I think it’s safe to say that we shop a lot and we know LA pretty darn well at this point. I used to think that New York had better design stores, but I’m not convinced anymore. LA has gotten GOOD. So we figured it was time to do one big ‘BEST DESIGN STORES IN LA’ post. This will not include vintage or thrift stores, fashion stores or big box as those are kinda obvious. As you can assume we have Target, West Elm, Cb2 Rejuvenation, Room and Board and all the usual suspects which we love and shop at, but this list is the smaller more LA based design stores that we feel check a lot of boxes – both in furniture, accessories and more importantly inspiration.
We’ll start on the east side, because, well it’s the best side … :).
Lawson Fenning – 1618 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Lawson has two locations – Silverlake and West Hollywood. Both are pretty amazing – full of their original designs, vintage, local potters, with a ton of furniture and accessories. I’ve been shopping here for years and years (even shopped here during Secrets!) and it’s been a constant source of inspiration. I’d say in my top 5 design stores in LA.
Yolk – 1626 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Great kids stuff and more playful gifts and home accessories. No big pieces, but I never leave empty handed.
OK – 1716 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
OK is full of modern higher end gifts, accessories and tabletop. A great go-to for gifts for anyone who is into design. They also have a mid-city location (which is where this photo is from).
Broom Street General – 2912 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
This is down the street from my house and the family who runs this amazing cafe/general store does an amazing job of curating their inventory to exactly what I want. They have Emerson Fry and This is The Great, Mudd Pottery and John Derian. Everything from tabletop to sweaters to jewelry to chocolates, packed into this tiny store. Four thumbs up.
Danish Modern – 3028 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
I haven’t been into Danish Modern in a while but if you are looking for beautiful high end mid-century furniture and accessories – the real deal, then this is fantastic resource for you. It’s expensive, but so well curated.
Amsterdam Modern – 134 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Ellen, who runs Amsterdam Modern (two locations, DTLA and Highland Park) brings over shipments from Northern Europe, all handpicked by her. It’s an amazing huge warehouse, full of amazing finds that are unique to Europe, and totally authentic.
Sunbeam Vintage – 106 S Avenue 58, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Sunbeam has a huge inventory of vintage goodness, mostly mid-century with some new designs of their own. They are really good about keeping an online inventory which makes our job as designers so much easier. A great resource for all you mid-century lovers, with some really affordable prices.
deKor – 3191 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Whenever I need a little design pick me up I can pop down to Dekor and get it. Isabella constantly changes her inventory and while some things are expensive I think it’s really reasonably priced, with unique pieces. She has old, new, big furniture, small jewelry and she is big on the California Casual look, leaning more ‘rustic’. She also does custom furniture. She has a location in Ojai that is even bigger.
CLAD – 4306 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Rosa Beltran’s shop doubles as her design studio, but she has a lot of her own pieces and eclectic furniture and accessories to shop from. It’s packed full of color and fun, and I for one love her stuff. I do have one of her sofas after all.
Grain – 3135 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
We weren’t able to find a good photo of the interior, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some amazing items inside. It is a well curated selection of vintage finds both big and small and a great stop on the east side for some special pieces that you might not find elsewhere.
County Ltd. – 1837 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
I love this place. Their selection is filled with beautiful handmade and selected pieces in a neutral palette and every time I go in there I am tempted to take home something. I recently purchased some art that one of the owners created.
Pasadena Antique Mall – 309 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
If you like antiquing then stop by this place. A huge selection of antique vendors that all curate their own booths much like a flea market but this place is open everyday.
House Of Honey – 1518 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Lots of beautiful finds and great for gifts, textiles and smaller items.
Cisco Home – 474 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105
This place is very inspirational with its big open spaces and well curated vignettes. I love all of their furniture and seating and even had them do a custom sofa for my current living room which I love. All their fabrics are soft, durable and beautiful which makes it a perfect place for anyone looking for new pieces.
Lloyd & Lane Found Objects – 1026 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Lots of fun objects, items, and oddities here including a few furniture pieces.
