With the holidays just around the corner (only 4 weeks until Thanksgiving and 9 weeks until Chrismtas, SAY WHAT!?!), one thing that I love looking forward to is big meals spent with family and friends. Every year our core group of friends hosts Friendsgiving in addition to our regular Thanksgiving family meals and Christmas dinner is a tradition I relish in every year. With so much time spent around food, I thought that I should focus this month’s Get the Look for Less post around the dining room 🙂
Once a month I put out a post in my Get the Look for Less series – if you love saving money on designer looks then this series is for you! This month, I turned to Pottery Barn and found this lovely space on page 56 of their holiday catalog.
I love the rustic and cozy feel – it’s the perfect inviting and welcoming space to host friends or family for a holiday meal! Wood tones paired with white is always a good idea, and I love the pop of red thrown in to mix things up. I feel a strange urge to make an 8 course dinner…. However, after looking at the price of some of their items, I was struck with a bit of sticker shock. Womp womp. but never fear, I founds some awesome look alike pieces that will give you the same style for less. Take a look below!
Pottery Barn Chandelier Look Alike
A stylish chandelier is a great focal point for any dining room. And the great news is they don’t have to be the old-fashioned candelabra kind! Pottery barn had a great 8-light chandelier that has both modern and traditional charm. But $1k is a pretty penny to drop on a light fixture. I found a great alternative at Wayfair, and in truth, I actually like it better than the PB original. I’m a fan of the rustic industrial fixtures and the Edison bulbs are a nice touch for that warm dinner glow.
Pottery Barn Rug Look Alike
An area rug in the dining room is a great way to add a pop of color, texture, and comfort to your space. When looking for a dining room rug, make sure to stick to lower naps – that way cleaning up any spilled food will be a breeze. Pottery Barn’s red traditional rug provides a beautiful source of color and a pattern that’s interesting but not too distracting. Rugs can be pretty expensive, so I was able to knock almost 50% off the price by finding a similar one at Rugs USA. Similar berry red and blue colors in a Persian pattern that’s sure to please.
Pottery Barn Dining Table Look Alike
If you host dinner parties or holiday meals frequently, look for a table that will set multiple people with ease. Pottery barn has a beautiful rustic wood and metal table, but $1,200 bucks is a steep price to pay for any piece of furniture. I found a suitable alternative at Wayfair for a thousand dollars off. Though my find looks a bit shorter than the PB original in the picture, the two tables are actually very close in length. Plus it features a “live edge” look which is a great custom rustic addition.
Pottery Barn Dining Bench Look Alike
Benches at your dining table is a fantastic way to squeeze more people around your table without trying to squish in a bunch of folding chairs. PB’s rustic wood and metal version is fairly reasonable at almost $800, but the matching bench to go with my Wayfair table is a much better deal. It even features a third leg and “live edge” for that extra dose of style and charm.
Pottery Barn Dining Chair Look Alike
Mixing up your types and styles of seating around your dining table makes for a stylized and curated look. Try adding a bench and several chairs, like some slipcovered beauties for elegant charm. PB’s version is a little outrageous – $350 bucks for one chair? If you want to buy four you are looking at a price tag of over $1,600 with tax. Ikea has a much more cost effective, yet still pretty, version at just $89 bucks a pop.
Pottery Barn Mirror Look Alike
Adding a mirror to any room is a surefire way to add some style, bounce more light around your space, and provide a quick solution for surreptitious hair and makeup checks. Pottery Barn’s statement mirror is a great addition to this dining room space, but $600 is a bit much for some wood and glass. Wayfair has an almost exact replica for a cool $285 so you can keep style high and cost low.
Pottery Barn Hurricane Vase Look Alike
A beautiful way to add drama and flair to your holiday table is by adding some hurricane vases for candles or foliage. Mercury glass is a great choice that fits in with many design styles. PB has a beautiful 17″ (yep, 17 inches) tall hurricane vase that is a great statement piece, but it would be hard to convince myself to buy more than one. I found a slightly shorter version at Crate and Barrel that still provides the drama but also cuts the price tag – which means you can buy more to fill up your Thanksgiving or Christmas tablescape!
If you were to buy all of the PB pieces, at one time, brand-new, your total cost (before tax) would be $6,613.96. Ouch, ouch, ouch. That’s more than a couple of paychecks! Now, if you were to purchase all of my look-alike pieces at one time, brand-new, then your total cost would be $3,011.06. That’s a savings of $3,602.90 or 54%!! Now that’s what I call saving some money!
Of course, you can always save even more by waiting until items go on sale, looking at garage sales or Craigslist, or even just buying one piece at a time instead of all at once. You don’t have to sacrifice style or your hard earned cash – you really can have both!
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