We’re living in a magical time. You can tailor your TV to just streaming the shows you like — anywhere you like. You can schedule pantry staples to arrive on your doorstep overnight. And most fun of all, you can furnish your home — often with custom options — with a few taps on your tablet.
By now we all know the wonders of sites like Amazon, Costco (no membership required), and Allmodern. Don’t forget to check out the Amazon’s Warehouse Deals section, which can have deep discounts. Urban Outfitters, Home Depot, and Target carry most of their furniture on their websites and offer free returns to stores (check for restrictions). Lexmod is a go-to place to score retro replicas of mid-century pieces.
But there’s a lot more to online shopping than click and ship furniture. One example is the mattress market. When I went to replace my old mattress last year, I found a plethora of online and customization options. That’s a major departure from the old mattress-buying model. I used to set aside a whole day or even a weekend to go from store to store — because retailers are independently licensed and sell slightly varied versions of the same brands so that no two mattresses are exactly alike. That made price comparison shopping virtually impossible because you could never really compare apples to apples. Now with sites including Tuft & Needle and Casper, you can get a mattress delivered like you would shoes. Game changer!
Of course, the Godmother of customized and unique home furnishing is Etsy. You can find just about any handmade idea that pops in your head on the go-to source for retro, vintage, one-of-a-kind wares. (Amazon’s Handmade Shop also offers some nice surprises.) But my favorite sources of handmade treasures are Serrv and Novica, both of which offer fair trade and wares made by women artisans.
Locally, the Silver Post stores offer handmade jewelry and home decor items, complete with a bio of the Native American artisans who created them. Their selection of precious stones and crystals is unmatched anywhere in town. The shops will also do custom orders upon request. (They have an online shop, too.)
Joybird is another retailer that offers custom options on its selection of mid-century modern furniture. You can choose your fabric and wood finish and wait for your couch to be delivered for prices comparable to brick-and-mortar businesses like West Elm and Crate and Barrel.
People blame millennial for a lot of bad things, but I actually think we can thank them for the rise in customizable furniture and delivery on demand decor. They are the first generation to grow up with an ubiquitous internet and the ability to directly ask retailers for more and better options. We all benefit from that, regardless of whether we live in an apartment with roommates or a suburban house with a yard.
As always, these are my personal recommendations. Nothing in this post has been paid for or sponsored.
Photo credit: Joybird