One of the biggest challenges I had when furnishing my house was buying furniture online. Even though there are quite a few great furniture brands with physical stores there are even more options online. And they often offer good value. So it’s a really great resource for us! But when I shopped online I could only rely on what was available on the website or, if popular enough, sometimes I could find pictures of it on Pinterest or Houzz. Sometimes. Most of the time, I could not find enough detailed information or photos to give me the confidence that the piece would work in my home and for my needs. Reviews on furniture and home decor, if there were reviews at all, were often short and generic. Photos from the retailer or manufacturer were often just generic photos on a plain background or staged set. It was hard to tell what the scale of it was, and I was always wondering whether the colors or finish on screen were going to look the same in person. It just made it really hard for me to envision what the piece might look like in my home. And if I was going to spend hundreds of dollars on large items that would be painful to return I really wanted to be sure it would turn out the way I envisioned. Luckily I live close enough to many of the home stores I like so I could get myself over to a store to check something out. But I know not everyone has a West Elm or a ZGallerie near by they could pop into. And I imagined if online furniture shopping was hard for me it might be hard for others too. So one of the main reasons I decided to start a blog was to share my experiences with purchasing larger items for my home with others in the hopes of making it easier for you. I also spent a TON of time researching and sourcing so now you don’t have to! I think with better information and photos with more context it would enable you to make a better decision about your purchase. Ideally, this will reduce the chance of having to return something big and bulky, making an expensive mistake, or having the “OMG it’s not what I had imagined but now what do I do it’s sitting in my living room” feeling. As much I’d like to, I obviously can’t review all the products out there but my style with furniture is usually pretty neutral and classic with some modern tastes so I think I’ll end up talking about stuff that will appeal to many of you. I’ll be starting with reviews of home furniture and decor sites I’ve used and their products I’ve purchased, sharing with you what I looked at and what I ultimately bought. Of course, these are my personal opinions and my list of pros and cons may or may not be yours. But as with any friend that asks me about something in my home I’m going to give them my honest opinion. Long intro I know, but I wanted to give you an idea of where these reviews are coming from. Now, here we go!