La Commune General – 3401 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Filled with vintage one of a kind home goods that are well curated and displayed so you don’t have to hunt through the junk.
Foila Collective – 380 S Lake Ave Ste 105, Pasadena, CA 91101
If you have a green thumb, or if you don’t then stop by this place for some beautiful plants, pots, and anything to do with the garden. They also have a good selection of gifts and beautiful accessories.
Hammer & Spear – 255 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you are downtown then be sure to stop here. It is a large shop with vintage and new furniture and accessories as well as a lot of wonderful gifts and housewares.
Bowen House – 222 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
They sell both vintage and new and all of their pieces have such character. I love stopping by here for inspiration.
6ixth Sense Los Angeles – 3881 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
They have furniture, home goods, accessories, and some great gifts. I always find interesting accessories here.
Consort Design – 6918 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Started by design duo Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone this store is packed with both new and vintage and they are constantly bringing in new product. They also have their own furniture line which they sell at the store. This place is also just down the street from Lawson Fenning so you can kill two birds with one stone, and do some major retail damage.
Gibson – 7350 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Every time I go in here I want just about everything on the walls. They have such a beautiful collection of vintage items as well as beautiful art to select from.
Garde – 7418 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Although the store is small in size, these guys really know how to pick some beautiful products to fill their store with. Every item in here is beautiful and they sell everything from gifts to rugs to jewelry to clothing.
West Coast Modern – 1248 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
A huge warehouse with tons of mid-century modern finds at great prices. They have some really special pieces in here and we always stop by when we are sourcing for clients that are into the mid-century style.
45 Three Vintage Modern – 1051 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
This place is stocked with vintage finds from every era, and has some incredible eclectic finds and art.
Heath Ceramics – 7525 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you are looking for the most beautiful ceramics in LA then this is your place. They have dinnerware, vases, containers, vessels, and everything in between to perfect your “open shelving”.
Nickey Kehoe – 7221 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
I want to move into this store. They have some of the most unique and beautiful finds in LA and also make a few of their own designs.
Maison Midi – 148 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
A great stop for gifts as well as some indoor and outdoor homewares. They also have a cafe in the back half of the store which is a delicious place to stop when you need a break from all the shopping.
Galerie Half – 6911 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Simple, refined, elegant, and a little bit masculine, this place has some really beautiful pieces that all seem to have that perfect amount of aging. If you are looking for something special that you will not find anywhere else then this place probably has that piece.
TableArt – 8024 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
If you need anything for your table, no matter the style then this is the place for you.
Rolling Greens – 7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
A nursery and homestore all in one. They sell both potted and cut plants as well as home furnishings, accessories and gifts. They will also plant any of your plants into the pots if you buy them from the store. I love visiting here when I need some inspiration.
Kelly Wearstler Flagship Store – 8440 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
We all know and love her style, and if you are into getting her look then be sure to stop by the store. The price tags might not be for everyone but there is loads of inspiration.
A+R – 171 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
This place has a really good selection of danish modern homewares and furniture. I love going to see the lighting selection as well as some pretty ingenious pieces that are both functional and look beautiful. It’s something the europeans have figured out much more than we have.
Serena and Lily – 8422 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
We have been fans of their online store for a long time, but they recently just opened up this storefront which is the perfect place for seeing all of their items in person before ordering online. While you are there you can also look through to touch and feel their massive collection of fabrics which all their pieces can be customized in.
Blu Dot – 8751 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you aren’t familiar with this place then you should get familiar with their modern yet approachable furnishings. They have a perfect they modern yet warm look and have a lot of beautiful pieces. I have recently be loving their selection of lighting and case goods.
The West Side
Midland LA – 8634 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
My friends over at Bash Please opened up this storefront which is stocked with gifts, accessories textiles, and everything in between. It has that perfectly rustic casual vibe about it and I love stopping in to see what new stuff they have when I can.
