Finding an affordable sofa is easy, but great design can be hard to find. In a world where stores are dominated by reproductions of the same furniture in varying degrees of quality, finding unique pieces to fit our decorating budget can be a challenge. But every so often, we come across a piece so beautiful or a brand so unique that we want to share it with the world. These are some of those home décor brands.
We recently asked our editors to hand-pick their top two décor brands and were pleasantly surprised by the wide array of brands, products, and price points they came back with. Mineral incense burners? Check. Beautiful ceramics? Check. Minimal Danish brands we had never heard of? Check, check, check. And while it's easy to have expensive taste when décor is concerned, we were happy to see a wide range of price points in these brands, which just goes to show that great design really is accessible to all.
Ready to turn your home's style up a notch? These are the best home décor brands our editors swear by and the products they adore.
"Article offers beautiful midcentury modern designs at a relatively affordable price," Assistant Editor Christie Calucchia says. She loves that Article offers great pieces that always fit within her budget.
Each unique item The Citizenry offers is sourced from artisan groups around the world, who are paid fairly for their work."I recently discovered the Citizenry and I've been blown away by not only the stunning furniture and décor finds, but also by the company itself," Calucchia says.
If you're all about clean lines and sleek design, you'll love Apparatus' minimalist aesthetic. "I have long admired the range of designs from the very talented team at Apparatus Studio," Editorial Director Sacha Strebe says. "I admire the simplicity of this coffee table and the master craftsmanship that went into making it look so effortless. I'll also never stop wanting this marble lantern. They also have a knack for making practical 'boring' objects look insanely cool and decorative like this umbrella stand."
"There is something very ceremonious about burning incense. It cleanses the space and safely directs bad spirits away, Well, that's how I've always viewed it, and it's never been glamorous until I found Cinnamon Projects," Strebe says. "The brand turned my incense burning into a covetable ritual." Each of the objects is thoughtfully designed and handcrafted. Don't forget to check out their chic smudge sticks, too.
If you love minimalism but not so much the all-white stark vibe, you'll love Blu Dot. "I always recommend Blu Dot to friends," editor Gabrielle Savoie says. "It's minimal, yet colorful, designs only seem to get better with each new collection, and for the price, the quality is unparalleled. I own three Blu Dot pieces, and they are some of my favorite features in my apartment."
Lambert & Fils
"Being from Montreal, I love when I see beautiful innovative brands coming out of my hometown," Savoie says. "Lambert & Fils is one of those brands. With each collection, they never cease to push boundaries with beautiful, simple designs at reasonable prices. I've seen the brand's lighting time and time again in homes from New York to Melbourne and in multiple hotels and restaurants—and each time it looks stunning."
Gubi's pieces are modest, and they're extremely high-quality. "Gubi is all about balance. Its designs feel timeless, yet innovative and fresh. They're grown-up and elegant, but still approachable with a touch of whimsy," says Associate Editor Hadley Mendelsohn.
"I definitely won't be making any purchases from DimoreStudio studio any time soon, given the price tag, but that doesn't stop me from admiring its work," Mendelsohn says. "Each item has the capacity to be a piece of art form, while also offering a crucial function. Everything it creates is profoundly beautiful, from the seating to the lighting, which is a pretty big feat considering the simplicity of the items. And even then, the designs are fun and edgy! I usually look at screenshots of my favorite items when scavenging at the flea market."
Though Heath Ceramics is known for its unique tile work, it has a great selection of ceramic homewares. "Lately, I've been super into Heath Ceramics for all things home," says Social Media Editor Kelly Gallagher. "I'm currently loving the dual glaze tiles in the bright pink and red combo."
"Garza Marfa is another favorite, I love the way the bright textiles pair with my neutral furniture pieces. I'm also reminded of Marfa (a favorite place of mine) every time I look at its stuff. I've got my eye on the Desert Blanket in purple right now," says Gallagher.
If you're always scouring antique markets for unique founds, check out Coming Soon. "I'm a vintage lover at heart, and Coming Soon carries an interesting mix of new and old pieces that are undeniably unique," says Lifestyle News Editor Kelly Clark. "Even just browsing the website is entertaining! I'm always a sucker for retro statement furniture like this swivel chair."
"This San Francisco–based boutique makes shopping for essentials like cutlery and tableware fun—I love its take on the terracotta trend with these spatterware pitchers," says Clark.
When you're in need of new table linens, Leif is the spot. "After finally investing in a proper dining room table for my apartment earlier this year, I went in search of beautiful tableware to match and found the brand Leif," says Managing Editor Megan Beauchamp. "I love its curated collection of casual yet chic table linens (and, bonus, it's not terribly fensive)."
"I recently stumbled upon this online shop while searching for art to update my bedroom. There's something soothing about the graphic lines that makes me want to hang these prints on my walls stat," says Beauchamp.
When you want something a little higher-end than IKEA but with the same Scandinavian style, check out AYTM. "I came across this Danish brand during a trip to Copenhagen last year and fell in love with its quirky, playful Scandinavian design," says Senior Editor Sophie Miura. "It’s also surprisingly accessible in the U.S.—both Yoox and Consort stock its wares. If my tiny apartment could fit a dining table, these chairs would be at the top of my list."
Hawkins New York
"It’s impossible to visit this brand's West Village store without finding something you love. I’ve had its colored metal trays on my list for a while. They work perfectly on a round coffee table," Miura says.