July 3, 2009

Let’s Copy a Deluxe Room on the Cheap! III

Deluxe living room from the 2009 Kip's Bay Show House by Drake

Deluxe Library from the 2009 Kip's Bay Show House by Jamie Drake

The Kip’s Bay Decorator’s Show House was fabulous this year! This library-sitting room by Jamie Drake in particular really turned my head. I love the relaxed yet glamorous blend of textures and the free use of lush sexy colors.  Every piece in this room is top shelf.  Typically a professionally designed room of this caliber will cost in the range of $50,000.00 to $80,000.00.  Let’s see if we can get this look for under $15,000.00.

Here we go!

We’ll need some basic but classy furniture.  The pieces shown below fit the bill.  They’re not as high-end as the furniture in the show house (nor anywhere near as costly!), but you’ll be able to put your feet up on the coffee table without a worry!



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cole chair $749 R&Bimfors coffee table Ikea $129Hahn Sofa $1899  R&BTLG6675.fpxmercer square ottoman mg&bw

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Gray Sofa-Room and Board Hutton Sofa $1799.00; Nesting Tables-Design Within Reach Eclipse Nesting Tables $398.00; Club Chair-Room and Board Cole Chair $749.00; White table- Ikea Imfors @129.00;  Chaise-Room and Board Hahn Sofa $1899.00; Lamp- shoptablelamps.com #TLG667 $189.91; Ottoman-Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Mercer Square Ottoman in leather about $1400.00; End table- Crate and Barrel, Mix Side Table $249.00
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We'll need floor, wall and window treatments:


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Purple Jute Rug-HomeDecorators.com Premium Tile Jute Rug eggplant 12' x15' $699.00;  Linen Drapes-Gaita Interiors $199.00 per panel;  Trim for Drapes- Kravet TA5151-10 $35.00 per yard;  Wall covering - DL Couch Riptide color metal JA11-561

Here are some affordable ideas that pack a punch for wall art.  Marimekko sells kits for stretching their gorgeous large scale prints to be used as wall art.  The one below, Pythagoras, hangs in the United Nations in the orange version.  It's sold by the panel $750 per panel.

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Marimekko, Pythagoras-blue

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I’d use this pretty square print on stretched canvas from Ikea in multiples (Pljatteryd $79.99 each), tightly spaced, and create a Do-It-Yourself Andy Warhole.  They’re 36″ x36″ each, so that would give you a lot of impact for the money!  I LOVE purple flowers!



Now we need some brilliant accessories:

The glass pieces are all from Pier 1 Imports.  They range in price from $16.00 to $35.00 each.   Fresh flowers, supplied by you!


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The pillows are all from www.pillowsandthrows.com. They range in price from $36.00 to $65.00 each.

So, including a generous budget for wallovering and installation, rug, window treatments and hardware, TWO full size sofas, chair, large ottoman, multiple coffee tables, a pair of end tables,lamps, pillows, decorative glass pieces, and BIG art, I come up with a grand total of….


So, you see, it can be done! We need super-high-end interior design for INSPIRATION!  For our everyday real lives, we can keep it real, and still have our own very personalized and luxurious sanctuary.


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  1. Leona,
    You are amazing!
    I love what you can do with less money and achieve great results

    Comment by Cindy — July 5, 2009 @ 7:12 PM

  2. I LOVE Jamie Drake’s work. His rooms are so colourful and lush and gorgeous!!

    You’ve really pulled together great pieces to re-create Jamie’s room for a lot less :-) I love seeing great-looking rooms done on a budget. In fact, I think budget rooms are often more impressive then high-end rooms because it takes a lot more thinking and creativity to design a lux room for less.

    Thanks for posting Jamie’s room and your under-$15,000 version :-)


    Comment by DesignTies — July 6, 2009 @ 10:38 PM

  3. Leona,

    I agree with Cindy. You have a such a talent for finding great design at a good price. Love the story!


    Comment by Kathy @HomeWorkshop — July 6, 2009 @ 11:30 PM

  4. Great ideas! Lovely photos!!

    Comment by Margie — July 7, 2009 @ 9:01 AM

  5. Leona,
    Thanks for the great ideas…and SOURCES! These companies should advertise with you! If you did a bedroom ‘on the cheap’ that I liked – I’m in the market right now – and I had a link to your sources they’d get business from this outstanding blog!!

    Comment by Caitlin in Carolina — July 8, 2009 @ 1:33 PM

  6. You are so clever, Leona! You found some great substitutes there.

    Comment by Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions — July 9, 2009 @ 1:31 PM

  7. C in C,

    If there’s a “deluxe” bedroom photo you’d like to show me, I’ll give it a shot!


    Comment by admin — July 11, 2009 @ 1:09 PM

  8. Leona,

    WOW! I love when you do these posts! I agree with Kelly I tend to like the “budgeted” rooms better b/c you have to be more creative.

    Keep them coming!


    Comment by Tiaa @EY Interiors — July 13, 2009 @ 2:40 PM

  9. I love these posts! You offer such great, affordable alternatives that still result in an amazing space!

    Comment by Kelly@ColorSizzle — July 17, 2009 @ 11:23 AM

  10. WOW!!! Beautiful. Nice design, is it costly?

    Comment by Florist Ottawa — September 23, 2009 @ 1:04 PM

  11. Including a generous budget for wallovering and installation, rug, window treatments and hardware, TWO full size sofas, chair, large ottoman, multiple coffee tables, a pair of end tables,lamps, pillows, decorative glass pieces, and BIG art, I come up with a grand total of….


    Comment by admin — September 23, 2009 @ 6:24 PM

  12. Beautiful even if it’s just cheap.

    Comment by Beauty- Cheap Home Decorations — October 27, 2009 @ 11:36 PM

  13. I found this post to be very interesting, I bookmarked the page and put a link to this page on my website. Thanks.

    Comment by flowers vancouver — December 9, 2009 @ 4:25 PM

  14. Now days it is rather simple to find the most viable and affordable chairs online as well as offline. The advantage, however is on the side of those that do their due diligence and conduct some comparisons.

    Comment by Affordable Chairs — April 18, 2010 @ 8:29 AM

  15. i love freshly picked flowers coz they look very healthy and smells great too;’~

    Comment by  Thermostatic Shower — August 15, 2010 @ 2:40 PM

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