By Lydia Geisel

Published on April 11, 2018

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Photography by NICOLE FRANZEN

There’s no question that we’ll always be here for your big design dreams. That said, we get that a not-so-big budget can quickly squash any inspired vision you may have once had. We keep a few go-to retailers in our back pocket when we’re on the search for budget-friendly finds, but where do the pros go when they want major style… at a fraction of the cost?

We caught up with a few of our favorite interior designers to get the real low-down on deal hunting. Read on to discover where they like to shop for home decor that only looks expensive.

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NEW. SPRING. PILLOWS. 🦋

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Joshua Greene & Katrina Hernandez

Though the design duo behind Hernandez Greene definitely agrees on what makes a chic home, they differ when it comes to deal hunting. While Greene is a personal fan of Blu Dot, Hernandez likes to keep things local and vintage at Adaptations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Julia Marcum

Two tried-and-true home hubs the designer behind the renovation blog Chris Loves Julia can’t live without? Target and Ikea (aka the two places where you’ve probably been shopping all along).

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I have more thoughts to give on this space! So here’s a tighter shot with the #intercom and #builtin #recordplayer in all their glory! A lot of you #eagleeyes out there noticed that!! The answer is YES! We kept the cutting edge technology from half a century ago. Because YES! It still worked! And to be honest I am pretty sure it’s the reason @brcollins33 bought this house in the first place!! Ya know, I had been playing with a lot of different #lighting options in the space. But the truth was everything I put over this table was taking away from everything ELSE amazing in this room. I didn’t want to block the #kitchen or the #living room area from sight when you walk in. So a very simple 3 dollar #paperlantern did the trick perfectly! Large enough to be #special and #impactful, but #simple enough not to distract from everything else in the #room. Not to mention by that time a little #budgetfriendly solution was good to keep my #brother sane!! #Sidenote of a side note: notice the mixing of different #wood all throughout. I love how they all live together. // #LeanneFordInteriors for #HGTV’s @restoredbythefords shot by @alexandraribar

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Leanne Ford

Even an HGTV superstar like Leanne Ford has to keep costs to a minimum. So what’s her secret to limiting expenses? “Vintage!” dishes the designer.

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Starrett Ringbom

Who needs brick-and-mortar when the web offers instant access to equally inspired sellers. This seasoned NYC-based designer sources her cost-effective picks on eBay.

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Shavonda Gardner

You can go ahead and add another tally next to our favorite Swedish retailer (*cough, Ikea, cough*), because this award-winning blogger definitely approves.

Lindsay Hollinger

“I am a huge fan of Wayfair!” says the artist and designer whose sweet desert dwelling in Joshua Tree offers a true lesson in living creatively.

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Katrina Blair Sullivan

A true expert on living tiny (and doing it stylishly), the Cali-based mama-turned-blogger is a big fan of West Elm and Target for all things small-space decor.

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Dee Murphy

Cool, collected, and a touch playful, Murphy’s ultra-modern aesthetic can be copied on a dime by hitting up one of her favorite spots: CB2.

Ashlina Kaposta

Sure, blowing this month’s paycheck on your dream coffee table might seem like a good idea in the moment, but it’s a decision your wallet definitely won’t thank you for later. For chic furniture and other incredible accessories, the creative behind The Decorista suggests getting lost in HomeGoods.

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Susan and Ben Work

The second we stepped inside Susan and Ben Work’s incredible San Francisco home, we knew we were in love. When it comes to sourcing pieces that are as unique as they are economical, the husband and wife team do their hunting at vintage furniture shops and flea markets.

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Anita Yokota

“Everyone knows and loves Target for good design finds that are affordable. However, lately I’ve been on a Scandinavian design kick, and the vibe Zara Home offers with their home decor products leans right into that feel,” says the former therapist-turned-interior stylist.

Jacquelyn Clark

One thing Lark & Linen’s Jacquelyn Clark knows well is how to create a space that feels effortlessly cozy. For pretty throw pillows, chic storage solutions, and other affordable essentials, you’ll find the home makeover guru scouring through items on Wayfair.

Stephanie Andrews

While also a self-professed CB2 fan, when the Atlanta-based designer (of Balance Design) is at home she stays local at Westside Market, a hip consignment hub situated in the city’s design district.

Whitney Leigh Morris

Etsy! I love vintage and handmade, and working one-on one with makers helps establish a budget from the onset of a project,” the blogger behind The Tiny Canal Cottage tells Domino.

Need more help staying on budget?

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