The 5 Best Design Shops in America
While big-box design destinations and nationwide retailers are great sources for classic and comfortable home décor, sometimes the greatest finds and most intriguing antiques can be spotted at small businesses and lesser-known specialty shops. Read on for five of our favorite such design destinations and get ready to be inspired to shop.
What: Previously only accessible to stylish Midwesterners, Jayson Home’s e-commerce section has made their curated collection of vintage pieces, stylish accessories, and custom furniture available to design lovers anywhere.
Why: The expert eyes of Jayson’s buying team mean you can always find the most interesting and unusual home goods and accessories sourced from around the globe. Their Flea section also showcases gorgeous vintage and antique pieces in a range of styles from delicate 19th-century French finds to Art Deco club chairs.
Website: Jayson Home
Where: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aspen (as Georgia Brown Home)
What: Featuring unusual and one-of-a-kind antique and vintage pieces from European, American, and Asian markets, Big Daddy’s also offers reproductions as well as custom woodwork, metalcraft, and lighting.
Why: Their warehouse-sized stores and fresh merchandising approach means there’s something for everyone. Get ready to spend some time shopping; the sheer size of their inventory means it can take a while to see all of the treasures on offer.
Website: Big Daddy’s Antiques
What: Showcasing a collection of home décor, jewelry, apothecary, and “opulent oddities,” Grange Hall is also known for their "botanical compositions"— designs that deserve to be referred to as more than just floral arrangements.
Why: In addition to purveying unique—and very rare—items, the shop has an in-house design studio that creates the oddest and most interesting pieces with mystical undertones. Think: barnacle and amethyst sculptures, hand-woven baskets with deer antlers as the handle, and paperweights with snake skeletons inside.
Website: Grange Hall
Where: Los Angeles
What: A destination for unique and interesting home accessories, vintage finds, and custom furnishings, the location also houses the celebrated design firm of the same name.
Why: A passion for merchandising and keen eye for unique and sculptural pieces mean the store is always a feast for the eyes. The shop’s perfectly styled vignettes have been known to elicit the old “I’ll take everything,” on more than one occasion.
Website: Nickey Kehoe
Where: New York, Los Angeles, Dania Beach, Scranton, PA, and under different names in Hopewell, NJ, and Houston
What: The largest architectural antiques dealer in the country, OGT features artifacts salvaged from historical buildings and is the destination for antique hardware, mantles, doors, iron work, stained glass, and more.
Why: Their constantly evolving inventory and the sheer scope of their reach means that if you’re on the hunt for salvaged architectural details, specialty items, or antique decorative hardware, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find it here. They also offer a wide range of hard-to-find glass and unique vintage items through their other ventures, Olde Good Glass and Altered Antiques respectively.
Website: Olde Good Things