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October 26, 2011

The New Home Shopping Network

By Amanda Friedman | Home

Courtesy VandM.

There’s probably no better place to shop for the home than, well, from the comfort of your own home. Here are three of our favorite websites.

Since launching five years ago, Vintage and Modern has become one of the most trusted online sources among the trade as well as industry insiders for vintage furniture, antiques, art and other collectibles—it’s like a Brimfield Antique Show for the web-savvy set, or a quirkier, more accessible version of 1stDibs. The website partners with dealers from around the world to compile its vast collection of one-of-a-kind pieces—items include everything from an $85 vintage airmail postal scale to a 17th-century oak armchair embellished with images of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock ($25,000). Now the site has opened up to the public, and in addition to the 15,000-plus inventory, there’s a new online magazine that features interviews with notables such as interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard and music mogul Tommy Mottola, along with a section where other industry heavyweights—Charlotte Moss, Nicole Miller, Michael Aram, to name a few—reveal their favorite pieces available for sale.

In other online shopping news, Gilt Group relaunched its home site, Gilt Home, last week. Familiar brands like Missoni, Frette and Matouk are still being offered, but the site has been expanded to include lines previously only available to the trade, such as Stark rugs and Ted Boerner furniture, as well as full-priced luxury collections. There is also original editorial content overseen by former Domino editor-at-large Tom Delevan, and virtual “boutiques” curated by renowned interior designers like Bunny Williams, Alexa Hampton and Laura Kirar.

On the other end of the spectrum is one of our favorite discoveries, Bespoke Global. The brainchild of lighting designer Gwen Carlton, the website offers clients the opportunity to order custom-made pieces from an impressive roster of top-notch artists and designers like Michael Coffey, John Houshmand and Maki Yamamoto. Every step of the process, from requesting sketches to approving the design to video updates from the artist, is done online and overseen by Bespoke Global, making it possible to order extraordinary one-of-a-kind pieces from anywhere in the world.