What I mean is, I always recommend that you really identify that special piece of furniture, lighting, household renonvation, etc. and squirrel away your cash until you can bring the exact vision to a reality as opposed to spending half the money (still money, mind you!) and, ultimately, being disappointed. Mind you, I love a great thrift and certainly do not think that high dollar always equals high style. What I think, though, is that settling in your choices (because of price differentials or geographic limitations or "I want it now!") is not the route you want to take. Overall, quality is almost always the victor.
The problem comes in, of course, when an item is either so highly priced for your budget that you will likely never be able to save up the cash to afford it and, even if you had the cash, you would simply not be able to rationalize spending that sum on the particular item. (I am being realistic, not pessimistic here....)
Enter my personal conundrum.
I really don't know how long I have pined for the DWR Eames Lounger (and Ottoman, of course) in ivory and walnut. The absolute cheapest version of it retails for $3,899.00 (not including tax or shipping), but can range as high as $6,899.00 with various bells and whistles.
Do I give up the dream and accept that I will only be able to visit the lounger at the DWR store or at friends' homes forever OR do I act as I usually do and attempt to capture the look for less (without cheaping out...)?
Knock offs are so utterly frowned upon in the design world and I, of course, understand why. I certainly do not even want to start or engage in the great knock-off debate that so often rears its controversial head. I do, however, want to show you this.
This guy could be purchased from Euro Moderno for $879.00 (minus $100.00 with a coupon code) plus free shipping. It apparently is made of 100% real Italian leather and the wooden shell is walnut. It comes in ivory, too.
I am throwing this out there and want to hear from you. Should I foresake my inner design purist and grasp at the closest version to the Eames Lounger I will ever have or completely scrap it because it just ain't the real thing?
P.S. To give you further character insight, I have always refused to buy knock off bags, sunglasses, etc., either foregoing them all together or saving my pennies for the real deal. Are these the same things?