People love to hate on big-box retailers. Why buy something mass market when you can find something original that absolutely no one else will have?
But let’s face it: Not everyone can afford to shop exclusive designer pieces, and, well, many big-box retailers have great stuff. Who hasn’t spent hours wandering CB2 or walked into Target to buy toothpaste and left with $200-worth of home decor?
We asked our 2022 Best Designers, “What is your favorite decorative or furniture item from a big-box retailer?” Here’s what they had to say.
“I love the gallery wall rod and chain setup from Ballard Designs.” —Denise McGaha, Denise McGaha Interiors
“We love the Ballard Dayna Chippendale chairs! It’s a classic look, at a great price point and easy to change out the seat fabric to something to complement the home.” —Mia Brous and Kerri Goldfarb, MADRE Design
Bed, Bath & Beyond
“Bed bath & Beyond has the some of my favorite Euro Form fills.” —Ellett Miciotto, EJM Interiors
“I think that Target and Bed Bath & Beyond have really finely made sheets with fun prints.” —Margaret Chambers, Chambers Interiors
“CB2 does a good job curating their catalog and the lines and forms of many of their pieces can be very successful when plugged in to the right space.” —Abbey Ragsdale, Smith & Ragsdale Interior Design
“The West Cane Charcoal Bar Cabinet by Leanne Ford at CB2. It is a great alternative to a built-in bar, complete with wine storage and a mirrored open cubby for mixing cocktails.” —Traci Connell, Traci Connell Interiors
“Gosh. I think we all own the Gwyneth chairs from CB2.” —Sam Sano, Samantha Sano
Crate & Barrel
“I love basically everything from the Leanne Ford and Crate & Barrel collaboration.” —Ashley Dalton, Ashley Dalton Interiors
“I love the white slipcovered “Willow” queen sleeper sofa from Crate and Barrel. I’ve used it on many projects and have it in my own home! It’s comfortable, clean, stylish and affordable.” —Emily Larkin, EJ Interiors
Design Within Reach
“We use Knoll Saarinen tables from DWR in many of our projects. They come in different shapes and sizes and always work.” —Shelby Wagner, Shelby Wagner Design
“Edel Credenza by Design Within Reach. It’s simple beautiful design, functional and at a nice price.” —Jen Mauldin, Mauldin Designs
“Restoration Hardware dining table – for the scale it’s hard to compete with the price… and their desks! So affordable for the size range!” —Morgan Farrow, Morgan Farrow Interiors
“We like bean bag chairs from Restoration Hardware for kids’ rooms and playrooms.” —Cameron Drinkwater, Cameron Drinkwater Interiors
“I have clients that love the RH ‘cloud’ sofa. It is comfortable.” —Russ Peters, Peters Cates Design Inc.
“Not gonna lie, the Casaluna bedding line from Target is amazing. I have one of the coverlets in my primary bedroom.” —Angeline Guido, Angeline Guido Design LLC
“You can find some great things at Target and Home Goods.” —Amy Williams, Amy Gibbs Interiors
“Accessories from West Elm” —Samantha Fisher, Samantha Fisher Interiors
“West Elm – End tables/Accent tables, and lamps” —Heidi Arwine, Heidi Arwine Interiors
“Williams Sonoma has great looking throws that are a great bang for the buck, and nothing makes a beautiful room more inviting than a cozy throw or two.” —Josh Pickering, Pickering House Interiors
“There is a beautiful Faux Bone ivory desk at Williams Sonoma Home that would look elegant in any home office.” —Roz Murphy, Roz Murphy Design