I have never been able to buy a lot of NEW, really nice furniture so I have always picked out what I like in a catalog or magazine and then....hit the thrift stores and garage sales to see if I can find something SIMILAR to the item I really like.
Sometimes I can get really close or at least close enough that I am happy with it. That's all that matters, after all.
I have always admired this type of hutch...open, with shelves. When I replaced our old dining table with a newer one (but, it's used, also!!), I used the table beneath shelving my Sweet Hubby made and came up with something fairly close to this........
I was thrilled with the way it turned out. Especially after I painted it all with my favorite red paint!!
I really wanted something like this for my living room so, again, I hit the thrift stores.... (this one from Pottery Barn was waaaay out of my budget! :(
A vintage white and gold dresser bottom, $50.00 at the thrift shop, painted black, gave me the same look for several hundred dollars less. When I hit the lottery, I may visit Pottery Barn and replace this with one of their beautiful pieces....and, then again.....I may find something else I'd rather spend my money on and just keep this little $50.00 buffet ! :)
Pottery Barn's version of the neatest storage unit....soooo expensive.
I painted my old bookshelf black and filled it with baskets. I bought the baskets at 50% off at Michaels. I use them for everything from little games, yarn, dvd's.....all sorts of things.
I think this metal table is so cool....and I love the stools beneath. Several hundred dollars.....I "no can do" so I took off again for thrift store row!!!
Neat metal table with really THICK glass, $16.00 ....the two little foot stools are from Big Lots.....
Oh, I know my versions of Pottery Barn's fabulous furniture doesn't even come close but...I am fairly happy with my pieces and REALLY happy with the savings. I love getting ideas from their catalog and others and, as I've said before, then the 'thrill of the hunt' kicks in and I am a happy camper!
If you find pieces that you love, can't really afford them right now, there's always "gently used" pieces out there that you can revamp and make into your dream pieces!! And.....it's so fun! Plus using some of these pieces can give your room a sense of evolving over a period of time. This is a GOOD thing.
Oh......and the cake? Just a simple Strawberry box cake mix, Strawberry Icing in the can, fresh Strawberries mixed in with the icing and some strawberries served on the side. Not a thing magical here nor any thing "home made" but, with vanilla ice cream, it sure tasted good!!! :o)