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12 Home Depot Shopping Secrets That Can Save You Serious Money

If “Let’s do this” brings bright orange to mind, you must be a Home Depot regular like me. I’ve spent more hours of my life (and more dollars) than I care to admit in the aisles of this big box stand-by. There was a stretch – while in the trenches of renovating a big old triplex we bought in Detroit – that the mere scent of Home Depot (a mélange of fresh lumber, hot dogs, paint, chemicals, and desperation) upon walking in would raise my heart rate because I knew it meant our rapidly dwindling funds were about to take another giant hit. (Other people, it turns out, like the smell!)

I made so many trips there, in fact, that when I’d get up in the morning my phone would tell me the traffic situation en route to the nearest Home Depot (I guess it thought I worked there?) Throughout these many trips I’ve learned a few things and am happy to share them with you, my partners in DIY.

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Posted on Mar 10, 2018

The Best Places to Buy Used & Vintage Furniture Online

Sure, everyone knows Craigslist, but how about Chairish, 1stDibs, and Viyet? These sites (and the four others that follow) let you browse for pre-owned furniture in your area or across the country, while the sites’ security measures take the sketchiness out of buying from a stranger online. Armed with these seven great sources and our best advice for how to use them, you’ll soon have your whole home furnished with beautiful, pre-loved pieces.

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Posted on Oct 22, 2017

Your Favorite New Furniture Store is…Etsy?

If you’re into online shopping, you probably know Etsy as a source for craft supplies and adorable handmade tchotchkes. But, although it may not be the first place you think to turn to, Etsy is a unexpectedly good source for furniture. This massive online marketplace can connect you to new and emerging designers, who are creating exciting, beautiful pieces that you won’t see at local stores—and often for surprisingly reasonable prices.

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Posted on Oct 15, 2017

Luxe-Looking Pieces You’ll Never Guess Came From Target — Cheap Thrills

Though the latest news of Target’s new Project 62 collection has been getting all the attention, the discount retailer has long been offering furniture, decor and accessories that look way more expensive than they actually are. From a classic desk in a timeless style to fanciful journals that wouldn’t be out of place at Anthropologie, here are just some of what we consider to be their best finds hidden in plain sight.

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Posted on Oct 10, 2017

The 12 Best Online Sources for Buying Lamp Shades

The great thing about lots of lighting, from pendants to table lamps, sconces to chandeliers, is that all it takes to reinvent a fixture is a new shade. Options for replacement shades run the gamut—neutral versus bold colors, patterned versus solids, pleated versus smooth. Heck, you can even choose something with fringe or ribbons on it if you’re into trim. The biggest question isn’t what but where to find the best shade.

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Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Blinds, Shades & Curtains

As much as you might like to show off your stylish home, you don’t want uncovered windows to invite prying eyes. You also don’t want to spend a small fortune creating that privacy (which can happen real quick when those panels start adding up), so consider these 10 sources for affordable curtains, blinds and shades.

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Posted on Aug 22, 2017

The 10 Best Etsy Shops for Vintage Lighting

There’s a certain character that vintage lighting can add to a room; a certain something that’s just hard to buy new. But if you’re not one to dig through flea markets and estate sales, then Etsy, which offers up a great selection of lighting that can herald back to anywhere from the 1950s to the ’80s, is a solid bet for you. To get you started on your quest, ahead are some of the best Etsy stores for lighting.

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Posted on Aug 13, 2017

IKEA for Grownups: 5 Next-Level Scandinavian Shops

Although we would never want to put an age limit on shopping at everyone’s favorite Swedish superstore, a new study by the lending company Earnest found that IKEA’s popularity tends to drop off at around age 34. While definitely not the case for everyone, you may find yourself feeling like the affordable, functional pieces you picked up 10 years ago were great for the twenty-something you, but now you’re wondering, “What’s next?”. If you’re ready to expand your shopping horizons, but are still hooked on Scandinavian style, you’re going to love these five online shops.

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Posted on Jun 22, 2017

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