Wertz Brothers – 11879 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
We always end up stopping here when we are looking for special pieces for clients (or for ourselves). They have just about everything all under one BIG roof. This place is huge, and it is all vintage, antique and used furniture from every style and era, all at extremely reasonable prices. Be sure to stop by if you are on the West Side and are looking for some great pieces.
Huset – 1316 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Kid’s clothing, home decor, and fashion all in one place. They have some really fun items in bright and exciting colors, prints, and patterns as well as some beautiful neutral pieces that can work with any style. I love all their fun kids items.
The Mart Collective – 1600 Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA 90291
A huge warehouse with everything vintage and antique all under one roof.
Lost & Found – 2000 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
One of my favorites in LA. I always seem to go to this place when I need just about ANYTHING for any room. Every single one of my projects seems to have at least one item from this place.
Tortoise General Store – 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
If beautiful Japanese gifts and home decor is your thing then you must stop at this place on Abbot Kinney.
Grace Home Furnishing – 11632 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049
A beautiful showroom with more traditional items and decor in Brentwood Village. They also have a location in Palm Springs.
HD Buttercup – 3225 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
A massive warehouse which represents a handful of designers and artisans in beautifully created showrooms within the store. They have a huge selection of furniture, lighting, accessories and a large rug department. It is a one stop shop for everything you need.
Big Daddy’s – 3334 La Cienega Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90016
This place is VERY inspiring. It is stocked with vintage goods and industrial finds and I have so much fun getting lost in all of their setups.
Faithful Roots – 2640 Lincoln Blvd #1b, Santa Monica, CA 90405
A beautiful little store in Santa Monica that specializes is interior design, custom furnishings and vintage decor.
The Hänger LA – 3472 S. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066
This place is filled with beautiful antique and vintage finds at great price points.
General Store – 1801 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
They have clothing, accessories, gifts, books, and so many beautiful handmade products. I am constantly inspired by the new artists and work that they feature in their store.
Badia – 5420 Vineland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91601
They have got you covered if you are looking for beautiful and original imports. From furniture to textiles, to accessories this place has plenty to offer.
MIDCENTURYLA – 5333 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601
David (the owner) has one of the largest collections of vintage furniture in near perfect condition. He has a great selection of it online as well, and some of the pieces are ready for reupholstery and you can choose your fabric to make it work with your own space.
Shoppe by Amber Interiors – 23528 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
If you are out in Calabasas be sure to make this shop a visit. She has curated some beautiful finds as well as all her own furniture line in this store. They have so much beautiful stuff, and if you fall in love with the vibe, you can go ahead and put yourself on their waiting list for design services.
So, which of these are your favorites or are there any that we missed that we should make a visit to? Let us know below in the comments and we can make this a great comprehensive list for anyone in the LA area.
Wow! Now I just need a trip to LA–And a shipping container!
Yes, a LARGE shipping container. A living-room-sized container, lol.
Ahh, Hammer & Spear is one of my faves in LA, and now I have so many new faves to discover the next time Im out there!
Good job and bunch of thanks for this valuable post.
I want all of the things. I live far away. Alas.
Could you please consider doing a round up of EXTRA DEEP sofas? I know you did a sofa round up not too long ago but shopping for an extra deep sofa in particular is so challenging! I believe you experienced this same challenge when shopping for your new home and ended up going the custom route. IKEA sells a 38″ deep couch called the Stockholm 2017, but it is over $1000. A round up at different price points would be so valuable!
Thank you for the great content!
now you’ve truly made me homesick for LA. I think you have to include Wentz Brothers as well–found amazing things there over the years.
Great post !
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this post!!! Last time I was in LA, I went through your Instagram feed to get the names of some of the stores you seem to frequent. I’m so happy to have them in one place for my next visit!
This is so helpful! I’ve purchased from Sunbeam, Yolk and Tortoise before but you’ve got so many places on here I didn’t know about. Thank you so much!!
The list just kept going and going! It’s an embarrassment of riches. Such good stuff. Sadly, Denver’s shopping scene pales in comparison. Also, I’m still missing your trolling Craigslist posts from various cities with less shopping options. You have such a great eye for second hand.
