Monday, February 13, 2017

7 The High | Low Storage Game: February 2017

My favorite series is back today with some new and exciting high | low products! The past couple of high | low posts have been pretty popular; I have even had a few of you email me to help source a few specific items at thrifty prices.

It is easy to see a beautiful room (or even a closet) and instantly feel as though it is not obtainable, but that is where the fun comes in! Because truly you can pull inspiration from a room done on any budget. Maybe that is why I always loved Sabrina Soto's High/Low Project, and why the High/Low pages are the first I head to in HGTV's magazine every month. It is also why we tend to DIY many of the storage items around our home.

What makes one thing more expensive than another is always based on many variables; size/dimensions, quality, finish, materials, demand/availability, brands... And it is always a personal choice in regards to what you are willing to sacrifice for the sake of saving a dollar or two. Sometimes we may decide to splurge on something because the quality can't be beaten, and other times we may shop around and get the look by hacking an item from IKEA. It is all a give and take, right?

Many of you have expressed that finding items on a budget is important to you as well, but I also know many of you love stylish storage just as much as I do. So this series was born; The High | Low Storage Game.

I thought I would start out with one of the items a reader submitted. Her daughter is heading off to college and she was looking for a similar storage solution to the Pottery Barn Teen Display-It Storage Mirror. After a little searching, I was able to track down a very similar piece on Wayfair for a fraction of the high-end price. Aware that some folks love to find a way to hack or DIY something to come in even lower, I also let her know that an even cheaper option would be to utilize a bookcase tower, similar to the IKEA Kallax, and affix it to a wood base with turntable hardware. Then, with Command Strips or glue, add a mirror to one side and cork tiles and hooks to the other. I totally want to try this someday because I think it could turn out really fabulous!

OK, that is just one example, are you ready for more? Over the past few months, there have been a plethora of products that caught my attention as I have been working on projects and helping friends and family source storage solutions.

I selected items that I would naturally gravitate to in an organizational, storage and design state of mind. And the best part is that the low-cost version can absolutely function just as well as the item in the high-end column. Some even have identical dimensions, but only cost a happy fraction of the price.

While I pulled these particular items, I used a variety of methods to find a budget version of the higher end design, and I shared many of those tricks here.

I would love to know if there are certain storage items that you would like for me to focus on specifically. It can be anything from office supplies to playroom bins to drawer organizers. I am game!

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  1. Love this post! I think the cheaper version is even more beautiful sometimes! :)

  2. Oh my gosh, I love that storage mirror DIY! It seems so simple and easily done under $100. Fabulous!

  3. Hi Jen,

    Love this new series! I would love to see cheap but pretty storage options for the kitchen (pantry, cabinets, drawers, baking pan storage, etc.), kids closet and front closet. Really all over the house storage options :) Thanks Jen!

  4. Love this series idea! Cannot wait to see more.

  5. SO CUTE! I fell in love with the pottery barn rotating shelf. Wish I would've known about the cheaper version! When will the 2017 planner be out? So excited, I'm a planner girl too!


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