Call Me Ang: This vs. That

This vs. That

Monday, April 6, 2015

I'm always on the hunt for a great bargain. Especially when it comes to decorating. I'm typically drawn to high dollar design. However, I don't have a high dollar budget. I'm constantly browsing design magazines, pinterest, and the internet for inspiration. I actually love the thrill of the hunt of finding the look for less.

I really wanted to add etageres to our dining room and decorate them with all of our white serveware.

I really loved this Ballard Design piece, but at $800, plus oversized shipping expenses, tax AND I needed two...this was well over budget:

So I started searching for a similar alternative and I found (and purchased) two of these from Target:

There is very little difference between the two.  I'm not the least disappointed in the quality.  In-fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to put this piece together, and how sturdy it's built. The best part..I saved over $1400.  I only paid (thanks to a sale - which is still ongoing) $225 for TWO and free shipping! Target for the win! 

I'm not finished styling the shelves. I just started throwing some of our serveware on them, to see what I want to use, etc 

Here is how the piece looks in our dining room!  

Ginger Jars, Target Bookcase, Pottery Barn Aaron Chairs

I was originally inspired by this Ballards Design dining room: 

Decorating is an evolution...there are still countless projects I have for the dining room. I need to finish painting and add a console table to the other side of the room.  Are we ever done making a house a home?  Is anyone ever content with a room when they consider themselves "done"? And...if they's only a matter of time, before they start rearranging items....again....Decorating is an addiction! 



  1. I was looking at these but I always get nervous that it will look like mini furniture from Target. I might just give it a shot now!!!

    1. Yes...give them a shot. I think you will love them. The quality exceeded my expectations. I was placing them in narrow spaces, so I didn't need the width of the Ballard shelves. Doesn't look like mini furniture at all. :)