Affordable Decorating Ideas: Rethink Mass Retailers

Large chains are great places to shop for home decor—with even better prices.
Article: Zoe Gowen

The next time you need a redecorating fix, head to the stores with big parking lots, flip through the catalogs in your mailbox, or surf online. Mass retailers offer good benefits to savvy shoppers. Stock up on basic goods such as towels or bedding, but don’t keep them basic for long. Personalize them with monograms or interesting trims. If a trendy piece catches your eye, go for it. Chain stores are great for experimenting without spending much. They are also good places to find close-enough versions of dream pieces that you aren’t ready to buy. Don’t miss limited-time-only designer collections. Companies are working with well-known designers to offer high style at normal-people prices. Before you make any purchases, compare prices and sales both online and in-store. And remember, no matter how great the bargain is, don’t buy too much from one place. You don’t want your home to look like a store advertisement! 

Our Favorite Collaborations Between Retailers and Designers 

  • Ballard Designs and interior designer Suzanne Kasler have paired for a line of stylish furnishings and accessories. Don’t miss her linen sold by the yard. ballarddesigns.com 
  • Home Shopping Network is bringing interior designer Carleton Varney’s preppy style to the masses. We love his Staffordshire dogs. hsn.com
  • Kohl’s and fashion designer Vera Wang are working together on a fashionable home collection. A must on the list: Vera’s chic bedding. kohls.com
  • Bed Bath & Beyond and fashion designer Nicole Miller have partnered on a line of bedding, curtains, and flatware. Check out the Chateau curtains, which evoke the style of Nicole’s party dresses. bedbathandbeyond.com
  • Garnet Hill and fashion line Lilly Pulitzer have teamed up to bring Lilly’s signature colorful prints to bedding. Don’t miss the Sister Florals comforter cover in Laffy Daffy for a fun, retro pattern. garnethill.com
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