Ikea Seattle, Room & Board and More Must-Shop National Stores

Bigger rarely means better, but we found plenty to praise at local outposts of these national stores
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Ikea’s Fabrikör cabinet

Once upon a time, a home item from Nordstrom basically meant a nice chunk of crystal from its gift store. Now, the Bellevue and Seattle locations (downtown, 500 Pine St., 206.628.2111; Bellevue Square, 100 Bellevue Square; 425.455.5800; nordstrom.com) have a bona fide home collection, Nordstrom at Home, boasting everything from sweet Lamp-in-a-Box table lamps ($38) to quirky Reed Wilson doormats ($50).

Beyond appealing contemporary furnishings, Room & Board (University Village, 2675 NE University Village St.; 206.336.4676; roomand-board.com) can spare you the frustration of settling for a rug just because it fits your space. The Rugs by the Inch service lets you design a rug down to your specifications. And the rug sample lease program allows you try out a look for as long as six weeks for a refundable $25.

Ikea’s (Renton, 601 SW 41 St.; 888.888.4532; ikea-usa.com) new Fabrikör glass-door cabinet ($179) is a surprisingly old-school industrial-design nod to the 19th century (think World War II–era medicine cabinets). The sturdy steel cabinet (59 inches high) with adjustable shelves is encased in tempered glass—making it a fine showcase for everything from glassware to linens—and is available in very vintage shades: light green, creamy beige and dark gray. (Tip: Make it a lighted cabinet simply by adding Ikea’s Dioder LED light strip, $29.99.)