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REFINING YOUR DESIGN EYE, PART TWO

I’m back with another High/Low from one of my favorite Canadian magazines, Style At Home. This should be a bit easier to guess than the last time

photography: Micahel Graydon
So which is which and more importantly, why???
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The “High” is photo number 2 (hope you guessed right)! I won’t give you the numbers & sources (you’ll have to go to Style At Home for that!), but here are 9 things your eye should’ve caught:

1. Lighting. The high has 3-4 bulbs, while the low has only 1. The slightly oval shape of the high should also tell you that it cost a bit more than the standard round shape. I’m pretty sure the “Low” light is from West Elm.
2. The artwork, HELLO???! This is quite possibly the biggest a-ha. One looks like it came from Z Gallerie (the Low), the other looks like a truly artistic piece from a contemporary artist. 
3. The console table. One is a more run-of-the-mill, 1-shelf chrome & glass table (CB2) and the other is visually heavier, with a thick chrome frame, 2 shelves, and chrome legs with detail. 
4. Pillows. The thick, fluffy texture of the “high” pillows adds so much detail to the space versus the flatter style of the “Low”. For those of you who wonder about interior styling, these photos are perfect examples of why you always want to use a mix of textures to create visual interest in your design.
5. Lamps. You have to look closely but the carved, Asian-inspired wood base, glossy paper shade, and gold ring finial let you know that the “High” lamp didn’t come from Target. Not that we don’t love Target, and all….
6. Coat Racks. Peep the scroll and curved detail on the “High” coat rack–detailing almost always means more $.
7. Storage boxes & baskets. If you shop Ikea like I do, you know the “Low” baskets are an Ikea original. With the storage boxes, one pair have a hinged top, the others have a lift-top. We DIY-ers know that hinges cost money.
8. Rugs. Antique rugs look faded but still have a color (and detail!) that isn’t matched by contemporary rugs. Don’t be fooled.
9. Did you notice the pashmina’s hanging from the baskets? One looks like beautifully detailed wool…the other doesn’t even look like a scarf!
Did you guess correctly? What did your eye notice first??
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13 Comments on REFINING YOUR DESIGN EYE, PART TWO

  1. Mrs. EJ
    August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am (6 years ago)

    Yes, this is a decor blog but I am a shoes and bags gal so I went directly to the bag and chose #2. From there, i did look at some of the things you mentioned, the coat rack, the console table to confirm. That was fun!

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  2. hollyG
    August 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I think this is the first one that I’ve gotten, but I’m so happy because I reasoned #2 was the high b/c of the light fixture and the artwork mainly. Hooray! This is fun – thanks for some great tips. I still don’t forget your tip about the orchid and the number of buds.

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  3. theLENNOXX
    August 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I LOVE Style at Home’s High/Low posts!! I guessed right, due to the fur pillows and the artwork. But in this case, I actually prefer the low! (It was bound to happen =)

    xox Linda

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  4. Brixton Nole
    August 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I love these. I also love the new show on HGTV with Sabrina Sotos (sp?) where she recreates the expensive room for homeowners on a budget. I could watch those all day…Note to HGTV: more decorating shows and fewer “House Hunters” episodes!

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  5. Kim@Chattafabulous
    August 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm (6 years ago)

    This is such a challenge for me – and so fun! You’re right, when you know what to look for, it’s easy!

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  6. Kim@Chattafabulous
    August 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm (6 years ago)

    BTW, I was in ATL this weekend and of course stopped by My Favorite Place. Got some gorgeous needlepoint chairs, alabaster elephants, an old metal toolbox and a beautiful vintage set of china. I could have spent 4X as much as I did, that was using restraint! I’d love to meet you there sometime when I come to ATL again!

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  7. Stacy Curran
    August 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I get these wrong an embarrassingly high percentage of times, but the artwork gave it away here. Over from theLennoxx and happy to be a new follower!
    Stacy

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  8. Fashion-isha
    August 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm (6 years ago)

    So when you look close and you know the answer you can def see the difference, but at first glance the low looks pretty darn nice! It’s good to know you can immitate a great quality look at a lower cost. I just was directed to this blog from theLennox and I love it. Nice to meet you!
    xo
    Sharon
    ps hope you stop by and say hi. Even though my blog is fashion based I absolutely am a fan of interior design too!

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  9. Bernadette @b3hd
    August 19, 2011 at 1:28 am (6 years ago)

    I thought it was 2, but then I remembered a tip from the last time you did this – the multi stem orchids and I sat here for a good 7 minutes saying “no WAY 1 is high end”. Good to know many MANY tips to look for. And details to consider when shopping for “good stuff” for my own home.

    Love this feature. You should do it weekly. Because you have all the time in the world, I’m sure to make all my dreams come true (smile).

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  10. Elisa @ What the Vita
    August 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm (6 years ago)

    the cb2 table and the west elm light immediately gave it away for me… but this was a great one. love the high and low posts!

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  11. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    August 25, 2011 at 8:58 am (6 years ago)

    These are such fun posts Dayka. Even with the lower end pieces the low end room looks great. There are so many ways to make your room look high end these days. Thanks for sharing the details from a designer’s perspective.

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  12. Erika Ward
    August 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I looked at the lamps (Robert Abbey look alikes) and immediately thought #1 then the pillow and the overhead fixture in #2 made me correct myself. These posts are always fun exercises in styling and recognizing quality at first glance.

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