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Creating Knock Off Decor

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life

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Have you ever stood in a store having an internal debate over a beautiful accessory that just costs too much?

I’ve been there many times.

My decorating taste tends to be more of a champagne flavor, but my budget is definitely more related to beer. Because of this, I recently got hooked on creating knock off decor…and I hope I can inspire you try creating knock offs for your home too!

How To Create Knock Off Decor

1. Find An Inspiration Piece

Window shopping and browsing catalogs {i.e. Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Restoration Hardware, etc} are fabulous ways to get ideas for decorating, but don’t feel like you have to buy the exact item that inspires you. I also get inspired at thrift stores and resale stores!

2. Create Your Own Take On Your Inspiration

When creating knock offs, you don’t have to perfectly “copy” your inspiration piece. Many times {not always!} pricey accessories can be made at home for much less and they sometimes even turn out more beautifully and more meaningful than the original inspiration piece. It is remarkable how creative we can be when we need to!

3.  Impress Your Friends With Your Masterpiece

After your first successful knock off creation, more than likely you will be hooked and your friends will be amazed. Knock off decor creations make wonderful conversation pieces too, so display them prominently when you have a dinner party!

My Favorite Knock Off Decor Creations

Faux Mercury Glass Vases:  Shaunna at Perfectly Imperfect created these amazing Faux Mercury Glass Vases.  Her inspiration came from Ballard Designs’.  Shaunna created her faux version for a fraction of the cost and with basic supplies – silver spray paint and Windex!  Brilliant!

Boxwood Topiaries: Jennifer from Scissors and Spatulas created these fabulous boxwood topiaries with items that she found on clearance. She made over the vases and added the boxwood balls. Ballard Designs’ version = $49. Jennifer’s version = $7 for the set!

Skateboard Shelves: Jenna from SAS Interiors was inspired by Pottery Barn Kid’s Skateboard Shelves for her 4 year old son’s bedroom. However, she wasn’t so excited about the $69 each price tag. Jenna found skateboards for $5 each and created her own skateboard shelves!

Corner Ruffle Duvet Cover: I love this Urban Outfitters knock off by KiKi Creates! With $14 Walmart sheets, a thrifted bedskirt, sheet, tablecloth, and basic sewing supplies, Kiki created her own version of the Urban Outfitters duvet that starts at $150!  Wow!!

Cafe Shelving: I have courage envy because Traci from Beneath My Heart constructed these amazing cafe shelves all by herself.  Wow.  I’d probably cut off my finger or something! Ha! Inspired by Ballard Designs’ cafe shelving that ranges from $60-$90 each, Traci shows step by step how anyone can make these shelves – for under $25!

Have you ever created knock off decor?

Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design, is an allied-member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project.