Want a bracing dose of Vitamin DIY? Visit the website of Ana White. In her own words, Ana is "obsessed with furniture." What she doesn't love is the price tag that comes with quality pieces. So this resourceful self-taught handywoman reverse-engineers the designs of contemporary classics and builds her own versions. And then she makes the plans available online for free, along with fun posts describing her process.
Of Ana's many plans (all of which are intended for personal, not commercial, use), our favorite is her version of Restoration Hardware's Farmhouse Table, pictured at the top of this post. RH's version usually retails for $2750. Ana made hers of scrap lumber for about ten dollars.