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A peek into a designer furnished apartment at Sentral Union Station in Denver. Photo by James Baigrie.

The Best Home Decor and Interior Design Stores in the U.S.

BY SUZANNE DAVIS
Home decor addicts, rejoice. Some of the coolest interior design stores in the country are within strolling distance of select Sentral locations, from Los Angeles to Miami. Whether you’re hunting for holiday gifts friends will never return, or wanting to zhuzh your interiors with modern home decor so your
apartment reflects your personal style
, these are the spots to shop. HGTV stars will have nothing on you.

Atlanta: 14th Street Modern & Vintage Home

Just half a mile from
Sentral West Midtown at Star Metals,
you’ll find a 65,000 square foot ode to today’s southern style. Hotlanta interior designer Kenneth Knight and his team have curated a treasure trove of finds so varied the store is often a first stop for Hollywood set designers. Look for everything from Deco-inspired glass and polished nickel bar carts to a 1950s Cadillac-shaped cigarette holder and lighter that’s gilt in gold.
14thstreetantiques.com
, 530 14th St. NW.

Austin: Take Heart

We’re guessing Gwyneth Paltrow and other wellness junkies flock to this boutique — about half a mile from Sentral East Austin at
1614 E. 6th
and
1630 E. 6th
— whenever they’re in town. It has more earthy finds than you can shake a stick at, as the saying goes in this state, and nearly all of them are palatably priced. Our faves: the Japanese fruit knives with cherry wood handles, recyclable linen and loofah sponges, and a U.K.-made clear resin paperweight with a dandelion cut from the British countryside placed artfully inside.
takeheartshop.com
, 1211 E. 11th St.
Vibrant home decor at Jayson Home. Photo by Eric Hausman, courtesy of Jayson Home.

Chicago: Jayson Home 

It’s worth schlepping the four miles from
Sentral Michigan Avenue
to this national mecca for interior designers, which has been featured everywhere from Architectural Digest to House Beautiful. If you’re looking for some modern home decor to
personalize your place
in highly Instagrammable ways, this is the spot. On the hot list? Throw pillows made from vintage kilim rugs woven in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, upcycled cotton blankets fringed with Crayola-bright cotton pom-poms, and burnt orange velvet swivel chairs with channeled tufting.
jaysonhome.com
, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave.

Denver: Modern Nomad Home

Whether you’re seeking a sculptural armchair worthy of James Bond or Tutsi wedding baskets handwoven from grass in Rwanda, Modern Nomad Home is your go-to. Alongside nine other merchants in a 5,500-square-foot former auto body shop in the RiNo district, it’s a buzzing place to pick up cactus flower candles and rattan chairs alike...all within a mile and a half of
Sentral Union Station
.
modernnomadhome.com
, 2936 Larimer St.

Los Angeles: Amsterdam Modern

It takes a lot to turn heads in La La Land, but this 10,000-square-foot warehouse of mid-century finds from Europe does it daily. Just two miles from Sentral DTLA at
732 S. Spring
and
755 S. Spring
, you’ll find both the splurgeable (a Gerard van den Berg rattan and leather chair from the Netherlands, priced to the tune of $4,650) and major steals (mid-century cone-shaped glass and chrome table lamps that are an Elle Decor editor’s fantasy for just $185).
amsterdammodern.com
, 134 Glendale Blvd.
Mediterranean-inspired ceramics at Mrs. Mandolin. Photo by Tato Gomez, courtesy of Mrs. Mandolin.

Miami: Mrs. Mandolin

Leave it to Miami to come up with a one-stop-shop-and-restaurant that you’ll never want to leave. About a mile from
Sentral Wynwood
in the Miami Design District, you can sup on note-perfect Greek fare (order the tirokafteri and Aegean white sangria if you know what’s good for you), then wander into the boutique to shop for rustic home decor tinged with the timeless allure of the Mediterranean. Total eye candy: the wood cheese board with a hand-blown glass dome and 24K gold–plated porcelain candle holders bearing the third eye.
mrsmandolin.com
, 4312 NE 2nd St.

 Seattle: Station 7

If Portlandia, the namesake TV show of Seattle’s kid sister, were reincarnated as a shop, it might look like something like Station 7. Housed in a 1920s firehouse just about a mile from
Sentral SLU
, this Capitol Hill mainstay is the place to find zero waste vegan dish soap and chambray napkins. There’s also locally made stuff galore, including dried lemon peel bath salts and candles hand poured in a voluptuous female form by a woman-owned Seattle company, natch.
station7seattle.com
, 400 15th Ave. E.
Eclectic art finds at Watson Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Watson Kennedy.

Seattle: Watson Kennedy Fine Home

Frasier Crane types have beelined to this outpost of Watson Kennedy, tucked within the 1889 Holyoke Building (less than a mile from
Sentral First Hill
), since it opened in 2001. Well-heeled shoppaholics remain just as obsessed with it today, because it’s stuffed to the rafters with things that feel impossible to find anywhere else, including bamboo and linen director’s chairs, sapphire blue pennants that bear the words “Keep Reading,” and even doorstops shaped like acorns.
watsonkennedy.com
, 1022 First Ave.

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