I guess I don’t really need help decorating. I style things for myself and not others, and I know what I like and what I don’t like. In a few weeks I am going to have to redo my living room as I see fit (roommates moving out, taking their furniture). I don’t want to spend a lot of money. In fact, I want to spend as little money as possible on this, I’m losing roommates so I’m going to be poor for a while.
What I want: **
I am going to need a couch or two (maybe a couch and a loveseat), maybe a chair, dining room set (table + chairs) and possibly a new coffee table and a folding card table. I’m not opposed to used in theory, but in practice people just don’t buy the kind of stuff I like nor do they sell it if they do. I’m also not opposed to bookshelves or various vases and other surface objects. Prints on the walls, various other art.
What I like:
slightly flamboyant lisp Frank Lloyd Wright meets De Stijl with a touch of Jackson Pollock. Black, white, chrome, indigo, burgundy. Nothing kitsch or cluttery, nothing victorian or edwardian. Lots of clean flat empy surfaces, negative space, smooth curves, simple but random features. No hints of Ikea-pragmatism, in fact preferrably no hints of Ikea. Black leather, glass, metal, ceramics. Preferrably no wood, vinyl or plastic or only as accents.
Ok I’m straight, I swear, I just have… weird tastes and I care about what things look like to me. I don’t obsess but I seriously dislike cluttered designs and floral prints and would rather live in a steel container than something like this
What I need:
I have no clue where to find this stuff without breaking the bank. Stuff like this seems to be impossible to find used. I don’t know, either my tastes are weird or people hold on to stuff like this. New, I don’t even know where to look. Furniture stores usually have only a few pieces here and there that fit my fairly loose standards, and I don’t want to spend $3K on a sofa. Online I’ve only found one place that seems to have even remotely reasonable prices (http://www.a2zhomecenter.com) and they seem kind of shady and have a limited selection. Besides, although I can browse online I’d prefer to see things in person before buying. Art prints, vases, and other miscelany seem pretty expensive and sparse.
So, I guess what I’m asking is where do I look and what am I missing(you can say taste, if you really want)?
I know I can count on dopers,