I have a confession to make. Until the Lilly sale (which then led to splurging for work attire at J.Crew, Loft, Banana, and The Limited), I really haven’t been buying a lot of clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still just as in love with shopping, but I’ve been focusing my purchases elsewhere: on preppy home decor. The Boy and I moved into an apartment at the end of November, and I’ve been slowly curating to make it home.
Recently, I’ve been posting pictures of the summer decor (all-American versus fall/winter, which is tartan) to Instagram, and a lot of people are wondering where I find things. I’ll begin by saying I’m no stranger to scouring flea markets and even ebay once I’ve decided I wanted something (think vintage oars, wooden tennis rackets). I’ve also raided my grandmother’s basement, where I found some amazing silver serving trays and old golf clubs. But the majority of my collection has come from three sites: One Kings Lane, Joss & Main, and Zulily. (If you need invites to any of them, please click here: OKL, J&M, Z.)
They have everything from vintage goodies and modern art to kitchen necessities and furniture. Seriously. If you can think of it, they have it. One Kings Lane is my personal favorite because of their curated collections. There’s one right now called Country Club, and, once you’ll look, you’ll understand where I get a lot of my inspiration.
Where do you find style inspiration?
As you may know (because I’ve been obsessing over it like a crazy person since we found the place), the boy and I are moved in together this weekend. While I’m, of course, excited about living with him/getting out of Roomie Dad’s house, I’m really just in it for the decorating. Kidding but not. Hopefully, you read my post about bathroom décor. If not, please check it out and let me know what you think! The other room that’s super important for me is the living room. I want it to be one of those classic, well-curated rooms you’d see in New England (think Vital’s Preppy Guidebook or anything from Sarah Vicker’s/Kiel James Patrick’s Instagram accounts).
This is the hardest sell with Josh, because he thinks it’s all a little tacky. His German heritage just can’t appreciate the nod to classic Scottish culture. Sorry, bro. It will obviously take quite some time to acquire everything I’d like, but we do have a good start.
The hardest part of this is finding some of the vintage pieces. While some of it was in my grandmother’s basement (perks of having WASPy grandparents), and I did hunt at some flea markets, I found a lot of great stuff online at places like Gilt, One Kings Lane, and Joss and Main.
One Kings Lane – Legitimately the BEST place for finding vintage decor. I love this place with my whole heart.
Gilt – This is my go-to for great books. The ‘Merica books seen above are always on sale there, as well as a bunch of other really neat sets from Juniper Books – at a fraction of the cost!
Joss and Main – An amazing place for decor, I also found
my Christmas present to myself an amazing bar cabinet here. Plus, every time I mention that I’m moving into a new apartment, every female I know tells me to get on Joss and Main for furniture. That speaks volumes.