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It’s not too often we get snow here in the Philly burbs, but this latest cold snap has found me wanting to hibernate rather than leave the house to seek out new home finds. After living in the area for nine-plus years, it seems I’ve lost my New England roots and my blood has thinned. So what is a dedicated shopper to do when it is too cold to hit the streets? Armed with my laptop, I plunked myself down in front of the latest installment of The Real Housewives of Orange County (when will they do The Real Housewives of the Main Line ?)to search for great home deals online. Check out my faves:

Chiasso, chiasso.com
Finding great stores that feature modern home accessories has always been a challenge. This funky site showcases the latest in contemporary décor. The pebble doormats and the Libby fruit bowl are sure to fit in with any modern design.

Nicole Jane Home, nicolejane.com
Sometimes you have to look north of the border to find the latest trends. This online Canadian store stocks gorgeous pillows, fabulous table linens and wonderful tabletop accents. Make sure to check out the Suto Woven Rattan Stool—it doubles as seating or a great side table.

Overstock, overstock.com
This mega bargain site is probably not the first place you’d think to click on to find the latest home trends. When a home-staging friend told me she used Overstock for her latest model home, I had to check it out. Not only was I pleasantly surprised by the great home accents they stock, I was also impressed with the outrageously low shipping. Overstock charges a flat fee of $2.95 to ship any order—even furniture items. When you add in the costs of gas and a babysitter, you can actually spend less on shopping at this website. I loved the Hourglass Bella Spice Chair—at under $200, it adds a touch of modern elegance to any room.

Source Perrier, sourceperrier.com
If you don’t already get this traditional home design catalogue, then you need to go online and view its gorgeous selection of decorative accents, mirrors and bed linens. This site is perfect for anyone who loves classic, clean design with a touch of whimsy. I can’t decide what I like better: the fern needlepoint chairs or the zebra ottoman. With free shipping on orders over $100, you can almost afford to get both.