sometimes often come across home designs in magazines and drool, then look at the price tags and gag? Yeah, I often do that. I have always believed that good design does not have to break the bank. I think I read somewhere that “Money does not beget taste.” Or, maybe it was a Barbara Kruger quote; it sure sounds like something she would say. So in that spirit I decided to create a new Look for Less rubrique, in order to capture the look of rooms that inspire me.
The inspiration room belongs to Suzanne Dima and was featured in House and Home. Of course, the look for less is not an exact replica of the inspiration room, but I believe it retains its spirit. The key piece is the chair, which needs to be both organic and sculptural. Next up is the artwork. Artwork is very subjective and the piece in the original room is bolder with its more graphic use of color, but I feel like the blues in the Look for Less are complemented by the watery effect, and pair beautifully with the indigo Shibori pillow. (Speaking of Shibori, I need to learn how to DIY that). The tall, double armed floor lamp helps to ground the other more fluid forms in the room, while the basket’s black detail also helps to echo the lamp, so the lamp doesn’t feel too lonely in its blackness. Flooring and wall treatment of course are key, as these pieces would not look the same sitting in a room with wall to wall carpet.
Total cost $1022 excluding wall treatment and flooring, since those depends on the size of the space. You can definitely get a cheaper pillow like this, or a less expensive lamp like this, but you can’t skimp too much on the chair and artwork since they really make the space.