Where Does 'Queer Eye' Design Pro Bobby Berk Love to Shop?

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday November 18, 2021
Originally published on November 9, 2021

Where does "Queer Eye" resident interior design expert Bobby Berk love to shop? It's no secret; on his website, Berk revealed his favorite retailers "for furniture, lighting, and so much more."

Berk's comprehensive list of 10 brands ranged from West Elm to Wayfair, and included go-to choices for specialized tastes as well as all-encompassing "any style" sources.

Bloomist is the place to shop, Berk's list suggested, if you're looking for "Scandinavian, Minimalist, Organic" elements for your home decor. "Bobby's Must-Have"? The company's Beach Stone Match Striker, which sells for $30; Berk also featured Bloomist's pot and pan Scrub Brush ($20), and its clean-burning, fragrant Wood Smoke Candle ($45).

The company's website explains that Bloomist's designers "curate and create simple, beautiful goods for the nature-inspired home. And we source our products from a global community of artisans, designer-makers, and ethical suppliers who do good for the planet and humanity through what they make."

For "Modern, Eclectic, Organic," Berk points his readers to Lulu and Georgia, a company that has a comfy, classy take on everything you want to put inside your walls as well as on your walls (such as their artful line of wallpaper).

Berk noted that the company has "collaborated with some amazing artists and designers on everything from rugs to lighting to original art." And what "must-have" did he specify from L&G? The Harolyn Bowl ($37), as well as featuring their Moriah Nightstand ($2,098) and their Jensine Brass Sconce ($228).

If you're looking for decor items on the "Farmhouse, Rustic, Traditional" side, Berk suggests McGee & Co., which doesn't just sell the appointments that make for gracious living; they also provide handy style guides for pillows, sofas, rugs and more.

The company "offers a curated selection of mostly neutral, modern farmhouse-inspired furniture, accessories, and even vintage items," Berk points out. And surely you'll understand why the designer is keen on their Shaped Marble Bookends ($85), not to mention other featured products like their Wilshire Runner ($142) and Carved Dual Sided Spoon ($12).

At the other end of the design spectrum, Berk singled out the chic stylings of CB2 for their "Modern, Mid-Century, Eclectic" aesthetic and expressed special love for their Marta Glassware ($2.50 each or $17.95 for a set of eight), as well as featuring their Rumi Sandstone Vase ($29.95) and Fringe Hand Towels ($14.95).

Both Crate and Barrel and Target made the cut, but for handmade "Any Style" home furnishings Berk's name-check of Etsy stood out (as did his plumping for their Sage Green Hand Woven Pillow, along with their Ceramic Tea Set ($55) and Matisse Art Print ($15). This is the company, remember, that came out with a heartwarming and inclusive advertisement last holiday season that featured a Black gay couple; but for year-round decorating, "it's Bobby's one-stop shop for all things unique and handmade," Berk noted.

For Berk's full list of favorite online retailers, click here.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.