Emily, where do you shop for ________?

Emily, where do you shop for  ________?

The questions I get asked most often from friends who are wanting to do some kind of home improvement or decorating is “where do you shop for ______?”.

So I thought I’d do a little post with some of my go-to shops for my home design needs.  I could easily include a lot of super high-end shops that I only dream of shopping at someday, but I think I’d serve my audience better to show where I actually source things because I’m pretty sure my budget is more aligned with most of my readers budget than the very high end stores, but if you were looking for a sort of classy style of decoration, then check out some of these vintage movie props for sale.   So here we go!  Some affiliate links used.  This does not increase your cost, but does give me a small commission if you buy something. 


I’m a Sherwin Williams girl all day long.  I like Benjamin Moore too, but there aren’t many BM locations nearby.  When the professionals use SW it should say something.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought cheap paint only to have to buy more and more because it’s so thin and doesn’t cover well.  I’d much rather pay a little more and only do 1-2 coats.  Always check their website for a coupon, though.  They run 30-40% off sales often too.


West Elm is my go-to for modern and mid-century design.  It’s on the higher-end of moderate priced lighting, but they often have sales which is when I like to grab items I’ve been eyeing.  This chandelier we had in our old kitchen is still a favorite of mine. eclipse-chandelier-o

Amazon – who doesn’t check Amazon for every type of purchase these days?  You can find thousands of lighting options on Amazon, some cheap (in price and quality) some not cheap.  But one thing we all know is that Amazon is competitive with their pricing.

Lamps Plus (Open Box) – particularly the open box site.  They sell, wait for it…open box items.  They’ve been checked for defects and in perfect condition, but at a good discount.4k745

Target WHO DOESN’T LOVE TARGET?!  Seriously…who?  Because I’ll fight you.  Just kidding–I hate violence.  But Target has stepped up their lighting game in the last year.  Especially the Threshold brand.  You can get pendants starting at $30! target Their prices compare to Home Goods, and there aren’t many other stores that can do that.  So that leads me to….

HomeGoods – So we all love HomeGoods and TJMaxx and Marshalls, right?  But here’s my secret…did you know you can shop HomeGoods online?   There is not a HomeGoods e-commerce website, HOWEVER, the TJMaxx website has a HOME department and you can shop all those amazing finds there, including lighting.  Is your mind blown?  Mine was when I discovered that a few weeks ago!  My favorite thing to do is go straight to the clearance tab and see if there are any steals.tjx

Shades of Light is another site that has lighting for all price ranges.  They partnered with John and Sherry of Young House Love and created a line that’s much more affordable than most of their products.yhl

AllModern has, you guessed it, a variety of modern lighting and all price ranges.  They have really good sales too, like that time I bought some beautiful brass wall sconces for $25/ea! supernova12lightchandelier

Pottery Barn – so you can shop pottery barn’s main site, but what I love to do is look at their teen and kids sites.  The lighting tends to be cheaper and more fun!  This awesome wall light is on final sale for $55 right now.  I’m racking my brain where I could put it in my house!!


Those are just a few places that I can think of off the bat….I’d love to know where else y’all shop for lighting!


Floor & Decor is my go-to….because $$$$.  I have found time and time again they have the best prices on tile and flooring.  If there’s not one near you, they do offer online shopping and delivery, you can visit https://www.raise.com/coupons/macys and look for a coupon code.  This is the tile I used for my master bath (one day I’ll do a post on it!  It’s my favorite place, color-wise, in my house!) and it’s only $2.99/sqft!download

Amazon – again, Amazon.  Always amazon.  They even have beautiful cement tiles that are all the rage at the moment.

TileBar – I only recently discovered TileBar, and while it’s not the cheapest of all tile places, it’s certainly competitive in pricing for the quality of products they carry.  I recently completed my first “real” design job for a friend/client and we used this hand-made looking subway tile for the backsplash in her new kitchen.  (I haven’t taken any official “after” photos yet, but when I do I’ll be sure to show you!)  One thing I love about TileBar is that you can buy 5 samples for 5 dollars and get free shipping.  I loved this tile, though, and would use it again and again. gb3-masia3x6blanco

FLOORING – (hardwoods, engineered, and laminate)

Simple Floors – if you’re local to me, meaning near Buford, GA, I can’t recommend Simple Floors enough.  George is the owner and I’ve worked with him a few times, and each time was a great experience.  Their installation prices are rare to beat, and there selection of flooring, while not huge, is on-point with today’s styles.

Floor & Decor – same as above.



Those are the main questions I get asked from friends who are tackling some home improvement projects.  If you can think of anything else I left off ask me in the comments! 




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