Three Local Shops That Will Help You Create Classic Decor on a Budget

Three Local Shops That Will Help You Create Classic Decor on a Budget

You may not know her name, but you definitely know her movies — classics like Father of the Bride, The Parent Trap and The Holiday. 

The woman behind these beloved films, Nancy Meyers, is perhaps just as well known for her movies as she is for her set design. Think about the curb appeal of the Father of the Bride house, the drool-worthy kitchen from It’s Complicated, or cozy cottage from The Holiday. 

Nancy Meyers has become an interior design icon for good reason. The sets she’s created in her films invite the viewer in. They’re approachable and classic, exuding the sense that someone has added to the space over time with beloved objects.

If you were to describe her sets in one word, it would probably be “warm.” As Architecture Digest puts it, “lensed in sun-drenched natural light and flush with fresh flowers, stacks of colorful books, exposed shelving, casually thrown pillows, and herbs on the windowsill, these spaces are often the picture of domestic bliss.”

Cut to real life, where you’ll find “nancy meyers aesthetic” trending on TikTok and Instagram. (There’s an entire account dedicated to sourcing all the decor from her films) 

Since moving to New Orleans a year and a half ago, I’ve strived to create a Nancy Meyers-esq home myself – at least as much as one can with two little boys (and a newborn).

Her style isn’t one that can be easily replicated quickly because it is meant to feel like the pieces have been collected over time. So how can you create a Nancy Meyers home without having to collect pieces for the next decade and do so on a budget? I’ve found three local stores that can help! 

Consign Consign 1160 Magazine Street

Consign Consign is a treasure trove of antiques and unique pieces from hotels and estates. The unique thing about Consign Consign is that each item is price reduced over the course of several months. For example, what one buffet costs today could be 25% less in a month and even less in two months. It allows you to plan and scheme for pieces that fit your budget. 

We found several gems from Consign Consign, like this buffet, which served as the perfect place for our collection of Christmas collectibles. 

Occasional Wife 2850 Magazine Street

The great thing about the Occasional Wife is that you’ll find both a storefront and numerous estate sales around the New Orleans area. In true NOLA fashion, the homes of our city often hold a multitude of treasures. Scouring the OW’s estate sales are a great way to find these gems at a reasonable price. They hold them on Fridays throughout the city and Greater New Orleans area. 

But if you’re not the estate sale type, you can visit their storefront on Magazine Street or warehouse in Elmwood. They even have storefronts in the French Quarter and Mandeville! 

We’ve been able to find this chair at an OW estate sale and mirror at their Magazine Street store.

Sidehaul Nola @sidehaulnola 

If going to estate sales are truly not your thing, enter Sidehaul Nola. You’ll find the treasure trove, run by Melissa Wogan, on Instagram. Melissa has already done the work for you by scouring estate sales herself and bringing back the most unique pieces. Consider it a key resource in building your “collected” look from the comfort of your phone. 

If you’re interested in purchasing her finds, simply DM Melissa but be sure to check her account daily, as the items she finds can go very quickly! 

Check out her account for items currently up for sale that look like they came right off of a Nancy Meyers set!

So if you also love that classic design look for your home, join me on Magazine Street (or Instagram) and let’s find a few gems!

Paige Bennett-Primke
Paige is from Picayune, Mississippi and calls Uptown home with her husband Thorben and two boys, Finnley and Theodore. After graduating in Broadcast Journalism and working at WLOX News as a producer and reporter, Paige moved overseas to conduct field research in Oman. She moved to Austin in 2010, where she started her career in tech and met her husband. They moved to San Francisco in 2012, working at Meta, Pinterest and Dropbox along the way. Paige is now the Head of User Research at Affirm. In 2022, they moved to New Orleans to be closer to Paige’s family. They spend most of their days running after Finnley and Theodore and learning to raise their children in a bilingual household. They love to travel and spend summers in Thorben’s home country of Germany. If Paige wasn’t in tech, she would spend her days dreaming up interior design projects.


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