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Top Places to Shop for Interiors

In a world that is saturated with stores and shops offering the best items, it can be difficult to know which sources to trust. People will hire interior designers because they are the experts in the industry and can pull a space together through a variety of resources. However, there are some clients who prefer to purchase items themselves and only need an initial design guidance to begin the creative process. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to find great design pieces for interior design.

1. Vintage and Thrift Stores

In our local area, there are dozens of antique stores to shop at that have everything from unique accessory pieces to deep seat accent chairs. I like browsing thrift/antique shops to find special items for local client projects. The stories that these beautiful pieces hold can give a room a personal touch that others connect with. A few of my favorite local thrift stores include Southern Flare Antiques and Interiors in Ellijay, Queen of Hearts Antiques in Buford, and Sample Pleasures Art and Antiques in Flowery Branch.

2. Furniture Clearance Stores

Furniture clearance stores offer luxury

furnishings for less than the retail price. They normally have items laid out in a showroom style to enhance the interior design appeal but are marked down considerably from the retail price. The hours for each clearance store can vary so always be sure to check ahead of time when shopping in your local area. Some of my favorite furniture clearance showrooms include Stash Home Décor Warehouse in Cumming, CC Liquidations in Suwanee, and Consign and Design Interiors in Flower Branch.

3. Locally Owned Design Stores

Locally owned design stores are unique because they carry a curated line of locally sourced and sometimes handmade items. These are great places to find high end pieces at reasonable prices while also enjoying the local culture of the town. You will often run into a locally owned design store while traveling in small towns with a tourist appeal. One of my favorite spots to shop locally is Southern Oak Provisions in Ball Ground, Georgia.

4. Larger Retail Stores

Sometimes you may be looking for larger pieces of furniture that smaller stores do not carry. In this case, I highly recommend shopping your local retail stores as they are the perfect places to find the trendy, stylistic pieces. I shop at several retail stores based on my client, their budget, and stylistic tastes. If you are looking for the best coastal looking dining table, then I would suggest shopping Serena and Lily or if you have a more mid-century modern aesthetic then I would direct you over to West Elm or Room and Board. If you are wanting more of a traditional splurge piece, then I would suggest Pottery Barn or if you are wanting something that has an earthy quality about it then I would suggest browsing your local Arhaus for one of your larger pieces.

5. Budget Friendly Retail Stores

Who hasn’t ordered at least one décor item in their home from Amazon? There are some pieces that you absolutely don’t need to splurge on but can find at budget friendly stores and keep your home looking well designed. Shopping the Studio McGee line at Target or opting for my favorite brands like Loloi on Amazon often give me the design pieces I need when trying to stay within budget.

Your home décor can come from a variety of sources. Don’t be afraid to mix these sources together. Variety can enhance the overall look of your home. If you ever find yourself not knowing where to start on your design journey, I recommend reaching out to our designer through a free exploratory call. We are here to create a beautiful difference for both you and your home through design.


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