It may not have escaped your notice, but I'm deep into the process of trying to make my new house look lovely. The thing about moving into a new house, I've found, is that suddenly you need five billion new things: there's more space to fill, your couch is a weird shape for the room, you get seized with wild inspiration and decide to repaint everything turquoise. (Ahem. Or maybe a slightly different turquoise from the turquoise you painted everything the first time.) Anyway, you get it: when you move into a new house, you start needing different stuff. Well, maybe you start wanting different stuff. Whichever. Probably that last one.
But where do you look? Well, if you're me, you spend an awful lot of time on Craigslist and also with your nose pressed up against the glass of a moving vehicle, scouring the sidewalks for garage sales. But man cannot live by thrifted finds alone, and I wanted to share a couple of the other websites I've been stalking since we moved into this house. I'm not getting any kickback for this, obviously, or any kind of referral credit. I just want you to know where you can find some nice things.
First of all, do you know about Houzz? My friend A'Dell turned me on to Houzz, and I can only describe it as decor porn for people obsessed with kitchen tile and lampshades. You can browse through hundreds and hundreds of pictures of other people's houses---sorting them by style, location, or room---and then save your favorites in an inspiration folder. It feels a little bit creepy and voyeuristic, but mostly it just feels really awesome. When I've exhausted the Apartment Therapy archives, this is where I go.
I'm assuming you've heard of Overstock already, and are more than familiar with their fantastic $2.95 shipping (on everything! No matter how big it is! And sometimes they get really crazy and lower it to a DOLLAR), but you might not know about Eziba, their recently launched private sale site. It's kind of like Gilt Groupe but for home stuff, and the same deal goes for the $2.95 shipping. They curate new collections every few days; I haven't bought anything there yet, but it's always fun to look.
What I have bought, however, is a rug from RugsUSA. (Would you like to see it? It's this one, in the runner style, for our front hall.) I'm pretty sure I've looked at every single place on the Internet that sells rugs, has sold rugs, or even occasionally thinks about selling rugs, and RugsUSA is where I've found the best selection so far. Plus the shipping is free! I even found my dream rug there the other day---this one, for the living room---but I'm waiting until it goes on sale so I don't bankrupt us.
Finally, I've put in some real quality time at HomeDecorators.com, which was a site I'd never heard of until we moved into the house. I bought something from them and they started sending me all sorts of coupons in the mail, which was kind of a smart move on their part, I have to say. Apparenty they also shared my address with a site called Ballard Designs (grrrrr), which actually turned out to be not the worst thing in the world because Ballard Designs has a couple of nice-looking things too and I probably wouldn't have heard of it otherwise. Although I'm kind of incensed that these map prints are $299 each. What? Seriously? I bought one on the side of the road for $10 the other day.
So that's where I've been browsing recently, tired of the regular old Crate & Barrel/Pottery Barn/Target/World Market/West Elm/Z Gallerie loop. Any sites I've missed? And can someone explain Etsy to me? It seems like I'd like it, but I just find it hugely, hugely overwhelming. Even with the "search" function, I still end up with three zillion pages of results. Maybe there are some particular stores within it that you'd recommend? I'm all ears.