We can tell that they really want to win the awesome prizes from our fabulous sponsors this week! Let’s just recap what they are, shall we?
1. $100 Gift Card to Royal Design Studio.
RDS is our go-to source for all of our stencil projects and our run on CWTS last year was where we were first introduced to them!
2. A pair of $120 Robert Allen pillows from Chic Decor Pillows
These pillows are hand-made and absolutely gorgeous. We’re sorta jealous that we don’t get them.
3. Project featured by HomeTalk, which, come on, is kind of a big deal.
These are pretty fabulous prizes, but let’s not forget that one contestant and their star partner will win the Grand Prize at the end of these four weeks! Woohoo!
We are so impressed with how these ladies took these famous, really pricey items and put their own spin on them to make them unique and fabulous. Let’s get this party started!
1. Anthro-inspired Wall Lamp
When I heard this week was knock-off week I knew immediately what I wanted to do. See, I’ve been seeing this lamp I wanted in the Anthropologie catalog. It makes my heart happy but…my budget doesn’t allow for it. Well, could you afford $2800.00 for a lamp? I know, right?!? Ridiculous! So, I took it upon myself to figure out how to make this lamp accessible to mere peons. Or simply those that have a budget.
2. Restoration Hardware-inspired Lighted Sign
When I think of knock off, I think copy cat (in a good way). I think of anything duplicated to the T, but is much less expensive. For this round, I chose not to duplicate, but rather I was inspired by this Restoration Hardware arrow and created something a little different. I’ll tell ya… with the basic process, you can create just about anything you can imagine. A state, a letter, a number, a symbol, a phrase. It’s totally up to you.
I love designer fabric and furniture, but the high prices make it hard to justify (especially when I change my mind frequently!) I like to get a high end look at a fraction of the price by putting a little, time, effort, and creative thinking to work!
Ever since seeing one doubling as a window seat, I have been dying to build an upholstered bench ottoman. Inspired by Anthropologie’s bench ottoman that costs $1,700, I built this ottoman for under $100. I cut costs by using an inexpensive comforter in lieu of foam, upholstry webbing as a top support, and a drapery panel for fabric. It’s perfect for extra seating or a place to rest your feet.
These three diy projects transformed this window area and cost me only $150. The time and effort was definitely worth it over paying over $3,000 for all of the originals!
5. Anthro-inspired Ikat Console
I LOVE this store. I love the colors, the design, the textures, the ambiance, and inspiration that I always find there. When I saw this gorgeous ikat hand painted console, I knew it was the perfect piece of inspiration for my CWTS Knock off. (and at $1698–it’s a great piece to knock off 😉
Using a cabinet base from IKEA and an ikat stencil from Olive Leaf Stencils, I recreated the console, choosing a similar color palette, with some color adjustments to fit my own house and decor scheme.
They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Well, Anthro, you most certainly have mine. In honor of my love for this store, I styled the console using some Anthropologie treasures, in addition to some old wooden spools & candles, books and beautiful orange tulips.
It’s basically 30 plates hung together with a painted scene going across all the plates. At $7,500, that’s $250 per plate. Luckily Dollar Tree sells white plates for a buck. And, since I was pretty sure painting freehand on the plates wasn’t going to look all that great, I used a Sharpie and a projector. All you have to do is trace… easy.
So, here we are at round 2 (Did you see all of the awesome projects in round 1?). This week’s theme is Knock-Off, which I love. I’m cheap frugal, and just can’t spend the money that some of the big name websites want for their stuff. Plus, I’m sure my husband would think I’m certifiably insane if I bought a $300 vase or $100 throw pillow. But just because I’m designing on a budget doesn’t mean that I can’t have nice things, right?
I did have to get creative with the black caps that Horchow has on the ends of their ropes. My solution? PVC end caps, simply spray painted black. Some black BBQ & Stove spray paint on the metal (which is holding nicely as long as you don’t bang around the metal) and voila! Drill a hole in the PVC, hot glue the hooks and rope, and BOOM.
8. West Elm-inspired Wood Tile Dresser
It didn’t take long for me to figure out what I wanted to do for this week’s challenge. I’ve been lusting after this wood-tiled dresser from West Elm for months and months, but at a whopping $900, it just wasn’t going to happen. So, this challenge gave me the perfect excuse to try and re-create it on my own! And I think it turned out pretty awesome.
I used a picture of the original and a steady hand to paint the details onto my duvet.
But don’t worry, the look is nothing like those cheesy tee shirts you used to make! 😉
You can only vote one time, but you can vote for your favorite 3 projects.
Did you miss the Round 1 projects? You can see them all here.