Louis Ghost Chair: Spot the NOT!

There’s nothing to be frightened over when it comes to this knock off. I’m talking about the iconic Louis Ghost Chair created by Philippe Starck for Kartell. It’s a reinvention of the classic Louis XVI armchair made into a single form of translucent injection-molded polycarbonate. It’s an ingenious mix of history meeting modern style. This chair has been seen everywhere since about 2002.


You can buy a real version from Design Within Reach in the classic crystal color for $450. I absolutely love this chair, but I can just about do a whole room for $450!

Now for the knock off, found in an unexpected place. Staples sells the Flash Furniture Ghost Chair with Arms in the same transparent crystal for $96.69. You can also get free shipping and 5% back if you’re a Staples Rewards Member or free shipping to a local Staples store.  Not bad, Staples! This chair can be used indoor and outdoor like the original version, too. The look and dimensions of this chair are pretty comparable (36 1/2”H x 21 1/8”W x 23”D). Here are the dimensions of the original:


Adirondack Chair: Spot the NOT!

Just in time for Memorial Day, here’s a special Spot the Not. What’s more all American than a classic red adirondack chair? My first source, that to me is just the epitome of a classic American look, is Pottery Barn. Take a look at their site; there’s nothing but red, white, and blue for Memorial Day! To celebrate this holiday weekend, more than likely there’s going to be a cookout or some type of water involved whether it’s the beach or the pool. People are going to need some place to sit. So, why not the adirondack chair? It’s been a symbol of summer relaxation since 1903 when a host built the first one for guests to enjoy when visiting his Adirondacks vacation home.


Pottery Barn’s Classic Adirondack Chair in red costs $249 with a delivery surcharge of $20 (normally $25). Nice chair, but the price is a little high.

Next is World Market’s Pompeian Red Classic Adirondack Chair for $99.99 with a delivery surcharge of $10. Similar look and comparable dimensions with a much more budget friendly price. Plus you could save even more money by signing up for the Explorer Program. Still, there’s a more affordable option.

Walmart’s FSC Hardwood Adirondack Chair in red is on sale for $79 and you can get free shipping to your home or free in-store pick up. It’s the exact dimensions of the one by World Market, only a couple inches smaller than the PB option. Same look for about $170 less! With those savings, you can buy a little more food for the grill. 😉

Coral Table Lamp: Spot the NOT!

I love a nice nautical/coastal look just like the next designer. Target has both in their home décor collections. You can see the nautical here and the coastal here. I was surprised, though, that neither collection have a white coral base table lamp. There is this one for $50:


Threshold™ Coral Lamp Base

Threshold™ Coral Lamp Base



But there’s not one in white. So, I found this one online.


It’s the Coral Bedside Lamp Base by Pottery Barn for $149. It’s crafted of resin and iron with an acrylic base. Very nice, but expensive.

Next is Pier 1’s Coral Lamp on sale for $100 (originally $125). It doesn’t have an acrylic base, but the shade comes with it, unlike the base from Pottery Barn.

The final option I found is Kirkland’s Coral Crystal Table Lamp on sale for $69.99 (originally $89.99). It comes with a linen shade and has a nice base. Kirkland’s also has a Rewards Program, so you may be able to get additional money of this price, too. The best online deal I found came from Kirkland’s, but stores like HomeGoods and Ross have unique, affordable table lamps; and you may be able to find a similar look.


Z GALLERIE Look for Less: Mandarin

A couple months ago, I was inspired by Issue 2 of Z Gallerie’s Spring/Summer 2014 Look Book. I absolutely love Z Gallerie, but their prices are a bit high for me. They are a great source for inspiration, though. I showed how you can knock off their Sapphire Splendor look here, and you can also do the same with this Mandarin look.


Bold, beautiful mandarin orange and crisp white with gold and silver accents create a stunning look. Now, here’s how you can knock off this look with more affordable and accessible options.

Baroque Mirrors: Spot the NOT!

Baroque mirrors have been popular for a while now. Modern day replicas are a throwback to the Baroque period dating back to around 1600 wherein everything was produced with a feeling of drama and grandeur. You can find them everywhere; just google “baroque mirror”. For starters, here’s this one by Wayfair.


This Paragon Traditional Wall Mirror costs $236 with free shipping through Wayfair. This seems a little high to me. Here’s a much more affordable option.

Ikea’s UNG DRILL Mirror only costs $40! Of course, it’s smaller in size, but the savings in price are substantial.

The Xhilaration Baroque Mirror from Target costs $30, but it’s even smaller than the one from Ikea.

Another option is to order one from Etsy. They have a vast selection of colors, sizes and shapes. You would be surprised by what you can find at thrift stores and yard sales, too. I found this mirror at Good Will and painted it years ago while I was in college.

Have you found a good deal on a baroque mirror or any other knock-offs? I’d love to see/hear about them!

Upholstered Headboard: Spot the NOT!

An upholstered headboard is a very popular furniture piece that can give a bedroom a classic, custom look. You can find them on just about any major retailer’s website, like this one from West Elm.


