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Furnishings Without High Price Tags

Looking for a new chair or lamp for your home, but don't want to pay designer prices?

Country Living magazine's editor-in-chief Nancy Soriano showed some great looks on The Saturday Early Show that resemble designer home furnishings without the high price tags.

Country Living has a regular column called "Double Take" that features two household items, one of which is either an antique or from a well-known designer. The other item is usually very similar in appearance but much less expensive.

Soriano says the reasons for the price difference vary. Sometimes an item requires assembly. Other times it is an imitation of a designer item. She says there are pros and cons of having either type of item and it is up to you to decide which meets your needs.

The Saturday Early Show: displayed the following items:

Pharmacy Lamp

  1. Ralph Lauren Home, $450
    The antiqued-silver finish lamp is 40-inch high. Its knob is inspired by an antique watch and its design is based on early 20th century work lamps.
    Contact: 877-752-7575
  2. Robert Abbey Lamp, $189
    The lamp has a brushed chrome finish over a steel brass lamp. The 37-inch high lamp is based on an industrial work lamp from the 20th century. The current design is simplified from the original.
    Contact: 828-322-3480

Super Chairs

  1. Lillian August Collection, Lewiston Chair, $1,000
    This Lewiston is an eight-way hand-tied chair. The corner is blocked. The hardwood frame is screwed, the down blend and its legs are exposed. Contact: 800-916-1986
  2. Spiegel, Pillowtop Chair, $459
    The walnut baluster legs is inspired by mid-19th century Victorian Design. The padded hardwood frames, double doweled joints, and corner bracing is filled with cotton/polyester upholstery. The chair requires an at-home assembly.
    Contact: 800-345-4500


  1. Twenty Gauge, Basket Lockers, $520
    This locker is made from steel. The all-vintage American steel pieces were refurbished. It is very heavy.
    Contact: 800-600-3458
  2. IKEA, $99
    The steel, lacquer, top panel locker has particleboard insert. It features lockable doors, cord outlet underneath and a maximum load of 88 pounds. It is made in Republic of China.
    Contact: 800-345-4500

Nesting Bowls

  1. Mood Indigo, Fiestaware $295-$465
    Mood Indigo is an antique store in SOHO, New York City that deals mostly with kitchenware. Fiestaware was introduced in 1936, with original colors of red, yellow, light green, cobalt and ivory. The USA-made dishes are not safe for dishwasher, microwave or oven.
  2. Bauer Pottery Company, $28-$32
    Re-issued from Bauer, popularized in the '30s just after the depression. Orange, blue yellow, turquoise are the original nesting bowls set from Bauer. Bauer started in 1885 and closed in 1962. Microwave and dishwasher safe: Not Oven Proof. Made in Los Angeles.
    Contact: 888-213-0800

Double Old-Fashioned Tumblers

  1. Baccarat $250
    Crafters in Baccarat are part of generations of glass blowers. Ten years of apprenticeship is required before becoming an officials glass blowers. The glass is named Mosaique. They are hand crafted and hand blown. The glass is made in Baccarat, France. They are dishwasher safe and come in lead crystal.
    Contact: 800-777-0100
  2. Libbey Inc., $3 each
    The glasses are name Fiare. Using inexpensive material keeps the cost of making glass low. Most of its decorative art glasses are made from a general formula and can be found around the household in the forms of drinking glasses, plate glass windows.

Bath Towels

  1. The White House, Washington $48
    The towels are made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton. The towels are available in Eucalyptus, yellow, blush pink and pale blue colors. They are made in Belgium.
    Contact: 888-942-7528
  2. Martex 5-Star Hotel Towels, $19.99

Black and White Pottery

  1. Mediterranean Living, $101.25
    Large pitcher with polka dots. Made from Earthenware in Morocco by hand (hand made, hand thrown, manually spun, hand painted, hand fired in a wood fired oven)
  2. Ronnie's Ceramics, $40
    Polka dot medium water pitcher. Made from Earthenware in Indonesia. They are hand made but fired in an electric kiln.
    Contact: 800-88-8218


  1. Merrell, Jungle Mocs, $65
    The original, water resistant pigskin leather slips on and off easily. Comes in Pewter, Gunsmoke, Taupe, Midnight and Sunset colors.
    Contact: 888-637-7000
  2. Lands End, $29.50
    Cow suede moccasins comes treated to brush off a drizzle and clean up quickly. It comes in Charcoal, Dark Brown, Tan, Black and Dark Garnet colors.
    Contact: 800-960-9418