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Get the Look for Less: The HGTV 2014 Dream Home Family Room


This year's HGTV Dream Home is my favorite one to date, mostly due to the family room. It's a beautiful mix of natural rustic materials and a few punches of color. It's so masculine in design, but it seems so cozy and soothing. The design is how I've always imagined my dream library; minus the books, brown leather, and desktop armillary globe. This room is the perfect place to hang out with a good movie and some hot cocoa. The natural touches with the greenery and pine cones are things I incorporate in my own home decor, and the armillary chandelier and horse photography are things I've wanted to decorate with for as long as I can remember. The reddish-orange sofa wouldn't have been my first choice, but seeing it with the overall color scheme, I think it fits perfectly.

Pictured above: Ethan Allen ceiling star light / Ethan Allen plaid bedding / Ethan Allen ocean wall art / Ethan Allen distressed home decor / Ethan Allen 3 piece leather sectional / Ethan Allen door furniture / Ethan Allen antique black furniture / Ethan Allen upholstered ottoman / Ethan allen furniture / Ethan Allen antique black table

All of the furnishings for the HGTV Dream Home are by Ethan Allen, and each of the items above are the actual designs used in the dream home. While they're beautiful and well-crafted, they aren't exactly affordable. There are ways to achieve this overall look on a lower budget. The Splurge vs. Steal items below are very similar to the dream home items with a very different price tag.
 
Splurge vs. Steal

Shop the Steals: Orb chandelier  //  West elm furniture  //  Pier 1 Imports flower pot  //  Home Styles round dining table 

This section shouldn't really be labeled Splurge vs. Steal so much as it should be Are You Fu@#ing Kidding Me? vs. I Can't Afford That Either, but a girl can dream. Other ways to achieve the look for less are with items that are similar but not necessarily the same scale or finish.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUA3M0Q?tag=las00-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B00EUA3M0Q&adid=1CFMHZDBDWEWRCXMGHE4

This beautiful black and white framed horse poster may not be large enough to hang over a sofa, but for under $100, I'll take it over the one that costs over $2000.00! Next, think about incorporating the same colors but in much more affordable materials.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GZPVMW?tag=las00-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B004GZPVMW&adid=0S2TZTZKWASX42J986CS

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BWV30D0?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00BWV30D0&linkCode=xm2&tag=las00-20

At just under $400.00 this black TV console with doors mimics the Ethan Allen version for about $1600.00 less. To save money on the sofa, opt for a synthetic fabric and get a standard-size sofa like this  Diamond Sofa in orange (pictured above) instead of a full sectional. The main thing is to get that rich, reddish-orange shade. Pair it with calming grey walls, plaid fabrics, and natural elements like a basket of pine cones and greenery; and you've got yourself a dream family room.


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  1. That cabinet in the first set looks marvelous.

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  2. wow!♥ the furniture you found looks exactly like the expensive original! that's awesome!:)

    www.Lorietta.cz

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  3. I love the TV console! So gorgeous!

    Wishing you a lovely week.
    xoxo

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  4. can you do the other room also for the dream home 2014

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