My Favorite Things

My Favorite Websites to Research and Shop At:

Consumer Reports
Get a subscription. Totally worth it for info on things from moisturizers to minivans.
Fantastic towels and linens and all around amazing finds on all kinds of things.

One Way Furniture
Often the best prices on furniture you see in much more expensive stores.

The Find
Shop multiple websites for the same item at one time, great for finding the best price.

Check it out and you’ll be surprised what you can get online that isn’t in the store!

Home Decorators Collection
Best deals on bathroom vanities and a lot of other things. They often beat the big box stores prices and have really helpful product reviews.

My Favorite Products and Services:

Angie’s List

Totally worth the subscription to help solve a huge number of household issues.

Scherr’s Cabinet and Doors, Inc in Minot, North Dakota

Fantastic quality cabinetry at great prices and the customer service is amazing. They are currently doing my entire kitchen in Steamed European Beech wood. They also do custom doors specifically manufactured for Ikea cabinet bases. They will customize sizes and design to meet your needs at a fraction of the price of most high-end cabinet manufacturers.

Paint Color Advice  from Vikki Foley Design.

The 30 minute phone consultation Vikki offers for $47.50 is great. Just get yourself a Benjamin Moore Paint fan deck and send her some pictures of your space. I picked a color I love and would never have had the knowledge to choose on my own. Now I know what works and why.

These cabinets are solid plywood, no particle board anywhere. They come knock down so you put them together, but the price is amazing for solid wood cabinets, much cheaper than the big box stores for a little extra elbow grease. They also have great kitchen designers that work with you via email and put up with a million change requests so you can get exactly what you want and need. There are not a tremendous amount of cabinet designs to choose from, but they hit all the major trends in cabinet design for sure.

Kerdi Shower System Kit from

Top notch customer service from Tile Experts. Others sell the Schluter Kerdi System, but I wouldn’t buy from anyone else. CJ answers phone calls and emails in short order and is incredibly helpful. The system itself is totally worth the $460 to guarantee you install a totally water tight shower in your bathroom. This is what you see used on the HGTV shows all the time. We just installed it and couldn’t be happier.

The ZzZ-Chest™

This is one of the coolest products I’ve found for small spaces, I now own two of them. They were invented by a woman that lives in Annapolis, MD and their customer service is top notch. Shop around on Google to get the best price, but here is a YouTube video of how it works:

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Wood Floors Plus

Worth the drive to Glen Burnie, MD. The best prices around on all kinds of flooring. Even beating the yellow and black logo store. And no sales tax with delivery outside of Maryland. The also have a list of qualified installers you can use. We had a great experience.

Elfa Closet System from the Container Store:

Annual 30% off sale is every January.  This is a solid investment in any home or condo for resale. The system is also very easy to install, you only have to hang the first piece level and secure on your wall, everything else hangs off of that. They designed our closets over the phone with the measurements I provided and I pulled up my laptop to see them, every time we made a change, I hit refresh and it was all right there. Easy as pie, no waiting at the store and they delivered it all to my door for $30.