Better late than never, as they say. I know I’ve been horrible about blogging recently and have to give Kate a big THANK YOU for her endless stream of content here at the Nest. I’m hoping to get back up and running and at least do one weekly blog post from now on.
For those of you who follow along on Instagram, you may have seen that I was out in LA recently working on a client’s house (reveal later this year) and doing some shopping for said house. Though I forgot how spread out LA is and how long it takes to get from place to place, I am always so happy to hit up all the decor shopping locations in the City of Angels. Decor shopping in LA – especially of the vintage variety – really can’t be beat. Here are some of my favorites (although sadly I didn’t get to them all):
The Mart Collective – This is a highly curated antiques mall in Santa Monica. It is large and there are loads of items – mostly vintage but some newer pillows etc. Because it’s already been curated the prices aren’t as low as a normal antiques mall or flea market but there are still some great finds.
Tortoise General Store – One of my favorite little stores on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Tortoise features a lot of modern accessories and furniture mostly from Japan. We got our Ny Chair for Bryan’s room here. They have wonderful pottery, fun toys and a beautiful reflective little courtyard
West Elm – I know, this is a big chain store, but West Elm always has it right when it comes to furniture and accessories for a reasonable price point. Sometimes it’s easier to just hit up the store to see how things look in person and how things are styled. The West Elm in Santa Monica is right next to Pottery Barn so it’s nice to stop in there as well.
Merchant – I discovered this little gem of a shop while driving down Lincoln in Santa Monica. They also have an outdoor store called Merchant Yard and an event space called Merchant House. The owner has collected a beautiful selection of mid-century modern furniture, Morrocan rugs, and Studio pottery.
Tini – Tini stands for This is Not Ikea. I love the name. The large two story space is packed to the brim with mid-century pieces and all manner of tchockes. It’s sort of like a modern curiosity shoppe of sorts (really, I just wanted to type the word “shoppe”). So many fun finds here.
45 Three Modern Vintage – This shop in Little Ethiopia run by Staci Cain has so many great vintage treasures at super reasonable prices. From sofas, to portraits to cool lighting, it’s a great place to hit up with a constantly changing inventory. We got a large porcelain monkey and a huge abstract painting for my client for a steal.
Garde – We stopped in here after lunch at BLD. This shop is beautifully curated and has the most amazing objects. I snapped this photo of some brass items here. Unfortunately it’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth a look.
Lawson Fennning – We didn’t make it to Lawson Fenning but they have beautiful new furniture (of their own designs) mixed with all sorts of vintage. A great store for inspiration at the very least.
Rolling Greens – A great place to go for both indoor and outdoor plants and specialty planters etc. The people who work here know their s#*t when it comes to plants. Rolling Greens truly feels like LA at its warm-weather best.
Heath Ceramics – The Los Angeles outpost of the San Francisco Ceramics powerhouse, the Heath Store is part shop, part studio and part event space. Aside from their eponymous earthy modern tiles and dishes, they have a great selection of curated items from chairs to jewelry.
Nickey Kehoe – The shop arm of this LA design duo has a great relaxed boho vibe. An amazing collection of textiles, antiques, vintage treasures. Not cheap but definitely some finds that are worth paying a little extra for.
Serena & Lily – The newly opened Melrose outpost of Serena and Lily is a great place to peruse their textile and furniture selections
Pasadena Antiques Center – There are two, maybe three buildings on Fair Oaks that are part of this large antiques mall. I bought several pieces for my LA house here and as usual it did not disappoint. Art, lighting, furniture, you name it. Some sellers are more expensive than others and there is a wide variety of styles represented. Something for everyone!
Sunbeam Vintage – I bought Bryan’s dresser here a long time ago. They’ve since expanded to some new furniture as well, but they have a great warehouse full of mid-century finds at great prices.
That pretty much sums it up! I wish I had been able to hit up all of these places. Emily Henderson has some other great stores in the shopping section of her blog that I had hoped to visit as well – next time! I’d love to know if you have any specific shops that you love in your hood for furniture and accessories. You never know where the Nest will end up on its next shopping trip.