Now that construction is well under way and the house is really starting to take shape, my husband and I have turned our focus on the post handover list. On the to-do list is one of my favourite things in the world – shopping, and with a massive house we are on the hunt for lots of beautiful pieces.
Nick and I have similar expensive tastes. We have a fairly good idea of the overall style we want for our house but unfortunately we’re constrained by the dreaded B word and so have our work cut out for us to shop the wish-list without breaking the bank.
So, we’re toying with the idea of splurging on big ticket items and teaming them with good looking cheaper alternatives. With replicas abound, we are so spoiled for choice and it’s a lot easier to get the designer look without the designer price tags.
For instance, on the wish-list for the Dining Room is a nice solid timber table like these beauties..
This custom designed table by the talented guys from Timbermill is exactly what we want to replicate – paired with modern Eames dining chairs.
For the Study, Nick has his heart set on the classic Eames lounge chair and ottoman but with the real deal out of reach, he may have to settle for a replica.
For the breakfast bar, we need 5 bar stools and we’re coveting the Eric Buch iconic stool. At USD$1,195 per stool (exc freight charges), can we justify forking out over AUD$7,825 when we could buy the replica version for a fraction of that price? Can you spot the fake from the real McCoy?
Over the kitchen island, we need 3 small to medium pendants and we’ve short listed a Tom Dixon signature light ,the Beat Fat in black. The Beat collection is widely copied and you can pick up a replica anywhere from between $115 to $150 a pop. The real deal will set you back around 300 pounds (roughly AUD600) so faking it could save us a whopping $1,455. Can you spot the knock off? Normally, we think it’s better to have the real deal. You get what you pay for hence our dilemma. Do we fake it and get the designer look but run the risk of ending up with a lemon? Or do we hold out for something original and affordable?