The Real Deal v The Steal: Can A Knock-Off Ever Be Okay?

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Last week, Adrienne asked you what your pet decorating peeves were. We read the answers with interest. With our unfailing optimism, we hate rules of any kind and we especially hate to rule anything out because we've seen even the worst things work in skillful hands. But there's one rule that we try never to break. Okay, most of the time. Because as we've learned, there are exceptions to every rule...

While we normally prefer "the real deal" over "the steal," supporting the designer as opposed to the manufacturer of a cheap knock-off, sometimes there are other considerations, like the budget. Or for those instances where you don't want to be holding your breath, worried that it's going to get destroyed -- garden furniture, glasses for a big party, furniture for a kid's playroom -- the steal might allow you to relax just enough to enjoy yourself. And, as design geeks, we're also interested in seeing how design gets filtered down, how an idea is captured by a designer and maybe seen as weird or odd and then later, as the eye gets used to it, accepted, encouraged and copied.

What's the real v the steal mix in your home? Are there any situations in which you would go for the steal?

[image from House Call: Hidden House]

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