Other than space planning, I also offer material sourcing to my clients here in the greater Austin area. That means I’ve been all over the city looking for everything to cover your remodeling needs from floor to ceiling. This is a list of my top 5 favorite places to shop for your next project.
Are you into fun patterns and bright colors? Do you want that floor/shower/backsplash that wows your friends and begets passive aggressive commentary from envious bores (You know who I’m talking about. The one’s who use phrases like “resale value” and “white subway tile”. They wish they could be so bold.)? If so, Clay Imports is a must see. It is impossible to not be inspired by their exuberant offering.
I discovered this place by chance one day when scoping out another nearby store. I was in awe of their incredibly unique selection of all pre 1960 vintage lights. From table lamps and floor lamps, to sconces and chandeliers… they have it all. Perhaps you just need a shade, or some new globes on your fan? They have that too. If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of options, the extraordinarily helpful staff can assist in your search. If you want a light that no one else has, this is your store.
I just recently gained a client who was interested in wallpaper. It’s not very common, so I hadn’t thought about where I might go. The second I stopped into Wallpapers To Go, I loved it. It’s like walking into Ollivander’s wand shop (shout out to my wizards!). There are rows upon rows of wallpaper books, so where do you even start?! Don’t worry, the shop owner has you covered. You just let him know the style, or type of thing you’re looking for and he breezes through the shelves pulling the perfect books for you to browse. Spread them all out on the long table and discover how the world of wallpaper has changed since 1995.
Some homes have a perfectly fine cabinet layout and a complete remodel is unnecessary. However, the kitchen is just kind of dated and ugly. That’s where Patton can help you! They have a vast selection of beautiful doors, but can also make custom doors or match an existing door. Also, their lead time is somewhere around only two weeks. I’ve priced out a complete kitchen cabinet refacing for one client so far and I’m convinced you can’t do it anywhere else cheaper.
Raise your hand if you’re a fan of the scratch and dent section! What if I told you there was a store that IS the scratch and dent section? That’s what Neu Appliances is! They offer appliances that have been gently used and refurbished. The prices are fantastic and with a standard 30 day, and optional 1 year warranties, you are just as well off purchasing from them as anywhere else. Pro tip: Start scouting out their selection ahead of time. The inventory changes often and I’ve seen everything from practically new french door fridges to vintage gas stoves.
Now that you’ve remodeled, you’re going to need some awesome new accents, and who doesn’t love a good thrift store? Of course there are plenty of other vintage stores in Austin but Room Service is unique in that it isn’t all mid century modern, and most things are incredible affordable. They also have a very wide range of offerings. They sell furniture, art, clothing, lighting and so much more. This is a place I like to stop in on often because the inventory is constantly changing. Follow them on instagram for the scoop on new arrivals!
I hope you enjoyed this list and that you pop in on some of these wonderful businesses soon. As always, if you are in need of space planning or interior design assistance, fill our my form and tell me about your project!