Everyone’s always on the hunt for the perfect home furnishings. Personalizing your space helps it feel more like home — especially if it’s a rental. The more styled your apartment feels, the more comfortable you’ll be in it and the more likely you’ll be to invite people over to enjoy it with you.
Whether you’re searching for more artwork to add to your gallery wall or a new chaise lounge for your reading nook, you need to know where to find the best stuff for your budget. When you’re looking for some great places to score home decor, take a look at this list before you leave the house (or start a shopping cart online).
Everything But The House
Everything But The House, or EBTH for short, is essentially a giant online estate sale. There are thousands of treasures on this website, from barware to artwork to furniture to funky lamps and outdoor furniture. The site works similarly to eBay in that you have to bid on items, and there are time limits on the sales. However, the items are priced very reasonably, and you’d be surprised at what kind of amazing finds you’ll stumble upon. Since it’s an online estate sale, a lot of it is vintage, but there is some newer stuff on there as well.
The only catch with EBTH is that shipping can get expensive if you live somewhat far from the estate your buying from, but if you live nearby, you have the option of picking up the item in person. Everything But The House is well-organized and a really fun site to explore, so don’t be surprised if you look up and a few hours have passed!
Your favorite spot for inexpensive, trendy clothes also happens to sell some interesting home decor on their website — and just like their clothing, these items are quirky and unique. From plates that are shaped like cats to metallic framed mirrors to shiny pillows for your couch, you’re sure to find something one-of-a-kind to make your home cozier and reflect your eccentric personality. Also just like their clothing, H&M’s home decor is pretty reasonable in the way of price and would fit well within the budget of a first-time apartment renter or college student.
If you’ve always loved Crate & Barrel but never felt like you could afford it, CB2 is going to be your new favorite thing. Similar to Crate & Barrel, CB2 is always at the forefront of home decor trends, and pretty much anything you purchase from there will make your house look modern and chic. Whether you’re looking for a metallic bar cart for the living room, a Moroccan-style rug for the bedroom, or an arched brass floor lamp, CB2 will have it, and it’ll be the envy of all your friends.
Although Target might seem like a very obvious choice for home decor, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it. When it comes to finding great home decor at a very affordable price, you really can’t beat Target. Its designers always seem to be up-to-speed on the latest trends in pillows, wall art, and all the plates and flatware you could possibly need to throw a fabulous dinner party.
Target may be a big box retail store, but it has collaborated with some great designers over the years (particularly on its clothing) like Isaac Mazrahi, Carolina Herrera, and Lily Pulitzer. In some very exciting recent news, HGTV darlings Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” announced that they would be collaborating with Target on its “Hearth & Hand” collection. Expect to see Joanna’s famous farmhouse style decor in the “Home” section this fall (and we have a feeling it’ll sell out quickly, so get there early!).
When you’re really looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind, the best place to shop is an antique or thrift store. Be warned, shopping in an antique store isn’t for the faint of heart. A lot of the items in them can be a little worse for wear (and sometimes maybe even a little bit creepy). But after sifting through a lot of the weird junk, you can find some really cool things like vintage advertisements (which make great artwork), sturdy wood furniture, quirky collectibles, and so much more.
The important thing when walking into an antique or thrift store is not to have anything particular in mind. Wandering through and finding things that speak to you is the way to do it. If you have an open mind (and maybe some hand sanitizer), shopping for home decor in an antique store can be a really fun experience — and you really never can tell what kinds of treasures you’ll be able to find there.