None of the magazines every address this, just like HGTV, because it is all about the design.
Screw that. As a current Craig's List shopper, I want to know what stuff costs. Let me tell you, from what I have been able to find out, it will make your heads spin and maybe even spit your drink out on your computer. Do not misunderstand me, I know quality costs money and I have no problem investing in a good piece to last me twenty plus years, but sometimes, I just shake my head.
This is one of my favorites "Affordable Sofas under $1,999.00". Welcome to my well appointed sofa because I cannot afford anything else.
On sale this two drawer file cabinet is $549. TWO DRAWERS. It should come with an assistant to help you file.
I freely admit to closet envy and hate every celebrity that wears something once and then displays it in their closet that costs more than my Saturn ION.
I love my dog. We want to get her a dog bed so she can lay in the kitchen with me since she cannot walk and hang out. Sure I would like one not made of polyester from China. Fleabag beds made in Los Angeles, where else?, are beautiful, but calling them affordable? They start at $68 and go up to $148. Apparently I have a skewed view of what things should cost. Our dog could not use it anyway since she needs the sides to come up so she does not roll out. The trials of owning a handicapped pet. Maybe I need to make my own....hmmmm.
These bespoke kitchens from Plain English in the UK are superb and cost about $65K US to $80K US. God bless.
We need nightstands in our bedroom, but $695 - $1395? Restoration Hardware, you make me laugh.
Sure we could do this for hours, days even. We all know there are cheaper ways to express your lifestyle and personality in your home, but what if you have manufactured stuff? Then you are left with the above choices. Perhaps it is time to take woodworking classes at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.