Though not as quaint as its neighbor, Larchmont, Mamaroneck has its own salt-of-the-earth charm that dates back to its boatbuilding, seafaring roots. And though it boasts some grand waterfront estates, its overall ambience, especially along busy Mamaroneck Avenue and adjacent areas, is decidedly unpretentious. Of particular interest is a design district of sorts that has sprung up in its Flats section, an area of repurposed warehouses and commercial buildings. Here, a guide to the go-to home-design resources in this hardworking town.
These well-known sister companies are housed in one shared, loft-like space. Motif sources and curates collections of home furnishings exclusively to the trade; Lyn Peterson Design is a highly acclaimed interior design firm, whose namesake, the author of three decorating books as well as a licensed contractor, has three House Beautiful covers to her credit.
520 Fenimore Rd
914.633.1170; www.motif-designs.com; www.lynpeterson.com
Recently relocated from a cramped Mamaroneck Avenue storefront to this 5,000 sq ft warehouse, Chatsworth is a must-visit for treasure hunters of antique and midcentury furniture, art, and collectibles, many of which come from nearby mansions. Be sure to check out its parking area flea markets in the spring.
510A Ogden Ave
An abbreviation for “kitchens and baths,” K&B provides custom, semi-custom, and stock and builder-grade cabinets — plus stone and aggregate countertops — and wins raves from design pros for being “well-priced, smart, prompt, and honest.”
560 Fenimore Rd
This newer home and gift boutique offers an eclectic mix of old and new accents and décor items.
614 Fenimore Rd
This ultra-cool kiln-glass center, whose parent company is one of the more sophisticated manufacturers of colored glass for art and architecture, exhibits and sells functional and decorative glasswork and offers classes for making your own.
115 Hoyt Ave
CFI, which makes and installs custom carpets and broadloom for some of the top carpet showrooms and designers in the country, is reputed to be one of the best workrooms of its type. To the trade only.
628 Waverly Ave
A well-regarded licensed architect who works on projects ranging from historic to modern renovations — plus new construction incorporating passive house technologies for energy savings — William Winters also heads up Whitegate Millworks, supplier of custom cabinets and built-ins.
520 Fenimore Rd
Primarily geared to commercial clients, this shop inventories thousands of types of lightbulbs and will sell homeowners what they’re looking for if it’s in stock.
620 Fayette Ave
Family owned and operated since 1985, Bilotta is among the area’s more respected residential kitchen firms. It’s known for its award-winning designers, superior products — including its own custom cabinetry collection — and exquisite craftsmanship.
564 Mamaroneck Ave
his established firm has a reputation for exquisite event decor. It also sells beautiful fresh-cut flowers, orchids, and flowering and silk plants, and will custom design/order.
231 Mamaroneck Ave
Independently owned since 1961, the customer-focused shop features Benjamin Moore paints, Cabot stains, and Hunter Douglas window treatments. It also carries a wide range of painting gear.
365 Mamaroneck Ave
Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s a terrific one, with a helpful, complimentary design team and an enticing selection of fabrics, window treatments, trims, upholstery, bedding, and furniture. Two-week express options for window treatments and bedding are available.
1040 Mamaroneck Ave
This old-fashioned hardware store — a welcome alternative to soulless big-box stores — dates back to 1879 and offers everything for one’s home or yacht.
161 E Boston Post Rd