The thrifty little sister of Crate and Barrel, CB2 is the go-to online design emporium for apartment dwellers and first-time homeowners. Platform beds and steel shelving abound, with some fun modern lighting fixtures thrown in. An eco-friendly river runs through the entire line with many sustainable materials.
Not to miss: Bamboo towels for a great price in colors so vivid no one will know they’re "green."
Part of the Pottery Barn empire, West Elm specializes in whole room looks -- with Parsons tables, modern seating, and cool rugs that can create cohesive design schemes. Inspired lighting gives your room the perfect finishing touch.
Not to miss: Their cool monogrammed sheet sets are a great value.
This super-cheap big box emporium of style is best tackled in person so you cansee their room vignettes defined by square footage as well as great kitchen displays. Also, shipping costs can quickly erase savings on big items. But you can still save a bundle on decorative accessories and smaller items on their site.
Not to miss: a great beside table for $50!
This young, hip resource for pouty fashionistas also has surprisingly versatile home furnishings. We love their decorative accessories, since they seem to have a thing for owls as do we.
Not to miss: This is one of the only retailers selling patterned curtain panels that we really love.
Like having Chinatown at your fingertips, Pearl River is a favorite resource of decorators for their super-cheap tableware. Their selection of paper lanterns, fans, and traditional clothing also makes for fun parties.
Not to miss: Their 5-inch square sushi plates make great appetizer trays for parties.
You might make weekly pilgrimages to the bricks-and-mortar store, but did you know that Target’s Web site has vastly expanded offerings in the home furnishings department? Plus, they are much more likely to have the sizes and colors you’re looking for online.
Not to miss: We love their DwellStudio line of table linens and bedding.
No budget-shopping list would be complete without these two online marketplaces for everything from plumbing fixtures to place mats. The diligent shopper can get great deals, and, in the case of Craigslist, often from a seller in your town.
Not to miss: $10 for a roll of damask wallpaper on eBay.