Cheap Chic: HomeGoods
A poke through the piles of cast-iron pans and grill tongs can turn up real finds, such as heavily discounted Le Creuset and Oxo tools. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations.
Not Quite as Cheap: Salt & Sundry
Carrot peelers and roasting pans? Not so much. But at this chic shop, we kitted out a “dinner party” as a bridal-shower gift, from a chalkboard table runner to Laguiole cheese knives. 1309 Fifth St., NE, 202-556-1866; 1401 S St., NW, 202-621-6647.
Cheap Chic: Kate Zaremba Company
Bright and mad-cap, with such motifs as swinging trapeze artists and sliced avocados, Kathryn Zaremba’s wallpaper trends young and whimsical, with a hint of California color.
Not Quite as Cheap: Farrow & Ball
Known for its rich, soothing palette of paints, Farrow & Ball brings English classicism to traditional homes with its nature-inspired wallpaper prints in restrained hues. 5221 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-479-6780.
Cheap Chic: The Tile Shop
This is the place we’d run to for a budget bathroom reno. Offerings start at less than $5 a square foot, and showroom vignettes will spur you beyond subway tile. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations.
Not Quite as Cheap: Ann Sacks
Reached saturation point with floors that look as if they belong in a retro pharmacy? The new branch of Ann Sacks offers an astonishing array of graphic and modern tile. 1629 14th St., NW; 202-299-0014.
Cheap Chic: West Elm
Your guests will never guess that the chandelier kicking your dining room’s style up cost less than $400. Lamps start at less than $100. 1728 14th St., NW, 202-986-2165; Tysons Corner Center, 571-633-0227.
Not Quite as Cheap: Circa Lighting
For classic collections from prominent names such as Barbara Barry and Ralph Lauren, homeowners and interior designers alike head to this Georgetown show-room. 3323 Cady’s Alley, NW; 202-342-1300.
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This article appears in our June 2016 issue of Washingtonian.