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As an interior designer and home stager on the Main Line, I’m excited to introduce you to my new blog, Open House, and share with you my favorite local design resources, keep you up-to-date on the latest design trends, and answer your design questions.

Have you ever seen a room in a design magazine and wondered how you could create that same look in your home? Designing a great space takes both talent and great resources. Knowing where to look for that signature piece of furniture, or who to hire to give your walls the perfect paint job, is essential to making your vision a reality. As an interior designer and home stager on the Main Line, I’m excited to introduce you to my new blog Open House and share with you my favorite local design resources, keep you up-to-date on the latest design trends, and answer your design questions.

Getting the look you want in your home doesn’t have to be expensive. My clients are often shocked and surprised when I tell them that, in order to make their design budget go further, they should consider used furniture.  Some thrift stores and consignment shops have great deals—and if you’re willing to sort through the items, you can find some real gems.

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Even better, there are furniture stores that specialize in purchasing gently used or “pre-owned” luxury furniture. Similar to buying a pre-owned luxury vehicle, the dealer offers only the best-quality items. Often the pieces look like new, are brand name, and are available at 30-50 percent less than you’d pay for them new.

But where do you find such a store?

Luckily for Main Line bargain hunters, Chip Addis has just opened Random Pieces in Wayne. Addis buys furniture from homeowners who are moving, downsizing or simply redecorating, and sells their top-quality furniture at his warehouse style store. Unlike traditional stores, Random Pieces is only open two days a month; sales are held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. To get the best items, you have to show up early and act fast: Last month, shoppers were lined up out the door to get first dibs on his fabulous finds. To preview upcoming offerings visit random-pieces.com and browse the furniture gallery. You’ll find Ethan Allen and Rowe sofas, Pottery Barn chairs, and a mix of reproduction and antique chests, sideboards and cabinets.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Random Pieces with Action News reporter Nydia Han of as part of her series, Saving with 6ABC. We’d staged the home of former 76ers player Todd McCullough, and Addis purchased some of the furniture he wasn’t taking with him. There were some wonderful pieces, so make sure you get to the next sale early. 120-122 W. Lancaster Ave. (rear), (610) 688-9500.

Have any tips for stretching your design dollar or any resources you want to share? Feel free to contact me at kate@hartstaging.com.

 

 

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