Where Do You Spare No Expense?

Where Do You Spare No Expense?

Jess Watson
Oct 27, 2009

One of these rooms is filled with original, antique and handcrafted pieces. The other was styled using replicas and mass produced accessories. Can you tell the difference? And even if your discerning eye could differentiate between the 1970s writing table from Conor Fennessy Antiques & Design versus Brocade Home's silhouette table, is the distinction worth the extra $7,000?

California Home & Design recently ran an interesting article that compared two versions of a room and an office, one using original items and the other using replicas. The images below are from high and low(er) priced offices.

The spare no expense $44,626 office features a hand-knotted Turkish Oushak rug, an original Fabricius and Kastholm Tulip chair, an unsigned 17th-century Italian oil painting and an oversized tripod lamp made from a 1940s French telescope vase.

The more cost effective $7,485 office is comprised of a Williams-Sonoma Home Sun-Softened rug, Ikea's Jerrik swivel chair, an open wood floor lamp from West Elm and a 20th-century copy of a Titian painting.

For most of us price obviously plays a large part in what we buy, but if money was a non issue, would you spend the extra $37,000 to have the "original" room? When it comes to decorating your own home, where do you choose to skimp and where do choose to you splurge?

(Image credits: Garry McLeod / California Home and Design)

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