Resources to Help You Fill In Decorating Holes

Irwin Weiner ASID - One of my clients recently build a new condo building in Manhattan, and he asked me to stage one of the units for a flat fee. Just like for your own home design projects, I had a tight budget to work with. (Gone are the days of blank checks for interior designers to carry around like Post-It notes!) And to complicate things, in the flat fee for the project, I had to account for all of my decor costs; the fee amount, less my costs, equalled my payment for the project. Smart "shopping for less" was in order. Here are my go-to spots when the budget is tight and I need to put together good looks.
  • - sift through the constantly-changing items and you'll find true goodies
  • - good style for mass merchandise
  • Amazon - they carry everything your heart desires
  • Home Goods - I bring my wall colors along with rug and fabric swatches and stock up on coordinating accessories and artwork
  • K-Mart - inexpensive bedding and bath items are good for staging purposes
  • Walmart - ditto (see K-Mart)

Are you surprised to see a Manhattan interior designer shopping at such places? Well, don't be. Many of us shop online and at retail for our own homes as well as for our clients. The mix-and-match of high-end custom furnishings and collectibles with mass market merchandise is time honored, and good design pulls off a great look. The caveat, of course: you have to sift through all the rubbish to get to the acceptable and even exceptional items. Here's what I shop for at these locations.

  • Accessories: tabletop (placemats, dinnerware, cloth napkins, stemware), centerpieces, tablescapes (decorative accessory groupings)
  • Vignette furniture (to fill in around the higher-end custom items): desk and chair; sofa, coffee table, end table, club chairs; dining room sets; bed and night stands - and stand-alone pieces like bar stools/chairs
  • Artwork: everything from metal wall sculpture and framed photographs to giclee fine art canvases
  • Mirrors
  • Rugs
  • Bedding and linens
  • Accessory lighting
  • Bath accessories: shower curtains, towels and bath mats, vanity accessories
  • Silk flowers and plants
  • Home office accessories: bookends, desk accessories, storage baskets and boxes 



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