Living a stylish life isn't something that just
happens to someone. Sure, if your budget is without boundaries, or you can devote every weekend to making thoughtful purchases at flea markets, vintage stores, and niche designer boutiques, you probably don't need any help curating a beautiful existence. Wait, that's not you? Well, no need to fear. The solution, you'll see, is Etsy. The artisan-to-consumer marketplace is one of your best bets to find stylish and utterly cool products that make a big impact in your closet and apartment. Plus, they tend to be far more affordable that anything you'd find at a boutique in your 'hood. Of course, we'll admit that weeding through handmade tissue-box covers, finger paintings, and tea cozies to get to the good stuff is a job all in itself. Luckily for you, we accepted that challenge head on — and not just to find treasures, but to find treasures from shops based in Los Angeles. Because, the City of Angels is more than just a hotbed of celebrity and sunshine, it’s also a breeding ground for creative artisans. From midcentury furniture to soy candles smelling of the sea, consider this your go-to guide for a more stylish spring.
If her mission is to put a smile on your face, then Jen Kuroki of
lovebugkiko can be considered one of the most successful ceramicists. You’ll fall in love with her pieces, and not just the ones that are winking at you.
Ceramic Blushie Beastie Planter,
A healthy dose of wit makes Jennifer Wineke’s pieces perfect gifts (for yourself).
Handmade Ceramic Ring Dish with Eye Detail,
Be warned: Every time you pull out your wallet from
VoloDesign, you may attract the attention, admiration, and jealousy of those around you.
Black Hair Leather Coin Purse,
Speaking of...don’t fret, we didn’t forget your furriest roommate. Ike and Stella have a variety of collars, for both cats and dogs, that will make Fido the hippest canine at the dog park.
Ike and Stella
Cat Or Small Dog Collar,
Imagine the coolest grandma you’ve ever met (think Iris Apfel). The folks at
Electric Marigold, a shop full of funky brass trinkets and eclectic pieces, are just as cool.
Vintage Brass Bauhaus Style Cantilever Chairs,
It’s hard to find art to hang on your walls that doesn’t cost a month’s rent. With enough variety in subject matter (from gems to wrestling positions), these vintage prints will be a welcome addition to your gallery wall.
The Black Vinyl
Gems Crystals Print,
Though Erin M’s collection is small, the pillows in it are so good, you’ll want every single one.
Home Girl Collection
African Mixed Textile Pillow Cover,
What home doesn’t need a giant architectural sign, 1950s surrey, or industrial double ladder?
Rehab Vintage is making the case for these unexpected items, and doing a pretty good job of it, too. Rehab Vintage L.A. Vintage Bellagio Architectural Signs, $1,400, available at Etsy.
Marc Shaer’s vintage-inspired prints are insanely affordable and deliver a dose of rustic charm to any wall vignette.
8x10 Vintage Black And White American Flag Art Print,
Rummage & Hollow will add the finishing touches to your bohemian lifestyle, be it a Pendleton blanket, a grunge-y floral slip, or a hand-woven wall hanging.
Rummage And Hollow
Grey, White, And Tan Weaving Wall Hanging,
Make your place look like a recording studio Stevie Nicks would frequent by laying down some antique Persian rugs.
Good Old Pieces Decorative 4' x 7' Antique Persian Bidjar Area Rug, $1,499, available at Etsy.
If you can’t afford that beach house, beach rental, or beach shack, just invest in this soy candle with the aroma of the sea. In fact, all of
Tokyo Factory’s artisan products are quite inviting.
Seven Seas Soy Candle,
If you won’t have the pleasure of visiting
MotleyLA’s shop in the heart of Little Armenia, don’t fret; their entire inventory is for sale on Etsy. Prepare yourself for some super-authentic vintage. MotleyLA Matching Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin Scoop Chairs, $4,850, available at Etsy.
This wall hanging is crafted from maple, birch, and beechwood for a unique finish that’s both understated and intricate.
Scandinavian Folk Art Modern Wood Wall Hanging,
Say it with us: fine, leather goods. Treat yourself to the good stuff by investing in one of these handmade, hand-stitched leather pieces.
Leather iPad Case,
Tiny little gold pieces you can wear every day are what you’ll find in store at
MYRRH. But, don’t think they’ll go unnoticed; the modern designs will definitely garner deserving attention.
Solid 14 Karat Gold Line Earrings,
Instantly update your bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen with this simple hanging terrarium. (No green thumb required!)
Plant And Color
Packing your lunch will be a lot more fun when it goes into an adorable, oilcloth bag from
cutebrightthings. You’ll be the darling of the break room.
Cute Bright Things
Oil Cloth Lunch Bag In Blue Fruit,
Britt Castellano is ready to add some modern design and vibrant color to your place, and we’ll tell you it doesn’t take much to make us give in to her.
A Handcrafted Home 18x18 Triangles & Dots Modern Geometric Pillow, $44, available at Etsy.
Concrete is the material of the moment, and Krizia Flores is capitalizing on it. Her angular pieces make the perfect housewarming and hostess gifts. (And, get one for yourself, too!)
Mini Geometric Concrete Planter,
Have a love for L.A. landmarks? Or, perhaps you just binge-watched
Transparent? Then, you’ll appreciate the letterpress work being done at Ink And Smog Editions.
Ink And Smog Editions
Los Altos Neon Edition Single Card,
Have a roomy loft? Place one, two, or even three letters or symbols in the corner of your space to give the whole place a cool, downtown feeling.
Metal Letter Marquee,
You could furnish your entire pad from
Vintage Supply L.A., and it would be the most beautiful home on the block.
Vintage Supply L.A.
Milo Baughman Style Club Chairs,
Slide this midi-ring on your middle finger to accent your latest manicure.
Midi Baby Ring,
SnapshotVintage is the place to get unique finishing touches for your home. We’re talking about the kind that will make your guests say, “Where did you GET THAT?!” Midcentury Black Glass Set, $168, available at SnapshotVintage Etsy.
ParkstudioLA’s brassy, midcentury-inspired light fixtures are the very definition of modern style.
Park Studio L.A.
Hosting a Swinging '60s cocktail party? Or, maybe you just party like Don Draper? Either way,
SeventhandMain’s collection of ashtrays, swizzle sticks, and other vintage miscellanea will keep you well stocked.
Seventh And Main
Island Swizzle Sticks,
Not only will
Harry Diaz solve your blank-wall dilemma, but he’ll also stock you with stationery you’ll be proud to put in the post.
Let's Wander Screen Print,
You can wrap a pile of bricks with this beautifully quirky paper, and the receiver would still think your gift was the best.
Clap Clap Design
Wild Animals Wrapping Paper In Black,
Abstract artworks in just about every kind of decorating scheme — we love the bright and cheerful prints of