You guys!!! I LOVED this week’s episode. When I got the photos of the homes last week I was drooling and couldn’t wait to get started on the post. There was one house out of the four that stood out to me as the BEST. And I had so much fun recreating it on a budget.
I know last week’s post was for episode #3 and if you are confused as to why this week is #5, that is because they had a bonus episode on Monday last week. And because it takes me 2-3 days to find items that match the room, make the collages in photoshop, link to all the products, and write the post, I chose to only do one of the two episodes last week.
Here are the links to the previous posts in case you missed them:
When I get the sneak peeks, I don’t usually know who the designer was for that room. I know which was team red and which was team blue, but the person who is responsible for each space is a mystery until I watch the actual episode on Sunday night. But this week since they did it differently, I knew who the designers were for each house. I did NOT know what the judges thought. I made notes about each house as I was looking at the pictures for the first time. I wrote what I loved and what I didn’t like. And it was so fun to watch the show and see the judges point out the same things that were in my notes. And my FAVORITE house ended up being Nate’s favorite house. And that my friends, is one of the many reasons why we should be BFFs :)
I am going to quickly give a run down of the notes I took about each house. Super quick and then I will show you the area I picked to recreate on a budget.
Elaine and Darren
This was a close second for me and since my first fave didn’t win, I was glad they did. That living room really was amazing! I did wonder if the rug crept into the kitchen too much and I worry that grease and food could get on that lovely gray chair that also seemed really close to the kitchen. I wasn’t wowed by the landscape but once I watched the show and realized that Darren didn’t get his order of plants it made more sense. I think he did a great job with what he had. That is a valuable skill. This next thing may have to do with the fact that I live with 5 guys, but I would never want a dining space that close to a bathroom. Enough said.
Jay and Nina
I wrote down that they had way too much furniture in the living space and I hated the couch facing the wall. And guess what? So did the judges. Which is really a shame because Nina’s style is superb. I did LOVE the dining space as far as the furniture and styling but again, I would not want to eat that close to the toilet. The bedroom was a home run. I really liked the color scheme in the whole house.
Dan and Vanessa
First of all, I actually liked Vanessa’s light on the porch. It was unique and a pretty good plan B if you ask me. But…. that living room was all over the place. I usually like eclectic but it didn’t seem to mesh well. I LOVED the wallpaper cut the way it was and facing different directions. That was one of the first things I noticed in the photos. I absolutely adored the desk area. I thought is was a brilliant use of that space. And their breakfast nook was cute (and not right outside the bathroom). I was sad to see Vanessa go home. I really liked her and think we could totally rock building furniture together.
Lukas and Erinn
I saved my favorite for last!!! Maybe it is because “Modern Country” is kind of my own personal style or maybe it is because they really did just knock it out of the park, but this house blew me away. Out of all the spaces I thought they had the best furniture planning. This wasn’t mentioned in the show, but they were the only ones that provided an outdoor eating space. Another thing that wasn’t mentioned was that because of their living spaced being laid out the way it was, it made it so they could open both doors and have an indoor/outdoor living room. I LOVED that! I loved every. single. room. And their dining room space was the farthest from the bathroom (are you sensing a pattern with me?) which was good. Their kitchen and dining space was probably my favorite and since I haven’t recreated those type of spaces before I thought I would tackle them this week.
Before we get tot all the details, let’s admire their up close.
I now want to rip down all my upper cabinets and have open shelving! It looks so clean and fresh.
I will admit I was not a huge fan of the flooring. But it would hide dirt well I guess :)
I was able to find the same table used in this space which is pictured top left. It is from West Elm and wasn’t a bad price considering the mid century modern style (remember episode #2?). It is priced at $499. The one next to it is priced at $347 and the bottom one is $189. I think round tables are awesome for tight spaces.
