emptym--did you end up going with modernclassics? how was the experience?
I'd like to know too.
To be honest, I don't see a problem buying replica furniture. It's not going to be any worse than anything you'll buy at a middle tier furniture store like Ethan Allen. All of that stuff is made in China too. You'll live in it more and be less protective around it too.
There are certain pieces I wouldn't really cheap out on, like a formal dining room table.