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SPLURGE vs PURGE?
Get the expensive look for a fraction of the price with some alternatives that won’t break the bank.

Marble vs Engineered Stone

Marble is everywhere, especially in most contemporary homes today! However, this luxe finish doesn’t come cheap. Engineered stone on the other hand is a man made, composite material made of crushed stone bound together. This makes it more durable and stain resistant compared to natural marble.

Laminate vs hardwood

If hardwood is too pricey for your wallet consider laminate wood flooring or cabinets. As technology has evolved, so has the quality of laminate- having more of a believable look and feel than previously.

Pure Wool vs Synthetic carpet

Pure wool carpet is a natural fibre, with low allergens and toxins. The more affordable alternative is a solution dyed nylon carpet which is even more resistant, durable and easier to clean in comparison.

Plantation shutters vs timber venetians

Like the look of Plantation shutters but not their price tag? Timber venetians achieve the same look and functionality, while creating that shuttered effect with crisp lines for three to four times less the price.