Every week, I look forward to the Washington Post's Home (and garden) section. The weekly House Calls column features a design challenge sent in by a reader with some solutions from a local designer. This column is one of my favorites, and every week I look forward to seeing the "makeover." Many weeks, I cringe at the prices of some of the suggested pieces. But I have to remember I haven't bought furniture in quite a while, and usually the designer presents a mixture of both reasonably-priced and more costly items. The column used to mention less costly alternatives, and I'm not sure why they eliminated that part.
Anyway, this week's column was a beautiful family room re-do. I loved the blue-grey, brown and white color combo and the pieces the designer suggested. Then I started looking at the prices. Two mirrors at $1,875 each? Two loveseats at $2,090 each in addition to a $2,725 sofa? I did the math and added up the cost of the items, which does not include paint or anything not itemized in the column. The cost of the furniture pieces and accessories for this family room was $32,201 before tax - $34,133 after tax. This room was designed to be a child-friendly space "where kids can spread out" but it has white loveseats? How long will those last?
I'm still in sticker shock over the cost. I just paid about $20,000 for a car, including tax and financing. Redoing the family room the way the designer recommends would cost me about one and a half times what I paid for my new car. Gulp. I guess the owners of that house are made of money, and it's very obvious to me that I am not. For the record, the house is located in Potomac, one of the most upscale of the local areas. Still, in the current economic climate, I would imagine that spending that kind of money on redecorating is something that could be done by only the very rich - those made of money. And made of money I'm not.