In honor of our recent Cali Contemporary project reveal, this week ‘Peggy’s Picks’ is devoted to affordable alternatives to the designer high-end pieces sourced for the living room.

We often are asked which items to save or splurge on. Not every item in your home warrants maxing out your budget – instead, feel free to save on items that are simple to replace down the line and will blend in when used in conjunction with higher quality items (décor such as table lamps, throw pillows, or mirrors are a great starting point). No matter which selections you decide are worth the investment in the short and long term, try to create balance between the high-low pieces, and strive to maintain your style. Hint – we suggest staying away from impulse buys that do not add to your overall vision, no matter how cheap that pillow at Target is!

California Casual Contemporary Budget Picks Living Room

Without further delay, scroll below to our ‘save or splurge’ finds from the Project Cali Contemporary living room!

California Casual Contemporary Living Room, Tufted Leather Sofa by Peggy Haddad Interiors

The original sourced items from PHI Home are featured on the left, and their affordable counterparts are on the right.

For PHI Home items, threshold shipping is included in the prices. For more information about shopping with us at PHI Home and our policies, click here or scroll to the end of this post!

Brass Dome Floor Lamp

The Valencia Floor Lamp from Target is a perfect budget friendly option to incorporate brass décor pieces into a contemporary space.

Contemporary Floor Lamp

The Reese lamp from Pottery Barn is a shoe-in for a unique lighting option, like the original ebony floor lamp on the left. When looking for alternative items, don’t panic over finding ‘dupes’ – identify which elements draw your attention in the original piece and find options that emulate those traits!

Organic Table Lamp

A casual-yet-sophisticated table lamp elevates any room without trying too hard. This organic table lamp is the perfect way to maintain a laid back look while playing well with more modern elements.

Ancient Bronze Finish Lamp

A bold mirror is the perfect edition to add flair in traditional or laid back spaces!

Vintage Inspired Rug

This incredible high-performance rug is actually the original used in Project Contemporary, no alternate needed! Not only is this durable rug perfect for families with pets or children, but it’s also very affordable. Scroll down in the collection to see all rug sizes available.

Genuine Leather Sofa

Mixing styles and creating depth and cohesion is all about getting creative with the textures and textiles selected. This genuine leather sofa is an affordable option that will elevate a casual space while also adding to the mix of materials #peggysaysmix.

There you have it. Thank you for tuning in for another Peggy’s Picks of the Week!

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A note about PHI HomeSome of the products linked in this post are to-the-trade pieces from our shop, PHI Home. Typically to-the-trade pieces are purchased exclusively by trade professionals (i.e. interior designers) at wholesale, and then resold to their clients at a markup. We are thrilled to offer everyone (not just our clients) access to our favorite trade furniture and décor! If you are interested in a different size or colorway, please reach out to us. Prices at PHI Home are never above the internet minimum advertised price (set by the manufacturer). However, if you find a lower price from another online retailer, send us an email at, and we will price match! When you shop with us for your quality furniture and décor needs, you are supporting our small business and the interior design industry, rather than a big-box retailer. Thank you! If you have any further questions about our shop, including our return policy, click here.

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Photography by Kara DeYoung

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