Everyone has their weaknesses. My two biggest? Potatoes and online window shopping (which can turn to real shopping pretty quickly). All shopping is fine with me, but searching for things for our home is pretty high on the list. I can’t always afford everything at once, but I love to hunt and bookmark for the future. In keeping with our Makeover theme, here are five websites for great deals with a variety of styles and price points to encourage your decor dreams.
This image shows what the site looks like once you’ve logged in
HomeSav was launched late last year and I couldn’t be more pleased because, basically, it’s the Groupon of home decor! Once you register, you can access deals on all kinds of home decor including lighting, rugs, accessories, furniture and more. There are several active offers to choose from daily and the offers change weekly. It’s easy — you buy right from the website. I’ve already scored a punchy pillow from Rock Your Soul and a set of Scandinavian-inspired placemats from Danica Home.
The Danish and Eames furniture in this Original Home Tour were purchased on Craigslist and eBay
It may not be news, but free local classifieds are one of the best sources for home decor. Our blogger and in-house upcycling specialist Elana shares these tips: "Try every possible key word associated with your search, but I do find that if you simply use the generic name of the item, like bed, dresser, mirror, frame, etc., it will yield all possible items that include that noun. I find this usually pulls in antiques, too. If not, try the search over in the antique category."
Great use of a classic Panton chair, from The Art of Doing Stuff
I was turned on to this site by Elana, and I welcome this latest addiction. Allmodern is the place to search for — surprise, surprise — modern and contemporary items. You’ll find iconic brands like Emeco (seen on Design DNA), Knoll, Kartell, Dwell Studio as well as smaller boutique lablels and lots more. Be sure to check the Clearance section; Panton chairs are currently 50% off at $130.
A small sample of the fabrics available
This is site I like to check just for inspiration because there’s lots of lovely eye candy to peruse. Spoonflower allows you to design, print and sell your own fabrics, pretty neat huh? They use eco-friendly digital textile printing and no order is too small. Browse the available fabrics in plenty of colours and patterns to suit any style. If you have the software and design know-how or an image that you want to see in fabric form, upload it and your custom creation begins!
Designer Fabric products on the sofa frame, seat cushions, teak chairs, dining chairs, banquette & pillows from Sarah 101
Yes, Sarah Richardson shops at Toronto’s Designer Fabrics and you can, too! Order samples and try them out for up to three weeks (two weeks in Ontario) for free — a pretty great service if you ask me. Prices are in American dollars, tax included, but all orders shipped in Canada can be paid in Canadian funds. Browse hundreds of swatches online as well as trim, tassels and hardware. If you’ve ever seen a fabric on a Sarah show and loved it, this is the best way to find it.