The photos are so beautiful and this is a great list. I know you are based in L.A. but I wonder, based on your experiences and network in New York, is it possible to do a comprehensive list like this for people based in the New York area? If not, I wonder if anyone in the comments sections has NY/NJ stores like this that they would recommend?
Amazing round up. Thank you for sharing, you are always so generous with resources.
Two more good stops: Modernica.net in Hollywood for everything Eames, and for vintage furniture/curated estate sale finds check out Indeed Design on W. Pico. http://indeeddesign.com
Love this list, especially since so many of them offer goods online! Just a thought – could you guys space the list in such a way that it’s more obvious which name goes with which photo. Currently the title for the next photo is super close to the description of the previous photo, which confused me a bit at first. Thanks
i had the same problem!
Can you do a list like this for Portland???
Yay for Lloyd and Lane in South Pas! I love going in there and seeing what they have, plus a great Instagram.
These stores are aaammmaaazzzing!! If only I lived in LA
A + R has closed their La Brea store and relocated to The Row in DTLA. They are appointment only.
I would also highly recommend Martin & Brockett at 5449 Pico Blvd.
Would you consider turning this into a series? These stores are so beautiful, but I’m weeping because they’re so far away! Maybe you could do a “Best of” design series for U.S. cities (with NYC next please!) It’ll be a fun excuse to take some field trips to do some research for the post 😉
OOOOOO good one. I’ve hit up all the East Side and Venice ones but this is GOLD. I often drive around “looking for good new stores” and have a hard time but THIS. IS. SO. GOOD. My new current favorite is County Ltd which has amazing ceramics.
Also – if you ever need high end ceramics (like sculputural pieces/wall hangings etc) – be sure to check out Xiem Clay Center in Pasadena. It’s a pottery studio with a storefront and a small gallery that rotates with local artists. The current pieces on display are all SO damn beautiful. Actually a few artists whose pieces sell at Lawson Fenning are instructors at Xiem sooo!!!
Annnnd this is why I moved to LA. Don’t forget Hollywood at Home and Lucca Antiques on La Cienega, and then East Meets West Antiques on N. La Brea!
DTH is also a really cool, small shop on La Cienega that has really great accessories.
Just want to add that I second the idea of doing this for different cities. Cleveland? ? (A girl can dream! )
Great list. So helpful! Thank you.
New store NOT SO GENERAL on Santa Monica x Formosa sells beautiful contemporary furniture and the space is also very cool! Near to design institutions JF Chen and Blackman Cruz which are also must-sees!
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OMG the list was endless…yahoo. Making flight reservation asap. Thanks!
Many thanks from someone who loves all things homewares and design … and living all the way Down Under … 🙁
If I ever get the chance to live my dream and visit your beautiful country, I will definitely have this list in hand when I come to LA … and a lot of money to boot …!
Maybe I will make it my mission to buy at least one thing from every store … what a blast that would be! …… 🙂
Great selection! They all look amazing!
Great selection! They all look amazing!!!!
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hi emily …that is a great post but i wish you would write a post about the best online stores so i wouldn’t have to buy a ticket from israel to LA and still buy all your great suggestions. love your work and style
Too bad I don’t live in LA! Any plans to crest a NYC list? ?
Great…Great…list but a little disappointed in the Valley run down! I would have loved to see you tap into some places that are not high end i.e. Shoppe Amber Lewis and just good finds! Rebound furniture great finds in Woodland Hills and soon to open My Vintage Junk in Reseda… there are lots more!
Very helpful; thanks so much! I’ll definitely check out some of these stores when I visit L.A.
One question, though: Why didn’t you include Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s new home-furnishings store? From what I’ve read about it, his store sounds really intriguing and fun. It will be my first stop when I go shopping in L.A. next year.
Hollywood at Home deserves a mention! i LOVE that place. And Jonathan Adler on Melrose also has great stuff.
You included the valley. I adore you for that <3
This is one of the best articles I have come across. Keep up the good work.