Curious about our favorite places to shop, or need a tip on a dependable contractor? Here are our go-to people and places.

Art on 5th—High-end art selection. If you’re on a budget, ask about their prints!

Austin Art Garage—All local art, including low-cost prints.

Bolt Fabrics—Small selection of fabrics and trims, but lots of special order possibilities.

Capital City Upholstery Supply—Best prices for foam, batting, and pillow inserts.

Collectic Home—Modern furnishings.

Crate & Barrel—Modern furnishings, great pillows & lighting.

Design with Consignment—Whether you need to buy or sell used furnishings, this store carries the nicer things.

Five Elements Furniture—Modern, high-quality furniture. The nicest people in the furniture business.

FLOR—Modular carpet tiles you can use to create custom area rugs. We swear by them!

Home Consignment—Mixed in with used items are lots of close-outs with manufacturers’ tags still on, and retired model home furniture that has never truly been used.

Home Goods—Hit & miss but sometimes you can really score. This is the first place we shop for decorative pillows, accessories, art and lighting. Better to buy, try & return the “fails” because if you wait to decide, it’ll be gone.

Interior Fabrics—Huge selection of home decor fabrics, many at discount prices.

Iron Thread Design—Upholstered headboards, benches and ottomans. Most fun, perfectly crafted pieces you’ll ever own, and they’re made right here in Austin!

The Khazana—Four Hands dealer. Beautiful furniture and mid-century knockoffs.

Mockingbird Domestics—Somewhat spendy, but all local goods and finely curated.

Nadeau—Imported, real-wood furniture. There’s some modern stuff mixed in with all of the distressed “country” pieces.

Target—Nice for lighting, throws, bath, accessories. Sometimes bedding. Avoid pillows unless you have a down allergy…their stuffing always looks stiff and misshapen.

Uptown Modern—Vintage, mid-century pieces. Furniture tends to be priced well, accessories are surprisingly spendy.

West Elm—What would we do without them?

Ageless Spaces—Universal design and home remodeling.

John Edmond—(512) 426-2419

Escobedo Painting—Sheetrock installation & repair, interior & exterior painting.

Tom Prior—(512) 791-6250

VenCo Construction—Specializing in home repairs & remodeling as a result of insurance claims.

Accent Upholstery—They’ll (re)upholster anything, they do a bang-up job, and they’re super nice to work with.

Home Steam—If you need to pre-wash a lot of fabric for a decorating project, this is the only way to go! Best place for laundering large things like duvets and crazy long curtains.

Sewing by Norma—Custom window treatments, decorative pillows, bedding & slipcovers. Just provide her with the fabric!