Pottery Barn-ish

Who doesn’t love themselves some Pottery Barn?
I recently went to Pottery Barn and fell in love with obsessed over these terra cotta pots with sunflowers. I’m pretty sure I walked back and forth past them about seventeen times before leaving the store. Here’s the important part of my story: 
I left Pottery Barn without purchasing the terra cotta beauties {my husband is so proud!}. I’m not going to lie and say that my obsession ended upon the exit of the store. Instead, my creative instincts kicked in. Some may argue it’s more of a common sense issue, I’m still going to think of myself as super amazing:)
Ok, before I get ahead of myself, I should show you the REAL photos from Pottery Barn. Aren’t they pretty?
You know what isn’t pretty? THE PRICE!

Now, it’s not that $12.95 is that unaffordable. It’s just that I needed wanted three of them. So, here’s a more detailed visual of what that might cost:
Everybody knows, it’s best to decorate in threes. Maybe that’s not the exact saying, but I happen to believe the theory that a table looks best with three of something, as opposed to two or four. Even Pottery Barn knows: decorate in threes and crazy customers will buy! 
Ok, back to my point…
I didn’t want to spend that much money!
Here was my fiscally creative solution:
Now, I don’t have the entire Pottery Barn tablescape, but my Crate & Barrel dining accessories circa 2006 are still arguably pretty nice (we got married in ’06). 
Let’s break it down:

$3.37  X  3  =
a lot less than
$12.95  X  3
I win!


  1. I like your sunflowers better not gonna like. -ish is my favorite kind of make over. 🙂

  2. You and I speak the same language:)
    I happen to like my sunflowers more too!

  3. It always amazes me the prices that PB puts on their artificial flowers and vase fillers. I remember cranberries were $15 one year there and $5 at Michaels. Generally, for that kind of stuff, I use PB for the inspiration and other stores for the actual implementation…just like you 🙂 Great job with the sunflowers!

  4. Very nice! I know exactly what you mean… a couple of years ago they had the cutest pots of succulents. I knew I had the tiny pots at home already and happened to stumble upon a bag of loose succulents that were greatly discounted (think along the lines of 75% off… plus I had won a gift card to PB which has exactly $3 left, the price of the 4 pk of loose succulents.)

    Now I think I am going to have to take a look at Hobby Lobby’s sunflowers because there are perfect for the fall! Thank you so very much for sharing!!

  5. I like yours much better! I have about a million things I want from PB so I need to follow your lead and figure out how to make them myself 🙂

  6. It’s insane how much the charge for these things, yours is way better!

  7. So cute and affordable!! Visiting from Inspiration Friday #73 and #85

  8. I love them! Isn’t it outrageous that they wanted $12.95 for each?!? Thanks for sharing!

  9. I like yours better! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from $20 Below. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn

  10. What a great knock-off! Love PB’s styling and catalogs, their prices…not so much! 🙂

  11. That is awesome! I love Pottery Barn too but just can’t bring myself to spend money on something I can create myself. I’m pinning this one:)


  12. Very cute decorations. I love the moral at the end! Found you on Lines Across.

  13. Gorgeous, especially the price! Thanks so very much for being a part of our Pin’inpiration Party last week. You are a feature this week. C:

  14. What a great idea! Yes, been to Hobby Lobby yesterday, and there’s a lot you can do at a cheaper price that would look better than Pottery Barn’s idea. It’s your creativity that counts!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (FB, Pinterest, Twitter and G+).

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  15. I love it! Hacks are so much fun! I love getting that great look for a fraction of the cost.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Weekend Wonders link party! Hope to see you back on Thursday Have a great day 🙂

  16. That’s a great ‘story’! Love your version it looks exactly the same! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  17. Bravo! And sunflowers are so happy so that happily ever after is very likely 😉
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina