High/Low Recreations - Ledge

You may have picked up on this already, but I really love PotteryBarn.  However, most things there are a little pricey for me so I like to use there ideas for my inspiration and try to find a more inexpensive way to create their look.

One thing that I have been eyeing in their catalog was a broken ledge.  I always thought it was a very unique piece of artwork and the look of it really flows with the decorations in my home.  The only problem was the ledge was $300.00.

I was out shopping one day at HomeGoods, which I frequent often, and saw a perfect replica of that same broken ledge.  I was so excited that I had finally found something similar.  Even better, the piece from HomeGoods was only $40.00 so you can imagine my excitement.

PotteryBarn inspiration...

HomeGoods purchase...

In my guest room...

If you are interested, this was a recent find so you may also get as lucky as I did.  Good Luck!

High/Low Recreations

I am excited to share a new section of my blog with you called High/Low Recreations.  In this section, I will be showing you how to take designer pieces and recreate them for a fraction of the cost.  Doing this is key to any room when you consider your budget.  Everyone wants the high end pieces, but without the cost behind them.

Here is my inspiration for the letter B I created. 

This is a page from the PotteryBarn catalog.  I really loved this vintage "W" in the background leaned on the desk, so I decided to recreate it on my own.

Here is what I came up with.

If you want to see how I created this click here

I am excited to show you how you can get the looks you desire without the high cost.

Decorating with Baskets

I love organizing myself with baskets.  It's such a great way to free myself of clutter, plus they look great in any room.  The easiest way to ruin a nicely decorated room is to have piles of clutter everywhere.  You can use baskets by themselves or group different sizes together for a more noticeably unique look. The best way to keep your baskets flowing throughout your home is to pick a weave and color in your baskets.  For the baskets in my home, I have chosen a seagrass weave in a natural color.

I really enjoy looking through different magazines and catalogues, but they seem to pile up really quickly.  So, to keep them readily available but tucked away I stack them up in this basket next to my chair. 

One thing that I like to keep out in my office are cheap pads of paper.  To keep them looking nice, I stack them upright in a basket.  This way I can keep my office looking great but still have it functional at all times.

I don't know what my husband would do without this basket!  I have never seen anyone lose keys like him.  So, to keep our mornings somewhat organized I have put this basket by our front entrance to hold keys and any little odds and ends that need to be by the front door.

I like to keep a few spare pillows available in my guest room for my guests.  To do this, I stacked two pillows in a basket underneath my bookshelf.

If it wasn't for this basket, I don't think I would ever be able to watch television.  This basket is what keeps all of our remotes in one place.  Because they have a place to go, everything stays more organized.

There is a gap between our cabinets and our fridge.  To fill this, I used three baskets side by side.  These baskets really warmed up a cold place. (no pun intended)  They added a very natural look to the stainless fridge and you can always use extra storage in a kitchen.

I know not everyone loves to organize as much as I do, but I promise it helps.  It's also a great project to tackle in these winter months.  Try to make this a resolution for yourself.

How to Create a Chalkboard

I really wanted to add a chalkboard to my dining room, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on it.  When shopping at some of my favorite stores, chalkboards ranged from $100-200.00.  I was at the paint department at HomeDepot one day and came across chalkboard paint.  So, instead I decided to save myself money and make my own!  For my actual board, I used mdf.  The surface and edges of mdf are very smooth and there's also no wood grain.  The size of my chalkboard is 2x4 and 3/4 inch deep.  The cost for a board that size was around $10.00.  Before painting my board, I attached my hanging hardware to the back so that I wouldn't scratch the chalkboard finish when it was complete.  Directions on how to paint the chalkboard come with the paint.  I used a paint roller to apply my finish. 

I am still waiting on the right kitchen/food saying to put on my chalkboard, but for now I like "menu".  You can also use this for holidays and seasonal greetings as well as your menu for a dinner party.  It was such an easy project and I really love what it added to my dining room.  I decided to keep my chalkboard simple, but you could always add a frame to yours or cut the board into a shape.
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