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Catalog Lust

May 27, 2010

Decorating catalogs are my guilty pleasure and my downfall.  I am especially prone to this when it comes to Pottery Barn.  I love them; I hate them.  Inevitably, I fall for some completely gorgeous item I will NEVER be able to justify buying.  As the following DIY projects show, sometimes the answer to the question “Should I buy it or go without” is “Make it yourself”.

Stephanie Lynn at made her own version of the oversized abacus from Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn’s Version @ $249:

Stephanie’s version for $24.

Instructions can be found here.

Check out this awesome light fixture project from Caitlin at

Pottery Barn’s $399 version:

Caitlin’s $50 version (instructions here):

Can’t beat it!

Here’s another PB light fixture on the cheap from Kara at

Pottery Barn Version:


Details here.

Finally, look at this fab mirror from

Pottery Barn’s $249 version:

DIY version at $60.

Here’s how she did it.

So the next time your favorite catalog arrives, try to look at it with a DIY eye.

~ Anne

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Lily permalink
    May 27, 2010 7:17 am

    Great finds! I really love pb and crate and barrel but usually I can’t afford it. Nice to know of other option

  2. mike permalink
    May 27, 2010 7:35 am

    All great ideas. Once again it is a double star when you can save some cash AND put something together yourself.

  3. steven permalink
    May 27, 2010 8:31 am

    I actually think Karas version is better than pottery barns

  4. sherry permalink
    May 27, 2010 8:52 am

    Agree with Steven. And you can’t buy the satisfaction of doing something yourself that you may enjoy for years to come.

  5. Linda permalink
    May 27, 2010 9:13 am

    I love it that people can do that, I don’t have the confidence. Neat blog today.

  6. Keryl permalink
    May 27, 2010 9:23 am

    Some great solutions! You should totally start a home business doing Pottery Barn knockoffs!

  7. sherry permalink
    May 27, 2010 9:52 am

    Great idea, Keryl. How ’bout it “Missy”??

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