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The Ultimate Guide to LA Decor

May 9 2014 - 10:40am

A melting pot of diversity, Los Angeles is a hot spot for design, but navigating the not-so-small city can feel rather overwhelming. So, whether you're a local, a visitor, or something in between, we've narrowed down the best into a go-to guide for shopping LA decor. Covering a little bit of everything — yes, even a prime spot for hardware — we've picked places that deliver in both design and inspiration. Check our list, add it to your list, and consider it done.

Location: 7385 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Investment pieces.

Why We Love It: Speaking from personal experience, it was love at first sight stepping into Alexandre Ferucci's shop. Filled with iconic pieces, it's literally a design-lover's dream. Just thinking of the spaces lucky enough to be filled with this kind of furniture (cough, cough Kelly Wearstler homes [1]) will spark your imagination.

Website/Additional Info: Get a glimpse of the store by shopping some of the pieces on 1stdibs [2].

Location: 452 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Paper goods, stationery, and small gifts.

Why We Love It: For those who still believe in snail mail — amen — a trip to Pulp is a must. A paper junkie's dream, you can expect rows of cards for just about any occasion. It's also a hidden spot for unique gifts. In fact, we picked up a housewarming present while there. Don't forget to wander upstairs; the upper level is made for instagramming, considering it's packed full of wrapping paper and ribbon.

Website/Additional Info: Head to Pulp's Facebook page [3] for all the deets.

Location: 422 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Antique, salvaged, and period reproduction hardware.

Why We Love It: Liz's just might be the coolest hardware shop we've ever been in — seriously. The inventory is almost overwhelming, considering most parts and replacements range back over 100 years. If you love to remodel, you'll be in heaven here . . . there are pieces you wouldn't even know existed!

Website/Additional Info: You can find details and shop a portion of the inventory here [4], but if you can, this is a store to see in person.

Location: 100 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Over-the-top statement pieces.

Why We Love It: Even if your home isn't necessarily styled for an oversize horse or former movie prop, Nick Metropolis is a must see. Sure, most things at this collectible warehouse are extreme, but there are some gems, too. We loved these cool plastic letters — perfect for a game or media room.

Website/Additional Info: This place is better in person, but the website [5] is a good place to prep yourself.

Location: 7382 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Accessories, gifts, and inspiration.

Why We Love It: Among its sleek lines and organic flow, Ige is one of those stores that you can easily lose yourself in. Its white canvas is the backdrop for both minimalist and edgy pieces. You probably won't leave empty-handed; the prices are rather reasonable.

Website/Additional Info: Get a sense of Ige's cool vibe browsing the website here [6].

Location: 150 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Simple luxuries like tabletop decor, gifts, and candles.

Why We Love It: Maison Midi is the sister store to one of LA's favorite clothing stores, American Rag [7]. Between the French bistro and tableware, browsing the shop feels like a momentary escape to France. Many of the pieces are perfect for Summer; having to settle on one linen tablecloth would be unfair . . .

Website/Additional Info: Check out website here [8], and if you have extra time, pick up a coffee at the adorable in-store cafe.

Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103

Best For: From furniture to art, you can shop a little bit of everything, including one-of-a-kind pieces and vintage finds.

Why We Love It: We don't love the Rose Bowl Flea Market, we're obsessed with it! A hotspot for bargaining, it's no secret it's right up there with Target for scoring a good deal [9]. We could go on, but our guide to the Pasadena swap meet [10] can do the rest.

Website/Additional Info: Only open on the second Sunday of every month, this is a once-a-month deal. For more information, head here [11].

Location: 422 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Worldly, eclectic finds.

Why We Love It: Within seconds of setting foot into Design Mix, you'll feel like you're traveling abroad. The inventory definitely caters to those who favor a bohemian vibe. Oh, and don't be surprised if you run into top designers looking for "final touches" to complete their clients' homes.

Website/Additional Info: The store also offers a wide range of custom furniture made from salvaged, reclaimed wood. For more information and to shop the website, click here [12].

Location: 459 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Lamps, lights, and sconces.

Why We Love It: Dispela will literally light up your space. Known for the biggest collection of antique sconces in the USA, there's something for every home and decor. Browsing the store is like taking a walk through time; each piece is filled with history and hints at a unique story. It's a cool spot to score something you didn't even know you needed.

Website/Additional Info: Head here [13] to learn more about Dispela and to shop the inventory.

Location: 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 and 171 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Best For: Global, modern pieces.

Why We Love It: If you're looking for the best of modern decor, head to A+R. It's a great place to discover cutting-edge pieces and the latest products in interior design. Chances are you'll leave favoring a bold aesthetic (if you don't already!) or with a new conversation piece for your home.

Website/Additional Info: Almost everything in store is found on the A+R website [14]. The cofounder Rose's blog [15] also makes for a fun read.

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