Affordable Anthropologie Inspired Room No. 1

Jan 12, 2010 by

For 2010, I am excited to introduce an “Affordable Anthropologie” series, wherein we explore more budget-friendly and DIY alternatives for Anthropologie inspired rooms. My goal is to recreate the Anthropologie look at 1/10th of the cost (after all, elbow grease is free).

To welcome the series, I thought we could start with one of the nooks from the January catalog.For the mirror, chair, and dresser pictured above, the tab would run you $2,294 – before shipping and taxes.  Let’s see how we can recreate this entire look for less than 1/10th of the price.  In fact, we can create the entire $2,294 look for $180!

Affordable Anthropologie version for the conservatory chair: $150. I often see beautiful vintage armchairs on Craigslist that simply need a little reupholstery love to be revitalized into a gorgeous sitting piece.  While some cost as little as $40, on average, the chairs with good bones can cost you $100.  There is not much yardage involved, and I would budget $50 towards upholstery linen fabric.  I personally think a vintage-inspired fabric with type would look dashing sitting next to the numbered dresser in the Anthropologie-inspired room.I have written up a simple chair reupholstery tutorial, and for how to stencil your own vintage-inspired fabric, visit the DIY tutorial via design*sponge. 

Affordable Anthropologie version for the reassembled mirror: $15. Make your own driftwood mirror in any shape and style you please, and spend only $15 when you follow this DIY tutorial via Create Studio.

Affordable Anthropologie version for the Ordinal Dresser: $15 (if you already own a dresser). The dresser in this Anthropologie room does not have any particularly special lines or design elements, save for the aged wood patina and stenciled and painted numbers.  Download free number stencils, buy a package of Peel Away for $7,99, and a small jar of black paint or finish for $5 to create your own version.  To strip paint or finish from a dresser you already own, follow Brooklyn Limestone in her adventures in taking white paint off to reveal a beautiful wood door using Peel Away.

The final cost for our Affordable Anthropologie inspired room is $180.  Even if you have the chair professionally reupholstered, the price tag would jump to $380 – $450, a far cry from the $2294 Anthropologie price tag!  You can also complement the look with affordable cost shutters, and voila, your Anthropologie-inspired room is complete!

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  1. awesome!!!!! thanks ! I love Anthro but their prices are a bit ridiculous!

  2. Wow what a great series! I can’t wait to see more. This are great!!!

  3. I am loving your ideas…so thanks for getting them all together! I am having a giveaway on my blog, so stop on over for your chance to win!

  4. This is SUCH a good idea! Thanks for the inspiration in decorating!

  5. yes! beautiful styling, that’s *truly* unique. lovely work.

  6. love love love it.

  7. this is awesome! i’m so excited for more affordable anthropologie posts! :)

  8. I love this series already! thanks for the design and how to!

  9. Star

    This is a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for sharing your insight!

  10. Wonderful ideas! How are you doing Grace? How is baby?

  11. wow I cant wait for more of this! I love that dresser!

  12. What an awesome idea! I spend way too much time at Anthropologie (one only five minutes from my house), studying their styling but also hoping for sales on the items I have on my wishlist. This is even better and, of course, more eco-friendly. I recently bought a few yards of burlap and I’ve been itching to do some stenciling on it. Furniture may be an easier start! Thanks for the great idea. I’m looking forward to future installments in these series.

  13. What a great idea for a new series! Thanks for featuring my driftwood mirror. I’m honored to be thought of as Anthropologie material!! yippee!!
    -Sarah from Create Studio

  14. Jen

    This is a great series idea. I LOVE Anthropologie but it does lean to the VERY pricy. I look forward to these posts :)


  15. Kat

    Thanks so much for posting on this, I think few of us can afford the Anthro lifestyle but I do love the look! I’ve wanted a driftwood mirror, for forever and plan to use the tutorial you posted!

    Kat :)

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