(Top Left: West Elm Top Right: Carolina Discount Furniture Bottom: Wendy Furniture)
Since I just purchased tolix chairs a couple of weeks ago, I was happy to see these in here. They make me happy no matter what color or finish they are. But I love that these are white since they match the kitchen and are a nice contrast to the darker table. These type of chairs can be pricey. The one on the right that is the same as in the room I was able to find as low as $90 for a set of two. The metal stacking chair on the left is a bit different but a good price at $170 for a set of four.
(Left: Overstock.com Right: Meijer)
I liked that the light was over sized and hung low. And I love drum shades as much as the next person, but it was nice to see the cone shape shade. I found one that was really close. It has a silver inside but other than that it is spot on. It is priced at $269. I found another over sized cone light but with a different texture/color of shade. It is more affordable priced at $49 and I think it would work just as well.
(Left: Shades of light Right: Bellacor)
Side Board With Drawers
I loved the chippy white piece behind the dining room table. And honestly I think it would be best to search yard sales, Craig’s List, ebay, etc to find something truly vintage. You will get a much better deal too. You may have to alter it a bit or fix it up, but isn’t that part of the fun? But for those of you how would rather just click a link, buy it, and have it done with, I have found a cute version for $259 that is pictured on the right.
The faucet was very unique and added a modern touch to the cottage kitchen. I assumed it was bought at Lowes since they are a sponsor so I looked there first and found it right away. I looked to see if I could find it or something similar for cheaper and I couldn’t. I found similar ones going for $250+ while this one was $199.
I think shopping for the little touches in this space would have been fun! And the best part is, that none of them are too crazy expensive.
The cutting board:
The one on the top right looks the most like the one in the room to me and is only $19.99. Even though the darker one on the right is a little different I am a sucker for walnut. It is priced at $41.65 and is hand crafted. The other one is $20 as well.
The tea kettle is a Le Creuset enamel kettle and they sell for $124 brand new. If you are okay with a gently used one, you can find them on Ebay for around $50.
(Left: Amazon Right: Ebay)
I loved the water hyacinth basket on the shelf! Here are a couple of options. The first one is from West Elm and costs $24. It has handles like the one in the picture but is a different material. The second is a closer match and is about $32.
(Left: West Elm Right: IVG Stores)
Luckily all white dishes are both easy to find and (can be) inexpensive. I liked that not all the dishes on the shelves matched. It would be fun to collect dishes over time as you visit thrift store, antique stores, and flea markets. But here are some options if you want to buy now. The bonjour cow plate is the exact same one and is only $4.49 from Kirkland’s.
(Top Left: Macys Top Right: Big Kitchen Bottom Left: World Market Bottom Right: Kirklands)
Fresh is best in my opinion, but if you want a floral arrangement that will last longer than a couple of weeks, this one is yellow and cheery like the show and is only $55 from Wayfair. Rosemary is easily accessible at your local nursery or Home Depot in the spring and summer months. It smells yummy and you can cook with it too. The artichokes that are on the shelf are artificial and you can get a set of 6 for $49.99 online at Home Depot ($8.33 each). The next cheapest price I found them was at $13 each so that really is a good deal.
(Top Left: Wayfair Bottom: Home Depot)
I love jars in every shape and color. I have them everywhere! I have some of the jars pictures on the right. They are inexpensive and I have found them at Walmart and Target and World Market. If you live in a humid area and are planning on storing food in them you will want jars with a rubber seal. These big jars from Crate and Barrel would be great.
(Left: World Market Right: Crate and Barrel)
I found some crazy expensive kitchen towels people! But luckily I also found some good deals. The one on the left is most like the towel in the picture and sells for $8 each. The other is from World Market and sells for $4 each.
I actually have these drawer pulls in my kitchen and I love them. I have the ones pictured on the left only when I bought them they were a little less. I can’t remember if they were on sale or what but I didn’t pay the $6.41 per pull. But it has been awhile ago. The other option has a slightly different finish but is priced at $1.85 each.
(Left: Home Depot Right: D. Lawless)
Did you watch last night? What did you think of each of the homes? Which one was YOUR favorite?
Share your thoughts :)
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