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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Ok, time for Round 2, and let’s just say we’re back and better than ever. Well, not us, but the contestants. Their knockoff projects are killer this week!
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!

$500 from Homes.Com
$500 Gift Card to HomeGoods
Project featured by HomeTalk

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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.

cwts2 collage side by side
Granted, I had to change things up a bit. I used pipes more than wooden spindles. And Rub n Buff to achieve some of the finishes. I also wasn’t about to do the whole thing in copper piping (have you seen the cost of copper pipes?) so I sprayed pvc pipe with copper paint and Rub n Buffed it to get a nice shiny look. All in all, I have to say that this ridiculously expensive lamp just got beat. Oh yeah Anthro…you hear me??…you are charging too much!
cwts2 collage1I’ll agree that mine isn’t exactly the same as Anthro’s. True. But, let’s see mine is…about 3% of the cost of their’s. Okay, I’ll make do with not exactly! Truthfully, I love this lamp. It’s so quirky, fun, stylish, and feels like an art piece! I’m so glad this contest pushed me to create it, I’m in love with it!
cwts on and off

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.

Perfect for outdoors.
Perfect for indoors.
3. Schumacher Zimba-inspired Drapes, Anthro-inspired bench and Cornice

 

 


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!
I’ve been obsessing over Schumacher Zimba fabric forever, it is absolute perfection for draperies! But, at about $100 a yard (that means about $300 just for ONE panel), it is definitely not in the budget. By creating my own stencil and buying pre-made white draperies from Ikea, I was able to get two panels for about $25!!

 

 


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.
Custom cornices can be very pricey especially when topping a large window. For this window, I wanted a 95″ length which can cost over $850. I built this cornice using 1×12 and 1×6 to create the frame and a long tablecloth for fabric for under $25.

 

 


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!
 

 
 

4. Faux Chair Slipcover
 

 

Faux-Chair-Slipcover-Label
It looks like a chair, but kinda like a slipcover too… 

 

Well, that’s because it’s a chair covered by a slipcover! Who knew this chair had such high ambitions? I did, that’s who!
PicMonkey Collage-Faux Chair-Slipcover
I saw this faux chair cover on this Danish website and I knew these covers would be perfect for my house.
I drew a template and took it to a copy center to have it enlarged.
Then I cut it out and appliqued each individual piece to a plain chair cover to create a faux chair on a slipcover.
Faux-Chair-Slipcover-Project
It’s a fun easy project that takes an afternoon.
And now all my other chairs are a little jealous!

 

 I had fun making that plate wall, too. Just plates and a few vinyl birds. I think they’re perfect with my “fancy, new” chairs!

5. Anthro-inspired Ikat Console

 

ANTHROPOLOGIE.

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.

 
 

6. Anthro-Inspired Sharpie Plate Art
 

 
 

 

 

 

Woo… week 2! After the crazy, hectic, eating-cereal-for-dinner kind of week last week was I was hoping for a “knockoff” project I could knockout quickly. Apparently, I don’t know how to do that. I chose to knockoff Lost Arcadia By Molly Hatch sold by Anthropologie for $7,500! Since that’s about $7,450 over my budget, I decided to see if it could be done on the cheap.
 

 

 

 
 


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.
 

 
 

 

 

I chose to trace a botanical print on my plates since I felt it looked a little more modern, but tried to keep the style and overall feel the same–very loose and all black and white. The plates are hung using Command Strips. At 5 feet wide and 6 feet tall, it makes quite the impact on the wall, not the bank account.
7. Horchow-inspired Mirrors

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 saw these mirrors over at Horchow, and loved them. I’m one of those ladies that thinks that you can never have enough mirrors in your house. Mirrors to make your room look bigger. Mirrors to reflect light and brighten up your space. Mirrors to make sure you don’t have food in your teeth. The more, the merrier. But $1095 shipped? Yikes. No thank you. But looking at them, I figured I could make them. 
 

A quick stop at Hobby Lobby for the wooden plates and big mirror, a not so quick stop by Home Depot for the rope and other supplies, and a call and stop by the local mirror place for the smaller mirror size that I couldn’t find pre-cut anywhere. Then it was time to go home to paint, sand and assemble. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 
 

Slightly smaller, slightly lighter in color, but perfectly me. 
 

