I swear I subconsciously wanted to move to the suburbs just so I had a bigger space to decorate. No matter how many times I revamped my teeny condo in the city, there always came a point where I could just not fit any more stuff. With a bigger house that needs all kinds of furniture, I now have an excuse to hit up all of my favorite sources for home decor, which I’ve listed below. Join me in my shopping spree, would you?
1. H&M Home: Boston now has an H&M with a home department, and it. is. amazing. I go once a week on my lunch break. The decor is mostly centered around living room (think throw pillows and blankets), bathroom (hand towels and shower curtains), bedroom (duvets and curtains), and a few kitchen items mixed in (tea towels and tablecloths). It’s all super-trendy, and starts at like $3.
2. Craigslist: Because you never know what your neighbor has in that garage. There are two keys to scoring big on CL: Patience, and imagination.
3. Joss & Main: Full disclosure, I work at Joss & Main. But that doesn’t mean I’m any less obsessed with it than I was before I started my job. I should probably post a sign somewhere on my computer screen that say “stop shopping, start working,” because then I might be a lot more productive. You’ll find pretty much everything on the site — from tufted headboards to mirrored furniture, to area rugs and kitchen gadgets. Warning: It’s a flash sale site, and the product offerings change every day, which means it’s totally addicting.
4. Decorist: Decorist is a new site that works like this: Take their style quiz, and get a regular email with things curated from around the web tailored to your taste. They also offer digital design consulting for as little as $150.
5. Furbish Studio: If you like color, you’ll love Furbish Studios. Shop ’em for patterned pillows, and decorative objects like candles and bookends.
6. Etsy: This is one of my favorite places to buy wall art. The selection is huge — think vintage posters, antique mirrors, trendy prints, and one-of-a-kind paintings–and there’s something for every price point.
7. West Elm: West Elm is an apartment-dweller’s dream. Personally, I think it’s the best place to buy small-scale furniture, and where I bought all of mine when I lived in a 500 square foot apartment.
8. Nadeau: Nadeau’s tagline is “furniture with a soul.” The store imports vintage pieces stuff from around the world, so it’s unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere. The quality is also top notch, but the pricing is comparable to Ikea. I got the most gorgeous coffee table there a few years back (it was made from an old door), and an old leather trunk that I get a ton of compliments on. Nadeau currently has 24 shops around the country, in places like Chicago, New York, LA, Philadelphia, and Charlotte.
9. Tag/Estate Sales: One man’s trash, as they say. Like on Craigslist, the key to shopping tag and estate sales is to look for the potential: things that can be transformed with some 409, a can of paint, or new fabric. The possibilities!
10. Ikea: I have to include Ikea in here, because you just can beat ’em (price wise, or style wise) for certain things (especially bookshelves, and lighting, and I also found an amazing 7′ x 10′ rug there recently for $100!).
11. Urban Outfitters: I know, you’re thinking “But I don’t live in a dorm room anymore.” However, their website has all kinds of pretty textiles, and you’ll be shocked (shocked!) at how great their lighting selection is.
12. Home Goods: My favorite way to spend a Saturday, and the perfect place to find that thing you never knew you needed.
13. Z Gallerie: Contemporary, neutral furniture with a glam twist. I love this store for accent furniture like side tables and nightstands.
14. Antique or resale shops: I’ve gotten all of my blue-and-white porcelain from local antiques shops. They’re also amazing for small decor pieces like candlesticks, clocks,
15. Target: Have you seen their Nate Berkus collection? I know you have, because we all spend way more time than we should at Target, so this one is kind of a given, but the list just wouldn’t be complete without it.