This queen size Grid Tufted Headboard in basketweave fabric is on sale for $381 with a delivery surcharge of $60.

IKEA sells one called the BEKKESTUA. For a queen size in this natural light gray fabric, the cost is $250.

Lamps Plus sells a queen size version called the Odell that costs $249.99 with free shipping.

The least expensive option that I’ve found is Target’s Solid Upholstered Headboard in queen size. It’s currently on clearance for $199.99 and they have a special offer that you can get 15% off when you spend $150. Also, you can get free shipping if you have a REDcard. So you could potentially buy a queen upholstered headboard for $170. Of course you could DIY one like this beautifully made one, if you’re crafty/handy. But if you need one quickly and don’t feel like making it yourself, Target is not a bad option.

Mirrored Chest: Spot the NOT!

I absolutely love mirrored furniture! A throwback to the Art Deco period, it instantly adds depth and a little glamour to any space. If you’re not brave enough to “diy” it like me, there’s some affordable options out there like the mirrored tables I bought on clearance from Target for the study. Today’s knock off is not from Target, but from Lamps Plus. First, here’s the higher end piece. It’s the beautiful Omni Mirrored 3 Drawer Chest from Z Gallerie for $799.



It’s modern and simple, but still elegant and beautifully detailed. However, spending almost $800 on 1 piece is a bit much to me! Now for the knock off…

The Audrey 3-Drawer Mirrored Chest from Lamps Plus has a comparable contemporary style and dimensions. The Audrey is 3.5 inches wider and 1.5 inches taller. It  has less detail than a Z Gallerie piece is expected to have, but it would give you the same glam look in any space. The current price is $399.98 (on clearance from $799.99). That’s a savings of $400 on 1 piece!!!

Wine Storage: Spot the NOT!

For all you wine lovers out there, here’s some identical wine storage options that vary only a little in price depending on where you buy them. For both of these options, World Market is a little cheaper and you could save even more on the piece by using a coupon through their Explorer Program. First is this metal framed wall mounted rack that Target carries the Navi Wall Mount Storage for $99.99.


Normally, Target would be the more affordable option, but World Market is having their Dining Sale, and they carry an exact replica called the Leeds Wall Mount Wine Rack that’s on sale for $95.99. You could probably get it for even cheaper with one of their coupons.

Another unique option that World Market features is the Cube Wall Mount Wine Storage that’s on sale for $55.99.

Wayfair carries the identical Wildon Home Carini 5 Bottle Wall Mounted Wine Rack for $59.99.

With World Market’s Dining Sale, it seems that they’re coming out on top with their versions of these wine storage options. Sign up for their Explorer Program to get coupons that can make these and other unique pieces cost much less!

Hotel Bedding: Spot the NOT!

A nice, classic look that I’ve always liked is crisp hotel bedding in a bedroom. It’s simple, clean, and timeless to me. Pottery Barn has a beautifully embroidered hotel bedding inspired collection called the Liza. It has a thread count of 280. The duvet cover and shams are shown below in gray mist.

The cost for a queen duvet with special pricing is $129. The cost for a single standard sham is $34 with special pricing. If you want to get really fancy, you can have each piece monogrammed for $8.50 per sham and $8.50 for the duvet (as shown below).

So $197 (before tax and shipping) for a queen duvet and 2 standard shams or $222.50 (before tax and shipping) total for all 3 pieces with monogramming. That’s a little high to me, but the Liza bedding is beautiful! Target has a comparable set and it’s on clearance for $63. The Fieldcrest Luxury Embroidered Hotel Duvet Cover Set in white and silver has a thread count of 300 and includes 2 shams in the set. So, 3 pieces for only $63!

The embroidered pattern and color are very similar to Pottery Barn’s Liza. You could also add monogramming to this set to make it look a little more fancy. Jo-Ann sells dyeable monogram script and iron on monogram letters. Etsy has many iron on monogram lettering choices like this and this. A former college classmate of mine does embroidery and monogramming via her facebook page, Beau & Bows Boutique. So even if you spent $40 at the most on monogramming, you would still save more than 50% by choosing the more budget friendly Target option.

Girl’s Daybed: Spot the NOT!

I’ve been working on my daughter’s big girl room and found an inexpensive daybed that I love. Although, she still sleeps in her crib, I figure that I can get her room ready for when she makes the transition from crib to big girl bed. Here’s the bed that I originally fell in love with from Ikea.

It’s called the SVELVIK daybed and it costs $400! Normally, Ikea is my go-to for budget friendly finds, but this is too much for me! So after some online research, I found this daybed from Walmart with a look that’s pretty comparable.

It’s the Hayley Twin Daybed and it’s only $129! What makes this bed even sweeter is that Walmart offers free shipping to your home or free store pick up. Similar look and a much better price, made the Hayley an obvious choice. Who doesn’t want to save over $200 on 1 piece?!? Is there a piece you’re in love with but not the price? Maybe I can help!