Decorating & Design

August 30, 2010

Sophisticated Style For Less

I’m constantly on the hunt for beautiful and unusual items for the magazine and my own home. I love vintage, but it’s nice to find stores that carry new items with the same appeal as found items from the flea market. Most big chain stores only carry what’s going to sell to the masses, and unfortunately for us shoppers, it can get a little bland.

That is not the case with Urban Outfitters. Known as an emporium of hipster style, this fashion and lifestyle store has a huge variety of interesting items. Some are just plain wacky, and that’s why I wanted to blog about this store today. If you look carefully, you can find really great decorating items that are as sophisticated as they are quirky.

Check out what I’m loving at Urban Outfitters:

First, a mid-century staple, the Butterfly Chair. I love this one in weathered leather. Hey, that’s a tongue twister! This Ikat Dots Pillow is fashion-forward yet subtle in a grey-cream colourway. It would suit any sofa.

Okay, this Tufted Storage Bench is perfect! It has a simple, traditional shape that works with any style and it has plenty of storage — the top comes off to stow your stuff. It’s a nice, softer alternative to all those leather ones we’re seeing out there. Everyone here at House & Home loves French tufted upholstery, especially in toss cushions. Urban Outfitters has these really affordable Corduroy Floor Pillows in lots of colours. They’re perfect to throw on the floor and lounge on, or line them up on a banquette.

Headboards are hard to come by, and most of the ones you see in magazines are custom. I love the graceful curve of this UO Velvet Tufted Headboard. It comes in other colours, too, but this gentle ivory is so grown up. If the ivory headboard feels a little safe for you, you can always wake it up with fun and fresh bedding. How about a pretty pink Dandelions Duvet Cover?

You cannot escape the industrial trend these days, and Urban Outfitters has you covered once again. This Rolling Side Table would be the perfect masculine counterpart to that feminine headboard and bedding. UO always has fun and crazy rugs, too. This Striped Cabbage Rose Rug is pretty and not too nuts! Actually, now that I think of it, it’s the perfect representation of my style at the moment — old-school patterns and Breton stripes!

You should definitely check out your nearest Urban Outfitters — they have locations in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. But the good news is they will ship to other provinces, and have lots to order online. Happy treasure hunting!

See more great budget finds in Stephanie White’s picks from the Ikea 2011 catalogue!

Photo credits:
1-8. Urban Outfitters