When decorating your home, if you are like most homeowners you probably head out to some big box store to find furniture and furnishings for your home. There is nothing wrong with this, however if you are looking for one-of-a-kind decorating accessories and furniture you may be disappointed with the selection of most chain home décor stores. Often times these stores have multiples of the same home decorations and furniture. Meaning you and your neighbor down the street may end up purchasing the same accent pillows and same modern sofa to go into your living room. No one likes showing up to the party with the same outfit on, so why should your living room interior design look the same as the Jones down the street?
One way to combat buying the same cookie cutter furnishings you find at the big box design stores is not shop there. The internet has opened a wide world of décor hunting options for you to take advantage of. One of my personal favorite places to find one-of-a-kind interior furnishings is Etsy. Etsy is a website for the public to buy and sell all things handmade, vintage and unique to each other. Sellers set up individual online stores on Etsy to sell their items, which range from furniture to art to accessories. This is a great stage for budding artisans to sell their works to the public. As an interior designer, Etsy is a great place to find unique items to decorate the homes of my clients. Best of all, there is a good chance what I purchase on Etsy no one else will have, making my designs unique and special.
Here are a few of my favorite sellers and finds on Etsy.
I believe this is a beautiful handcrafted streamline desk. The dark walnut stain contrasted with the gloss white drawers is exquisite. The simple and slender lines make for an ideal modern style desk that would look classy in home.
You often see mirrors used as decoration in rooms throughout a house. They are a great way bring in a particular style as well as make a small room feel larger and lighter. This hand carved solid walnut mirror would add contemporary style to any space. I love the dark espresso stain on the square frame. The design is simple but eye catching and would great above a credenza or desk.
Looking for a way to commemorate the birth of a new child? Apple Blossom Print Etsy Store has a way for you to do just that in a pop art modern customizable letter poster. Everything is customizable for this wall art design. You can change the colors and of course all the information for your child’s birth is changed. I think this is a cute and playful way to decorate a nursery with a personal touch. You won’t find this at Babies R Us.
Etsy is a great place to find unique and different decorating accessories. I mean, where else can you find a turquoise elephant? Now you may not be looking for an elephant to put in your room’s decorations, but a turquoises elephant is a great conversation piece and brings some humor and whimsy to an interior design. Also, if turquoise does not fit into your color scheme this seller offers other color options to fit any design.
As I had mention before, Etsy is an excellent place to find vintage decorations to enhance the decor of any room. I love this vintage retro analog clock. I am looking for a clock to put in my family room and I have been thinking that a vintage style clock would be an interesting item to add to the decor. This is a great clock and vintage decoration items always look good in rooms regardless of interior design style.
I have written before about my favorite modern design furniture pieces. Etsy is a great place to find great Mid Century Modern furniture for your home. Mid Century Modern furniture is not only simple yet beautiful in design, but also built to last. This Conant Ball Lounge Chair is in very good condition and I would love to have this piece in my home. However, I would probably reupholster the cushion with new fabric to fit my decor and color palette. If you find a piece of furniture on Etsy or at a flea market that you love, but the upholstery has seen better days don’t be afraid of have the furniture reupholstered. Often having a piece reupholstered is more economical than buying the same piece of furniture brand new. So next time you are looking for furniture consider checking out Etsy.
These are just a few of the great finds on Etsy that are just waiting for you to discover them. Etsy is a wonderful place for homeowners and interior designers to find the perfect items for their designs. Etsy is also a great way to support local artists and craftsmen instead of big box stores. Etsy will continue to be a place for designers to find handmade, vintage and unique interior design accessories for any room, so no one has the same living room design as the Jones.
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