This post has been a long time coming. For years people have been asking us where we like to look for rugs and where we find cheap but chic lamps. And thanks to whipping up over 120 mood boards (see them all en masse right here) as well is transforming our entire house, we’re pretty well versed in hunting down many an item from many a store. Now we’re letting it all hang out in one mondo post full of our favorite places to shop for house stuff. Hold on to your hats folks, this could get crazy.
We did our best to include stores that should be pretty universally available in the US (and sometimes beyond) so we left off the local guys that we love (which we also wholeheartedly support) since they’re less accessible to the majority of our readers. But definitely don’t forget to check out local boutiques and family owned businesses to troll their aisles as well. You can find amazing nearby haunts by checking out your Yellow Pages, googling around, asking friends and neighbors, and even hitting up sites like yelp.com. But let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
Chandeliers & Pendant Lights: West Elm, Lamps Plus, CB2, Overstock, Z Gallerie, Ballard Designs, World Market, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, and Marshall’s (where we found a sweet $30 green chandelier for this makeover).
Table & Floor Lamps: Target, JC Penney, CB2, West Elm, ZGallerie, Crate & Barrel, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock, World Market, and Walmart (they have a great low-cost collection called Canopy).
Swing-Arm Lamps & Sconces: Any local lamp outlet or store (check your Yellow Pages or google), Z Gallerie, JC Penney, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and Overstock.
Rugs: Overstock (this is by far our favorite rug resource- they have a ton of affordable stuff in all sizes and colors), Flor, Home Goods, Marshall’s, The Company Store, Crate & Barrel, Pier 1, West Elm, Ikea, Pottery Barn, Dash & Albert, CB2, JC Penney, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and World Market (where we got our master bedroom rug below).
Sinks, Faucets & Kitchen/Bath Fixtures: Overstock (once again they’re our go-to resource for sinks, faucets, and bath fixtures at almost impossible prices), Lowe’s, Home Depot, Plumber’s Surplus, Ikea, and eBay.
Curtains: Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, West Elm, Target, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, World Market, Pier 1, Overstock and Ikea (where we got all of the curtains in our entire house).
Curtain Rods: Lowe’s, Home Depot, JC Penney (these first three have extra long rods for large windows & extender rod pieces), Target, and Ikea.
Blinds & Roman Shades: Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Ikea and Walmart (where we got almost all of the bamboo blinds in our house).
Frames: Ikea, Target (nothing beats these first two when it comes to price, style, and variety), Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Marshall’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Red Envelope (they sell great framing systems that hang en masse on a rod).
Armchairs/Slipper Chairs: Overstock, Target (these two are the ones we always hit up first), West Elm, Ikea, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, JC Penney, Pier 1, Craigslist, thrift stores.
Desks: West Elm, CB2, Ikea, JC Penney, Target, Overstock, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Room & Board.
Desk Chairs: Target (we always love a leather parson’s chair), Ikea, CB2, Overstock, JC Penney, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods.
Sofas: Any Rowe retailer (check your Yellow Pages or google around for one near you), Ikea, Room & Board, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, and Overstock.
Dining Tables & Chairs: Target (where we got ours), Ikea, JC Penney, Overstock, West Elm, World Market, Pier 1, Craigslist, and thrift stores.
Console & Media Tables: Target (where we got both of ours), JC Penney, West Elm, CB2, Ikea, and World Market.
Coffee Tables & Side Tables: Target, Ikea, West Elm, CB2, JC Penney, Z Gallerie, Crate & Barrel, Coffee Tables Galore, Craigslist and thrift stores.
Throw Pillows, Towels, Etc: Target, Home Goods, Pier 1, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, CB2, Overstock, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Z Gallerie, Urban Outfitters, and West Elm.
Hardwood Floors: Lumber Liquidators (where we got ours for a steal), Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ikea.
Televisions, Radios & Other Electronics: Target (where we got both of ours), Best Buy, and Walmart.
Ottomans & Benches: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, West Elm, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall’s, JC Penney, and Overstock.
Decorative Accessories: Z Gallerie, Target, West Elm, Home Goods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, World Market, Pier 1, Ballard Designs, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, CB2, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters.
Wall & Floor Mirrors: Target, West Elm, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, JC Penney, Ballard Designs, Z Gallerie, and Overstock.
Art/Wall Decor: Ikea, Etsy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1, West Elm, Target, Ballard Designs, Z Gallerie, Home Goods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and JC Penney.
Servingware, Platters, Mugs, Etc: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Pier 1, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ikea.
Vases: Micheal’s (where we got all the centerpiece vases we used for our backyard wedding), Target, Crate & Barrel, thrift stores and Ikea.
Boxes, Bins, & Baskets: Ikea (where we grab almost all of ours), Target, Marshall’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, West Em, and Crate & Barrel.
Cabinetry & Countertops: Home Depot (where we got ours), Ikea (they have great chic & cheap butcher block counters and affordable cabinetry a plenty), Lowe’s, KraftMaid, local stoneyards (just google around or crack a Yellow Pages), and Corian (we like their snow white counters that look & feel like crisp marble).
Kitchen & Laundry Appliances: Home Depot (where we got our range hood pictured below), Lowe’s (where we got nearly every other appliance in our house), Sears, and Best Buy.
Duvets, Quilts, & Bedding: Bed Bath & Beyond (they always have a great clearance section), West Elm, Target, Ikea, JC Penney, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, The Company Store, Overstock, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s.
Floating Shelves & Bookcases: Ikea, Target, World Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, Overstock, West Elm, and CB2.
Ceramic Animals (yes, we realize we’re weird): ZGallierie, Ballard Designs, Target, Home Goods, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, thrift stores, and eBay.
Pet Bowls & Beds: Target (we picked up two ceramic ramekins and a white ceramic tray to make a cute little food & water station for Burger and grabbed a few floor pillows to serve as little doggie beds for him to lounge on in the sunroom), Overstock (chic under-$40 beds like this can be found, which are all over $100 on other sites), All Modern Pet also has some great discounted designers doggie duds and digs.
Shower Curtains & Liners: Amazon.com (they have lots of extra long ones, which we love), Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, and even Walmart (we’ve admired this one in person).
Dressers & Armoires: Target, West Elm, Ikea, JC Penney, Overstock, World Market, Craigslist, thrift stores.
Outdoor Furniture: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart (it’s actually where we got the lounge chairs on our patio) and Target.
Other Online Shops To Hit Up: amazon.com, ebay.com, kaboodle.com, and nextag.com are also great places to search for almost anything from multiple vendors (just drop in a keyword or a simple description and see what pops up).
And don’t forget that you can DIY things like pillows, curtains, shower curtains and more by snagging fabric and whipping something up yourself. Heck you can even make a headboard, build a pedestal table or reupholster a chair to give it a whole new look, so you don’t always have to buy new to get something that looks fresh and current in your home.
But what about you guys? Not only do we want this post to become an easy reference, we also want everyone else to chime in with their favorite places for furnishings and accessories so the comments will become a veritable extension of our list. So what say you our lovely readers? Where do you go for what? Any unexpected places that always deliver the goods? Oh and we just know we’re forgetting something so if you can think of any categories that we didn’t cover or stores that we were fools not to mention just let us know!
Psst- Wanna know where we got almost every item in our house? Click here for a full breakdown in our room by room source list. And if any of those items are no longer available, we’ve searched high and low for extremely similar (or identical) options right here in our amazon shop so swing through there to see that collection as well. Happy hunting…
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