What Designers ALWAYS Look for at HomeGoods

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A trip to HomeGoods is an antidote to a bad day. And if you’re already in a good mood, well, your day is going to get much better. “We gravitate to HomeGoods for their variety of quality goods,” Ashley Ross, principal at Muse Noire Interiors in Dallas and Charlotte, North Carolina, says. “In my opinion, they live at the intersection of the hunt and a great deal, like a well-curated retail souk.”

Interior designers love to stop by, especially when they need an object of interest in a pinch. The retailer carries everything from statement art to soft goods to ample options for styling accoutrements. Trust us: Your bookshelves won’t be the same after a jaunt to the store.

“HomeGoods is a great place to play designer for a day, and the more locations you stop by, the greater it gets,” Ross adds.

The best part is your dollar will go a long way as you can find Rifle Paper Co. x Loloi rugs, William Morris sheets, and Ralph Lauren lamps at a serious discount. (No one has to know your home is on a budget.)

Not surprisingly, the experts laud HomeGoods for its versatility when it comes to high-low design. Read on for the 12 items interior designers find out at HomeGoods. You too can go on the hunt for luxe accoutrements that stretch your design budget.

A trip to HomeGoods is an antidote to a bad day. And if you’re already in a good mood, well, your day is going to get much better. “We gravitate to HomeGoods for their variety of quality goods,” Ashley Ross, principal at Muse Noire Interiors in Dallas and Charlotte, North Carolina, says. “In my opinion, they live at the intersection of the hunt and a great deal, like a well-curated retail souk.”

Interior designers love to stop by, especially when they need an object of interest in a pinch. The retailer carries everything from statement art to soft goods to ample options for styling accoutrements. Trust us: Your bookshelves won’t be the same after a jaunt to the store.“HomeGoods is a great place to play designer for a day, and the more locations you stop by, the greater it gets,” Ross adds.

The best part is your dollar will go a long way as you can find Rifle Paper Co. x Loloi rugs, William Morris sheets, and Ralph Lauren lamps at a serious discount. (No one has to know your home is on a budget.)

Not surprisingly, the experts laud HomeGoods for its versatility when it comes to high-low design. Read on for the 12 items designers find at HomeGoods. You too can go on the hunt for luxe details that stretch your design budget.

Kitchen Accessories

The pantry section of HomeGoods is always full of good finds. “It’s a nice way for clients to update the items needed for a functional kitchen in a way that complements the brand-new space and can be mixed in with existing items,” Jerel Lake, a kitchen designer in Atlanta, says. He heads to the retailer for accessories such as vessels and olive oil bottles; the canisters on the middle shelf of this tea cabinet and the woven tray on the counter came from some of those shopping trips. “These pieces help make a space feel complete and approachable.”

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kitchen designed by lakehaus design
MARC MAULDIN

Decor Finishes

HomeGoods is the place for odds and ends with character, from bookcase objets to console accoutrements. “It started as the surefire way to stretch a client’s budget without sacrificing the design,” Ross says. “As the client budgets grew, I still find myself in HomeGoods shopping for decor finishes that felt cool and collected,” including several of the pieces seen on the built-in shelves in this project.

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bookshelves styled with objects
Tiffany Ringwald Photography

Throw Blankets

Those looking for texture need to head straight to the throw and blanket aisle—just don’t blame us if you spend half an hour browsing there. “Not every client wants to spend $400 on an alpaca or mohair throw, and you really don’t have to when you have throws like these available,” Alicia Held-Morris, co-owner of Morris Lare Interior Design in West Des Moines, Iowa, says. “The level of quality in terms of material and style far exceed the prices.”

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a white chair in a room
lauren konrad photography

Dinnerware

Dinner parties are all the rage, and you can pick up just what you need at HomeGoods. Chrissy Jones, principal designer and creative director at Twenty-Eighth Design Studio in Riverside, California, often uses its dinnerware for tablescapes to elevate the dining experience. “They have so many options that are ideal for my aesthetic, including chargers, napkin rings, and centerpieces,” she says.

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a table with plates and silverware
Adrian Gaut/Moda Operandi

Woven Baskets

Natural materials automatically soften an interior, making HomeGoods woven baskets a go-to item for designers. Baton Rouge, Louisiana–based pro Bridget Tiek recently used two-tone cylindrical baskets to add interest to a hearth and added the trio of small baskets to this bedroom closet to complement the woven chandelier.

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a bedroom with open shelving and baskets
Jacqueline Marque

Plant Pots and Vases

The vessel collection at HomeGoods is nothing short of a candy store—you’re going to want everything. Westport, Connecticut–based designer Caroline Kopp likes sourcing white or cream pieces like the one on this mantel in a recent project from the retailer because they’re versatile and can work in all sorts of rooms without looking cheap. “Buy two to create a stronger moment,” she suggests.

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a fireplace with a plant in it
Rikki Snyder

Bathmats

While accessories are an obvious get, the “hotel” bathmats at HomeGoods are true hidden gems. “They’re plusher than you would expect, and your guests will think you spent a lot for this little luxury,” says Sarah Storms, principal designer of Styled by Storms in Maplewood, New Jersey. A basic white cotton mat like the one in this bathroom by Sam Sacks is a simple choice that works anywhere and is easy to wash.

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white bathroom design ideas
Lauren Miller

Outdoor Planters

The revolving inventory at HomeGoods is certainly a bonus when it comes to outdoor planters—you can find anything from colorful talavera pottery to sleek faux concrete shapes like the minimalist one seen in this project by Peti Lau. “I’ve used their planters to add greenery and style to both residential and commercial outdoor spaces,” Jones says.

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modern front door to home
Peti Lau

Decorative Pillows

HomeGoods usually has an extensive selection of pillows with down-filled inserts like the ones Held-Morris used for the window seat in this breakfast nook. “They are easy to style and mix in with more expensive custom pillows,” she says. “It's all about the high-low mix!”

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a dining room with a table and chairs
lauren konrad photography

Coverlets

You already know that you can snag Kate Spade New York and other hotel-quality sheets at HomeGoods, but don’t stop there. Look for simple coverlets like the one Storms used in this project. “There are some beautiful quilted, matelassé, or block-printed layers that look very high end that can be layered with a beautiful percale or sateen duvet for a high-low budget but a high-high look,” she says.

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bed made up with plain coverlet and blue bedspread and pillows
Aimee Ryan

Large-Scale Art

“Art is expensive, and I love that HomeGoods has curated collections for the abstract art mavens, color collectors, and of course the beach babes sipping by the seashore looking for framed seashells,” adds Ross, who designed this vignette. “Large-scale abstract art looks to be living well beyond the span of what’s trendy, and large scale is important right now as most of us are moving to replace our gallery walls with larger, more ambiguous pieces.”

Though of course, if you are looking for something trendy, HomeGoods is the spot for anything textured, whimsical (say, quirky, dressed-up animals), and themed. We love the framed corals and sea shells for a coastal interior.

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a table with a basket and a basket with plants on it
Tiffany Ringwald Photography

Trays

A tray is one of those fashionable and functional pieces you can feel okay about collecting. Lake likes to incorporate wood-toned pieces in a white kitchen for warmth, while Storms employs an ivory oval tray with a vase and some candlesticks to bring some personality to a console. Faux-hide, like the one seen here, is an especially great steal.

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a vase and some fruit on a table
Aimee Ryan

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