Suprise Source: Soft Surroundings

I am not one to hoard sources for a good deal or great finds. I remember finding an amazing long black Dolce & Gabana gown at Filene’s Basement (RIP) in 2002 marked down from $1,900 to $99.  When complimented on it while wearing it I would blurts out “Oh My God! Filene’s Basement! Like 95% off! You need to go!” instead of just mysteriously saying “thank you”. As a designer you’re supposed to keep your sources rather secretive, but I have a really hard time doing that too. Whenever I find something good I want to share it and spread the wealth.  And sometimes that just means finding out a catalog you typically recycle actually has some really great home stuff! I got a Soft Surroundings catalog the other day- yes, the one full of comfy clothes and jammies for mature ladies- and found all of this great home stuff! Woah!

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Some great chairs…


An incredible chest and gilt mirror…


A very cool rope wrapped chair and cane back barstool…


A wood chest and peacock mirror…


A tufted beauty and cool entry console…

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Adorable gilt side table and framed intaglios…


A mirrored chest and vintage inspired chair…


More cool side tables and glass terrariums…


Baxter would love this ottoman/dog house and a cool metal catchall…


A bamboo mirror and suzani pillow…


A brass garden stool and awesome vases…


Pretty print drapes and a burlap and grey linen upholstered chair…

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Any secret sources you’re willing to share??

27 Responses to “Suprise Source: Soft Surroundings”

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  2. Angelique says:

    I recently purchased a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses from Overstock. I also buy clothing/accessories from The Outnet. I always share my sources. People think you’re a savvy shopper and a good friend when you share. Thanks for sharing yours.

  3. Kelsey says:

    LOVE that tufted chair! This stuff is beautiful. I’ve never even heard of Soft Surroundings, but wow. They have some amazing things on their website. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Patricia says:

    Thanks! Some seriously quirky charming pieces. Love that dog nest / ottoman. That would work for my vertically challenged cat (her leap is about 3 inches on a good day)as a hiding place…
    I’m an “Overstocks” user also … leopard print needlepoint rug and currently on it’s way to us, an indoor/outdoor rug for the laundry room re-do.

  5. Maria says:

    There is a Soft Surroundings store at Copley Place between the J.Crew and Banana Republic – I always laugh to myself whenever I pass it because it totally is a “mature lady” store. I’ll have to check it out next time!

  6. Lily says:

    Whaaa! so unexpected — thanks for sharing your secrets, Erin! :)

    x Lily

  7. Susan says:

    I know — it’s such a funny store but I’ve found some really good gifts at Soft Surroundings. Years ago they had a cool beach robe/cover-up thing, and there was also a monogrammed beach blanket. I gave them as a little set to my bridesmaids and they seemed to love them! In use today, I believe.

  8. Tara says:

    I agree Soft Surrounding surprisingly has some nice home items!! My mom started showing me things she thought I would like a few years back or else I would never ever have looked at that magazine. I have a burlap bed skirt from them that I love.

  9. I love that bone inlay chest! That is gorgeous!

  10. Jenny Post says:

    Like a previous commenter mentioned, I have scored some great deals on Overstock, but I’ve also bought some flops. One wool rug in particular comes to mind… the colors were totally off and faded (not in a purposeful way), and it shed way more than a normal rug should. One year after putting it down and vaccuuming the hell out of it, and I still couldn’t sit on the rug without being covered in fibers. I sold it on Craigslist and vowed, no more rugs from Overstock!

  11. Elise says:

    I think the most important question for Soft Surroundings home goods is: do they have a 1-3 pillow softness rating scale like the clothes do?
    I’m not quite at “mature lady” status yet, but I got a catalog in the mail and had a field day making my husband guess the “softness scale” of various robes, scarves, and blouses.

  12. Amy says:

    Thanks for spreading the wealth!

  13. alison g. says:

    That catalog came in the mail the other day, and I “judged the book”, and tossed it before checking it out. That’ll teach me! I understand designers work hard to establish relationships with vendors, and to curate their rolodex, but I still find it very refreshing when one will share a resource. I recently read a rant by a designer who wouldn’t share a paint color she used, claiming it’s decisions like that that “pay her bills.” Ugh.
    I mean, really, it’s all about the talent, not the source! ;)

  14. deb says:

    thnx for ALWAYS sharing your sources. i’m of like-mind! i don’t “get” not being that way. the design biz is tough enough; helping each other out can only lead to enrichment & postive things. the pie is big enough for all to eat!!!! appreciated………

  15. Rebecca says:

    As a fellow designer I agree Erin and Deb! It is too bad there isn’t more comradery between designers. Why can’t we build a stronger community between designers and not only share sources for products but installers/contractors too? If you love your sources so much – I’m sure they would love you back if you promoted them every now and then. So thanks for sharing Erin!

  16. love the D&G story is so you..”the blurt”!

  17. Lindsey A. says:

    I had to laugh when I read the title of this post! Soft Surroundings is my secret source for comfy clothes and swim suit coverups. I’m 34 and pretty trendy in my attire, but I swear they have some gems every now and then. And it’s super reasonable compared to everywhere else I shop. I love that you weren’t scared to shout it from the rooftops!!! :)

  18. Jessie Jones says:

    That dog ottoman is hilarious and awesome and I seriously want it. LOVE!

  19. Karena says:

    Their Home Selection is amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing your great sources with us Erin!

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  20. Kate says:

    My god – American choices and prices KILL ME!!! That bone-inlay Marrakech cabinet?? My wholesale price direct from the importer here in Australia is $2000. WHOLESALE. And those mirrors? I die….

  21. They just opened a new store near me, and it’s divine. To be able to touch/feel the quality of their fabrics is great. I’ve shopped their things for years. “Mature” ladies? Seriously?

  22. Elana says:

    I get it, this Saturday night, I totally regretted sharing a story of my double price adjustment when someone complimented my Anthro top. I’ll share here: I love, they have weekly deals as well as a revolving set of great designer finds deeply discounted, especially jeans…. if you know what you are looking for it’s a gem! Free Shipping too. It is owned by amazon, but prices are usually cheaper then it’s counterpart, Zappos.

  23. Elana says:

    oh and ofcourse, not only can you input your favorite brands and sizes, if you favorite an item, you will get updates when deeper price cuts are made.

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  25. I need to find a larger ottoman like that one for Kanga, our new german shorthaired pointer puppy. She is going to get so big, so I know she would outgrow the above one in about five minutes.

  26. I love that peacock mirror! Such a cool statement piece to add to an office space.

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  27. Katherine says:

    Lol., these comments on Soft Surroundings are too funny. I secretly fell in love with aspects of this store while shopping there with my mom (she had some great luck!). I ended up wondering over to the cosmetic area and they have some fabulous products! I now buy all of my skin and hair care products exclusively from them whenever I get a birthday coupon in the mail. I will have to check out the home furnishings next time I get a catalog!