I have found a very random and awkward side effect of being in my mid-twenties: the sudden desire for a nice, beautifully decorated apartment.
I couldn’t have cared less about this a few years ago, where prime location and enough bathrooms were the only two requirements for a place of temporary residence in my early twenties. Now those things fall much lower on the priority list than things like updated appliances, white moldings and granite countertops. And don’t even get me started on decor. Back in the day a couple IKEA $99 purchases (split between 4 roommates, mind you) slapped together by someone’s boyfriend was perfectly fine. Now all I dream about are Restoration Hardware sectionals that cost an upwards of $6,000.
Which, as you can imagine, puts me (and many of you who are also in this situation) in a strange predicament. I want really nice things, but…I can’t exactly afford them. Luckily, there are a few places that meet in the middle, making upgrading your interiors not so terrifying after all.
Crane & Canopy does bedding. GREAT bedding. Super soft sheets, beautiful, minimalistic designs and tons of neutral colors. I definitely plan on ordering some new bedding from here soon (I think it’s time to retire my 5 year old white duvet cover from Ikea that was purchased when I moved to Chicago.)
I don’t know how they do it, but somehow, Dot & Bo convinces me to not only OPEN their emails every day, but actually click on them.
I am a total email snob. I will not surrender my email address to any store or online site, and any marketing email I receive is immediately labeled as trash. But I didn’t have that issue with Dot & Bo. Each day I look forward to a little message with a different interiors theme. Maybe Monday is “Delicate Industrial” and Tuesday could be “Farmhouse Style,” where they’ve expertly curated an amazing selection for you all under one umbrella.
No matter what your decorating style, the site offers literally everything you could want: furniture, decor, bed and bath, kitchen and dining, lighting, outdoor, and gifts. You’ll find some incredibly unique pieces here with a not so hefty price tag.
You’ll remember Interior Define from their collaboration with The Everygirl! This small company is local, with a showroom in Bucktown, and specializes in beautiful, customized sofas, many around the $1,000 range. (Not too shabby for a big girl sofa!) Not in Chicago? No worries, they have a great website, and can even send you fabric swatches!
Joss and Main is a members-only (it’s free to join) site that offers new sales daily on tons of great merchandise. Almost, dare I say, an online Homegoods? They’ve got decor, furniture, accent pieces, art, and more, at up to 70% off.
Why are rugs so damn expensive? When I found Rugs USA I realized that they don’t really have to be. This site has tons of great sales and really great prices. Often you can score a giant rug for only a couple hundred bucks! Plus, they offer free shipping on all U.S. orders, which will save some MAJOR cash!
So, we all know the whole “daily deals” charm has worn off. (Remember how you used to visit Groupon with such exuberance every morning?) The same isn’t true with GILT home. They also offer a constant rotation of sales and specials on furniture and decor. Right now I’m eyeing the perfect sheet set, this glam furniture, and this minimalistic duvet cover for only $160!
Similar to rugs, frames are another thing that always seem to cost an arm and a leg. That’s why I was so excited to discover Framebridge. Just send in your piece, pick your frame, and they’ll ship it back for way less than what it will cost to frame at most places. Plus, they also have some pretty adorable artwork.
Are there any other sites you like for affordable furniture and decor?
Main image via The Everygirl