While I’m not really in the market for furniture at themoment, it’s always fun to see what’s out there. Currently, my decoratingbudget is limited to accessories and Craig’s List, but I like to occasionallyindulge myself by looking at more high-end sources. This is also an excellentway to get inspiration. For example, you may realize after looking at a fewhigh-end design sources that you just lovethe look of a hide rug under a lucite coffee table. Unfortunately the rug youlove is this one and it’s under this coffee table. Not to worry. You can find acheaper reproduction of just about anything you see from the more expensivestores. For example, this coffee table from CB2 over this cowhide rug fromIkea. The more difficult part is determining what you like. Finding somethingthat fits your preset criteria is much less overwhelming. This is more or less how Iended up with my Craig’s List faux bamboo dining set and upholstered leopard stools (which should be coming back from the upholsterer soon!). I saw moreexpensive versions of these items, fell in love with them, and made it mymission to find a more affordable alternative.
The purpose of this rambling introduction is to share with you all a new favorite high-end design source. Introducing Bliss Home & Design. Maybe I am the only one who has not heard of this place? Maybe not. Either way, I am in love with their furniture. I have seen some of these pieces before, but there are a handful that are new to me as well. I'm not surprised I found so much I like, considering the store's sources (Hickory Chair, Arteriors, Global Views, etc.). And there are also some items from the store's own collection.
Here are some of my favorites:
|Arteriors Worcester Bookshelf|
|Bliss Studio Monarch Pillow|
|Hickory Chair Alexandra Side Chair|
|Global Views Klismos Leather Bench|
|Grace & Blake Bella Bench|
|Hickory Chair Tuxedo Entertainment Center|
|Hickory Chair Tuxedo Chest|
|Reclaimed 3-Drawer Dresser - Style 1|
|Noir Burlap Covered Shelf|
|Reclaimed 3-Drawer Dresser - Style 2|
And here is an example of a cheaper version of one of the more high-end items, the brass etagere bookshelf. The Arteriors version is over $4,000, while the Craig's List version is only $600. I know $600 is not exactly cheap, but it's a lot cheap-ER, and you may be able to negotiate it down even further. There is also an Ikea hack DIY option if you're willing to get down and dirty. The end result is pretty incredible!
Moral of the story: just because something is super expensive or high-end, don't assume it can't eventually be yours. And I don't mean eventually as in after-you-win-the-lottery eventually. I mean eventually as in after-you-look-other-places-hard-enough eventually. Trust me, I'm a
What is your favorite of the pieces above? I am obsessed with the Hickory Chair Tuxedo pieces. I've had that entertainment center pinned to my "Dream Home" board for years. What high-end pieces are you coveting these days? Tell me and I'll help you find a cheaper alternative! See y'all tomorrow with last week in fitness.