Shh—This Is Where Interior Designers Find the Best Décor
When it comes to finding stylish, sophisticated home décor, a few names tend to crop up in our browser history. And while our love for West Elm and Anthropologie isn’t going to waver anytime soon, there’s something satisfying about finding a unique item that guests can’t immediately pin to a well-known brand.
To broaden our home décor horizons and discover some new wares, we asked leading interior designers to open their little black books. Here, they reveal their favorite little-known websites of the moment, the sites they frequent for one-off rugs from the souks of Morocco; dainty, hand-painted wallpaper; and unique tabletop finds. Take a page out of their little black books and visit these boutique websites to find your next statement buy. Let the shopping begin!
There’s one website interior designer Christine Markatos Lowe turns to for entertaining: Simple Life Istanbul. “[It’s] our favorite find for tabletop buys,” says the Los Angeles–based pro. The site is like a virtual bazaar, teaming with Turkish linens, carefully crafted ceramic pieces, and hand-blown glassware.
Love the Moroccan-inspired décor at major retail stores but want to invest in the real deal? Homepolish interior designer and prop stylist Michelle Zacks buys her wares from Tigmi Trading, a globally inspired online boutique that features stunning one-off finds from around the world. “The styling on the site is gorgeous! It’s a real lovefest for the eyes,” she says of the Aladdin’s cave–like collection of rugs, ceramics, cushions, and hammocks.
“I’m newly obsessed with Viyet, an excellently curated website featuring showroom samples from top trade-only vendors and consignment pieces from interior designers with the chicest taste,” shares Lindsay Pennington. The Los Angeles–based interior designer browses the site for statement items by the likes of Bunny Williams Home and Rose Tarlow, “saving me from schlepping all over town!”
“Like all designers, I’m constantly on the hunt for eye-catching, unique pieces for my clients (and myself, of course) that one doesn’t see every day,” says Lindsay Pennington. “Taigan is a collective of well-curated boutiques from all across the country, showcasing original items in a dizzying variety of categories.” Pronounced “tie-gun,” the site is a huge marketplace, spanning home décor, gourmet food, and apparel.
New York interior designer Lauren Behfarin specializes in nursery design and is always scouting for unique décor that’s both sophisticated and child-friendly. “Eskayel is a great resource for gorgeous pillows that I always use to tie rooms together,” she tells MyDomaine. The online store focuses on “energetically positive,” environmentally conscious wall coverings, fabric, and carpets in watercolor-like prints.
If you’re searching for accessories for your home rather than large investment pieces, take a peek into Michelle Zacks’s little black book. “One of my favorite online shops that I go to for the perfect finishing touches is Spartan Shop. I always find unique, thoughtfully curated things on this site,” she says. The Austin store features carefully curated beautiful yet practical objects, spanning home goods, tabletop, apothecary, and office supplies.
Oomph prides itself on “witty” American-made furniture and lighting in traditional-with-a-twist style. “[It’s] our go-to for fun pops of color,” says Christine Markatos, who browses the site for bright lanterns and lacquered console tables. The brand has a signature palette of over 16 paint colors and eight shades of linen, and most products are available in a wide variety of hues.