Have you ever found yourself in a shopping rut, treading a worn path over the same ground over and over in search of an elusive item for your home? I definitely have my favorite stores, so when I'm looking for something for our home, I visit them all--either online or in person--to find the best options. But every so often, I leave each one uninspired and empty-handed. Often what I want is too specific, but sometimes I don't know exactly what I'm looking for and just need some new... merchandise to inspire me.
If you're a frequent shopper for home accessories, then you already know about the best go-to stores like Target, HomeGoods, World Market, and IKEA, as well as online one-stop shops like Wayfair and Hayneedle. (If, by chance, you haven't checked each of these out, by all means, do so!) But maybe you've run into a dead end on your search, or just want to add some great sites to your online shopping circuit. If so, read on to find a list of stores you may not have heard of. And the best part? You never have to leave the house to shop at any of them!
01 of 09
Your guest room linens have seen better days and you want to spruce things up before the next out-of-towners arrive.
Obvious Places to Look: JCPenney or Bed Bath & Beyond
It's easy to get overwhelmed with thread count options and patterns when shopping at department or big box stores. These online retailers, however, carry wide, but carefully selected, lines of bedding that are well-organized and often color-coordinated. The... Company Store specializes in bedding, in fact, making it even easier to stay on track so that you're sure to come away with something you love.
Bonus Tip: As for how to make your bed look beautiful, layer your bedding like a pro for the most polished look.
02 of 09
Pillows and Throws
You want to change the look of your family room, but don't want to spend a bundle. What's the best way to get a lot of bang for your buck? Throw pillows, of course.
Obvious Places to Look: Target or HomeGoods
Sure, you can probably find some affordable options to fill a sofa or bed at one of your usual haunts; but, if you're looking for a special pillow or two to add some zing to the mix, try one of these two spots.... You'll find options at both retailers that are trendy and a little more luxe.
Bonus Tip: Here are some tips for how to mix and match pillow patterns like a pro.
03 of 09
Office and Desk Accessories
You'd like to make your work space a little more attractive since you spend so much time there.
Obvious Places to Look: Staples or Office Depot
Each of these retailers offers bright, happy collections of office and desk accessories that can be mixed and matched or purchased in already-coordinated sets. In addition, you'll find famous designers like Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer. who have lent their hands to the purpose of... beautifying your work space.
Bonus Tip: Add a touch of humor to your ho-hum work space with these offbeat office accessories.
04 of 09
Planters and Pots
Need a pot for that lemon tree that needs to winter indoors?
Obvious Places to Look: Lowe's or Home Depot
These retailers specialize in outdoor and gardening supplies so you don't have to traverse through aisles of paint, hardware and lightbulbs to find what you want. Not only that, their selection is available year-round and not considered "seasonal," so you can find that perfect planter anytime. The price points range from... low to high, but the styles are also more varied than you'd typically find at a home improvement chain.
Bonus Tip: Update plain ol' terra cotta with these pretty planter projects.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Glassware and Kitchen Accessories
Your dishwasher just ate your last white wine glass and your dish towels have more stains than a frat-house couch.
Obvious Places to Look: Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma or department stores like Macy's
Hands down, the best place to buy unique glassware is Fishs Eddy. You'll find retro-inspired juice glasses, kitschy coffee mugs, basic stemware, mason jar mugs, and a whole lot more at great prices. Another great online resource is... CB2 for its classic yet modern pieces. Meanwhile, you'll also find kitchen linens, barware, canisters and baking dishes at Tag2U.
Bonus Tip: Display your new glassware on trendy open shelving using these styling tips.
06 of 09
Baskets and Bins
You're on a mission to save your family from the brink of drowning in clutter. You need baskets and bins. Stat.
Obvious Place to Look: The Container Store
Expand your range of shopping options when it comes to your home's organizational accessories. While Save on Crafts offers mostly decorative storage baskets in a variety of styles, the inventory at Storables is more comprehensive, including storage accessories for closets, the... laundry room, the kitchen, and other areas of the house.
Bonus Tip: Reduce kitchen counter clutter with these clever storage solutions.
07 of 09
You've read that lighting can make or break a room so you've decided to finally upgrade your old torch lamp from college to a pair of more sophisticated table lamps.
Obvious Places to Look: Target or Hobby Lobby
Lamps Plus can't be beat for selection and price. The best part of shopping here for your lighting needs is that you can mix and match shades with bases to create a custom look that you can view online... before ordering. Shades of Light and Home Depot also have lots of options for ceiling fixtures and chandeliers in any style imaginable.
Bonus Tip: Try upgrading your ceiling fixture with one of the DIY lighting fixtures using surprising objects.
08 of 09
Your walls are bare and you're not exactly the DIY-type, nor do you want to spend a fortune on Art with a capital A.
Obvious Places to Look: HomeGoods or TJ Maxx
While you've likely heard of Etsy and eBay, it's virtually impossible to know about all of the unique artists who use these mega-sites as their storefronts. Etsy artists constantly surprise me with their vast offerings of original creations and distinct prints, from... photography to mixed media and everything in between. eBay, on the other hand, is a great place to find vintage artwork. Finally, Artfully Walls offers an amazing shopping experience by allowing you to create whole gallery walls in the theme of your room. You can also shop by price or artistic medium as well as color or style. Finally, this innovative retailer even suggests paint colors to complement their collections.
Bonus Tip: Hang a gallery wall perfectly with the help of your iPhone.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Your house is a sea of wall to wall carpeting that is in dire need of replacing. Solution: Buy a rug to cover problem areas and save the carpeting a little longer.
Obvious Places to Look: Department stores or Pottery Barn
The prices and selection offered by these two retailers are unparalleled. The added bonus: while other online retailers charge whopping shipping fees for bulky items such as rugs, both of these sites offer free shipping.
Bonus Tip: F...ollow these best practices for taking care of your rugs so they'll last a little longer.