One of the best things about living in a big city is how many avenues there are for finding exactly what you want. I don’t care if it’s food, clothing, a hot date, or the perfect sofa, you’ve got options. When it comes to decorating my home, I of course love the fact that there’s a West Elm, Home Goods, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, CB2, Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma within a mile of my front door. But more than that, I love all of the little local spots with character and lots of stuff you just can’t find anywhere else. Because I feel like all I’ve been doing since we moved into our new place a few months ago is scouring the city for furniture and decor, I thought I’d share a few of the Chicago home decor resources (both tried and true and totally new to me) that I love most.
This midcentury modern vintage shop is just a short walk from my apartment (yay!). The store’s owner, Timothy Burkhart, scours not just the midwest, but the country (My husband and I bumped into him unloading a U-Haul on his way back from The Brimfield Antiques Show in Massachusetts a few months ago) for the best midcentury pieces on an ongoing basis, so if you love the modern look, it’s worth it to visit on the regular.
The last time I left this store with my husband, he turned to me and said “I want our house to look like that.” The space is bright, airy, and a just-right balance of modern design and cozy texture. Think of Gather as the place to put the finishing touches on your space: the chunky woven throw blanket for your sofa, Turkish hand towels for your bathroom, or potted succulents for your shelves.
This Ravenswood store was the first place I bought “Big Girl” furniture (i.e. not from IKEA) way back when I first moved to Chicago in 2009. That’s because, even though it’s not IKEA, the prices are not that far off. But the furniture, which is shipped from faraway places like India, is totally not the same. At all. It’s antique, it has patina, and it’s totally in-sync with the store’s tagline, Furniture With a Soul.
Full disclosure: You might get a little sticker shock when you go into An Orange Moon. The shop is almost like a museum for perfect-quality, original midcentury modern pieces and antiques, so prices can creep into the four-figures. If you’re looking to invest in something you’ll have forever, or you just want to browse the beauty of the space, it’s a must-see. The shop owner, Lynne McDaniel and her husband, Ty are like museum curators. They find their wares at estate sales around the country, and often have less-than-perfect pieces reupholstered and restored to their original glory.
This highly curated little loft space is quickly becoming one of the city’s hottest destinations for beautiful antique finds. (It was even names to Architectural Digests 10 Best Shops in Chicago). I haven’t been in person yet, but you better believe I virtually stalk the shop (owned by Beth Berke) on Instagram.
This little shop actually started out as two women selling refurbished furniture through Craigslist and Facebook. They have an amazing eye for design, and scour flea markets and sales near and far to find little hidden gems which they revamp to perfection. It’s open on a limited schedule so check their website before heading over.
Again, sticker shock is probably going to be a thing here. But if you’re looking for a place to inspire you to raise the decorating bar in your home, or you want a single statement piece that will work as a jumping off point for the rest of your decor, it doesn’t get any better than Jayson Home. Don’t miss the room full of antique rugs hanging from the ceiling or the original artwork in display throughout the store.
What are your favorite home decor shops in Chicago? Any I missed?