I've been scouting my favorite sources online to see if I can find lower priced substitutes for the lovely Emerson kitchen:
The price tag for the server ($1,099), chandelier ($349), table and chairs ($899 as a set; table $499, set of two chairs $229), and rug (not priced, out of stock - I estimated between $500-$700 and selected the midpoint $600 for my estimate), is $2,947.00.
Ballard Design's server is the Paulette in a "Tuscan brown" finish. It's dimensions are 83 3/4" tall, 28" wide, and 18" deep. The hutch is 12" deep, so 6" shallower than the base. The server is designed in such a way that two or more units can be pushed closely together with no gaps. It's a lovely piece of furniture, made out of MDF and "fine veneer" in China -- I could not find a description of the wood used for the "fine veneer." There is a narrow area on top of the drawer area topped with marble, but notice that the two small drawers at the bottom of the "hutch" part pull out over the marble top.
I started with looking for the server, and I knew it wasn't going to be easy! The piece is not wide like I would consider a more "traditionally styled" server -- actually a hutch with drawers! And as we know, hutches with drawers are expensive when buying retail, which is how I shop for these "look for less" challenges. I also looked at secretary/hutch combinations because of their drawers and shelves. All too expensive!
But, at Ikea, I found this piece and fell in love with its look and its price:
This is the Hemnes glass-door cabinet, that retails for $365. It has to be assembled (think party of friends to help) and this is the brown-black finish, much darker than the Tuscan brown of the inspiration Paulette server. But -- keep the doors off and voila! Add a marble cutting board on the lowest shelf -- with the savings (see below), you can have one custom-cut to fit if you wish.
A handy person with the right kind of equipment could, if she wanted to, cut a curved piece of wood to fit inside at the top of the Hemnes cabinet to give the look at the top of the inspiration piece, and add baseboards to give a "legless" look, but I like the design of the piece as it is. It could be modern, it could be cottage/country, it could be traditional. Actually, it is a very smartly designed piece. Kudos to Ikea!
Hemnes' glass-door cabinet has the following dimensions: 77.5" tall (6" shorter than the Paulette server), 35 3/8" wide (7 3/8" wider than the Paulette server), and 14 5/8" deep, 3 3/8" less deep than the bottom of the Paulette server, but about you make up the difference in the shelves, which do not shrink by 6" above the drawers. This piece would comfortably fit into my small dinette area and, while wider than the Paulette server, which is not a problem, it is shallower and therefore would leave important floor space/clearance on my one solid wall where it would have to be parked. That area also serves as a passage way through the dinette into the family room so it is crucial to have enough space to freely walk through and not feel "crowded."
This Hemnes cabinet comes in white and also grey-brown (which looks like a light taupe color) finishes in addition to the brown-black finish I selected.
I do not know what shipping would run on either piece. Gross price savings, not including shipping charges (and assembling the Hemnes cabinet) is $1,099 - $365 = $739.
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan