Monday, February 16, 2009

Elle Decor Reproduction, the Bargain Huntress Way

March 2009 issue of Elle Decor.
  • Dining table and chairs: $8500

  • Chandelier: $2000

  • Rug: $1300

Here's how the Bargain Huntress would reproduce this high fashion room:

Dining Table and Chairs: found on for $500

Fabric to reupholster dining chairs: $35 for 2 yards (You could probably find fabric at Walmart for $2 to $6 a yard, though.)

Chandelier: $150 from

Rug: $80 from Ikea

Floor Lamp: $73 from Walmart

Curtains: $20 for 2 panels from Ikea

Frame (16 x 20): set of six at $10.49 a piece from Target

White vase: $18 on (You could probably find one at a garage sale for less than $5.)

  • Check garage sales for inexpensive accessories. Frames, vases, pots, and dried flowers are next to nothing at a garage sale, but still provide the desired effect.
  • Find inspiration. I'm not good at creating a look for my home, but I know what I like when I see it. I collect magazine pages that appeal to me for reference when I'm ready to decorate a room.
  • Acquire pieces one at a time. Know what you are looking for and what your budget is, then keep your eyes open.


  1. I really like those curtain panels. Impressive - all of it.

  2. I forgot to mention that the entire ensemble costs less than $1000--about $950.

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