ONLINE DESIGN

home décor sites

by Fiona Clarke

The Modern Ease style by One Kings Lane.

Whether you’re simply freshening up your space with a new piece of furniture or giving it a full makeover, shopping for your home isn’t always easy – especially online. However, in the digital age of décor, the interior design world is stepping up its game with e-commerce outlets where you can find the big, small, unique and everything in between. Whether you’re wanting wallpaper for an entryway, a striking accessory for a bookcase shelf or trying to create an entirely new living room, here are five home décor sites to help you style your dream home.

ARTEMEST

The New York-based jewelry designer, Ippolita Rostagno, known for her eponymous brand Ippolita, is the both the founder and creative director of Artemest. Born in Florence, she wanted to create an opportunity for other Italian artisans to express their talent and showcase their work well beyond their homeland.

Company reps travel throughout Italy and assemble a curation of handmade, one-of-a-kind decorative pieces, textiles, vases, tiles, glassware, rugs, mirrors, lighting, bar accessories and furniture. Online you can explore these beautiful designs and note the changes in character from region to region. From Venice to the Amalfi coast and from Florence to Milan, experience the history of ancient traditions as interpreted through the passionate eyes of today’s artisans. www.artemest.com

ONE KINGS LANE

From dining rooms to entryways, One Kings Lane serves up stylish pieces to take any space to the next level. For the last nine-plus years, their fiercely loyal 12 million members have cuddled up with their laptops and tablets at all hours of the day and night, fawning over a fabulous, eclectic-chic lifestyle they want to make their own. And with one click and credit card info, voilà, a French Club Recliner or Montauk Rope Hammock arrives on their doorstep.

With over 40,000 items on its site, the options are endless. To facilitate your search, inspiration collections are categorized – Parisian Chic, Coastal Charm, Cabin Refinement, American Classic and Modern Glamour among others – directing you to the style that best suits your aesthetic. www.onekingslane.com

IN THE PURSUIT

Co-founders Jesse Bratter and Cara Gibbs have formed  a creative studio of storytellers that are constantly in search of goods that will become a part of  your home, your lifestyle, your being. The team meets the artisans, visits their studios and gets the backstory for every product. As you peruse the site, you are taken on that journey. You are present at every conversation, on every visit, forming a connection with both the artist and the storyteller.

Each experience leaves an impression, a story that you’ll be eager to share with your guests: fabric whose design reflects plant life in and around the California desert, wallpaper with hand-drawn motifs inspired by folk art, a handmade trunk fashioned after chinoiserie and a sawtooth bench made from reclaimed oak barn boards from Virginia. www.inthepursuitstudio.com

JOHN DERIAN

From serving plates to wallpaper, John Derian’s work is ideal for those in search of a little whimsy. His early fascination with printed matter ultimately led Derian to decoupage, the art of cutting and pasting paper. Since 1989, he and a studio of artisans in New York City have been creating glass decorative home items with imagery from his vast and ever-expanding collection of 18th and 19th century prints.

Derian’s work, including his ephemera, ceramic and furniture collaborations, is available at his own retail shops in Manhattan, upscale home and specialty stores and online. An ever-changing assortment of vintage and antique imports, bed and table linens, stationery, paperweights, coasters, trays and plates, lighting and original art work by Hugo Guinness have earned Derian features in Vogue, New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Elle Décor, W and Vanity Fair. www.johnderian.com

SPARTAN SHOP

Looking over Currie Person’s minimalist contemporary homewares collection, it’s  easy to see what makes Spartan Shop’s clean and modern aesthetic so covetable. With over 10 years under its belt, the company is always in search of unique pieces. The team members (Person, her husband Patrick Newell and buying partner Julie Pearson) have become masters of collaboration, often working together with makers to create exclusive editions for their shop – everything from ceramics, serving boards and glassware to fine art, rugs and furniture.

“It’s always our goal to give our online shoppers a more tactile conversational vibe,” shares Persons. Online shoppers will find that the simplicity of the pieces from Spartan Shop are perfect for those who favor minimalistic, sleek décor. www.spartan-shop.com