Need to Know: Unique Shops for Your Home Interiors

I love the oddball items, the one-offs, the vintage, the unique. For me, these are the pieces that make a house a home, speak to the personality of the homeowner AND create a design that is far from humdrum and what you see everywhere else.

So, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite shops with you, as you may stumble across your own quirky or fabulous finds therein. These are just a few of my current faves.

I hope you enjoy this list!

L’Objet

I could easily buy nearly one of everything at L’Objet. The quality is superb, and the designs are unlike what you’ll see anywhere else. Irreverent, sexy, dramatic and whimsical (check out the Haas Brothers Monsters, incense burners),  the question isn’t what to buy but when to stop.

Their most recent designs were a huge hit at Milan Design Week, and rightfully so. In this world of serious adulting, this is a store full of luxury products that also poke a little fun.

For the person who has it all, L’Objet is my first stop for gift giving!

Incense Holder in White, $80

Celestial Bowl on Stand, XL, $1300

 

Cubist Bookend in Gray, $195/each

Shop more unique designs at www.L-Objet.com.

Lisa Congdon

Lisa is a fine artist, illustrator and author with a resume a mile long of legit accomplishments.

Lucky for us she is still super affordable and we can shop her prints and wares on Etsy, or her brick and mortar in Portland.

The latest news is that she has a line of fabrics that are soon to be released, which is excellent news since I’m always on the hunt for interesting fabric designs and patterns.

Take a gander at Lisa’s retail digs below, I think this is reason enough for a road trip!


Lisa’s shop in Portland.


Fabric design by Lisa Congdon, soon to be released by Nerida Hansen.

Archival print, Laundry is my Superpower, $42

You can find more of Lisa at her Etsy store or website, www.LisaCongdon.com.

Red Modern

One of the preeminant stores for all things Mid-century Modern, I’m always blown away at the offerings at Red. Here you will find truly one-of-a-kind items with rich provenance from the heyday of MCM.

Located in Phoenix, AZ, Red ships everywhere in the US for free! (and I happen to know they ship regularly to MAJOR dealers and designers on both coasts).

Unlike some high-brow stores that are unapproachable, Jonathan (the owner of Red) is helpful and down-to-earth, as well as a walking Google of vintage history and information.

And if Red is outside your budget, check out their second-tier store, Soda Pop Vintage, which you can find on Etsy.

Red Modern in all its glory!

Pair of large scale Italian lounge chairs, $6800

 

Vintage Pierre Cardin satin brass lamps, $2800

You can swoon over the other offerings at www.RedModernFuniture.com.

Opumo

Thoroughly modern but with a nod to vintage style, the designs at Opumo interject a bit of understated drama and cool vibe to any room.

My favorites to shop are their Art Prints, Slowdown Studio Throws, and Lighting.

Magique Art Print, $45 and $125

Slowdown Studio Kimbie Throw, $230

Dark gray triangulated concrete pendant light with copper interior, $185

Find more to love at www.Opumo.com.

Ok, I’ve shared some finds and my favorite stores, what are yours?
I’d love to hear, so drop a comment below!
Remember, friends don’t let friends design a home that is bland or boring.

Speaking of which, if you are in need of an interior that expresses your unique style and is not cookie-cutter, you can reach me at Melrose12South@gmail.com. Let’s discuss!