I’m going to start this post off by saying, “I watch a lot of HGTV, like a lot”. Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Vintage Flip, Masters of Flip, Rehab Addict, Love It or List It (Vancouver), Home to Win, Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan (all 4 series), Income Property, and Moving the McGillivrays just to name a few…I love all these shows because they provide so much design inspiration and make me want to improve our own house, even if it’s just as simple as rearranging furniture. Usually after watching a marathon of the shows listed above, I’m totally guilty of thinking I’m a professional designer myself. Lol.
I haven’t shot pictures of all the rooms in our house yet but it’s on my to-do list for the fall once I get some more projects completed. If you took a tour of each room in my house you’d see a huge mix of high and low pieces from the stores listed below because that’s how I work when pulling a room together. I usually have one or two big ticket items in a room as either a focal point or because it’s something I can’t live without, and then I accent with my bargain finds. But for now, here is a list of the stores I frequent the most for our home and why:
- Pottery Barn – Who has seen that Friends episode – The one with the Apothecary Table – where Ross and Rachel buy apothecary tables from Pottery Barn and have to hide them because Phoebe hates PB? Well, basically Ross Geller is my husband in this episode. 🙂 I really like Pottery Barn but my husband might actually like it more than me which makes me love him even more. It’s the only store where we can spend a wide range of prices on amazing quality furniture and pieces for the home. They have a great sale section that is always worth rummaging through and usually my first stop. I’ve bought cutlery for $2.50, jewelry trays, candlestick holders, pillow cases, picture frames, vases, floor mats, glassware, you name it. After a holiday, I always make sure to pop in and get the leftover Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter décor. Pottery Barn also has a great Flea Market in their stores where you can score approximately 50-70% off floor models that are in great condition. I’ve found sought after statement pieces like a striped wingback upholstered chair for $700 (50% off), a vintage buffet/hallway table for $500 (65% off), a glass lamp for $60 (70% off), and a harvest table for $1,500 (50% off).
Overall, I love their traditional style and how they incorporate English country, French country, farmhouse, industrial, Hamptons, and cabin style to keep with current trends that look and feel warm, making an inviting home.
Shop Smart Tip: Pottery Barn
Keep your eyes open for 25% off 1 item. They usually have these sales about once or twice a month.
They have their Buy More, Save More Event every few months – 15% off orders $100+, 20% off orders $500+, 25% off orders $1000+, 30% off orders $3,000+
They also have departmental sales every so often for bath, bedding, outdoor furniture, dining, etc. at about 30% off.
2. Restoration Hardware – Ok, two words – bedding + drapes. Restoration Hardware is ah-mazing but I can basically only justify the bedding and drapes from this store so that’s what I stick to. If you have sheets from RH you know that the more you wash them the softer they get. If you are thinking about new sheets keep checking for a sale because they’re pretty decent. RH can really get you on the shipping and duty so it’s definitely worth it to wait for a sale!
3. CF Interiors – Country Furniture is a family owned business that can be found in Vancouver and Calgary. They’re a favourite of mine because they’re not just country but they mix contemporary and traditional items. They carry really unique furniture but if I had to describe them I would say they’re a mix of Pottery Barn and West Elm at a higher price point because they do a lot of custom pieces. Probably one of our biggest and most expensive items in our house is our leather sectional on our main floor that we had specially made by CF Interiors. They carry other home accessories too that are definitely worth checking out like our popular Chilewich floor mat.
4. HomeSense – This store is still my old faithful and you can really find some beautiful, quality items if you check there regularly and hunt. I’m known to buy towels, pillows, seasonal wreaths, some serving dishes, glassware, mirrows, picture frames, chairs, benches, tables, and stools (along with toys and food) from HomeSense. They really have it all! If there is a small scratch on something too they’re pretty good about offering 10-15% off.
5. IKEA – There is probably at least one IKEA item in each room of our house whether it be a lamp, dresser, end table, picture frame, shelf, mirror, or kitchen tool that we just can’t part with. When my husband and I first met, moved in together and combined our furniture we were the epitome of an IKEA showroom. Over the years we have slowly transitioned out those IKEA bedroom sets and offices, and invested in sturdier long-term pieces from other stores. But that being said, we still have some of those staple items like the classic shelf units and dressers. We have also been decking the children’s rooms out in IKEA furniture because they’re at a stage where they’re growing so fast that their rooms keep changing and we don’t want to spend a fortune if the boys are going to be hard on the furniture.
Most recently, we redid our master closet with an IKEA closet wardrobe and organizing system and I’m still obsessed with how it turned out. Check out that blog post here. IKEA just makes sense on so many levels when you’re out hunting around and comparing prices.
Hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to know your favourite furniture stores so please share in the comments below.