Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

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Hey girl, hey! On Instagram this week, I talked to you guys about a TV show called The High Low Project where the host would design the same space twice— once with more expensive items and the second time with cheaper alternatives. My Grandma likes to call this “Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget!” I came across a photo from Studio McGee of a breakfast nook they styled and wanted to recreate it with this same concept in mind. Here’s how I did it:

To start, we cleared the space so we can work with a blank canvas. We moved out the table and chairs and got the floor ready to lay down the Jute Rug from Magnolia’s new Hearth and Hand collection at Target. I got the 5×7 size that is $150 that works perfect for my breakfast nook. I love how it mimics that same jute checkered pattern like the rug they used in the original photo. 

If you’ve been following me, you know I’m a big fan of mixing vintage pieces with new ones. The table I used is a vintage piece my friend was getting rid of that works great in my space. The combination of the light stained table with my Black Highback Chairs creates this juxtaposition that coordinates so nicely with the rug. 

Next, in the original photo, they used a large pot just off the center of the table with some greenery. Luckily, I have a large terra cotta pot with some asparagus fern in my front yard I could use. This added some gorgeous colors such as the burnt orange from the pot and a rich green from the fern. 

I added our vintage reproduction Rustic Wood Riser with a bowl of fruit where they used a dinner plate underneath a batter bowl. I’m using a wire basket of lemons instead because I love the pop of yellow. They gathered a linen napkin next to the bowl of fruit, but to reinforce the greenery in the pot, I added one of our Magnolia Tea Towels nestled behind the fruit basket. I love the soft texture that it adds!

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What do you think?! I was able to recreate this look for almost $1000 less! If you find a space you love online, don’t be afraid to recreate it. The biggest thing to keep in mind is scale. Use similar sized pieces that work in proportion to each other to avoid the Pinterest fail. LOL. Be sure and share any experience you have with recreating looks and spaces in the comments! xo!

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  1. Rachael says:

    Hey Girl Hey,
    Your such an inspirational Woman. Your love for God is impeccable. Your desire to help all those that you are capable to do so is incredible amazing! The love you have for life, and others is Superb! The tips and tricks are just an extra pleasure of being one of people.

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