Buying furniture for your home in Rio can be a real run-around if you don't know where to go.
Fortunately for you, I just went through this all and am happy to share some of my favorite finds and best bets.
Places I had luck and what I bought there:Adorno: Couch - sectional
Breton Actual: Coffee Table
Elementos da Terra: Side tables for a guestroom
Euro Colches: Beds, nightstands, headboard
Fernando Jaeger: Chairs
Guimar: Couch - with pull out chaises for TV room
Studio Carioca: Curtains and a bench for outside
Tok & Stok: Everything in between - plates/serving dishes/
Stores and Shopping Centers by Neighbourhood (Bairro)
Higher-end stuff, great restaurants and a bunch of ideas. Located very close to Barra Shopping. Some stores with less expensive furnishings include Celine and Guimar. If you have a longer timeline in Brazil/a bigger budget check out Breton Actual and Artefacto.
Av. Ayrton Senna, 2.150. Barra da Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - CEP: 22775-900 - Telefones: (21)2429-8000 - 2108-8000
Located very close to Barra Shoppping.
Located on the main drag in Barra, less high-end stuff, more "down to business" but a lot of stuff overall. Av. das Américas, 2000 / lj 10 - Tel.: (21) 2439-4401
Not great for furniture but there are cleaning supplies, kitchen stuff, BBQ supplies, etc.
All the hardware/garden stuff you could want. Located beside Casa Shopping. Leroy Merlin, Avenida Ayrton Senna, 2000, Barra, 3987-7100
I was pleasantly surprised at how many great spots there were in Copacabana. Mostly along Barata Ribeiro, check out stores such as Adorno (70) and a bunch of bed shops, further down there are a couple of antique places too.
Euro Colchoes - Beds/Bedding etc. Rua Barata Ribeiro NR 180 Tel: 2295-3599
Along Nosso Senhora de Copacabana also find Mosaic.
Tok & Stok
Located in Botafogo, Copacabana and Barra, good for all those little household things you will need...
The Tok & Stok in Copacabana is located directly behind the Sofitel, in the Shopping Center Cassino Atlantico, where you will also find art, antique, glassware and jewellery stores.
Although they are few and far between, I was able to find two great furniture stores in Centro, one is called Studio Carioca and it is located about two blocks from Avenida Rio Branco on Buenos Aires. I am still trying to track the other one down so I can return there, and will include it on the "page" when I get it together.
On Sundays the Feira Hippie features a few furniture craftsmen - Sundays 9-6 on the Praça General Osório, along Rua Visconde de Piraja towards Arpoador. You can't miss it.
Fernando Jaeger is a beautiful store. If you don't speak Portuguese, there is a lovely girl named Milena who works there who speaks perfect English. Rua Corcovado 252
Although it is all custom stuff, it is really not that expensive. There is also a neat little home accessory store around the corner. (It's on a one-way, just turn right and it's right there).
For custom made furnishings and curtains, try Art & Pano on the main drag in Leblon. Tania speaks English.
There is also a Rio Design in Leblon.
There is a little house turned into a design center where you can have custom furnishings made: Rua Jornalista Costa Rego 104.
Cost of furnishings:
We managed to furnish an about-200-square-meter apartment (about 2,000 square feet) for about $25,000 US. So we were budgeting pretty hard but I am pretty happy with how it's looking (photos coming soon).
Portuguese 101 in the furniture department:
Pillow: Almofada or Travessero