The (IKEA) Look for Less (*)

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I love Pottery Barn and West Elm, but don’t love the high prices. Not if I can help it anyways.  I like to get ideas from the PB catalog and then search out similar inexpensive items whenever I can. And that’s exactly what I did during my IKEA trip. I know I showed you these items yesterday, but now let me show you how much I saved!

I found this picture on Pinterest of a lantern filled with Christmas ornaments and thought it looked amazing. So I could not have been more thrilled when I found some super cute lanterns at IKEA for more than 1/2 the price as the Pottery Barn ones I love. The
big lantern from IKEA was $19.99. You’d have to pay $19.50 for the tiny lantern in the PB picture. And even more for the big ones. Sure I had to assemble the larger one, but I’ll gladly spend 5 extra minutes if I can save $20 or $30.

Can I just say that I have been lusting after a huge chunky black wood mirror for years? I finally decided it was time to make this huge IKEA mirror mine. I got the black / brown one, but it also comes in orange and white. West Elm sells a similar (almost identical) chunky wood mirror (in black, silver and white) for $329. I don’t know about you, but a $200 savings to me is huge.

Now I want to hear about your finds for less.  What “designer” looking items (home or otherwise) have you found for less at another store?  And where’d you find them?

(*) My friend has the most amazing The Look 4 Less blog. Go check her out!

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Jennifer is the author and founder of Subscription Box Ramblings. She first discovered subscription boxes in 2012 and has been addicted since. Current favorites include CAUSEBOX, Boxycharm and Beachly!

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Shannon

    I really need that big mirror in my life, like, yesterday.

    1. Jennifer

      I waited too long. Don’t make the same mistake!!!

  2. jen

    Great deals! Hope you post a picture of your lantern filled with ornaments. Are you going to paint it red or leave it black? I think it might look cute with some fall themed items in it too! I may have to make a trip to Ikea 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      I bought two big ones and one medium sized one so I might spray paint one. I think fall stuff would be cute in it too!!

  3. Maggie

    Umm….you have me sold on IKEA! I WANT that mirror! Awesome finds. I’ve only been to IKEA once and buzzed thru the store in an hour because I was so overwhelmed.

    1. Jennifer

      It is totally overwhelming. You have to plan first or you’ll be there forever. And I even need to make a second trip now that I have it all home. Do you get the catalog?

      1. Maggie

        I don’t get a catalog…I probably should but the closest one to me is in Dallas. Man, Oklahoma needs an IKEA. We get screwed on everything!

  4. Amy Pelletier

    I really wish we had an IKEA close to where I live. I’d either have to drive to Charlotte, NC (3+ hours) or Washington DC area (4+ hours). My brother used to Luce in Novi and he practically furnished his whole house from IKEA. I wouldn’t furnish my entire house with it, but I know I wouldn’t feel bad about getting a few things here and there knowing how much cheaper it is than the coveted alternatives (Pottery Barn, etc). Great finds, Jen! I love seeing your decorating ideas.

    1. Jennifer

      I feel the same way! If you can get some look alikes for less, why not?? And their stuff is great for kids!

  5. Cindy

    Can I just say I actually think I like the IKEA things better!! Oh, and “guess where I went today????????”. My heart was racing like a Target 75% clearance…(not quite like the 90%)… I will post soon, but I just got “stuff”, not furniture. I’m gonna go again and make it a “date night” with my furniture fiasco husband!!

    1. Jennifer

      Ohhh, I can’t wait to see what you got!!

  6. Kelly

    I love ikea:) I am following you on pinterest. I actually like ikea a mirror better than west elm. West elms looks too narrow.

  7. Dani

    I agree with Kelly. I actually like the IKEA mirror better. Good scores!

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