When my husband and I got married seven years ago, home ownership was one of our biggest dreams. It was a hard road to get here marked by lots of sacrifice and battling an outrageously competitive housing market, but we finally landed our dream home last September. 

Decorating our home has been a blast, but homeownership comes with lots of financial responsibilities that didn’t leave me a lot of room in the budget for the high-end home decor styles I seem to be drawn to. Being a seasoned Brad’s Deals editor, I am well versed in the art of hunting for deals and dupes. But I was beyond shocked when my hunt kept leading me to the same unconventional place: Home Depot!

A store previously reserved, at least in my mind, for caulk and mulch has become my go-to store to get high end decor for less. You may not know it, but Home Depot has an extensive selection of home decor and furniture available on their website. Check out the finds below that helped me save $3,433 in furnishing our new home! 


Accent Chairs 

In my office, I knew I wanted to create a little seating area with a mid-century modern vibe. I automatically fell in love with the contemporary shape of the Anthropologie Effie Dining Chairs and I knew they’d be the perfect luxe addition to my space. The only problem? Two of them cost nearly as much as my monthly mortgage payment. Enter in Home Depot’s Kinwell Wide Boucle Upholstered Square Arm Chairs to save the day! They are a perfect fit to my conversation nook and I was able to get two for less than the price of one chair from Anthropologie.


Anthropologie: $548 per chair, $1,100 for the set.

Home Depot: $203.00 per chair, $406 for the set.

Total Savings: $694

Accent Mirror

About the same time I discovered those beautifully funky arm chairs, I found this stunning Adelaide Mirror at Anthropologie. I loved how the black curves of the frame were modern but vintage all at once. I didn’t much love the $398 price tag. Instead of the Anthro version, I ended up going with this Medium Traditional Arched Black Framed Mirror that I found at the ‘Depot which I actually like even better! Its 42x26 frame is wider than the 41x24 Anthropologie version, which ended up fitting my entryway space perfectly. The best part? It was only $119.40!


Anthropologie: $348

Home Depot: $119.40

Total Savings: $228.60

Dining Table

I’ve always known I wanted a large, rectangular wooden table with classic character. I, like everyone else with a Pinterest board, fell in love with the Pottery Barn-style dining tables like their bestselling Toscana Extending Dining Table. But with a  price point of $1,999, the table was definitely out of my budget. I am beyond happy with the Home Depot dupe I found for $1,300 less. This Aberwood Patina Oak Finish Wood Rectangle Trestle Dining Table may not extend like the Pottery Barn version, but it has seating for six which is more than enough seating room for my family. The construction is surprisingly sturdy for the price. It also comes in a round design if that fits your space.


Pottery Barn: $1,999

Home Depot: $699.30

Total Saved: $1,299.70


Home Depot may already be your go-to for mulch, caulk, and random fix-it items around the house. But do not sleep on their decor section! Their online decor section has some seriously great finds that rival the styles of Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. For example, I picked up this Set of Two CosmoLiving White Ribbed Vases from Home Depot for $65.63 which comes really close to these Pottery Barn Kähler Hammershoi Vases which sell for $79 for one! The Home Depot version is not only larger and a set of two, I think the natural matte ceramic finish fits my boho aesthetic a little better while still giving me the modern edge I also love.


Pottery Barn: $79 for one, $158 for two

Home Depot: $65.63 for the set

Total Savings: $92.37

Throw Pillows

My style is just like me: an enigma. It’s a little coastal, modern, and a little boho. So when I saw the texture of this Denim Chindi Collection Cotton Pillow Cover on Wayfair, I was totally sold. I love the laid-back boho texture and the coastal blue colors. However, I quickly noticed it was just a pillow cover and I had nothing to stuff into it! I also noticed that it was $45.99, which I feel is a little steep for a pillow with no stuffing. Home Depot surprised me, yet again, with their huge selection of throw pillows. I was so excited when I found this LR Home Abstract Textured Cozy Poly-Fill 18 in. x 18 in. Throw Pillow for $25.99. For $20 less, I get the same look and stuffing! Win win.


Wayfair Pillow Cover: $45.99

Home Depot Pillow: $24.99

Total Savings: $20


Peel and Stick Backsplash

Buying a new home meant that everything came stock and was in desperate need of some personalization. My husband and I knew we wanted to add a backsplash to our kitchen area to break up the space and add some depth. Unfortunately, we know absolutely nothing about installing tile and there wasn’t much room in the budget to pay a professional to come out and install it. 

Instead, we picked up these Aspect Peel and Stick Tiles at Home Depot for $12.98 a square foot. To finish our kitchen, we needed about 20 packs of tile, which brought our all-in cost to $259.60. These tiles have more of a matte finish and look really close to natural stone. Everyone we’ve had over since installing the backsplash cannot believe they are peel-and-stick tiles. They always assume we went with real stone and I frequently “forget” to correct them. 

Since no one in our family has tile skills, this project would have had to have been something we would need to contract out. The average backsplash installation costs around $1,000 according to Angie’s List, so I’m content to believe that we saved ourselves at least $741 doing it ourselves.

kitchen backsplash tile

Professional Cost: $1,000

Home Depot Price: $259.60

Total Savings: $740.00

Faux Olive Tree

When I saw this 6.5” Faux Olive Tree on the Pottery Barn website, I thought there was just something so charming about it. I knew I wanted to add some greenery to our living room and I was also well aware of my lack of gardening skills. A faux tree seemed like the perfect way to go, and I thought an olive tree was a unique alternative to the typical palms and ficuses. But at $199 a pop, these trees cost a little more than I was hoping to spend. 

I am much more content with the Home Depot 7” Green Artificial Olive Tree that I picked up for $113.89. Not only is it $85 less than the Pottery Barn version, it’s half a foot taller and much fuller as well. I actually prefer the look of my Home Depot dupe and I definitely prefer pocketing $85.

olive trees

Home Depot: $113.89

Pottery Barn: $199

Total Savings: $85.11

Set of Three Striped Baskets

I love me some baskets. They are functional and they play into that laid-back boho vibe that I can’t get enough of. They make me feel organized, but not look like I’m trying too hard. These Pottery Barn baskets caught my eye because of the striped pattern and the variety of sizes. The Home Depot dupe I found gives me the same exact look, but it saved me $52!

woven baskets striped

Pottery Barn: $109

Home Depot: $56.99 

Total Savings: $52.01

Clam Shell Bowl

When I saw this Beachcrest Home Clamshell Bowl on Wayfair, I knew it would be the perfect coffee table centerpiece in my coastal-inspired living room. But there was no way I could justify spending over $280 on an enormous clam. Home Depot came through, yet again, with a great dupe for a fraction of the price. I love the natural look of this Large Clam Shell Bowl and it really pulls together my living room decor.

shell big bowl

Wayfair: $279.99

Home Depot: $57.85 

Total Savings: $222

All in all, I saved a whopping $3,433.79 by getting creative with my shopping at Home Depot! It completely changed my perspective on Home Depot as just a home improvement store. They will definitely be one of my go-tos as we continue to fill out this new home! Check out their Decor Days sale, happening now through May 6th to score your own savings on their home decor and style solutions.