Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I have this mind set that I can always find an item for a better price. It might not be the exact same item but I'm a person of constant change and so I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on items. One of my favorite magazines is Style at Home. I don't subscribe to it though because I just stand in the aisle and  read it. I save $7.90 per magazine that way. Usually they have an article called High/Low. This article shows two rooms, they look very similar in contents but one room is usually decorated with very beautiful, but very costly items while the other, looking  VERY similar costs only a  fraction of the price. And yet I look at the "low" room and I still think "they spent how much on a table?"
So in this blog I want to show you how you can make a"low" costing room even lower.

high: $20,893
low: $4,408

This is the outline of items and cost for the Low room.

Trendline sofa in Dash Ecru, $739, G.H. Johnson's Trading Co.
Glass-and-chrome Como coffee table, $895, Elte,
Cotton Skruvsta swivel chair in Almas Red with steel base, $199, IKEA,
Oak-and-leatherette chair, $329, Most,
Wool rug, 5' x 8', $600, HomeSense
1960s teak sideboard, $995, Zig Zag
Green ceramic table lamp with white polyester shade, $79, Shelter Furniture
Indian rosewood Pawn side table, $298, Morba
Turqoise hand-blown glass Calypsobowl, $43, Crate and Barrel,
Crosley stainless-steel-and-plastic radio, $68, Urban Outfitters
Plastic picture frames, 4" x 6", $2 each, Dollaram
White ceramic vases, $15 (tall), $6 (short), Bouclair Home
 Cushions(from left): cotton with fibrefill, $20, HomeSense
cotton floral appliqué, $45, Pier 1 Imports
silk Ikat Border cover, $34, with feather insert, $14, West Elm, westelm.com;
green appliqué with polyester insert, $23, HomeSense, homesense.ca.
cusions total: $136

Okay now keep in mind, I cannot/don't want to create an image that has a layout like this room using the items I have found. Instead I am listing the items picture and price, you can match the images, most will be obvious

dining chair with blue seat $25 for 4
(I would probably sand off the ugly red stain)

lamp (paintable)$20

lampshade $5
Antique radio $40
red accent chair $100
glass ball ( couldn't find a bowl) $5

round glass coffee table $50

rug $75

sideboard $80

side table $30

white vases $5 for both

couch $50
black frame $2 X3 ($6)
insert $2.99 X4 ($12)

fabric 7.99/m need~$20 for 4 pillows

So now if I add up my items, most of which I found on Kijiji, I com up with a grand total of ... drum roll please..... $523

So for the above room, I could pay a) $20, 893 for probably very high quality one of a kind items b) $4,408, for very similar items of less unique quality but still just as nice, or c)$523 for mostly re-run items that are still of good use. 

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