 

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 found this gorgeous antique dresser at a local flea market and knew it would be the perfect piece for this project. It’s not quite as modern as the original, but it has some nice clean lines and wooden casters, which make me a little weak in the knees. With a fresh coat of paint, some DIY-ed hardware, and a whole bunch of whitewashed, hand-cut wood tiles it looks pretty dang close to the original.
 

 
 

 

Really, if I’m being honest, I like my version just a little bit better. 😉
 

 
 

9. Anthro-inspired Duvet
 

 

When I first saw the Corin Duvet from Anthropologie, I fell in love with its details. Hand stitching, gathered fabric, pure gorgeousness. But it also came with a price tag that was way out of my league.
no-sew Anthropologie Corin Duvet knockoff
I wanted this look for our room but didn’t want to spend $400 (and I didn’t want to sew anything) so I bought a white duvet cover and a bottle of puffy paint.PUFFY PAINT?! Yes, I said puffy paint.

no-sew Anthropologie Corin Duvet knockoff

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! 😉
no-sew Anthropologie Corin Duvet knockoff

 

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 It’s time to vote!
 

You guys have a ridiculously hard job- we don’t envy you a bit!  

You can only vote one time, but you can vote for your favorite 3 projects.

In order to vote, please LIKE EC2 on Facebook. Thanks!

Thanks for voting! Check back tomorrow to see Monica’s Knockoff that saved her over $1500!  
 


Did you miss the Round 1 projects? You can see them all here.  
 

Want to know the results of Round 1? Click here!
 

 

The comments +

  1. WOW these projects are insane! I am in love with quite a few of them! Wonder if We can get them over to our house for some help!

  2. Shannon Fox says:

    Oh my. Amazing projects. I won’t gush over my favorites. But I don’t envy anyone who has to choose the winners. Great job by all and much luck to the contestants!

  3. Heather says:

    Holy fabulous projects batman!!! Way to go ladies!
    xo

  4. I am LOVING these projects. Everyone is so talented.

  5. Great projects, I voted for my favorites (although they were all awesome!)

  6. Erin says:

    honestly the ikat inspired. the DIY is WAY better than the anthro one. just sayin’. but i did pick 3 favorites.

  7. Michelle L. says:

    Nooooooo! How can I possibly only vote for three? C’mon, just make it five..or six…just this once. You contestants are knocking everyone’s socks off here.

  8. Wowzers. My crafting abilities are surely put to shame by these ladies. I’m speechless!

  9. These projects are amazing! That chair slipcover is the cutest thing ever!

  10. So freaking impressed! I’m so envious of that wood tiled dresser.

  11. Incredible talent…incredibly hard to choose only 3!! But I finally narrowed it down…wow, incredible projects!!
    Debbie 🙂

  12. Mimi says:

    Wow! I love creativity— these projects are amazing!

  13. Martha Anne says:

    Amazing! So cool and creative!

  14. These projects are all so creative and inspiring. Awesome job girls!

  15. Wow! This was a hard decision… I love so many of these! Great work, ladies!

  16. Y’all are making it tough! I love them all!
    Debbie

  17. Far too many amazing projects to chose just 3! Love that they are all so different.

  18. Kathy says:

    Tough one! I also loved the sharpie plates. Can we vote twice? Lol

  19. I am loving all these projects! So fresh and cute! Such talented people!

  20. Trish Smith says:

    Amazing projects…loving the Anthro inspired sharpie plates. Awesome!

  21. Wow, it was really hard to choose only three. Nice job!

  22. Katy says:

    Am I the only one who was allowed to vote more than once? Is is not counting my votes?

  23. Jenn says:

    I love the Restoration Hardware-inspired lighted “Hello” sign but don’t know how to get to the blog that features it. Would love to learn how to do it. Thanks!

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  29. Barbara says:

    Hi Ladies, my you’re talented. I really love all your projects. And want to copy almost all of them.
    However I found a disturbing fault in your information about the original slipcover. The site isn’t Danish, but from a very famous home-interior magazine in The Netherlands. So it’s Dutch! And I hope you know our favorite saying: ” if it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much”.

    Love, Barbara from The Netherlands.

    • Monica says:

      Thanks for the heads up Barbara!! And just for the record I’m completely smitten with all things design related coming out of the Netherlands right now! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Thanks for reading!

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  31. Tracy says:

    hi! I love the Anthropology plate art knock off! Can you provide a link to the botanical pattern you used?

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