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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Big Ticket & Budget Friendly: Dwell Studio Franklin Media Cabinet

The design world is all abuzz over the new furniture line from Dwell Studio. From the spread featuring founder Christiane Lemieux's eastern Long Island beach house in the October issue of Lucky magazine to enthusiastic reviews in every corner of the blogosphere, Dwell Studio's new line is making quite an impact. And for good reason. From bold patterned fabrics to unique leafed finishes, the line puts a perfect spin on a classic form with almost every piece. Price points are actually quite reasonable, but let's face it, times are still hard for many of us (you know, us 99%!!), which has forever lowered the cutoff point for what counts as a "splurge" purchase. I took my favorite piece - a stunning sideboard priced around two thousand dollars - and paired it with budget-friendly spins on all the pieces found in Lemieux's own dining room, coming to a total bill of just under $3000 for the whole look.

Big Ticket Sideboard: $2040 Franklin Media Cabinet from the new Dwell Studio furniture line.

Budget-friendly table: $179 IKEA Doksta Table

Budget-friendly dining chair: $101.79 each Wood Chair with Hemp Seat from Overstock.

Budget-friendly rug: $129 Faux Bengal Tiger Skin Rug from Hollywood Love Rugs

Budget-friendly centerpiece: try an inexpensive DIY project like this one I found on Love and Lace Blog using just liquid gold leaf and some spray sealer. Echoing the beautiful gold leaf on the sideboard in the tabletop piece reinforces its presence (figure about $10 in materials and $10 for a discount store bowl to be painted).

Budget-friendly lamp: $169 Wood Knot Table Lamp from West Elm. I decided to forgo the multi-arm task lamp for something more sculptural that picks up the wood from the dining chairs and the darker tones in the faux tiger skin rug.

Budget-friendly candlesticks: sale price $32.95 Three Piece Bryce Candleholder Set from Crate & Barrel.