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Chic Home Challenge

The Early Show take its Chic on a Shoestring game home this fall.

House & Garden magazine Style Editor Brooke Stoddard stopped by The Early Show to show that you don't have to spend a lot to make your home fashionable.

She put The Early Show's co-anchor Hannah Storm, weatherman Dave Price and correspondent Tracy Smith to the test to distinguish the "steal" items from the "splurges."

House & Garden magazine recently kicked off a new section in titled, "Elements of a Room." In each issue, it focuses on one part of a home such as the kitchen, the bedroom or the entryway, and teaches readers how to use the newest items and trends in home accessories to quickly spruce up a room.

"At House & Garden, we believe if you don't want to decorate your whole home, you can be a smart shopper and do some things that will give it a quick pickup," Stoddard says.

She explains shoppers should approach home accessories the same way they view fashion accessories: a few new pieces can really make an impact without emptying your wallet.

The Living Room

"We love color at the magazine so we picked these darling chairs in bright colors" Stoddard explains. "Pink is a hot color this season, no question about it."


  • Spiegel Tufted chair, $399.00.
    The chair is available in three colors (parchment, meadow and ivy). The legs of the chair have to be screwed on. Also, House & Garden upholstered it in an inexpensive linen.

    For more information: Call 1-800-527-1577 or visit

  • Gracious Home green ultrasuede pillow, $98

    For more information: Call Gracious Home at 1-800 338 7809

  • ABC Home green throw, $95

    For more information: Call ABC Home at 1-212-473-3000 or visit

    Total: $592


  • Re-Editions Emma chair, $3,000

    For more information: Visit (Will not be available until November)

  • Ralph Lauren Home cable throw blanket in lime (100 percent cashmere), $550
    (Will not be available until November)
  • Ralph Lauren Home green suede Leland pillow, $795

    For more information: Call 1-888-475-7674 or visit

    Total: $4,345

Cocktail Cart

"We are finding people are entertaining at home more and more and love to have friends over with cocktails," Stoddard explains. "The idea is really to be party-ready, have your cocktails ready in a cart with a trolley that has wheels and moves from room-to-room. It's very easy, versatile and fun."


  • Alessi-Emsta "standard" design bar cart in black, by Emzo Mari (1989), $850

    For more information: Call 1-212-431-1310

  • Alessi-Ettore Sottsass bar accessories: strainer, $30; stirrer, $22; and ice tongs, $27.50

    For more information: Call 1-212-431-1310

  • Calvin Klein-Crystal Gable decanter, $65

    For more information: Call 1-800-294-7978

  • New York-Martini Chiller, $42.50

    For more information: Visit MOMA

  • Villeroy & Boch-Boston Wine Goblet in blue, $24 each

    For more information: Visit

  • Links of London-Sterling Salver, $950

    For more information: Call 1-800-210-0079

    Total: $2,035 (counting 2 wine goblets, 2 martini chillers)


  • Crate & Barrel ruby cocktail cart, $249
  • Crate & Barrel janssen bar set, $59.95
  • Crate & Barrel napa decanter, $26.95

    For more information: Call 1-800-967-6696 or visit

  • Lillian Vernon cocktail chiller, $19.98

    For more information: Call 1-800-901-8758 or visit

  • Ikea wine glass, $1.99 each

    For more information: Call 1-8000-434-4532 or visit

  • Crate & Barrel-Stainless steel round bar tray, $36.95

    Total: $396.81

Entry Hall or Foyer

"We did a story in our November issue about entry halls, which takes a small space and make it grand," Stoddard says. "Use a mirror and flowers and invite them into your home."


  • Scully & Scully, New York hepplewhite console, $1,350

    For more information: Call 1-800-223-3717 or visit

  • Steuben-Georgian Vase, $1,250

    For more information: Call 1-800-424-4240

  • ABC Carpet & Home love bird mirror, $2,095

    For more information: Call ABC Home at 212-473-3000 or visit

    Grand Total: $4,695


  • Pierre Deux-Trianon mirror, $1,200

    For more information: Visit

  • Bombay Company-Ambassador Console table, $199

    For more information: Call 1-800-829-7789 or visit

    Crate & Barrel-Paris vase, $19.95

    For more information: Call 1-800-967-6696 or visit

    Total: $1,418.95