Two great things that go great together, in a handy bookmark-able list.
ABC Home Without a doubt—and despite its high price tags and yogi-come-lately vibe—ABC is the Mother Ship of Manhattan home stores, and at some point it calls most every Manhattanite home. The overall aesthetic is bohemian luxury eclectic—if that’s a thing—best personified by such staples as petrified wood stools and midcentury chairs reupholstered in bright ethnic fabrics. But even this doesn’t sound like it fits your specs, it’s worth swinging by, because ABC’s six floors contain multitudes: sleek, modern Kartell tables and chairs; a stand-alone Gary Graham boutique, and, on the third floor, the bed and bath department of all bed and bath departments. 888 Broadway, Union Square
Aedes de Venustas Chandelier-lit and all done up in shades of pink and red, with the inventory displayed on antique dressers, Aedes feels like it belongs in another city—Paris, to be precise—in another, altogether chicer, time. They only do fragrance here, but in countless iterations, from candles (which make up the bulk of the inventory) to perfume to old school French incense paper. It all smells fantastic, of course, but the proprietors seem to have set the bar quite high on aesthetics too: everything here is pretty enough to display on your vanity. 9 Christopher Street, Greenwich Village
CO Bigelow . The more you look the more you find here, from high-end beauty lines to French cough drops to essential oils (the in-house line is without peer) to old school remedies like Dr Singha’s Mustard Bath. But that’s only part of what makes it one of my favorite places in town—of the retail persuasion or otherwise. Bigelow also has the best pharmacy in the city—staffed by people who know their stuff (as well as their customers) and always have Milk Bones at the ready for neighborhood canines—and that’s what gives the place soul. 414 Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village
Dwell Studio If you’re looking for a home that looks like it jumped right off the pages of Domino magazine, here’s your spot. Christine Lemieux’s Midcentury Femme/Hollywood Regency style is both very distinct—a 50s style dresser done up in oak and gold leaf is a standout piece—but also inclusive enough to allow room for pieces that run ever so slightly counter to the program. 77 Wooster Street, Soho
Future Perfect You can’t turn a corner in Williamsburg without running into a home design store today, but before any of them existed, there was The Future Perfect, which opened in 2003 and featured a group of designers whose influence is still felt today. The owners recently closed that Brooklyn store to focus on their Great Jones Street and San Francisco outposts, and if they’re not setting the tone for home design in quite the way they were a decade ago, you can still count on encountering one of the city’s more more engaging mixes of furniture and objects. 55 Great Jones Street, Noho
John Derian If it’s the decoupage plates you’ve come to see, you will not be disappointed—they’re here in bountiful supply, and sifting through the stacks is exactly as satisfying as flipping through LPs at the record store used to be. But there is so much more at John Derian to behold: a bumper crop of Astier de Villante ceramics and flatware, Hugo Guinness prints, vintage Moroccan trays, and Geraldine Gonzalez’s super-bright candles all await your covetous glance. Plus! There’s a whole next door! The dry goods store—full of the happiest and most colorful mix of linens, pillows, rugs, and whatnots, needs to be visited. 6 E. 2nd Street, East Village
Love, Adorned Lori Leven’s Elizabeth Street lifestyle emporium probably stocks more accessories than anything else, but I quite frankly flaked out on including it on my best boutiques list, and it stocks enough standout interior design pieces for me to feel perfectly within my rights including it here. The home goods selection at Love Adorned only seems scattered until you realize there is one strong and common thread: everything is either uniquely beautiful, uniquely interesting, or—often—both. Like for instance their crazy skull spoons (appropriately goth for a store that has a tattoo salon on the premises), gorgeous blown glass vases and big Michelle Quan ceramic eyeballs. 269 Elizabeth Street, Nolita
Matter I can totally redecorate my home in my head at Matter, and if I had unlimited funds, I would it for real. Everything here is beautifully designed, but also looks like it would be really lovely to live with, and even some of the more statement-y pieces seem as though they could function well in households with things like pets, open containers, and children. A lot of the pieces I’m drawn to here are midcentury in style, but with an overall feel that’s actually much warmer and somehow hand-crafted looking. 405 Broome Street, Soho
Michele Varian It would be tough to nail the the vibe here—it’s eclectic in the extreme—but if I had to, I’d call it happy-go-lucky gothic. You can buy black pewter woodpecker skulls and very realistic octopus salt and pepper shakers, but then there are also bright applique pillows, and embroidered dolls that look like they walked right out of a Fantastic Mr Fox. 27 Howard Street, Soho
Steven Alan Home Given the clean, almost preppy lines of his clothes, I kind of expected Steven Alan to go super-minimal with his home outpost, but instead, he’s done something much more interesting, opting for organic shapes and materials, and a vibe that’s crunchy but still decidedly city. I’m not totally down with him putting the store all the way down in Tribeca—it’s such a hike from anywhere, even Soho, which it’s right next to—but it’s well worth the trip for its delicate ceramics, Doug Johnson baskets, and the super-prettiest cloth napkins and kitchen towels. 158 Franklin Street, Tribeca
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