We Asked What Home Decor Stores People Would Live in, and the Responses Are Amazing

Did your favorite shop make the cut?

It's the ultimate complement for a store, especially a home decor one: "I could move in." Well, with that in mind, we decided to ask our followers, if you could live in one home store, what would it be? The answers were varied, ranging from big chains—Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Anthropologie—to smaller, independent stores, like New York's ABC Carpet & Home. Here are some of the top responses, from decor fans and professional designers alike.

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Restoration Hardware

Apparently the all-gray home trend isn't going anywhere, because a slew of responders confessed to wanting to live in the brand's modern galleries. Though, to be fair, RH does offer an added bonus: their in-store restaurants. "You'd get free brunch," pointed out one customer.

West Elm

West Elm was another popular choice, with several commenters opting to move in among its array of warm, modern furniture.

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ABC Carpet & Home

This iconic New York store (which opened a Brooklyn outpost last year) got several mentions, and for good reason. The shop is known for its delightfully creative merchandising—plus, it boasts some of the city's best restaurants: ABC Kitchen, ABC Cocina, and the vegetarian ABCv. But take it as a former employee: Spend one holiday season there, and you'll be scrubbing glitter out of your scalp for months.

Anthropologie

Though not technically a home store, this one got a lot of mentions. In its defense, the brand does offer an appealing collection of home decor, including colorful, whimsical furniture and collaborations with independent artists and designers. As one commenter put it, "I’ll take West Elm, plus, Anthropologie as a summer vacation home."

HomeGoods

Ok, I'm all for a good bargain and searching the offerings at HomeGoods is definitely a passion, but to live there? Waking up to a fever dream of mismatched candles and decorative pillows scattered about under the glare of fluorescent lighting? It's not for me, but to many, it's a dream come true.

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Jayson Home.
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Jayson Home

This Chicago home store offers an ever-evolving array of vintage and globally sourced furniture and decor, so you'd be waking up to something new and different each day.


Ikea

Okay, I see the appeal of the Swedish fan favorite: As one commenter put it, "Swedish meatballs, soft serve ice cream, salmon salad, those ginger cookies, and a million different rooms to chill out in." But, would you really want a home that requires a map to navigate? On the plus side, it would feel like a palatial estate.

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Serena & Lily

Several commenters opted for Serena & Lily, whose stores are all built to feel like bright, airy homes—that just happen to have tons of classic furniture and preppy textiles to sell. We'll call this the ultimate beach home.

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John Rosselli Antiques

Designer Philip Mitchell suggested this beloved New York institution for unique decor and antiques.

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Galerie Half

Les Ensembliers opted for a simpler option: Galerie Half, the furniture showroom on Los Angeles's Melrose Place, which offers a mix of modern furniture and antiques, all in a pared-back interior.

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Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas.
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Magnolia Market

Of course someone had to mention Chip and Jo Gaines's home store/general compound. And if you're down for relocating to Texas, it wouldn't be such a bad place to call home. Here's why.

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