Is it time to do some updating in your home?
You may be looking for a fresh take on an entire room or just changing out a few accent pieces. And while we love our North Shore stores, if you’re looking for something new, consider a quick trip to the city.
Here are our favorite Chicago stores for gathering new ideas or doing some serious shopping.
Every corner of this store is filled with an interesting piece of furniture or stylish accessory. Interior designer George Lowell mixes traditional and modern furniture, lighting, artwork, and home goods in this well-edited space. 5123 N. Clark St., 773-754-8106
Home and garden furnishings, both new and antique, fill this two-floor design haven. From a modern zebra print side table to an antique Venetian mirror, you’re sure to find something fabulous. Additionally, if you have an idea for a custom furniture piece, the design team at Mecox will work with you to bring your vision to reality. 406 N. Clark St., 800-487-4854
Nadeau—Furniture with a Soul
Although Nadeau has multiple locations throughout the U.S., many people don’t know about this gem. The owners travel abroad throughout the year to bring back eclectic wood furnishings and home accessories, many of which are one-of-a-kind designs. Since new items are added weekly, these pieces go quick. A bonus: wholesale prices and no ordering process. Purchases can be taken home that same day. 4433 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773-728-3497
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a French inn at this charming housewares boutique. Expect European flea-market finds, vintage hotel and estate silver, restaurant china and dinnerware, as well as new items, such as one-of-a-kind serving pieces, artwork and gifts. 613 N. State St., 312-280-1602
The Painted Lady
Whether you’re looking for artwork for your child’s bedroom or are on the hunt for the perfect decorative pillow, The Painted Lady is sure to have it. Antique and refurbished furniture, stunning chandeliers, lovely bedding, local art, and carved mirrors enhance this French “shabby chic” boutique. 1819 W. Grand Ave., 312-226-0115 (also pictured top right)
This 22,000 square foot showroom is filled with antiques and art, largely imported from France, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland. Within the showroom, you’ll find 20 home furnishing galleries by specific vendors. Among the furniture and artwork, you can also shop for paper goods, candles, tablescape items and hostess gifts. 904 W. Blackhawk, 312-943-9303
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