High-End Lookalikes

I do believe these may be some of my best Goodwill finds yet. Though, I’m not even sure I can make that claim because I have found so many good scores!

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A (faux?) fur throw pillow for $2. I’ve seen in magazines and catalogs (including Pottery Barn’s or West Elm’s, I can’t remember) fur pillows seem to be a new trend.

Behind the pillow you get a glimpse of my even more exciting find:

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A slipper chair in the perfect ikat pattern! I spent $60 on this chair which is *definitely* a splurge for me. I jumped on it, though, because I was 100% in love with the pattern, I’m pretty sure the chair is in new condition, and I knew I would probably never buy one down the road because they are just too pricey. After some quick pinterest searching, I found someone had pinned the same exact chair originally from Target (which I suspected). I can’t link to it because it is no longer on Target’s website, but according to the pin the sale price was $230.

I also found an almost exact chair (same fabric, different legs) from Urban Outfitters for $369. (<a href=”http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20354130b&zmam=39923003&zmas=1&zmac=1&zmap=22839963&cm_mmc=Performics-_-Affiliates-_-rewardStyle-_-Primary&clickid=0004d7096b20fe2d0ae01443ff006ca6″>Link</a&gt;). I’m feeling very pleased with my $60 splurge. 🙂

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I threw my fur pillow on top since I didn’t really have a home for it yet, but my husband has since commented he likes it there so there it shall stay (for now). Our living room is kind of tiny, especially since it somewhat doubles as our dining room, so I can’t work the chair into the layout quite as I’d like. For now it lives across from our love seat, next to our TV, and I think it works there. I like glimpsing it as I walk up the stairs, and it does the job of adding some print and color to our living room, while also offering extra seating when we have company.

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West Elm Pillow Knock Off

Pulling from my completed project files, this is a project that I did just shy of a year ago. A couple years ago, I sewed some basic pillow covers using blue microfiber fabric purchased on the cheap from Joann’s Fabrics. Eventually I decided I wanted to dress them up, but it took a while to land on the right idea. This West Elm felted origami pillow was the perfect solution.

It took a bit of time, but was very easy to make. From looking at the pillow, I realized that each little piece of the pattern was created by using squares and then folding in the corners. I liked the scale of the pattern on the West Elm pillow, so I measured the length of my pillow and divided by 6 to figure out how long to make each side of the squares. I then cut 36 squares, ironed them in half on the diagonal, and used a glue gun to put a dab of glue in the middle of each square and fold in the two opposite corners on the diagonal.

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I then arranged all of the pieces on the pillow cover, pinned them in place and hot glued each one on. I’m very pleased with how it came out, and especially so because it was a free update. 🙂 The felted grey wool definitely speaks to me, but I was trying to work with what I had. If I ever were to do another one, I would definitely go for the felted wool.  I wouldn’t recommend the microfiber because I do get a bit of fraying (nothing that a quick snip of the scissors can’t fix, though).

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Pretty darn close to the real thing, right? 🙂