on sale/was discontinued! But, it worked as I saved hundreds of dollars (if not a thousand?) on what I did buy. I never thought checking Craigslist though!

When I am looking at the magazines I will tear out the pages with the items that I want to buy and put them in my purse. When I am out shopping for these items I will pull them out to reference. A lot of accent pieces (candles, candle holders, lamps, picture frames) I can find at Target. I've seen some nice curtains/rods and Bed Bath and Beyond. The Home Depot has a really good selection of lamps, surprisingly! I got both our nightstand lamps there for under $40.
post #9 of 21
My mom love PB. She has a couch from there that I think hasn't held up that well. I also almost fainted when I was at her house and saw that the play toaster in the PB kids catalog cost more than my Kitchenaid real toaster! I can't believe anyone would pay full price for that. All of the play kitchen stuff cost more than our actual appliances.
post #10 of 21
Here's another blog devoted to recreating the PB look:

http://pblookalikes.blogspot.com/
post #11 of 21
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A lot of accent pieces (candles, candle holders, lamps, picture frames) I can find at Target. I've seen some nice curtains/rods and Bed Bath and Beyond. The Home Depot has a really good selection of lamps, surprisingly! I got both our sightstand lamps there for under $40.
Oh exactly. I would only buy furniture, rugs, bedding and curtians/rods at PB. All other stuff you can find for cheaper and the quality with those isn't such a factor.

HD does have nice lighting!

Thanks for the blogs, 2GR8KIDS!

Another great idea is to go to Rate My Space o HGTV.com and check out "Pottery Barn style". You'll get tons of pics/houses/rooms done PB-esque but on a tight budget. Great inspiration.
post #12 of 21
the key for getting that look is to really familiarize yourself with that style. Keep the catalogs and look through them over and over. you can even cut out your favorite things and put them in clear protector sheets in a 3-ring binder. Then when you shop at Target, Lowe's, sometimes even WalMart, you'll start seeing PB-ish stuff for a fraction of the cost. I got PB-ish wooden curtain rods with the rodholders at WalMart for about $10 each.
PB http://www.potterybarnkids.com/produ...2Dhardware%7Ck
Mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/azaleaw...7600080111611/
A few years ago we also bought unfinished wooden chairs at Lowe's for $50 that PB sells for $190 each.
Here's PB http://www.potterybarn.com/products/...m?pkey=cchairs
and here are mine
http://www.flickr.com/photos/azaleaw...7600080111611/

If you do Flickr.com, here's a good group you could join
http://www.flickr.com/groups/530782@N22/
post #13 of 21
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If you do Flickr.com, here's a good group you could join
http://www.flickr.com/groups/530782@N22/
On the front page, I noticed an MDC Mama's home!
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post #15 of 21
If I won the lottery, I'd redo my whole house, PB style, in a heartbeat.

I second Target. Many of their home items are PB knockoffs. Also, scour the clearance section of the PB and PB Kids web sites. On the PB Kids site, I found a beautiful crib quilt that I use as a wall hanging in my younger daughter's room.
post #16 of 21
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If it makes you feel better, I think the PB quality is good but not vastly better than some of the "knock-off" items we have.
I would agree with that. I love the PB look and I loooooove to go to the PB outlet, but the slightly-damaged items at the outlet have shown me that while their furniture is probably decent and oh-so-lovely it isn't very high quality. If you have any larger piece you want for your home, you could always bring a picture from a catalog to a good carpenter to get a higher-quality item for at least a slightly lower price. Their organizational items, especially, are like visual crack to me.

Otherwise - Ebay, PB clearance, outlet stores, thrift stores, and overstock.com

For example, I couldn't ever justify buying this type of chair - http://www.potterybarn.com/products/...m?pkey=cchairs - but I loved the look of them and bought this on sale instead - http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden...2/product.html . And I always loved this style - http://www.potterybarn.com/products/...m?pkey=cchairs - but ended up finding a big set of similar counter-height chairs on craigslist. Meanwhile, the outlet is fun for doodads and accessories.
post #17 of 21
I got the library bookshelves (like $300 or something from PB) on craigslist for $30. They were the cherry ones, which didn't go in the kids' room, so I sanded and repainted in the blue color that they sometimes use and it looks great! I think with supplies I spent about $50 total (I am sure the shipping alone would have been at least that).
post #18 of 21
Ikea.
post #19 of 21
The PB kitchen for kids a few years back- DH made that for my kids. He does woodworking so I gave him the picture and he made them. Perfect. Otherwise they were close to $500 and he made them from wood scraps left over. They get a lot of traffic. Also, the Director of our preschool dd1 went to and dd2 goes to- came over and pointed at them and said- MINE when they outgrow them!! She loves all the stuff DH can make since the coop preschool has reaped in the benefit.
post #20 of 21
JC Penney is having a great sale--I just bought this twin bed for DD for $199--which clocks in at about half of what a comparable bed would cost from PB.

Here's the link of the bed that I bought--they are having a great sale online with free shipping!

http://www5.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6E.asp...Id=57087|57096

Here's the PB version--at $1195!!!

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/produ...oom%2Dsets%7Ck

I'll post back on the quality once I receive, but I went to the store and the sample there was quite nice. DD's crib was from PB, and it actually feels more plasticky than wooden to me.
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