The Web Decorator
With gas costs rising, driving around to scope prices on two nearly identical dining room suites can hardly be called bargain shopping. So save some energy -- check out four local purveyors that let you shop for home goods without ever leaving the couch.
For unique gifting
John Dabbs Ltd., johndabbs.com
From monogrammed candles to Waterford crystal, home accessories are categorized online. Check out china (including lines like Faberge), glass, and jewelry. Fragile wedding gifts can be hand delivered to many Charlotte ZIP codes for no charge.
For no-fuss antiquing
B. D. Jeffries, bdjeffries.com
From large tables to twig chandeliers, there are plenty of off-the-wall pieces (think nineteenth-century dog statues) at the click of a button. FedEx Overnight and UPS Ground and Second Day are available. Gift wrapping is $3.
To vamp up your bed
Bedside Manor, bedsidemanor.com
The down selection online includes pillows, comforters, and feather beds. Top it off with a duvet cover or a throw, from luxe linen lines such as Sferra. UPS Ground, Second Day, and Next Day are available.
To add a little romance
Cottage Chic, cottagechicstore.com
Peruse a mix of cottage-inspired styles and select matching linens from lines such as Bella Notte. Just remember—custom orders must be placed in the store or by phone and take advantage of free shipping on Shabby Chic upholstery.