Photo by Cathy Pinsky
Eclectic Home Offerings
Mount Kisco (914) 244-8535
Find a mix of industrial and organic, vintage and modern home décor, accessories, and art in this eclectic, gallery-type shop. Rossana Fiore, a former film-set designer, hunts for vintage pieces at auctions, and gets merchandise from South American, European, and American and increasingly, local artisans—no cookie-cutter items you find in catalogs or chain stores. You can even order custom Lucite furnishings at this shop for true originals.
Place to Frame (or Buy) Art
Somers Custom Framing
You’ll love this shop’s state-of-the-art software; it shows you different options (framing, matting, colors, etc.) to be considered and exactly how your completed piece will look before you place your order. And whether your cherished masterpiece is an oil painting circa 1800s France or your future Picasso’s finger-painting circa last week Westchester, co-owner and custom framer Ken Ryan will work with you to display the work beautifully. Don’t have any spare masterpieces? Check out the shop’s own fine art gallery.
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Eurostyle Marble & Granite, Inc.
Ossining (914) 941-3778
We love choices—especially when it comes to the granite or marble that will be greeting us in our kitchens and baths each morning for years and years to come. That’s why we ponder the vast offerings of Eurostyle, the largest importer of granite in Westchester County. The folks here carefully source top-quality granite from all corners of the world, including Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Egypt. Eurostyle’s superior slabs are matched by its expert handiwork in fabricating and installing its wares.
Tuckahoe (914) 779-7505
Whether you want to bathe as the Romans once did, or cut yourself a break with low-maintenance, easy-to-clean kitchen flooring, Marinaccio Tile can make your kitchen and bath dreams come true. With a half-century’s experience, Marinaccio specializes in tile installation, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, grout and stone, regrouting and grout cleaning, and tile repair—with competitive estimates and prompt turnaround.
Ethnika Home Decor and Antiques
New Rochelle (914) 813-8920
Those wanting to give their homes that exotic touch (or make their neighbors believe they’re seasoned world travelers) should check out this decade-old mainstay. Formerly located in Mamaroneck, Ethnika is the premier local destination for multicultural furnishings. Offering a well-edited, high-quality array of goods from around the globe—from the Ivory Coast to Uzbekistan, from Buddha statues to Moroccan birdcages —Ethnika has something to fit virtually every taste—and price point.
Find for Asian Antiques
Rose Court Asian Antiques
Chappaqua (914) 244-1041 open by appointment
If you fancy wood-carved Buddhas and pottery horses like we do, you’ll want to meet Karen Schlansky and admire her absolutely astounding assortment of Asian antiques. Schlanksy, who runs the business out of her Chappaqua home with her husband and brother, has been a devotee of Asian art since childhood, when she’d accompany her father on trips to China for his leather business. Today, Schlansky makes regular sojourns to personally scout and source pieces for her varied collection, which spans the Han, Tang, and Ming dynasties.
Tumbalina’s Fridge Magnets
Bedford Hills (914) 282-5050
When it comes to home décor, we’re not easily impressed with “cute.” We want our homes to be stylish, elegant, classic, or sleek, but hardly ever cute. With one exception: Tumbalina’s undeniably adorable fridge magnets. You can find them at Whole Foods Market in White Plains and the Beehive Co-Op in Mount Kisco. They cost $3.95 for a package of three; look for holiday-themed magnets come winter.
New Home Accessories
Mamaroneck (914) 315-6090
Danielle Iaboni’s stellar shop features an eclectic array of unique and unusual finds to make stylish every nook and cranny in your home. Furniture, accessories, and fabrics—you’re bound to find it here.
New Design & Furnishings Center
Elemental Design Concepts
White Plains (914) 422-3323
This store had us at hello. The bathtub with a fountain, set in a koi pond; the 20-foot chandelier comprised of glass bubbles strung together with filament; the incomparably cool Neff kitchens. Owner Fred Mastroianni likes to blend the elements of nature with high-end furnishings and finishes. The shop retains a staff of painters, artists, custom woodworkers, and tile craftsmen who provide complete design and contracting services. So what you see is what you get. And we want it all.
Organic Dry Cleaner
Bronxville (914) 776-1001
Tired of that oily, petro-chemical smell emanating from your freshly de-bagged dry cleaning? At Parkway, the cleaning agents are all natural, prices are reasonable, and pick-up/drop-off service is absolutely free, for residents residing in or around Bronxville.
Katonah Architectural Hardware
Katonah (914) 232-7796
It’s often the smallest things that make the biggest statements in a home, like the doorknobs, hinges, knobs, and cabinet pulls. So, do what the likes of Paul Shaffer and Mariah Carey (to name just two) have done, and dress up your doors with some fabulous “house jewelry” from this nifty little shop.
New Shop to Stock Your Kitchen
Kitch n’ Kaffe
Bedford Hills (914) 218-8860
Walk into John Porter’s new Kitch n’ Kaffe, a no-holds-barred shop for all things kitchen, and we dare you not to find something out of the 10,000 kitchen items you never knew you needed: bakeware, cutlery, cookware, countertop appliances, aprons, gluten-free foods, plus on-site cooking classes. Special bonus: the store offers a next-day knife-sharpening service, so you’ve no excuse to be dull.
Company to Install a Home Theater
AV Design & Integration
Elmsford (866) 896-9856
Whether you are starting from scratch or retrofitting a room into a home theater, the pros here will outfit your house with the biggest screen, baddest surround sound system and auxiliary electronics, and the plushest seating. Popcorn optional.
New Rochelle (914) 500-1000
We let our imaginations run wild at this space-redesign/home-furnishings showroom, and began imagining life as, ahem, very rich—and very organized—folks. And who could blame us? The transFORM folks have made it easy to imagine luxe libraries, dapper dressing rooms, posh pantries, cozy closets, and homey home offices. And the best part? We don’t have to be very rich—or very organized—to have our homes transformed.
Photo by John Fortunato
Hawthorne (914) 592-1001
When California Closets says custom, it really means custom. Unlike most home storage-solution companies, California Closets manufactures everything on site in its 40,000-square-foot building. And it believes in near instant gratification: the time from design to installation is just two to three weeks. They can whip your kids closets into shape, make your mud room manageable, and transform your master closet into a work of art with fab finishes and cool accessories like a pull-out hamper (no more dirty socks on the floor!), specialty hooks, and racks for pants, belts, ties, and scarves, at all price points. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get organized.
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