Consider them hidden gems.
A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with designer Billy Cotton when he confessed that for nearly every home he styled, he headed to a certain destination for a specific chair. No, not a high-end design center or vintage emporium—the store in question was Target, and the object of his obsession, a certain white director's chair. Of course, that prompted a lively discussion about the best things to be had from discount stores, and made me wonder what else designers head to Target (and Amazon, IKEA, and Bed Bath & beyond) for. So, we reached out to a few and got answers. Click through for their selections—and be wowed by the gems a good design eye can find just about anywhere.