You’ve likely been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper—I, like pretty much everyone, am absolutely obsessed with her and her designs. Despite this, I somehow am just arriving at the “Joanna has a home-goods store party”, and I don’t think I’ll ever leave.
Upon first arriving, you can bet I filled my cart with every quilt, glass jar, and candle-holder that suited my fancy. Obviously as a broke twenty-three-year-old, I had no intention of purchasing everything that was in my cart (aside from the most perfect throw pillow I had ever laid eyes on that will stay in my cart till payday). While fun, it got me thinking, why are we paying so much for stuff that looks worn and old? There must be cheaper options out there. The items in the collection are no doubt worth the money, especially if you just need a few pieces and aren’t someone starting from ground zero. However, if you’re like me and you love the farmhouse aesthetic, but can’t justify that price tag, here are some cheaper finds I found on Amazon. Also, there is a case to be made for expensive pillow covers and cheap pillows, but that’s for another post. Of course, I can’t make the argument that the quality will be the same, but if you’re in the same boat as me, quality concerns are a smaller hitch when compared to looming credit card debt.
Below are a few cheaper alternatives to Magnolia Market’s items:
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Not exact replicas, sure, but it serves as an example that you don’t have to break the bank to achieve the same general look. Joanna, I adore you, wish I was you, but for now I will settle as the off-brand version. I would love to hear the ways you have dodged the designer price tags in the comments (TJ Maxx is great, also). Connect with tinydeskplants on Pinterest if you just can’t get enough home-envy!
Most of us, when confronted about a delicious recipe we found on Pinterest, would admit to where we found it, likely proud of the luck that brought us to it and our home-making resourcefulness; but is it the same with designs? Our space designs are, of course, much more personal, especially when it comes to the design of our homes. Will the amateur, or even experienced decorator, own up to the fact that their beautiful living room design is modeled from a pin they saved down to the colors of the lamp shades and the precise area of the rug? Are these designs meant to be replicated, or rather are they meant to be admired as their own individual pieces of art?
I came across this concern while gathering inspiration for my Desk Design Project. I began to notice a pattern:
Find a room design I enjoyed
Save Pin and open in new tab
Start googling descriptions of what I saw in the Pin in an effort to recreate each “look”
I’m sure this is how many of us decorate, and I want to be careful so as not to offend—There isn’t anything wrong with this approach. Hell, I do it all the time. However, if you’re someone who really values creativity, and looks at the design of your space as a form of self-expression, is Pinterest clouding your originality?
I think it most certainly is.
So how can you maintain your design originality?
Definitely avoid my process which I outlined above. Use Pinterest as a source of inspiration, sure, but take care to only take pieces or general anesthetics from your Pins, and from that you can create your own design. Think of it as paraphrasing, or maybe including a quotation (that fuzzy pillow you WILL build the whole space around). It’s a great resource, but I would argue that you would feel much more fulfilled by a space that is not built on imitation, but by your own imagination. Now I just have to take my own advice–easier said then done, Pinterest designs are #goals.
And for God’s sake, if you do model a room based off of one specific pin, own up to it. Don’t commit Pinterest plagiarism, send us the pin, and give us a follow while you’re at it.
My boyfriend recently landed a new job that is mainly work-from-home (what a jerk). He was given a desktop computer, a laptop, computer dock, etc. Right now, all of that stuff is on the dining room table under a mountain of unopened mail…I know…. Very uninspiring. Because of this, I can’t very well tell you how you should optimize your work-space if I’m witness for what can only be described as an affront to interior design. Therefore, before anything else, I will remedy this situation, posting updates periodically. Things can only go up from here.
Luckily for him, I am an expert in desk design–my blog says so, so it must be true. He is building his own desk (pictures to come), so at least we can waive that expense. I’m picturing a cozy but well lit space; obviously with ample plant-life seeing as the office room only has one small window. Somewhat related: why are area rugs so expensive? Let me know if you know any good websites for that. I’ve been scouring the inter-webs all day looking for unique design elements, I’ll include some of my favorites below–keeping in mind that this will be a man’s work-space, and not the Pinterest desk of my dreams (see Corgi Cactus Holder). However, if all goes well, I’ll assume my services will be in high demand; the line starts here, folks.
Again, more information to come on this project. If you have any ideas/design inspiration please don’t hesitate to share. I’m also on Pinterest so follow me if you’re interested in the aesthetic I will be trying to achieve.