Curious about our interior designers’ favorite places to shop, or need a tip on a dependable contractor in the Austin area? Here are our go-to people and places.

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

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

CB2—Want everything. Hip, modern furniture. Great rugs.

Collectic Home—Modern furnishings, locally-owned.

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

Crescent House—Modern and traditional/transitional furniture in Cedar Park. Free pie with every purchase!

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 Define—Great prices on customizable, modern furniture.

Iron Thread Design—Upholstered headboards, benches, ottomans and floor poufs. The 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.

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

Shades of Light—Distinctive light fixtures to suit every taste, whether you’re into modern, mid-century, rustic, industrial, traditional, or bohemian.

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

The Tile Guy—Hands down, my favorite tile store. Locally-owned, they are the nicest folks and they take great care of us!

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. Amazing craftsmanship.

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

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.