I like to think of myself as a world traveler. I haven’t been to a ton of countries yet, but my husband and I are always working our way towards our next international trip! We love the spice and intrigue that trinkets and decor from around the globe can bring to our home so I decided to look for home decor that favored international fare. When I found this Williams and Sonoma global living room, I knew I had to try and recreate it with copycat look-alikes. I love the feel of this room – it is cozy and cultural, modern but with some old world style. The textures are rich and the tones are natural and inviting. Read on to see my recreation!
A clean neutral couch is a great starter for any living room, whatever the style. The beige palette makes for a fantastic jumping off point to customize to fit any design by adding theme or color specific pillows, throws, and decor around it. The love seat and Williams and Sonoma was close to $2000.00 dollars, but I found a great look-alike version at West Elm. It features the same 1-cushion seat design with similar lines and coloring throughout.
Same with the couch, my copycat version comes from West Elm. At half the price you get the same beautiful neutral fabric, the same beautiful curved line of the the arms and cute wooden feet poking out of the bottom! West Elm can be pricey at times, depending on the item, but it is a great alternative to even spendier places like Williams and Sonoma, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn.
Finding a similar coffee table was difficult as the one from Williams and Sonoma is very unique. I ended up finding a look alike on Overstock.com. I love the dark, rich wood, and the unique feature of having 2 slab legs instead of four. The W&S coffee table is the most expensive thing on this list, so I was thrilled to find a substitute for huge fraction of the cost of the original!
I love, love, love these chairs. They make me think of a mod New York walk-up apartment or a swanky “Mad Men” style lounge. This style of chair is known as the Barcelona, and was chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. It was originally designed for the German Pavilion, that country’s entry for the International Exposition of 1929, which was hosted by Barcelona, Spain. (Thanks Wikipedia). While my version doesn’t have the same bucket style seat, it does feature the gorgeous criss-cross metal legs and frame. Added bonus – a nifty ottoman to go with it that can either be placed in front of the chair or as another accent/seating piece in another corner of the room!
Garden Stool Side Table
Garden Stools are not just for your garden anymore! These spunky seats are making their way into living rooms and being featured as accent side tables. They come in a variety of colors and textures and are sold by many of the big box retailers. William and Sonoma’s version was a little to expensive for my taste, so I found a similar one that had the exact same cutout and rivet detailing. Stick those dollar bills back in your pocket!
I’m gonna say it. I love lamp. I love this lamp. The three spindle legs intersect and cross over one another and culminate in a beautiful short lampshade. The uniqueness of this lamp is what makes me love it – it’s not your typical heavy floor lamp, so I was thrilled when I found almost an exact copy at one of my favorite stores, Target. I think I almost like the black finish better, but if you want more of an exact copy, get a can of Rust-Oleum’s metallic gold spray paint and go to town!
The table lamp was a challenge and William and Sonoma’s version is such a unique shape. After searching high and low, I found a comparable version on Wayfair.com. It features the unique bottle silhouette that starts in a thin neck and burgeons out into a wide bell shape. My version also features some fun raised branch detailing that can add to the world/global theme.
Nothing says global style quite like animal print. This faux zebra rug brings the fun and international spice, without actually harming any animals. These two rugs are virtually identical, but my version from RugsUSA.com is almost half the price. For a fun look, layer a smaller accent rug like this on top of a more neutral rug, like seen in the catalog. It brings texture and depth to the room without being overwhelming.
Pillows are an easy way to add a pop of interest and texture to your otherwise neutral couch base. They are a great way to showcase your theme and design and can be changed out anytime the mood strikes without breaking the bank, assuming you don’t buy William and Sonoma’s version, of course! I almost like my copycat better: it features a lattice pattern, but the pattern looks like it fits the global theme almost better than the original!
A natural, textured jute or woven rug works great as a base layer in most living room designs. While I wouldn’t recommend having this type of rug in your bedroom (a bit rough on the feet in the morning!), I do think that natural woven rugs can make a statement, especially when another, smaller rug is layered on top. My copycat is a great budget-friendly option and the jute texture really plays into the global theme!
Now let’s add it up!
If you bought all of the versions from Williams and Sonoma you would shell out $12,098.00 BEFORE tax! My bank account is running for cover just thinking about it. Williams and Sonoma has beautiful items, but us budget ladies and gents need to find ways to save a buck (or thousands!)
Now, if you bought all of my copycat versions, it would only cost you $3,768.23 before tax!
That’s a 68.5% savings of $8,329.77!
Remember, it is always absolutely possible for you to get the same look for less! With a little bit of time and research, you can save yourself thousands of dollars and end up with the look you want. As always, maximize savings by buying pieces over time instead of all at once and by looking for similar pieces at thrift stores and garage sales! Craigslist is also a great resource that I use often.