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Elizabeth Daniels, 7/10
As much as we love spending money on clothes, beauty products, shoes and more, we also try to make it a point to spare a little bit of money and buy places to put all of our fabulous purchases. Which is one of the reasons we got excited while browsing around Nadeau in West Hollywood. Their store is full of imported, solid wood furniture with prices that match the likes of Ikea—but without the long drive to Burbank and the hours of struggling with fibreboard and allen wrenches and language-free instructions. Low prices on nice furniture = more money to buy shoes = we get excited.
Turns out, Nadeau just celebrated its one-year anniversary at its current prime location on Santa Monica Boulevard (though the company has been around for almost 20 years) But the odd angle that the store faces and the jumble of trees at the curb make it an easy place to miss. But once inside, it's a frequently rotating treasure trove of furniture stacked to the ceiling. Right by the front door we saw a black-and-white bone inlay bench for $318 that retails elsewhere for over $1500. There was also a painted-diamond cabinet for $373 that we went a little nuts over, chests of drawers for $239, a 10-drawer lingerie chest for $184 (think of all the Coco de Mer and Agent Provocateur you could put in that) and colorful glass-door cabinets for $360. Plus scented candles and a whole lotta Buddha statues. You don't even have to fight the traffic to see what's in stock—the store maintains a Photobucket page of their current items with prices and item dimensions, but be warned that sometimes that piece can be the only one that arrived, and the merchandise moves fast.
Although the furniture is made in India and Indonesia, the style of the pieces varies greatly by shipment. According to Jonas, the store's manager, one month the store can be entirely French country furniture, sell out, and then turn around and get a shipment of colorfully painted items. Then next month, it could be all classic, naturally stained wood. Although the store sounds like it has multiple personality disorder, it's pretty much guaranteed that if you keep checking back, you'll eventually find something that you absolutely cannot live without. And the price will be low enough that after you buy it, you can actually continue to live.
The folks at Nadeau are also extending a special offer to Racked readers:Get a free, colorful buddha imported from India when you stop by Nadeau between 7/31- 8/8 and mention RACKED (one per reader, while supplies last).
· Nadeau [Official Site]