Has your apartment begun to resemble the IKEA catalog, with a scratchy graphic print duvet cover and a bookshelf that came out of a flat pack box? Well then, perhaps it’s time to expand your home decor horizons with a few lesser-known alternatives. These 10 online retailers offer stand-out furniture pieces that will make your home uniquely your own.
1. ModCloth – ships internationally
In addition to vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, ModCloth carries a wide variety of adorable homewares, including lighting, bedding, wall art, kitchen supplies, shower curtains and room organizers. Their cleverly named products (remember this ‘peas pass the salt’ shaker set?) are very reasonably priced, with items currently listed between $189 and $6.
2. Lulu & Georgia – does not ship outside of the U.S.
The candy-colored selection at Lulu & Georgia is mouthwatering. With pretty patterned rugs, pillows, throw blankets, wallpaper and a well-curated selection of furniture, you’re sure to find something to liven up your interiors.
3. Jonathan Adler – ships internationally
This New Jersey native began his career as a potter and has since expanded into home furnishings. His whimsical designs are a mishmash of Mid-century modern, art deco, pop culture, fine art and humor. Just browsing his Instagram feed is like taking a vacation to Palm Springs. Shop the site for intricate vases, reversible rugs, salt and pepper shakers and high-fashion cocktail tables.
4. Terrain – does not ship outside of the U.S.
Terrain is the home and garden counterpart to Anthropologie (and Urban Outfitters, Free People and BHLDN for that matter — they’re all owned by URBN INC). The overall vibe is rustic and earthy — think wreaths, terrariums, teak furniture, bistro lights, tablecloths, cutting boards and grow kits. The prices are on the steeper end, but like the UO sales section, if you look hard enough you’re likely to find affordable items that strike your fancy.
5. MUJI – ships internationally
If minimalist design is more your thing, you’ll love the ultra-affordable selection at MUJI. The Japanese retailer now has stores in New York, California and Toronto but you can still purchase many of their natural wood and acrylic furnishings online. MUJI is well known for their storage solutions and understated stationary (they are single handedly bringing back the gel pen).
6. The Land of Nod – ships internationally
The Land of Nod specializes in children’s furniture, but do not be fooled — their rugs, dressers, poufs, wall art and lighting are extremely stylish. A newborn baby probably won’t appreciate a handwoven kilim rug but you certainly will!
7. Joss & Main – ships internationally
If you’re okay with providing your email address to this members-only shopping site, you can take advantage of some serious flash sales. The site is organized by styles, sales and seasonal staples (say that ten times fast), so it’s easy to find products that appeal to you. Joss & Main is highly addicting — because the site is constantly changing, you’re likely to keep coming back for more.
8. Society6 – ships internationally
Do you like Bill Murray, typographic quotes and playful prints? Well then, be sure to check out Society6, an online retailer that allows artists to sell their artwork as prints, throw pillows, tapestries, duvet covers, shower curtains, mugs, wall clocks and rugs — without giving up control of their rights.
9. Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. – ships internationally, not via web checkout
Like the name suggests, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. specializes in vintage-inspired lighting. However, in addition to filament bulbs and cage pendants, the Portland-based retailer sells streamlined furniture, kitchenwares, framed maps, candle holders, office supplies and more.
10. Waiting on Martha – ships internationally
Waiting on Martha is like the curator of all things cute in this world. From cheeky cocktail napkins, to trinket dishes, to hanging rattan chairs, the site hosts a bevy of unique decor finds. During the holiday shopping season, Waiting on Martha will be our go-to retailer for personalized gifts. Mom will totally get a kick out of the doormat that says, “The neighbors have better stuff.”