As a design resource, 1stdibs is a treasure trove of inspiration.  I love being able to shop sources all over the world for everything from furniture and jewelry to fashion and lighting.  When shopping for clients, I can focus on specific categories, like antiques.  In addition to everything you can put in a home, 1stdibs features homes themselves.  Looking for an estate in the French countryside or a luxury high rise apartment in the city?  You can find it on 1stdibs!  There are so many unique and beautiful things from a huge variety of dealers.  I never get tired of browsing this site.

Unique dining chairs.

Jade, coral, pearl, and gold necklace.

Large Sciolari chandelier.

Bill Blass — A fashion icon!

With the site’s latest updates, it has become even more interactive, making it an incredible tool.  When you create an account with 1stdibs, you can save items to your virtual portfolio to make them easy to find for future reference.  Even if the items in your portfolio are purchased, they stay there for you to refer to, be inspired by, or simply covet.

A pair of 1970’s black glazed table lamps.

Art Deco tray by Laurent Llaurensou

19th Century French Napoleon III Salon Chair

Solid brass French sunburst mirror.

Shopping online isn’t always the best option.  Being able to see an object in person, touch it, and get a truly accurate idea of colors and textures can be an important part of finding just the right piece.  The 1stdibs New York Design Center, located at 200 Lexington Ave., is a mecca of design, filled with curated booths and the opportunity to check things out in person.

If you’re not already using 1stdibs, you won’t regret setting up an account now.  You can also find them on Facebook, where they feature specific objects, hold giveaways, and highlight designers.