Founded by Jamie Meares, the force behind the bon vivant lifestyle blog I Suwannee, this Raleigh, North Carolina, shop teems with wildly chic accessories. "It's the perfect place to look for tchotchkes that aren't tacky, like a bone-inlay mirror, a hand-painted glazed vase, or a pair of ceramic Foo dogs to use as bookends or on a mantel," says designer Jenny Komenda.
His whimsically old-fashioned decoupage plates, coasters, and paperweights created a buzz when they first came onto the scene, in 1989. Now designer John Derian has expanded his circle to include eclectic pieces, like hand-blown glass ornaments and framed prints by artist Hugo Guinness.
With a focus on fun, fanciful objects to spark a happy home, this style-centric site—from a charismatic designer who got his start as a potter at age 12—is chock-full of vases, canisters, decanters, and more. Want a brass horse pencil sharpener? Ceramic whale bookends? You'll find them here, along with plenty of posh-looking classic picks, like brass boxes and enamel picture frames.
Sexy, edgy, rock star–worthy accessories await here, including chunky marble vases and lip-motif baby alpaca throws. "It's one of my top sources for chic, modern accessories—the perfect blend of searingly hip and functional," says Christiane Lemieux, the founder of the home-furnishings retailer DwellStudio and the executive creative director at Wayfair. "Her jewel-like accents, like stone boxes and bronze hand sculptures, are scattered throughout my house."
Hardware, Knobs, And Pulls
Think of this style setter's metal accessories as jewelry for your home: knobs made of sparkly quartz and swirly geode, sculptural brass handles, and curtain tiebacks in the form of delicately wrought golden birds. They may be just the thing to liven up a tired dresser, bring glamour to a bathroom vanity, or turn a window into a work of art.
House of Antique Hardware
Reproduction and original hardware from the Colonial through the midcentury eras abounds here, and the company's customer service is legendary. "I can always find unique knobs and pulls, including beautiful reproductions," says designer Kishani Perera. That's because the shop's suppliers create period-correct and even custom hardware for any doorknob.
Long a favorite of decorators in search of on-trend pulls and knobs that won't break the bank, Liz's Antique Hardware sells all styles of vintage and reproduction door, window, and furniture hardware, covering the years 1860 to 1970. Try the five-inch-wide solid-brass rings, which brilliantly transform a thrifted credenza into a midcentury masterpiece.
Concrete cabinet knobs, copper bin pulls, and star-burst doorbells are among the ample offerings at this adored lighting and house-parts store. Hit the "restored antiques" section to find pristine treasures from bygone eras.
Bed Bath and Beyond
The e-commerce extension of the mega-chain makes it quick and easy to shop for everyday-useful items from Oxo, SimpleHuman, and, yes, Real Simple. You'll also find all the gear you need to keep your kitchen tools contained: drawer and cabinet organizers, kitchen carts, and more. Shipping fees are waived once you spend $49. Need it now? Use the "reserve online, pay in store" feature, which makes shopping a snap. Fill your cart and select the option online and you'll receive a "ready for pickup" e-mail alert within three business hours.
Browse this family-owned, New York City–based culinary emporium for giftables and essentials both fancy (copper sautÃ© pans and casseroles) and functional (grills, griddles, gadgets). After nearly 40 years in the business, Broadway Panhandler has it all, including cast-iron Le Creuset fondue sets and walnut Peugeot pepper mills.
Brook Farm General Store
Husband-and-wife team Philippa Content and Christopher Winterbourne designed their site with the same artful simplicity as the modest, wholesome wares they sell. Picture practical-yet-elegant enamel coffeepots and colanders, wooden dishwashing brushes, and porcelain measuring spoons. Browse the "under $50" section for glazed pitchers, ceramic crocks, porcelain scoops, and other beautiful bargains.
Cedar & Moss
A jackpot when it comes to graceful, impeccably crafted minimalist lighting (all handmade to order) that's also impressively well priced. From slick brass-and-walnut fixtures outfitted with Edison bulbs to midcentury-style globe pendants in solid brass, nearly everything rings in well under $200.
This lighting powerhouse is packed with designer offerings (Kelly Wearstler, Aerin Lauder), like brass swing-arm sconces, rustic lanterns, and polished-nickel floor lamps. "I use something from Circa in almost every project," says designer Chloe Warner. "Many of the pieces come in different sizes. I love the large Morris lantern for its huge presence. Scaled down, it makes a sweet pendant in a powder room."
Nostalgia is the M.O. here, with reproduction lighting taking cues from the Roaring Twenties to the 1970s. Expect old-world craftsmanship in handblown glass shades and brass fixtures. "Whether you need a milk-glass shade for a cottage or a satellite-style chandelier for an urban loft, they always have just the right light," says designer Jon Call.
If clean and contemporary is your thing, look no further for statement-making fixtures to brighten your home. "Typically, when you browse lighting sites, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get to the cute stuff. Not so here. Virtually every item is gorgeous," says designer Elaine Griffin, who favors Niche Modern's jewel-tone glass pendants.
These serene, earthy platters, plates, and pitchers in muted tones are handmade and look it (in the best way), with visible brushstrokes, subtle color variations, and organic free-form shapes.
Crate and Barrel
The ultimate all-in-one shop for everything you need to start a foundation of basic-but-not-boring kitchen and tabletop pieces. "It will forever be my favorite place to buy everyday white dinnerware," says Komenda. "You can't go wrong with their set of 8 Essential Dinner Plates."
Classic French bistro ware intermingles with saucy serving pieces (a rabbit-shaped wooden bowl) at this New York institution. "It's one of my standbys for fun tabletop mix-ins," says Filicia. Picture a blue-dachshund creamer and mugs featuring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The online outpost of the New York City boutiques boasts a beautifully edited spread of vivid pieces from around the world. Look for cast-iron teapots from Japan, recycled-glass serving bowls from Spain, and red-and-white–striped ceramic pitchers from Vietnam.
Hygge & West
From cheery pineapples to pastel safari patterns, this site is packed with eye-catching wall coverings by young, up-and-coming designers. Are you a renter? Be sure to browse the extensive range of removable, reusable adhesive-backed wallpaper tiles.
I Love Wallpaper
This UK site offers affordable wallpapers that pack a punch—for example, textured glitter paper and faux-wood paneling. "Shockingly, the prices, including international shipping, are still much less expensive than some that I see in the States," says Call.
The possibilities here are endless. If you don't find a favorite among the vast array of prints (the ikats alone number in the hundreds), you can design your own. Simply upload an image, choose your size and paper type (even temporary versions)— and voilÃ !—a true original.
A one-stop destination for everything from moody florals to groovy, acid-tone damasks, this Los Angeles–based shop makes browsing beyond easy: Sift by color, style, or designer. The inventory boasts goods from more than a dozen different American and European makers.
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