“Where do you shop” is a question I get a lot from clients. Many times they think I have special stores that are just available to designers. However, for the most part I shop at stores accessible to the public. The style of the project and budget dictates where I shop more than anything but I still use a general formula when putting together a space no matter the project. To me, every room needs something old and something new. This gives a space a sense of being collected and authentic (icing on the cake would be to have something personal as well).
To achieve this look I am always looking at antique stores (and online sources like Etsy) for great vintage and antique items to add character to a room. This includes items like carved wood bowls, vintage pottery, art, and furniture.
When I shop for larger furniture pieces, the source depends on the style I’m looking for and the budget. I will commonly look for items at West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Rejuvenation, Crate & Barrel, and Anthropologie. I also have other favorites like Schoolhouse Electric, HD Buttercup, Wisteria, Candleabra, and The Citizenry.
It’s important to remember to save room in your budget to finish out your project with accessories. I don’t like spending a huge part of the budget on accessories but I do want to make sure the room is finished. That’s why I love collecting items from local shops as well as stores like HomeGoods, Target, and World Market to finish out a room. Even if I had a large budget I will still hit up all of these stores. There is no reason to spend more than you have to and that can mean picking up a few $5 wooden spools from the antique store to grabbing some $20 pillows from HomeGoods (pro tip….adding those $20 pillows next to your $100 designer pillows will stretch your budget and help round out your space). Don’t get hung up on where things are from and focus more on what the item is and how it flows with the other things in the room.
Some of my favorite local stores: Grapevine Antique Market, Lambert Home and Garden (Southlake), Antique Company Mall (McKinney), Ettiene Market (McKinney), Chase Hall (McKinney)