Once you shop your way through the massive list of sheer logical stuff you need for a functioning kitchen (blenders, pots, pans, coffee machines … the list goes on), you're finally left with the fun part: decor. For me, that means more handmade ceramic mugs than a person could possibly drink out of in a lifetime and a display of vintage cutting boards, but for you that could be something completely different.
Whether your style is cool Brooklyn grandma, chic and modern, or a little bit all over the place, these off-the-beaten-URL online shops are going to have something sweet to suit your tastes.
Why You'll Love It: Dubbing themselves the go-to destination for a "well-crafted life," Brika is a can't-beat-it site when you're on the hunt for something handmade and unique. They pair up with talented artisans, creative entrepreneurs, and mom-and-pop shops around the country to stock their site with original, beautiful items.
What to Buy: We're loving this trio of solid wood cutting boards from Toronto shop Hook & Stem. They'll impress guests when piled high with meats and cheeses, and will look equally as good displayed on your countertop afterwards.
Why You'll Love It: It's impossible not to have fun browsing the Poketo site. If you're lucky enough to call yourself a Cali citizen, you can swing by one of their storefronts in LA, but otherwise head online to shop their selection of handmade pottery, gorgeous glassware, and even jewelry.
What to Buy: Nothing enlivens a kitchen quite like a dose of green, which is why we're loving this cool geo-metallic planter. Pop in a potted succulent or even fresh herb plant to bring your kitchen to life.
3. Arro Home
Why You'll Love It: Arro Home does accessible luxe so, so well, you guys. You're sure to be tempted by their soft goods (think: plush velvet ottomans and cool couches), and their kitchen selection is just as swoon-worthy. The site is based in Australia, yet everything seems to have that amazingly beautiful Scandinavian look.
What to Buy: The best kitchen decor happens at the intersection of practical and pretty, which is exactly where these glasses land. Picture an open shelf (or bar cart) loaded up with these pink tumblers.
Why You'll Love It: Horne's vibe caters to the city-slickers out there. If you're into refined, industrial style, then we know where your next paycheck is going. Swing by Horne's site to shop everything from furniture to flatware, including the classic design pieces plus more surprising stuff.
What to Buy: We believe that every kitchen could benefit from a gorgeous fruit bowl. Store this week's apples and bananas in a gorgeous indigo watercolor enamel bowl — it will look especially amazing off a white quartz countertop or even a butcher block one.
Why You'll Love It: If you love boasting that you were listening to The Chainsmokers before they were big, then you're going to want to know about Design Public. The online-only storefront constantly taps classic brands and emerging designers to keep their offerings fresh and unique.
What to Buy: We've sung the praises of hanging a mirror in your kitchen time and time again, but here's one more reason to heed our advice (if you still need convincing, that is): this Normann Copenhagen light blue wall mirror. It boasts pretty rounded edges and a steel shelf, perfect for holding a candle or two to light during dinnertime.
6. Canvas Home
Why You'll Love It: Easy, casual ceramics are the name of the game at Canvas Home and boy, do they know what they're doing. All their pieces have an heirloom quality about them and come in a slew of shades perfect for whatever palette you're working with in your kitchen. Choose from a variety of dinnerware collections, then complete your set with complementary flatware, bakeware, and more. Bonus: You can also find an exclusive collection of dinnerware and table linens created by Maxwell Ryan, the founder of Kitchn and Apartment Therapy!
What to Buy: It goes without saying that you should immediately shop their place settings, but don't overlook their serving pieces either! The pitchers and carafes they offer are especially gorgeous, like this summery blue glazed handled pitcher, ideal for holding fresh blooms.
Why You'll Love It: If you like your home decor with just a little touch of glam, then you're going to love Need Supply Co. Sure, most items on the site could qualify as "investment" pieces (with the price tag to go along with the phrase), but when you're dying over a gorgeous pizza scoop and a rose-y marble trivet, what's a few extra dollars?
What to Buy: It's possible you didn't know there was a such thing as a stylish paper towel holder until now, but allow us to show you the light. This marble and copper paper towel holder is everything you could want in a rudimentary device and more. It may even help you keep your counters clean (hey, no promises!).
8. Unison Home
Why You'll Love It: You can think of Unison Home as the funky, fresh American cousin to IKEA. It has the same practicality in its design DNA, with the love for color, pattern and personality dialed up. A few picks from their shop are all you need to give your kitchen some sass.
What to Buy: This napkin set is the definition of being a grown-up. For starters, cloth napkins! And secondly, the grid pattern is so sleek, the napkins can be dressed up for fancy dinner parties. Or you can treat yourself and use one on a random Tuesday just because.
Why You'll Love It: The Swedish word for "the house," Huset is your one-stop shop for all things Scandi-inspired. Capture the clean lines and modern shapes of traditional Scandinavian décor by shopping their selection of more than 60 born-and-bread Scandinavian designers. It doesn't get more legit than that!
What to Buy: Oven mitts can be so ... blech. This polka-dot option is decidedly not that! Hang it on a hook when it's not in use.
Why You'll Love It: If you're a hostess with the mostest — or just looking to buy a gift for one — then look no further than Waiting on Martha. The online shop, dedicated to "helping you create a beautiful day every day," is filled with tons of feminine, cheeky décor perfect for adding a bit of Pinterest-worthy personality to your kitchen. This store especially knocks it out of the park with entertaining items, like platters, jars, bar cart paraphernalia, and more.
What to Buy: Sometimes you just need to add a bit of fun to a room, and this flag certainly fits the bill. Modeled after old-school sports pennant flags, the "Eat More Tacos" motto is one we can live by.
Why You'll Love It: Everything on this site is sustainable and responsibly produced. Oh, and it's all super pretty. The site nails the rustic look, which makes it easy for you to create that farmhouse vibe you've been wanting.
Which site is your new fave?