Holding out for quality

 February 18, 2016 - Houzz
Houzz Contributor. Former editor of The New York Times House & Home section
That incredibly inexpensive Parsons table you bought five years ago — how’s it looking now? It glowed with rakish country charm when you spotted it. And it was cheap, almost too cheap to believe. It had the style of an iconic piece of furniture, but the truth is, it hasn’t aged well, with peeling veneer and patches of fiberboard peeking through. Would you buy it again? Many are saying they would rather do without until they can afford something lasting.