The West's best home décor shopping

Three cities, three streets, three distinct styles for your home. Check out our favorite shops, plus how to get the looks from afar

San Diego shop: Mixture

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San Diego: Mixture

A sunny loft space offering large-scale contemporary furniture—such as a curved sectional with a chaise that looks like a cushioned slide, or a Moooi lamp, its shade atop a lifesize black horse. Can’t fit that into your carry-on? Choose from books, colorful tea towels, and tableware. Closed Mon; 2210 Kettner Blvd.; mixturehome.com

San Diego shop: Architectural Salvage

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San Diego: Architectural Salvage

The gently musty aroma in this 5,000-square-foot treasure trove will quicken the pulse of any This Old House fan. Piles of drawer pulls and house numbers beckon, though you can also take home entire doors or windows—or maybe just some soda-pop signs from the 1950s. 2401 Kettner Blvd.; architecturalsalvagesd.com

San Diego shop: Boomerang for Modern

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San Diego: Boomerang for Modern

Set in tight spaces, the couches, tables, and chairs by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames are displayed on a scale that makes it easy to imagine them at home. Closed Sun; 2475 Kettner Blvd.; boomerangformodern.com or 619/239-2040.

San Diego shop: Subtext Gallery

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San Diego: Subtext Gallery

The gallery-plus-store’s aesthetic runs from pop surrealist to lowbrow, but is always affordable. In a mix of photography, illustration, and graphic design, the sweet spot is limited-edition silk-screen prints ($40–$100). Open by appointment; 2479 Kettner Blvd.; subtextgallery.com or 619/546-8800.

San Diego shop: Klassik

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San Diego: Klassik

The midcentury couches and club chairs at this vintage furniture and accessories shop look trim but feel solid. Many have been reupholstered in deep reds and earth tones, and are so comfy you’ll wish you’d brought a book. 989 W. Kalmia St.; klassikdesign.com or 619/640-6995.

Shop San Diego's retro cool look from afar

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Shop San Diego's retro cool look from afar

We adore this George Nelson clock ($545) from Boomerang for Modern (boomerangformodern.com).

Mod furniture

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Mod furniture

Pick up this virbant Eames rocker ($475) from Boomerang for Modern (boomerangformodern.com).

Hip home accent

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Hip home accent

This Ceramic vase ($44) from Mixture (mixturehome.com) makes a subtle statement.

San Diego shop: Mixture

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Must-have design book

This title ($50) from Mixture (mixturehome.com) is perfect for your coffee table.

Santa Fe shop: Victoria Price

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Santa Fe: Victoria Price

The daughter of actor Vincent, Price blends contemporary furnishings with a traditional Southwest vernacular. Look for the work of locals Sherry Stein, who sews sturdy canvas workbags, and Yuki Murata, creator of minimalist tableware. Pacheco Park complex, Suite B102; victoriaprice.com or 505/982-8632.

Santa Fe: Form + Function

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Santa Fe: Form + Function

At Santa Fe’s go-to lighting source, don’t miss the Japanese-paper sconces from Jacqueline Mallegni—who makes her ethereal lights using rattan and willow from Abiquiu—or the tapers in saturated shades like pumpkin and seafoam. Pacheco Park complex, Suite A101; formplusfunction.com or 505/820-7872.

Santa Fe: Santa Fe Modern

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Santa Fe: Santa Fe Modern

Wide planks set off furniture pieces like an armchair made from Plexiglas and driftwood (surprisingly comfortable). Black-and-white horses gallop by on the walls, compli­ments of local photog­rapher Tony Stromberg. Closed Sat–Sun; Pacheco Park complex, Suite A105; santafemodern.com or 505/ 992-0505.

Santa Fe: Four

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Santa Fe: Four

What happens when four artists, designers, and antiques dealers join forces? An eclectic mix of old and new, from 100-year-old Persian rugs to sleek leather handbags from Colombia. Coolest find: a super-soft felt throw of churro wool made in the high desert  north of town. Pacheco Park complex, Suite C202; 505/995-8411.

Santa Fe: Santa Fe by Design

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Santa Fe: Santa Fe by Design

New Mexico designers hold their own on this showroom’s A-list of international kitchen-and-bath fittings names. We’re fans of a local blacksmith’s hand-forged iron door hard­ware and curvy vessel sinks by Stone Forest. Closed Sat–Sun; Pacheco Park complex, Suite D101; santafebydesign.com

Shop Santa Fe's cowboy mod look from afar

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Shop Santa Fe's cowboy mod look from afar

Order these cool Soule Studios ceramic cafe bowls ($40 each) from Santa Fe Modern (santafemodern.com).

Desert-inspired lighting

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Desert-inspired lighting

We love this Firebird MonoRail pendant lamp (from $290) by Tech Lighting from Form + Function (formplusfunction.com).

Southwestern chic

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Southwestern chic

This 1930s Double Saddle Navajo blanket ($4,200) from Victoria Price (505/982-8632) is oh-so-Santa Fe.

Denver stores: Lee Alex Decor

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Denver: Lee Alex Decor

Search beyond the Sputnik-era lamps and refurbed vinyl sofas for tinted martini glasses and tribal wooden beads. 24 Broadway; leealexdecor.com

Denver stores: Decade

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Denver: Decade

Alongside clothing aimed at the Etsy girl—colorful scarves, flowery dresses—you’ll find the quirky likes of ceramic bird-adorned drawer pulls and canvas wall hangings. An old tomcat, Stella the Fella, struts around like he owns the place. 56 S. Broad-way; decade-gifts.com

Denver stores: Fancy Tiger Crafts

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Denver: Fancy Tiger Crafts

The DIY knitting, felting, and crocheting capital of Denver lures craftkids in thick-framed glasses with Japanese pink-robot-print fabrics, silk and bamboo yarn, and clumps of multicolor wool. 1 S. Broadway; fancytiger.com or 303/733-3855. The same crowd hits Meininger Art Supply (499 Broadway; 303/698-3838) to scour racks of colored pencils, markers, and papers.

Denver stores: T-Trove Asian Décor

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Denver: T-Trove Asian Décor

The exterior may look like a warehouse, but the chi inside this showroom is fantastic. Check out the desk devoted to calligraphy, including how-to books and brushes. Closed Sun; 189 S. Broadway; t-trove.com or 303/722-0949. 

Shop Denver's boho chic look from afar

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Shop Denver's boho chic look from afar

For knitting projects, order bamboo, wool, and silk yarns (from $6) from Fancy Tiger Crafts (303/733-3855).

Fancy giftwrap

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Fancy giftwrap

So pretty you won't even need a bow! Order Lama Li handmade papers (from $6) from Meininger Art Supply (303/698-3838).

Pretty lights

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Pretty lights

We're crazy about these cheerful solar lanterns by Allsop Home & Garden ($23 each) from T-Trove Asian Décor (303/722-0949).

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