10 Stores Like West Elm You’ve Probably Been Missing Out On
When we finally decided to ditch the tapestries and upgrade to an ‘adult apartment,’ our very first stop was West Elm. For years, the brand has debuted modern homeware collections that are fresh, yet timeless, with high-quality pieces that have become staples in our homes. Initially, the brand was known for fusing midcentury silhouettes with trendy textiles and new materials. But in recent years they’ve gone in a new, contemporary-classic direction with the addition of clean, neutral furnishings, eclectic artisan accents and tons of earth-tone textiles.
Bottom line: We can’t get enough of their boho-luxe take on classic contemporary homewares. So much so that we’re seriously crushing on these 10 other retailers with a similar aesthetic.
Why is it that every time we go to Target for ‘a few things,’ we always return with a throw blanket, mirror and desk lamp? We’ll tell you why: because their selection is that good. Their home selections include collaborations from some serious design stars, including Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia line and Justina Blakeney’s Jungalow collection. And, while Target clearly has a broad range of homewares to shop, West Elm fans are almost guaranteed to find something in Studio McGee’s collection (our personal favorite), which includes contemporary decor, furniture rugs and art pieces that start at $10.
2. Lulu and Georgia
Lulu and Georgia is one of the only retailers that fuses West Elm’s contemporary furnishings with artisan decor. Plus, we’re absolutely obsessed with their linen bedding collection and antique brass lighting. When it comes to furniture selections, they have an impressive range of styles that blend trendy materials—like mohair and boucle—with rounded, ‘70s style forms. As far as prices go, you can expect to spend anywhere from $150 to $13,00 for high-quality pieces that will stand the test of time.
3. H&M HOME
We cannot even begin to tell you how much we love H&M’s home line. While many people are shocked to find out that the Swedish company also makes homewares, we’ve been snatching up their decor and bedding for quite a while now. Not only do their pieces have the same, super affordable price point as their apparel, but their designs are minimalist, earthy and elegant. Unfortunately, they don’t have furniture, but if you’re looking for a vase that looks handmade without the accompanying price tag, this is *the go-to.*
In addition to being a sister label to West Elm, Rejuvenation has some of the best mid-century modern and contemporary home selections available. Their furnishings skew more midcentury-industrial with lots of metal, leather and walnut wooden pieces, while their decor includes more current patterns, fabrics and finishes. Their designs tend to stay minimalist, emphasizing form and function, and their items are reasonably priced with furniture that usually falls into the $200 to $500 range.
5. The Citizenry
We get it: West Elm is shifting toward more handmade, artisan designs that are sourced from around the globe. But why settle for the globally-inspired pieces when you could actually shop home essentials from around the world? The Citizenry has a vast array of authentic, handmade home items from various countries, including Peru, Vietnam, India and Morocco. Their pieces are actually artisan-made (not just ‘artisan style’), and we love how each one tells a story while adding a personal touch to your space.
Modshop is another brand that carries modern, minimalist pieces that West Elm is known for. However, as the name suggests, Modshop tends to keep things more modern with curvaceous, sleek and textured designs that utilize unique materials instead of patterned textiles. Most of their items are one of a kind, designer-coveted and insanely chic. However, as you probably guessed, their items are also somewhat pricier, with single dining chairs that start at $495.
Anthropologie’s brand has always been considered the ‘boho aficionado’ when it comes to home. However, we’ve recently seen the brand cross over to the contemporary side with pieces that flaunt sleek lines, refined materials and neutral colorways. (although they do still have the best boho home selections on the market). Not to mention that their new, at Heart and Home collection basically screams West Elm. If you’re familiar with their clothing, then you already know their pieces are pricer due to a noticeably higher-quality construction that—we think— is well worth the investment.
8. Urban Outfitters
If you’re a fan of Anthro’s homewares, you’ve probably checked out Urban Outfitters’ similar, more affordable options. While both companies are owned by the same parent company, Urban has always been more synonymous with “dormy,” boho-chic style. However, UO has recently upped their game with a slew of simple-yet-elegant pieces that are totally West-Elm-akin. Their latest introductions are anything but juvenile, including timeless artwork and postmodern ceramics, as well as contemporary furnishings with clean, classic lines. Don’t believe us? We think their latest Scandi Crush, Pied-A-Terre and Desert Retreat collections will convince you otherwise.
While we know West Elm has diversified its collections, we also know that the brand’s minimalist and modular furniture offerings are here to stay. If you’re looking for the same kind of blended, mid-century furniture pieces, Burrow is a DTC company that you should definitely have on your radar. Not only does it have the same look you’re going for, but the company allows you to customize your selections with everything from pet-friendly fabrics to USB ports.
10. All Modern
Last but certainly not least is All Modern. This brand is one of our go-to’s for sourcing modern contemporary furniture without spending a fortune. We love their trendy yet classic selection, which often mirrors designs from West Elm, CB2 and Pottery Barn. Looking for a handmade Persian rug? They’ve got it covered. In need of a genuine leather sofa? They’ve got that too. And, while All Modern’s pieces are not as elaborate as the aforementioned brands, they have killer deals on sets, starting at $127 for two dining room chairs.