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Great Local Stores 2013: Decor Deals

Eight places we love for bargains on chic furniture, lamps, rugs, and other home accents.

Best Classic Touches: Restoration Hardware Outlet

No one does old world better. And while most outlets are hit-or-miss, here you can give the staff a list of items you’re yearning for at the full-price store and they’ll call you if they turn up on discount. The best deals are on window treatments and furniture. Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets; 703-443-1162.

Best Designer Leftovers: The Loft at AI

It’s a permanent sample sale at the Loft at AI, which is stocked with showhouse leftovers, client rejects, and incorrect orders. To wit: a $10,000 leather Kravet sofa marked down to $2,000 or a hand-painted side table, down from $4,000 to $800. 125 East St., Frederick; 301-662-6205.

Best for Bold Accessories: HomeGoods

The lighting is fluorescent and the kitchen section may be in disarray, but for deal-lovers, no spot is better for scoring a bold piece—think statement lamps for under $50, chairs in trendy prints for less than $200, and these vases for under $20. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations;

Best for Ethnic Accents: World Market

Decorative baskets in all shapes and sizes (starting at less than $20), knit poufs in vibrant shades for $80, and dhurrie rugs for under $50 are just a few items that can make a space appear as though it required global travel and a generous credit limit. Multiple area locations.

Best Modern Design: West Elm

A source for youthful design, this retailer offers both trendy items—papier-mâché deer head, anyone?—and new classics, such as its ubiquitous Martini side table ($149), Parsons desk ($349 to $599), and this James Harrison settee ($1,099). 3333 M St., NW; 202-333-2928; Tysons Corner Center, 571-633-0227.

Best Discount Fabrics: Haute

Bolt after bolt of designer fabric is sharply discounted—lines that normally cost hundreds a yard go for $20 to $40. A workroom turns fabric into pillows, drapes, and more. 730 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington; 8393 W. Main St., Marshall, 540-364-1221 for both.

Best Vintage Deals: Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot

Think of a stylish garage sale, multiply that by ten, and you’ll get this trove of vintage finds. On a recent visit, a chic hot-pink vanity was $150, a Mad Menesque office chair a steal at $45, and this wooden model boat $55. 1626 14th St., NW; 202-232-8171.

Best Cheap Chic: Ikea

The king of build-it-yourself furnishings is a designer fave for cheap chic. Lamps include options that look high-end, such as the Maskros ($50 to $90) pendant style, while faux but convincing sheepskins cost just $10. 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park; 2901 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge; 888-888-4532.

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  • annie groer

    Buyer beware: While Haute sells good discount fabrics, don't let owner Roxene Hill talk you into "custom" work. She "lost" a valuable mid-century modern Vladimir Kagan chair I entrusted to her and 14 months later still refuses to pay the outstanding Small Claims Court judgement I won against her. I'm not alone. Read these two Yelp reviews by others and then decide.... Shame on you, Ms. Hill.

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