Regardless of where you live in Baltimore, I believe you you owe it to yourself to create a welcoming and inviting living space. Did you know: colors can influence the way we experience the spaces we inhabit? And that there’s a whole field of psychology dedicated to interior design? Why? Because we feel happy, content, comfortable, and safe in spaces that are designed to reflect our personalities! It’s your space so it should be designed to suit your needs and preferences, right?
A lot of us buy furniture from hubs like IKEA, Wayfair, or Amazon. And there’s nothing wrong with that! However, the charm of Charm City comes in many forms, one of the most prominent being the community of small businesses and our support for them. Because I'm an advocate for shopping small when feasible, I'm suggesting local shops and stores for furnishing your apartment in Baltimore:
Su Casa. Located in the heart of Fells Point, Su Casa is a popular store with a wide selection of furniture and home goods. Whether you’re looking for Maryland-themed decor or a chic new sofa, Su Casa doesn’t disappoint. Looking for something specific? Check out their online catalogue!
MIY Home. If you’ve stopped into R.House, chances are you’ve seen the design products of MIY Home. With goals of “giving customers well made, affordable, and customizable options to improve their homes and enhance their lifestyle”, Michael and Scott have invested in helping customers curate their spaces while adhering to budget and functionality needs. And with a name MIY, standing for “Mine is Yours”, you know the owners aim to bring you the best. Shop their online store HERE.
Trohv. If you’re looking to create an interior oasis, Trohv is a must-shop. And is quite possibly the most picturesque shop you’ll ever step foot into. Not only are they a local shop, but they are a local shop that also sells products from other local brands (like terrariums from B.Willow!) This Hampden home shop sells decor perfect to turn any house into a home. For any room, bar cart, kitchen, or housewarming gift. See what’s In the Shop!
Shofer’s Furniture. This distinguished store is one of the original furniture retailers in Baltimore and continues to be one of the largest furniture retailers in Baltimore. With over 70,000 square feet and five floors, Shofer’s is bound to have something to pique your interior interests. You can check them out at 930 S Charles Street!
Sandtown Millworks. Furniture made from reclaimed-wood has become exceedingly popular. This Baltimore business specializes in creating custom furniture from locally-sourced, salvaged structural wood. If you’re looking to buy a piece of wood furniture or commission something more specialized, like one-of-a-kind pieces, Sandtown Millworks is the way to go. Handmade in Baltimore. Find out more about their work HERE.
Wishbone Reserve. If you’re looking for more unique pieces - those not easily purchased by the general public - you can look to vintage and antique furniture. Wishbone Reserve is a watering hole for those who appreciate “the one-off, the gently loved, the amazingly well-made” of vintage home furnishings. Visit their Hampden homestead and follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date on new arrivals!
Cedar & Cotton. Baltimore has no shortage of vintage furniture retailers. Another to add to your list: Cedar & Cotton. Their selection of home furnishings and accessories span multiple eras; and to top it off, their showroom has multiple Best of Baltimore wins behind it! Shop their current pieces at their showroom or on their website.
Urban Interiors. Also located in Hampden, Urban Interiors is run by Baltimore-transplant Kathleen Anguera. What better way to give back to the vibrant community she loves than by curating rare pieces to create eclectic spaces? We’re all for it. Check Facebook for updated showroom hours, sales, and new pieces available for purchase!
Housewerks Salvage. In 2015, Ben Riddlegerger started Housewerks, an architectural salvage business bringing architectural and industrial antiques to the public market. Baltimore Magazine has noted that Housewerks’ “concept is the look of a museum without the cost of one.” If you’re in the market for vintage lighting or seating, be sure to pay their showroom, located in the Historic Bayard Station, a visit. Shop their limited online collection HERE.
Sheila’Z Finds. The upcycled trend is also alive and well. Sometimes pieces become outdated, need touch ups, or simply a pop of color. Sheila’Z Finds is a mobile retailer of refurbished furniture and garden decor. And you thought food trucks were innovative. The truck frequents the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar with a wide selection of decorative pieces and household accessories - and offers delivery options! Follow them on Instagram to see available pieces.
I created this list for a variety of budgets and design preferences - contemporary, vintage, and anywhere in between. If you’re looking to decorate or upgrade one of your rooms, I hope that you’ll look to these local shops for some of your decor demands!
Until next time, keep it local.