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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
We adore this George Nelson clock ($545) from Boomerang for Modern (boomerangformodern.com).
Pick up this virbant Eames rocker ($475) from Boomerang for Modern (boomerangformodern.com).
Hip home accent
This Ceramic vase ($44) from Mixture (mixturehome.com) makes a subtle statement.
Must-have design book
This title ($50) from Mixture (mixturehome.com) is perfect for your coffee table.
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
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
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
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
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
Order these cool Soule Studios ceramic cafe bowls ($40 each) from Santa Fe Modern (santafemodern.com).
We love this Firebird MonoRail pendant lamp (from $290) by Tech Lighting from Form + Function (formplusfunction.com).
This 1930s Double Saddle Navajo blanket ($4,200) from Victoria Price (505/982-8632) is oh-so-Santa Fe.
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
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: 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: 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
For knitting projects, order bamboo, wool, and silk yarns (from $6) from Fancy Tiger Crafts (303/733-3855).
So pretty you won't even need a bow! Order Lama Li handmade papers (from $6) from Meininger Art Supply (303/698-3838).
We're crazy about these cheerful solar lanterns by Allsop Home & Garden ($23 each) from T-Trove Asian Décor (303/722-0949).