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Kim France, the former EIC of Lucky Magazine and current blogger at Girls of a Certain Age, is now sharing her shopping wisdom on Racked. Today, she details 11 top spots for furnishing your pad.
I just moved into a new place, and am excited by the idea of mixing it up a little with some new pieces. But home decor can be downright prohibitive, price-wise—so much more so than fashion, I find—and opportunities to blow a couple of paychecks on the perfect sofa abound. There are, however, places out there where you can find high style for not so much cash: I've shared the best here.—Kim France
Apartment 2B: If you're on the lookout for a grown-up sofa that still rings in under $1000, this is your spot. And if you're after well-priced knockoffs of midcentury classics, this is the place for you too. Their version of an Eames plastic Eiffel chair costs a third as much as the real thing, and so does their "Noguchi" coffee table. The prices here aren't dirt cheap, but for certain items that shouldn't cost a lot but do—desks and dining tables, say—you can find some very nice deals.
Zara and H&M: These two are lumped here together because both are really crazy in kind of the same way, but also worth checking out. Maybe it's a European thing; maybe it's that both brands are trying to capitalize on their all-trends-to-all-people philosophies, but the aesthetic on both of these sites is are all over the map: there are really nice looking bath towels (H&M) but then pillow covers depicting owls with mustaches drawn on their faces (also H&M). Zara's similarly unfocused, but the site covers far more ground and has some really astonishingly good prices. If you don't mind some digging around, you'll find great pieces at both.
AllModern: Aside from having just about the most impressive search function of any home site ever, AllModern has one seriously exhaustive selection to choose from: we're talking endless variety in even the most random of categories (if you need to seriously browse before choosing a toothbrush holder, for instance, you're in luck). There is plenty here on the high end—look no further if you'd like to splurge on an Eames chair—but the sensibility here is more about affordable chic.
CB2: If you had to outfit an entire apartment from start to finish on a limited budget, and could only do it in one store, CB2 would be a safe bet. They cover all categories well (although some better than others) and consistently churn out pieces you can't believe aren't more expensive. Their strength: solid, basic furniture, often executed with a midcentury spin and then finished off in a pop of bright color.
Image via Ikea
Ikea: There is no hell quite like the hell of navigating Ikea, but for some inexpensive home accessories it can't be beat. That's why the Ikea site can be such a godsend—stock up on all the stacking bowls and storage boxes you need without getting anywhere near one of those soul-deadening lines.
West Elm: The overall vibe here is kind of rustic-chic, but look closer and you'll find any number of aesthetics and moods represented: they've got everything from wool kilims to glossy lacquer jewelry boxes to Hollywood-glam chaise lounges. West Elm's also big on collaborations: right now they've got one going with beloved New York clothier Steven Alan.
Fab: Zaniness is rewarded on Fab, and you will definitely come across a lot of coasters depicting cats wearing bowties and the like. But it pays to check in regularly, because they routinely run specials on non-wacky stuff that doesn't go on sale often, like Kartell furniture and Le Creuset cookware.
C. Wonder: A one-stop shopping destination for anyone looking to add a quick few hits of bright color to their home. Look for super-preppy (by way of Palm Beach) tabletop items, for decorative animal plates in the manner of Waylande Gregory, to ikat dinnerware sets, to gold detailed highball glasses.
Target: A behemoth selection, and one that requires serious picking through, but you can score real finds, especially from its Nate Berkus and Threshold lines. And because Target's such a broad retailer, you can take care of picking up all your home necessities here, from pots and pans to ironing boards to vacuum cleaners.
One King's Lane
One King's Lane: This flash sale site is expertly edited and always worth a look, but of particular note is its clearance section: depending on when you check in, you can get very lucky indeed. The furniture's usually nothing to get too excited about, but there's always a compelling selection of smaller items, like decorative pillows, bedding, kitchenware, and whatnot.
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