It’s no secret that many of us in the home and decorating realm of the blogosphere love Pottery Barn. Many of us take great delight in recreating something of theirs at a fraction of the cost.
Lately, however, I’ve begun to wonder if the tables have turned. I’ve seen several “New” items in the PB catalog that I’ve been seeing on blogs for months.
For example, here are a few samples of their new bird and nest themed line (just type “bird” into the search box for the whole line…there’s a lot):
Embroidered Bird & Nest Pillow Cover, $39 (even though these are new, the nest pillow is “no longer available”, but it’s certainly a familiar icon around the blogs)
Nest Sentiment Lumbar Pillow, $49(“nest”, typography, nubby natural burlap-y fabric, need I say more?)
Birdcages $39.00 - $49.00(I think we all have one or two of these floating around, probably picked up at a garage sale or thrift store)
New Jewelry Display Frames $29.00 - $49.00(I made a version of this back in December, and I got the idea from many other bloggers before me; my cost was about $2)
New Ceramic Platters with Chalkboard Center, Set of 2 $99.00(I know you’ve seen these around the blogs for quite some time. $99? Is that a joke? Get a $3 plate at the thrift store and a can of chalkboard spray paint and make it yourself for well under $10.)
So, my question is, is Pottery Barn watching the blogs and picking up on popular trends that way? Taking our ideas and recreating them at exorbitant prices? Kinda flattering isn’t it? And yet, a little insulting, too!
Here are a few of my PB-inspired knock-offs:
- Jewelry Organizer
- Monogrammed Vases
- Apothecary Jars
- Alphabet Balls (seen in PB store but not in catalog)
I think I just decided a linky party is in order! I’ve been having winter doldrums and blog-block lately, so this will give me something to look forward to.
Tuesday, February 16 come back here to link up your PB knock-off. It can be something new, or something you did a while ago. Grab my button and invite your friends!