Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Best Online Websites for Your Home

I know, and I would agree with you that buying a sofa on line is still not something that you would be comfortable with. We need to feel it, sit in it before making a decision and then we need to shop around for a while. This is a big decision!

However, there are some things we can shop for online. It makes our lives so much easier.
This is just a short list, and if you have a favorite place in your hometown please let me know!

Here are some of our best picks for online home shopping!! enjoy!

Drapery( High End) - The Silk Trading Company- They also sell a wonderful line of paints. You can purchase samples for testing.
Drapery( Mid range) - Bed,Bath and Beyond and Target. Target has really improved their line of drapery and fine furnishings over the last 5 years, take a second look you may be surprised at what you find.

 Home Portfolio
If you need any design question answered this is the place to visit. It is chock full with information on furniture placement, how to manage small spaces, it is all there at your fingertips.It has many wonderful bloggers who dispense all sorts of advice.This will be your go to site after one visit.

Exciting and really helpful site that gives many design ideas and offers discussions on any topic out there. Plus, you can start your own group within the site.
Excellent source.

Restoration Hardware
For outdoor and garden if you are looking for something with a little more panache than Home Depot or Lowes or your local garden spot, this site offers everything from Ivy Toparies to amazing planters any time of the year.

Global Table
Minimal tabletop and home accessories with an Asian touch. Located in New York this online site offers beautiful tea sets. If you like no fuss accessories this is the site for you.

Circa Lighting
Great lighting that fits into any style. Prices are reasonable.

Z Gallerie
Wonderful,one of the best stores for home accessories. If you want to wow factor for dining tables, and living rooms this is the site for you. The lighting is large scale and exceptional. For those of us who love a little ostentation. Minimalists stay away!

Urban Archaeology
For salvaged fixtures and furniture from razed structures, to new lighting, and bath fixtures this is your go to site with stores in New York and Boston.

Calico Corners- Fabrics
Beautiful drapes and fabrics for home furnishings and pillows. They sell everything from furniture to fabrics. They also make pillows,trimmings,cushions from scratch and can reupholster your furniture in all of your fabric picks. There is great attention to details. They will send swatches to you for your perusal.
They offer fabrics from Iman Home, Tom Filicia and Ralph Lauren among others. Online is great but, if you can visit a store,you will spend a few hours getting lost among the wonderful colors and patterns. They also offer a free design service.  Enjoy!

Room and Board
This is a must visit on line, get the catalog and in store if purchasing for an apartment or a smaller home in a city environment. Room and Board is also a great source for understanding layouts in small places. If you can visit a store, what a treat!

Novica(in association with Natural Geographic)
 A veritable world basket of beautiful finds. Area rugs from Indian,African masks,wood sculptures from Bali, Mexican coffee tables, wall hangings from Peru.  Local artists finally have the world stage to recognize their craft and support their businesses. You also have the ability to help fund a business with micro credit loans. What a treasure trove!

Pearl River Mart
Great tabletop accessories at a major fraction of the price, I get all of my placemats from this site and they last forever.

The best online source for used, gently used and new accessories and furniture at prices you may have something to say about! Good luck bidding!

William Laman
For exceptional rattan trays, baskets and I love the bleached rattan ice bucket. They also sell teak wood soap trays, antiques and garden decor. This is an excellent source for classy gifts for a bride and groom who already have everything. They do have a gift registry.

This is the best place online for inexpensive art. From Masters to New Artists. They also have hand signed photographs from recognized and new artists.  The prices range from about $100 and up. This is where you must visit first for your art online.

Antiques, Mid Century,Modern and Vintage Furniture are on sale at this site. Great sources from all over the world. A bit pricey but great for sourcing and ideas.

 FrenchSwedishBoho I call the decor, and furniture from one of my favorite stores. They sell everything from curtains to slipper chairs and vintage knobs.

West Elm
Excellent tabletop items and lighting. People swear by the jute rugs, they are practical and last a long time.

Crate and Barrell
Wonderful tabletop and the most beautiful kitchen towels and aprons I have ever seen! Furniture too!

Pottery Barn
The most copied brand out there for their clean silhouettes and colors and I love when the catalog arrives at home. It is also the first place check for lighting(I love the chandeliers), they are always a step ahead of the competition.

Europe By Net
Contemporary designer furniture from Europe. If you want to get a education of some of the top names this is the place to go. I bought my first Flos lights here 10 years ago, wonderful source for everything you need.

"So Haute" Inspired Spaces.Stylish Writing- Blog
I love, love Nicole Gibbons blog. She is a  designer,entrepreneur and blogger it is fun, fresh and I want to be where ever she goes next! She just add Haute TV !  One of the best!

Habitually Chic - Blog
Heather Clawson is an interior designer who profiles architecture, art and design. I love her writing style.

Lonny Blog
Great source for interior design along with an online magazine. I love the watercolor illustrations by
Caitlin Mc Gauley

Happy Shopping!!


  1. Love this article!!! I've recently added Interior Design to my education and I'm familiar with these sites. Love this!

  2. Thank you! If you have any favorites, please let us know!


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