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As someone who not only does most of her shopping online, but also relies on other shopping online for a large portion of her business I love that you can pretty much get anything and everything these days with the click of a few buttons.  But, I do understand when clients come to me and say “are you sure it is going to look like that in person.”  There is something about touching and feeling a piece of furniture or a pillow before committing and ordering it for your home.  So, with that in mind I’ve rounded up five of my favorite online retailers that allow you to order fabric swatches, so you know exactly what you are getting before you click “add to cart.”

AllModern: Up until recently I had only browsed around on this site and never actually purchased anything.  Then, late last year I ordered an accent chair and I have to say they have an amazing selection of furniture and home decor items.  Recently I came across this chair and I ordered a few swatch samples and just fell in love with the Reserve Jade option.  I think two of these will fit perfectly in our new living room!

Ballard Designs: If you love farmhouse chic then this site is definitely for you.  From bedroom furniture to accents for your kitchen you can really find it all here.  I’m trying to find a set a counter stools for our kitchen and I think I have settled on this option.  But I also ordered some fabric swatches in various shades of blue because these chairs are just beautiful.

Restoration Hardware: While I definitely think this retailer is on the pricier end, you can’t beat the quality and beautiful designs.  Depending on the sample you might have a pay (only $3-$5 per sample), but it is definitely worth it. Right now I am looking at headboards for our master bedroom, and can’t wait for my samples to arrive.

West Elm: If you have been following me for awhile now you know my love affair with West Elm.  I recently scored this oversized ottoman at the outlet by me, but I can assure you there will be a piece (or five) from their site in our new place.

Caitlin Wilson Design : This online retailer is pretty new to me but her selection of rugs definitely caught my eye. I ordered this rug sample in a few different colors originally thinking it would be great in our kitchen, but now I want to put one in every room.  She also has pillows, wallpaper and other textiles and I highly recommend checking out her website.

Committing to a piece of furniture for your home can be a huge decision, but hopefully you can put your mind at ease knowing you can find great options online that let you “try before you buy” :).

xo Ali