With spring around the corner, it’s time to look for some budget planters.Â DWR has the Gratia planters on sale, but I’m going to go one better.Â Since the Gratia is made of bronze, it’s a bit pricey-especially when you need more than one.Â The Gratia will weather beautifully and achieve a nice patina over time…if you want it to.Â Below is the TJ Maxx version of a simple metal planter, not stellar quality at only $29…but nice simple lines at a nice price.Â I like them as is, but if the plain metal is too cold a look for you and you want the weathered patina, consider applying a patina finish yourself on the planter. I’d use the same stuff I used for the stair rail – it is a liquid patina found in art stores.
March 29 UPDATE: Just saw that CB2 has now posted some as well ranging from $15-40.
I’ve always dreamed of owning a Nakashima table….maybe when I win the lottery.Â In the meantime, I’ll settle for a tiny knock-off found at none other than TJ Maxx.Â One of my better fashion bargain stops is slowly becoming a real contender in home decor.Â Most urban areas have one and it’s worth sifting through the piles of ugly floral plates to find something like this.Â It adds the rustic touch to a modern setting without screaming “log cabin”.Â It doesn’t have the elegantly honed legs that a real one would have, but for $35 vs. $3,500…I can live with that.Â If $295-$350 sounds like a deal to you, then Pearl River has a nice option.
Another strategy is to buy a slab top from someone like Newton Woods and adding your own legs.Â For example, the piece below is currently selling for $249 – plus shipping. I have also seen slab tops on e-bay for a wide range of prices – many affordable.Â Classic mid century turned legs or retro metal hairpin legs would make your table a showstopper.