High/Low inspirations are common everyday in the choices we make, at the grocery store private label vs. premium brand, buying clothes, shoes, travel arrangements and for home furnishings ~ the list goes on and on.
Having a plan and a budget for a space helps to determine where and what you can splurge on and where or what you need to save on … and the thing is that you can create a design plan staying in your budget with high/low purchases. I think gone are the days of a store bought model home design, the trend has swung in the opposite direction, we love our treasures our unique spin in our homes and price does not dictate that – our perceived value does. ~ nancy
When I think of High/Low I take into consideration ~
2. Quality vs. Value
4. Being open to educating myself on the product and its features
5. Perceived value of the item
6. Work involved in refinishing or repurposing
Custom window treatments are so beautifully crafted, the design and fabrics are chosen to suit your space and most often the windows need custom treatments due to tricky measurements or fabric selections. Fabrics are chosen, measurements are carefully taken, lining is standard, interlining may be added for extra fullness and/or light/sound reduction, valances are usually board mounted but can be mounted on a rod, and with all this expertise the price tag reflects the craftsmanship involved from start to finish.
Ready-made valances are more limited then drapery panels but can be priced for under $20.00 per valance. The window valance pictured from Bed Bath and Beyond is priced at $29.99. Ready-made treatments are usually rod mounted so that you have more flexibility with measurements. Make sure to factor in the cost of the rod to the treatment. Fabrics are limited but many manufactures carry window treatments so the odds are you can find something to work.
Lighting is really sculptural now and the pricing reflects it.
The two lamps below are similar in style, but quite different in price and materials. The one from Williams-Sonoma Home is made of alabaster and retails for $495.00, the one from HomeGoods is metal with a bronze finish and retailed at the time for $39.95.
So for me, my bottom line is “do I love it” and “can I afford it”. If I love it but truly can’t afford it; I’ll keep looking, something always shows up that works just as well and the bonus is that I use the “high” piece as an inspiration. If I love it and it fits into my budget … yay! If not, I wait and save until I can afford it. I have high and low accessory pieces in my house; from window treatments to bath accessories, it’s all about what you like.