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Furniture and Accessories that Won't Break Your Budget

Whenever my friends and clients are starting a project, they are always looking to save money. Of course, they are, I am too! I absolutely hate paying full price for any of my furniture or decor, and I love the thrill of finding a good deal. This is such a deep-seeded thing for me, that most of my furniture has come from either a thrift store or yard sale, or something in between. But, when you can’t find that one specific lamp you need at the thrift store, and you have to find it fast, the best place to go is the Internet. I have a whole other post to write about Internet shopping, and how much I don’t recommend it, but when you’re in a pinch, and you know you can take the risk, you’d better know and trust those stores!

For this reason, I’ve put together a few of my favorite online vendors that sell things at a good and fair price, and have cute and quality-made items.

Before we begin, let me be clear: I am well aware that I have expensive taste, and I know I have I different definition of “cheap” than most (that comes with being used to design industry prices), but believe me— when you’re buying quality, long lasting pieces, things are going to cost you a bit more, and that’s ok! In my humble opinion, the best homes are the ones built over time, and collected, bit by bit, and piece by piece. If you have the patience, and the desire to comb through antique and thrift stores, you can save even more money! If you don’t have that kind of time, these stores and websites are tried and true favorites that will have everything your home will need.


This is my all-time favorite for new, modern and fresh pieces that don’t cost an arm and a leg. They have a great selection of chairs and tables that I stand by 100%. I have yet to see the quality of their upholstery, so tread lightly, but their accessories are always out of this world.


While there are often a lot of pieces that can be a bit too trendy, or “of the moment” in the wrong way, Target has a great selection of linens, and household accessories I can get behind. I especially love their latest lighting collections, and Magnolia Home brand has the best “store bought” wreaths you can find for your front door. Be aware of scale and good proportion! They tend to size down on lamps and other objects that in my opinion should be a bit more generous in scale.


I’ll be honest and say that I have not personally handled any of the products that Article sells. However, their reputation precedes them, when it comes to their sofas, and chairs. Their leather is good quality, and while they might not be the most comfortable, the aesthetic is almost worth it, and the prices are the real winners.

West Elm

Another favorite for good design at a great price. The quality is very good, and their case goods are definitely worth your time. The upholstery is mostly comfortable, but I would say the priority for West Elm is trendy first, comfort and function second. They do a great job of reviving old classics and giving them new life at a fair price. (Klismos dining chair, anyone?)

Urban Outfitters

This is a brand-new resource that I’ve just discovered sells home goods! Their chairs are especially fun and creative, and they are doing things that are original, and exciting with form and material. To make it even better, their prices are very fair, and sometimes underpriced, in my opinion.

Marshalls, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods

When the thrift store fails me, I always turn to any of these stores for a good deal, and items that are of the moment, and right on trend. Occasionally, there will be a great piece of furniture for sale, like look-alike designer chairs. In most cases, I stay away from the cheaply made furniture pieces and spend my time in the accessory isles, and their linens and pillows. They don’t mess around with their upholstered goods at all! Feather pillows abound, and well-made sheets and rugs are plentiful. There are so many gems that I have seen in more expensive stores just a month before, for a much better price. The thrill of the hunt is always worth it here. and

Think of these two websites as a high-end version of Wayfair. They both carry last year’s designer grade pieces at discounted prices, and I love shopping through all the same resources that you can often only find in magazines. Truthfully, Perigold and Candelabra are both my first stops when shopping for any client project.

I can fully attest that Ebay is my favorite fallback when I’m looking for something very specific, and I can’t find it at a good price anywhere else. They almost always have exactly what I’m looking for, and maybe even a better, higher quality version, for a very fair price. I recently rediscovered Ebay after looking through all my resources for the perfect rug, and didn’t find it until I stumbled upon the antique rug section… so good!

I always say, shopping for pieces to decorate your home is always fun, but finding those pieces for a good price feels like you just won a million bucks. Enjoy using these resources, and if you ever need some help putting your new-found treasures together in your home, don’t hesitate to contact me. We can do it together!

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