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Saturday, October 27, 2007 | Category: Budget Design

^SPLURGE:A giant clam shell tops my Christmas List this year. This real clam shell from 1stdibbs.com is… wait for it…. $1,650.00! This is not terribly abnormal. I have seen them range from $500-2500.00.

^SAVE: So this clam shell is not legit, but it is only $119.00. Thank you Ballard Designs.

^SPLURGE: God Bless Williams-Sonoma Home. LOVE it, but seriously, this Queen headboard STARTS at $1250.00.

^SAVE: Even though a headboard is not necessarily a “trendy item”, for $401 you can upholster the “Stevenson” from Ballard Designs in a funky apple green velvet. Gwyneth Paltrow used this headboard in little Apple’s room.

^SPLURGE: Faux deer head set from Horchow.com will set you back $815.00 (I do love them though).

^SAVE: Antler Trio from Tracy Porter a steal at only $135.00.

Great design is all about balance and you’ve got to know when to splurge, when to save.

These few “trendy” items above are a great place to save some dough.

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