We're always interested in what interior designers and stylists have to say—whether they're sharing which wildly popular décor trends are cooling off, divulging the "boring" basic home décor items they'll always love, or weighing in on the best white paint colors. And while we already know of brands we love to shop, we had to know which home décor retailers the pros can't get enough of.
Ahead, you'll hear from Los Angeles-based interior stylist Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design, L.A.-established interior designer Kerry Vasquez of Kerry Vasquez Design, Portland-headquartered interior designer Courtney Nye of Courtney Nye Design, and Nashville-based interior designer Sarah Bartholomew. Spanning high-street retailers and local vintage shops, this is exactly where the pros shop for everything from sofas to throw pillows and light fixtures.
Read on to learn the designer furniture brands the experts turn to time and time again.
Rejuvenation is one of Henderson's favorites. "They are my go-to for hardware and lighting, but they also have great vintage finds," she reveals. "I have had the insane opportunity to work with them a lot (like my recent Portland Project to name one), and I am always beyond impressed with their product."
When it comes to lighting, Schoolhouse Electric is one of the designer's go-to's. "I obviously love their lighting and hardware, but they have great furniture and décor as well," Henderson says. "I have been using them for years and will never stop. It’s all so good. Modern yet nostalgic design and such high quality."
"While I have been Target’s Home Expert for the past six years, I truly love Target," says Henderson. "They make amazing décor at such an affordable price. My homes would have their product in it even if I didn’t work with them." Find a mix of styles from modern to contemporary, boho, and even industrial pieces by browsing Target's wide selection of designer décor.
MQuan and Rebecca Atwood
"For a splurge, I love both MQuan and Rebecca Atwood," says Henderson. "They are amazing small business owners and artists I have used for a long time, and will also go to for really special pieces that add the perfect amount of personality to any space." If you're a lover of eclectic design that comes with its own flair of character, these brands might have what you're looking for.
“For timeless handmade pieces in elegant silhouettes look no further than Croft House,” recommends Vasquez. “Everything is made by hand in L.A. with sustainable materials, and the end result is gorgeous and functional—win, win. I actually had a client bring them to my attention a few years back, and ever since, I've been trying to get at least one of their pieces in every project. Obsessed.”
“I'm actually not sure I should divulge my favorite vintage store in L.A., but you can't keep a good thing secret forever,” says Vasquez. “I'm obsessed with Sunbeam Vintage. They have an unbeatable collection of vintage and vintage-inspired pieces at reasonable prices. If you don't feel like braving the flea market, this is a one-stop-shop for any and all vintage needs.”
“My favorite big box store is CB2, hands down,” reveals Vasquez. “They are consistently coming out with design-forward pieces at unbeatable prices and quality. Their designer collaborations are brilliant, and they just introduced their one-of-a-kind vintage line, which is beyond curated and gorgeous. I highly recommend getting those specialty pieces before they're gone.”
“One of my all-time favorite stores is Bludot,” says Vasquez. “The company is based out of Minnesota, and everything is designed and (mostly) manufactured in the U.S. They strive to create furniture that is functional, affordable, and beautiful. You can feel the thought and quality of every design, which is worth its weight in gold. They also just won the 2018 National Design Award for Product Design (#nbd).”
Known for their unique, modern furniture, Bludot is a great destination if you're looking for statement pieces to spruce up your space.
"Atelier Vime is one of the last rattan ateliers in the world. Located in the South of France, their goods are all made by hand and truly timeless with such a special story," explains Bartholomew. "Whenever possible, I love to use their pieces in projects, whether it’s a light fixture or mirror. I have a pair of their pedestals with vases at my store in Nashville, which I absolutely love."
"Hickory Chair is a time-honored American furniture maker that I use in almost every project," offers Bartholomew. "Their upholstery, seating and tables are classic, comfortable and wear well, which is essential when you’re looking for the workhorse pieces for a home."
"With a vast range from traditional to modern, and all at a great price point, Circa Lighting is one of my go-to lighting resources," says Bartholomew. "Most of their goods are readymade, and so the quick turnaround is a major plus, too."
“I first discovered Croft House many years ago when we were both just design babies,” explains Nye. “They had a couple of pieces they were making and selling on Craigslist, and I was just out of college, still in California and buying my first 'grown-up' piece of furniture, which was a tall wood and steel bookcase that they customized for me. Since then, their talent and product line have just exploded, and I'm still the biggest fan.”
“Menu can do no wrong, in my opinion,” says Nye. “From furniture to lighting to accessories, everything has a 'modern simplicity, with interest' feel to me. My favorite.” This modern furniture brand features bold colors with sleek lines, and plenty of various wood and metal styles to bring vibrance to your space.
Cedar & Moss
“Cedar & Moss is a local Portland lighting and hardware manufacturer who I source from pretty regularly,” divulges Nye. “While they have so many modernist looks (which are great for all the mid-century homes in Portland), a lot of the styles are minimal and with so many finish options. I've found pieces there that work well in various eras of homes I'm working on. Also, their price points are excellent, especially for being handmade locally and materials all sourced within the U.S.”