I am a firm believer in mixing the high and low. Wouldn’t you rather spend your money on an antique, a piece of art, or even a great mattress?!! Every piece in your home does not need to be museum quality unless of course you want your home to look like a museum.
I love this great side table from Horchow. I actually have one in between two wicker chairs in my family room. Right now it is 25% off of $199 here http://www.horchow.com/p/Rustic-Side-Table-Side-Tables/cprod66590049_cat6050749_cat2020732_/?index=64&cmCat=cat000000cat000001cat14540731cat2020732cat6050749&isEditorial=false
How about this one from Overstock.com here http://www.overstock.com/Worldstock-Fair-Trade/Steel-Square-Rivet-Natural-colored-Stool-India/5947418/product.html?rcmndsrc=5. I think it would look great in the garden as well. It is an incredible bargain at $103.99
This one from Crate and Barrel would work inside or out as well at $229. It has a great look for the money. http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furniture/accent-tables/braiden-side-table/s342249
Ballard Designs Bornova side tables at $219.00 are a bargain http://www.ballarddesigns.com/bornova-side-table/tables/accent-tables/15106?listIndex=4 They are produced by others at much higher prices while you get much more bang for your buck here. I would give them a coat of tinted briwax to tone them down if they were mine.
See similar or same table used by the talented Erin Martin seen here in house beautiful
Or here in this Napa House featured in House Beautiful via Vignette Design blog here: http://vignettedesign.blogspot.com/2011/05/family-room-sources-and-reality-check.html#uds-search-results. If you haven’t read her blog you are in for a treat!
For a more organic look Ballard Designs also has the Patras Side Table made of reclaimed Teak and Zinc at only $219 here http://www.ballarddesigns.com/patras-side-table/tables/accent-tables/235904?listIndex=9
Or West Elm’s Natural Tree Stump Side Table here http://www.westelm.com/products/natural-tree-stump-side-table-f655/?pkey=ccoffee-side-tables at $199.00
Or if you wanted to glam it up you could gild it like they did here
image via pinterest
How about this little gem from Crate and Barrel here http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furniture/accent-tables/samar-ottoman/s232142. At $119.00 a couple of these would be great under a console table for another layer of texture.
The Abaca Ottoman also at Crate and Barrel http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furniture/accent-tables/abaca-ottoman/s576134, is on sale for $119.00. Another great find in my book!
I adore this West Elm Turned Pedestal Side Table here for $199.00 http://www.westelm.com/products/turned-pedestal-side-table-g539/?pkey=ccoffee-side-tables. I think it could be used in a modern organic space or just as easily in a more traditional space. It is a great price as is but you know West Elm it will probably be on sale soon. I have recommended this table to numerous clients. I think it looks even better in person.
I am not a huge fan of these garden stools in general,, but this one from Wisteria kind of speaks to me. It has an earthiness that the shiny varieties lack. Again a coat of dark briwax would give it even more depth. It is a great deal at $219. You can find it here http://www.wisteria.com/Side-Tables-Pedestals/products/1008/0/1
This great little table is on final sale at Restoration Hardware. http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?type=finalSale&productId=prod370028
How about this seagrass stool from PB here http://www.potterybarn.com/products/seagrass-x-cross-stool/?pkey=caccent-tables-values I think it would be great with a stack of old books beside a chair.
As you can see there are a lot of options available on the internet. Flea markets and tag sales are other great sources. Use your creativity to mix the high and low. Create a priority list for your big ticket items and fill in with some of these little gems. A room full of furniture from World Market can be too much World Market. A few pieces interspersed with some finer pieces speaks to your creative side. I would love to hear what your splurges and cheap tricks are.