When it comes to making your home a distinctive, personal sanctuary, you want to fill it with items that you can’t find in every big box store. Some of you crafty-types can find diamonds in the rough on Craigslist and transform them DIY style, but for the rest of us, we need a little help finding standout pieces to feather our nest. Fortunately, our metroplex has some hidden gems that will turn any bland house into a stylish home.

1128 Longpoint Ave
Dallas, TX 75247
(214) 655-1440
Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Photo Credit: Nadeau

The first stop has been featured on countless blogs and design magazines, but you’ve probably never noticed their store.  Nadeau, boasted as the fastest growing furniture store in the U.S., houses unique, handcrafted, and affordable furniture.  The Dallas warehouse is nestled off Inwood and open to the public. With a no-pressure staff and frequently updated inventory, browsing around is fun and low key.  You’ll find everything from hand carved benches to large-scale dining tables to sturdy wooden barstools.  Indian and Mexican knick knacks (think piggy banks and wooden trays,) abound, and the prices are incredibly reasonable.  Another upside? You can take your purchases home the same day.

Golightly’s Gallery
5505 Davis Boulevard
North Richland Hills, TX
Monday -Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, Sunday 1:00 – 5:00

Photo Credit: Golightly’s Gallery

The next stop is one I stumbled across on a home-deco blog, and it piqued my curiosity.  Golightly’s is a tea room/antique store in North Richland Hills with an unassuming exterior and charm-filled interior. In business for 26 years, Golightly’s has the shabby chic furniture and accessories for your home that sparks Anthropologie-esque fantasies.  Priced extremely competitively, you’ll fall in love with the gorgeous vanity sets, antique plates (perfect for wall hanging,) and beautiful chandeliers.  Have a movie room? Old film reels and cameras are the perfect antique addition to give it an authentic Hollywood feel. With complimentary coffee of the day to sip while shopping, Golightly’s is a no-brainer when scavenging for décor.

The Wooden House
2918 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX
(214) 823-0002
Mon: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Tues-Sat: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Photo Credit: The Wooden House

The Wooden House is a quaint furniture store right on Henderson Avenue near delicious dining (The Porch and Tei Tei, anyone?) and surrounded by other famed antique stores.  If you’ve driven past it but never stopped in, it’s a must-see.   Handmade and fabulous, the furniture is filled with character and can easily fit into any home.  Crisp and clean sofas, embellished vases, and ceramic drawer knobs…the list of drool-worthy items could go on forever.  Whether it’s painted pieces or the bare necessities, you’ll find something here you’ll love. Previously open to the trade only, the store on Henderson and large warehouse in the design district are both open to the public.

Hilary Kennedy is a Style and Beauty Blogger, as well as the host of a national sports show and several local programs. She is the author of the book, “Career Diary of a TV Host: 30 Days on the Job” and her hosting credits include Access Hollywood, Hot on Homes, and The Bite Network. She can be found online at hilarykennedy.com.