- Overstock.com - sift through the constantly-changing items and you'll find true goodies
- Target.com - 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
- 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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