Our Go To List Of Go To Sources

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…


  1. Nicole says

    So weird that you posted this. I’ve been waiting to buy a few rugs since we just refinished our wood floors on our first floor and…I literally just two minutes ago bought 2 rugs from Overstock.com!!! (Mainly b/c you guys suggested them as a good resource for affordable rugs) Thanks!

    Best part…they are all 15% off today! Head over and snag one. Thanks for all your work John & Sherry…keep it up!

  2. Sarah says

    I would love to see a post about the local stores that you guys visit (recent Richmonder here!), especially ones that are affordable. For example, I love to visit Ruth & Ollie’s because it’s so cute, but I won’t be buying a $100+ throw pillow from there anytime soon! Also any tips about thrift stores that are worth visiting. I’ve heard about Diversity Thrift, but I would love to hear about any other sources.

    • says

      Hey Sarah,

      Here ya go:

      – William’s & Sherrill (they have spendy fabrics but also great clearance yardage & a fabric outlet store a few shops over)
      – Diversity Thrift as you mentioned (which we wrote about here)
      – Love of Jesus Thrift (another thrift store we mentioned here)
      – The Lighting Outlet (they’re on Midlothian and we love getting steals on swing arm lamps, etc)
      – Sofa Designs (on Midlothian, this is where we got our living room sofa for $400 cheaper than the Pottery Barn version)
      – Buford Road Pharmacy (a fun place for accessories and smaller home decor objects)
      – Ecologic (a great place for no VOC paint, stain, kitchen materials, and more)
      – The Shops At 5807 (lots of fun accessories and inspiration)
      – La Diff (they have great clearance items)
      – Mongrel (great for cute accessories and chic gifts)
      – Quirk (also a great place for accessories, gifts, and tons of inspiration)
      – Ruth & Ollie (you mentioned they’re expensive but we love stopping in to spark our creative juices)


  3. Stephanie says

    I was looking at the mood board link to flickr and was wondering where you keep the afters. What percentage of clients send after pictures? Can’t wait for the big bathroom reveal!

    • says

      Hey Stephanie,

      We post the after pics as they come rolling in and keep a collection of them on our Portfolio page (which is a tab you can click right under the header of our site). It usually takes people a while but they do usually send them back once they’re totally done with every last accessory! A lot of people (us included) get really impatient and want to see the afters right away but repainting walls and ordering everything doesn’t really happen overnight so we try to give people as much time as they need to send us totally finished room pictures that they love as opposed to rushing them along. Hope it helps!


  4. Claire says

    Great list! Thanks so much for sharing. I didn’t catch this one in your list- Home Decorator’s Outlet. I think they are owned by Home Depot. Lots if affordable rugs and other home decor items. The prices in their items of the week can be really amazing. We got a wrought iron and cherry wood wine storage rack (fits around 45 bottles!) for $25 on clearance. Makes for a great side board in our dining room.

    I adore your style and especially your rug choices.

  5. Amanda in Boston says

    Thanks for the post guys! We’re hopefully moving soon and this list will come in mighty handy!

    I basically live at Home goods, I can always find a great deal there. One of my favorite places though is a store called Christmas Tree Shop. They used to only be in the NE but they have branched out. There is not one near you, but if you are near one in your travels, I highly recommend that you check it out. I find things like curtain rods for $5, a crate and barrel knock of shelf for $30, picture frames, etc… here’s the link http://www.christmastreeshops.com/ I’m actually headed there this week to get the glass lamps that are pictured for $19.99, can’t beat that price with a stick!

  6. TG says

    I love your listing. Helps a lot. My sister just asked where to find vases she saw in magazine. I am looking for three things now (headboard, slipper chair, round pedestal dining table). Thanks!!!

  7. Jenee says

    I love all of your ideas and shop at almost all of the places you listed. One of these days I’ll luck out and order a mood board before they sell out! Do you always put them up at about the same time on Mondays. I think I may have finally figured out approximately what time, but wow those things go FAST!!! My fiance and I just bought a house and are having a hard time decorating our living room — we can’t even decide on a color or fabric for our couch. He wants white or cream leather and I’m leaning towards the Axis by C&B in charcoal (thinking about accenting with creams and greens). Keep the great mood boards coming!

    • says

      Hey Jenee,

      Yup, we stick to the same approximate time each week! The crazy thing is that usually by the time we “publish” those spots we get emails within a minute or two saying the inventory is gone so we have to quickly put the disclaimer back up within less than five minutes of taking it down. Yowsa!


  8. says

    For frames, vases, baskets, and other decorative items, I LOVE Hobby Lobby. I didn’t notice them on your list, but they are awesome! Plus, they always have sales and usually have coupons in their ad or online, so you can get stuff for really cheap. I bought most of the frames for my house there, and they also do custom framing. They have a huge home decor section with pillows, clocks, wall art, etc… and always have seasonal decor as well.

    Another great place that I know is located around my area but isn’t all over the country is Old Time Pottery. They are a huge warehouse of overstock items. They carry everything from floral to rugs to shower curtains to frames, lamps, dishes, etc… And it’s cheap! They have baskets that are $3-$6 or so each, and they are nice baskets! Bought a nice rug for my house on sale there for $30. I know they are located in Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky as well as a few other places, and I hope they can expand all over the country soon because they are amazing.

    Another place I like to go is JoAnn Fabrics for fabrics (of course), frames, and some home decor items. Ours is a JoAnn Superstore or something so they have more stuff than a regular JoAnn’s, but they have a wonderful selection of home decor fabrics and some other items. Plus, if you are crafty person, they have almost everything you could possibly need to create your own one of a kind items.

  9. says

    Thanks for a great list guys… next time we are in the States, we have to visit Target. When we fly, we are limited what we can bring back :)
    Next time you are in Canada, we recommend Home Sense (for rugs, accessories, bed & bath), Home Outfitters (for towels and kitchen stuff), and Winners (for bath accessories, pillows, and throws).

  10. says

    Hey guys! Since I’m a first-time commenter, I want to say HOW MUCH we LOVE your blog. We just bought our first place (a 1920’s bungalow that needs some updating…to be polite) and your blog is such an inspiration. PS – I also love Hanburger’s House (even though my husband makes fun of how excited I get about it). He’s just SO cute. Anyway, I’d love to know what style your white IKEA curtains are. We don’t live near an IKEA and it’s getting a bit confusing looking online at the different styles. We’re headed to IKEA in March and curtains are at the top of my needs list. Did you also get the rods there? Thanks so much for your help! Oh, and congrats on the baby!!

  11. Lesley says

    Loved your post, and thanks for letting us know we can find interesting products for cheap at stores like Wal-Mart and Target (which is my favorite store!) I don’t think it’s odd that you guys listed where to find ceramic animals. My husband and I have an impromptu ceramic owl menagerie that we love.

    I have a question for you: where do you store your DVDs, if you have them? We bought our first home in September (about the same size as yours, but we don’t have the awesome den or sun porch like you guys), and we haven’t found a place/system yet to store our (husband’s) 1,000+ (loose estimation) DVDs.

    Thanks for all the inspirational ideas, guys!

    • says

      Here’s a post all about where we store almost everything in our house:


      As for our DVDs, we’re insane minimalists in that area. We prefer to rent (via Netflix or Redbox) or borrow DVDs from friends (since we rarely watch anything twice) so we probably own less than ten DVDs (which we store in one of our leather storage ottomans in the living room under the console table). Hope it helps!


  12. jamie says

    I’ve also really scored in the past week or two with huge white square frames w/mats in the clearance section at Kohl’s- like under $5/frame.

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