Scoring a New York apartment can be thrilling, and one of the most memorable occasions of your life. But let’s not kid ourselves, unless you’re an interior designer, decorating a new space can be a chore, especially if you don’t know where to shop. In a city where you have unlimited options when it comes to stylish paraphernalia, learning where to peruse home furnishings will save you time and money, making the process all the more efficient and enjoyable.
So, next time you’re in the market for haute home goods, check out these five New York City shops to give your city pad the chicness it deserves.
The ultimate emporium for everything from plumbing fixtures to tabletop, fine linens and accessories, Gracious Home is usually at the top of the New Yorker’s list when shopping for the home. With three locations in Manhattan as well as a user-friendly website for online buyers, GH has become a go-to resource for home furnishings aficionados in the city and out.
Not shopping for home décor? Gracious Home also sells vacuums, luggage, and electronics, not to mention a substantial selection of home cleaning products. This store has it all. Shop at 70th and Third on the Upper East, 67th, and Broadway on the Upper West, and in Chelsea at 45 W. 25th.
ABC Carpet & Home
A decorator’s dream, ABC is located at 19th and Broadway in the Flatiron District. Browse six floors of high-end home furnishings and antiques in this fashionable megastore. A plethora of sofas, light fixtures, area rugs, and more, set up in perfectly designed vignettes provides shoppers with all the decorating inspiration they’ll need. The building alone is worth the trip –– despite its inventory of luxury goods, the interior feels much more like a warehouse loft and a very cool one at that. Didn’t get enough at 888 Broadway? Shop more area rugs across the street, or head up to the outlet in the Bronx.
Famed for its bright, bold textiles, Marimekko creates a splash on Lower Fifth. Known for its women’s clothing, the New York City flagship also carries an array of dinnerware, towels, comforters, and more for the home. Besides buying ready-made items, you can also purchase Marimekko’s famous prints by the yard, and make fabric accessories such as shower curtains and decorative pillows to your heart’s content. Whatever ends up in your bag, with Marimekko, you can bet that an over-scaled pattern with a punch of color will cheer up even the dullest New York apartment.
Jonathan Adler’s hip collection in vibrant colors and patterns is uniquely displayed at his three Manhattan outposts. Fans of his designs can’t help but feel happy when browsing the shops at 74th and Columbus, 83rd and Madison or 37 Greenwich in the West Village. Appealing to the modern crowd, Adler’s creations focus on details and textures –– let’s say there’s no shortage of velvet. From beds to cocktail tables to accent pillows and pottery, these stylish boutiques will entice your inner decorator, making it tough to leave without a purchase.
Proprietors, John Agujar and Fredrick Spendlove, have curated a remarkable collection of antique, vintage, and one-of-a-kind pieces in their Williamsburg shop. A Brooklyn staple since 2005, Fresh Kills attracts both designers and amateur decorators, particularly for the Thayer Coggin upholstered seating with leathers by Knoll International. The dynamic design duo also offers decorating services for clients as needed.