This post comes with the following disclaimer: While it is completely unintentional, Pottery Barn fans may inadvertantly be offended by my bluntness so I urge you to proceed with caution. And if you are a DIE HARD PB fan, do not go any further.
I decided to do an intervention after hearing far too many bloggers beat themselves up because they can't afford Pottery Barn prices. I've seen posts with inspiration pictures straight from the pages of the PB catalog followed by the self-depricating "this is MY on-a-tight-budget version", which, by the way, I ALWAYS like better. Your versions are real, personal and yes, beautiful!
So girls, girls, girls puh-lease don't take this the wrong way, but Pottery Barn is OVERRATED!!!! Sure their furniture is crisp and has "clean lines" (still haven't determined what that means) and yes, they have a nice assortment of linens and accessories. But at the end of the day, all you are paying for is the name.
If I've learned anything in the last few months since I started blogging, it's that most of us are on the same page when it comes to being frugal. We recycle, repurpose and reconfigure to save a buck where we can. We shop out of our own basements and attics to accessorize our thrift-store furnishings, use drop cloths from Home Depot to make window "mistreatments" and don't even get me started on our obsession with spray paint! Howeva, I understand the need/desire from time to time to splurge on a key piece. The one timeless piece that will withstand the true test of time. The old adage, you get what you pay for, is not lost on me. But why Pottery Barn? What is it about Pottery Barn that is so great?
I am a firm believer in fair and balanced journalism, so in keeping with that maxim I HAVE shopped at Pottery Barn myself, albeit the PB Outlet, so I do have a basic understanding of the wonderment that is Pottery Barn. And yes, just hearing the name evokes thoughts of style and comfort. But at the end of the day, all you are paying for is the name.
So here is the intervention part. And in keeping with true intervention form, I approach this as your friend, someone who is trying to help. I have only the best intentions at heart.
"You DESERVE better! You CAN find better! You SHOULD NOT pay ridiculously laughable, insanely over-the-top prices For.A.Name!!! It is not worth it!! You CAN find beautiful furniture/linens/accessories/lighting/rugs SOMEWHERE ELSE for a fraction of the price that is just as good! DO NOT PAY FOR A NAME!
I'm not going to be so bold as to tell you where to shop. My own home is filled with furniture that is mostly second hand, that has been acquired from either an auction, a thrift store, Craig's List or given to me by a family member or friend. But the best pieces in my home are the ones that are OLD. I mean, really really old. You can't compare the quality of today with that of days gone by. The pride of craftsmanship is not what it used to be. But you CAN find it! And for a reasonable price! Just look around. These blogs are filled with ideas of where to shop and how to get the most bang for your buck. That's where we have an advantage Ladies! We have eachother and that's better than any name I can think of ;)