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Introducing Source Lists on Design*Sponge

by Caitlin Kelch

After publishing thousands of home tours, we’ve had more than a few sourcing and paint color questions. So we thought it would be helpful to create a Source List resource and have it live in our Shopping section, where we post product roundups, gift guides and other coverage of the home goods market and indie shops. With our Source List posts, you’ll get a snapshot view of the tour, some visual montaged highlights of the home’s décor and shoppable links to both indie shops and big box stores so we can share a variety of options and price points. You can see an example here.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to use our Source Lists to quickly locate objects of desire from your favorite home tours and be able to pin some of the images (like the one below) on your Pinterest inspiration boards. You can also pin an image of the pieces directly from their source pages, too, since we’ll be providing links directly to shops where the item is sold.

We’ll try our best to provide links for the actual home goods in our home tours whenever possible and available from their original source. If something isn’t available where it was purchased by the homeowner, we’ll save you some Internet search time and link to similar pieces. If that’s the case, it will be noted in the list! We thought it would be helpful to also provide some DIY instructions to achieve similar looks on some pieces or projects seen in the homes.

Since Facebook is changing up their algorithms constantly and we’ve noted our posts being seen less frequently, we’re exploring a few new platforms, where the goal is simply to provide our readers with another way to access our content and to help you source products that may not be easily found on huge sites like Amazon.

We’re adding helpful tips and products we love to our Amazon Idea Lists and we’ll be adding some well-reviewed pieces from our home tours there, too. You’ll also find some other content and product recommendations you won’t find here on our main site, like our Cold Weather Kitchen prep list. So if you’re an avid Amazon shopper, check out our lists for some quick and easy sourcing for furniture, home décor and DIY supplies, like our recent Fritillaria Paper Flower DIY shopping list (shown below).

If you have any suggestions on how we can help you discover or source pieces for your home, please let us know in the comments section! And if you’re an Amazon Prime member with an iPhone, we’re curious to know if you use Amazon Spark on your mobile device? We just joined and would love to get your take on it!

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Comments

  • I love the idea of a source list, but please, more indie vendors and less Amazon. Design Sponge cut it’s teeth on helping to bring many terrific makers and vendors to light. Please continue to seek out indie vendors and make them a priority — leave Amazon and corporate brands as a last resort, especially when it comes to featuring copies of original items that can be found at small online shops elsewhere.

    • Jen

      We hear you. We just completed making a huge internal list of indie shops we’ll be sourcing from for these posts. Our readers also request that we include things that are $25 and under, so we turn to box shops and stores like Amazon for this reason. We will keep doing our best to include affordably priced pieces as well as handmade and indie pieces.

      Grace :)

    • Hi Jen

      We’ll continue to support indie shops and small businesses and always add them to the mix as available. We’ll also continue to feature them in our round ups.

      Please let us know if you see something available at a small shop that we didn’t find so we can include that too!

      Caitlin

  • Thank you for this! I’d imagine this takes so much time, attention and work. I am sure I’ll look to it in the future.

  • Love this. I think the amazon lists are really helpful and would love to see more of them. I’d love to fill my home with one of a kind handmade items but my budget doesn’t allow that! If there was a way to do a similar type of list for Etsy I would use that too. Etsy has gotten so big that I often give up scrolling for items because there is too much to sift through. I don’t use amazon spark.

    • Hi C

      Thanks for the feedback! As for Etsy, we’re definitely using it as a source too & will incorporate into our sourcing & roundup posts. Are there certain categories or things you often are in search of on Etsy? Happy to help you in your search!

      Regarding Amazon, keep an eye out for some discount/sale info that we’ll be getting ahead of the mass announcements. We’re trying to help out in the budget area too! And thanks for the Spark info.

      Caitlin

  • To add another comment – in addition to indie sellers, even other retailers (other than Amazon) should still be supported as well. Retailers who cut through all of the tons product out there and develop beautiful, high-quality and useful items are suffering due to the “Amazon effect”. Room & Board, Crate & Barrel, Jayson Home, Annie Selke, Garnet Hill, Schoolhouse Electric….even Ace Hardware – they should not be forgotten. The entirety of retail is being swallowed up by Amazon and it’s scary. Every purchasing choice that consumers make has a definite impact on retailers. Thanks for reading.

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