Category Archives: Save or Splurge

Start the Stampede

Elephant side tables obviously fall as a must-have on everyone’s list for home decor. (OK, maybe just my list…) And no matter what your budget, you now have an option for owning your own. You’re welcome. (-Allie)


Save: Elephant Side Table by Shiraleah, $188 at Shop Inspired Living.

Kinda Splurge: Elephant Side Table by Two’s Company, $245 at Tonic Home.

Somewhat Splurge: White Ceramic Elephant Side Table, $585 at The Well Appointed House.

Super Splurge: Elephant Side Table, $1,089 at Neiman Marcus.



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Sitting Pretty

Warm summer days call for sitting outside and doing nothing but enjoying the weather. So I’ve tracked down some pretty benches (for any budget) from which to take in your peaceful surroundings. Happy sitting! (-Allie)




SAVE: Newcastle Bench, $629 on sale at Smith & Hawken.

SPLURGE: Xia Li Bench, $1,140 at House Eclectic.

JUST BECAUSE: (available in 24 yummy finishes) Luxembourg Bench by Fermob, $429 at American Country Home Store.

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Alfresco Chic

If you are lucky enough to have outdoor space, make the most of it during these warmer months. In expansive yards, carve out a little corner for a cozy European-style bistro. Even on a small back patio or deck some outdoor dining is still possible with a quaint setting like this. And don’t worry—no matter what your budget is, you can bask in some summer style. (-Allie)


SPLURGE: Gazebo Set of 2 Dome Hanging Lanterns, $265 at Burke Décor. Galvanized Metal Planters, medium, $69, cachepot, $29 at Pottery Barn. Teak/Metal Grenen Chair by Skagerak, $535 at CSN Stores. Marseilles beverage decanter by Roost, $170 (small) at Velocity Art and Design.  Terrace Teak Folding Table, $295 at American Country Home Store. Gunnison Indoor/Outdoor Rug, (8.5×11’) $495 at Dash & Albert.


SAVE:  Tarno chair, $15, and Tarno table, $19.99 at Ikea. Cold Beverage Jar, $39.95 at Crate and Barrel. Coastal Stripe Outdoor Rug (7’6”x10’9”), $316 at Frontgate. Filigree Lantern, $49.99 each on sale at Pottery Barn. Salvia plant pot, medium, $14.99 and small, $9.99 at Ikea.

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Save or Splurge?

Moe and I have great taste. (Yes, yes, it’s true.) But one downfall of great taste is that, typically, fabulous things have a fabulously high price tag. And because we lahve so many things, our wallets can’t quite keep up. But we don’t give up without a fight—so over the years we’ve each developed a penchant for seeking out the budget-friendly version of our higher-priced loves. After all, a gal’s gotta have her stylish goods, no matter what the budget. And, with that, may we present to you a random segment we’ll call: Save or Splurge—highlighting pretty products for all price ranges.

In my recent hunt for seasonal throw pillows, I stumbled upon some colorful pillow designs inspired by classic stamps. I. Love. Them. However, knowing that I’d have to have the whole set of three (obviously) and that each costs $69, I have to put all thoughts of stamp pillows on a budget-inflicted hiatus. Or do I?… Check out the affordable option I found at World Market. No decor dream is hopeless! (-Allie)

SPLURGE: Swordfish pillow, Lotus pillow, Water Lilly, (20×20),  $69 each at Pillows and Throws.

SAVE: Postage Stamp throw pillows, (18×18”) $19.99 each at Cost Plus World Market.


Challenge us! Send us a link to a highly priced item you love, and we’ll try and find the budget friendly option.



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