Home & Garden Editors' Picks 2016

Window Treatment Shop

Blindtek Designer Systems

1 Hayes St, Elmsford

(914) 347-7100;  www.blindtekdesignersystems.com

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Need a solar screen for your home or business? How about a motorized skylight shade? Custom matchstick ripplefold drapes? Teak shutters? Blindtek is your source (and that of star architects and NYC celebs); the company offers nearly any interior or exterior shading system imaginable.

Art and Framing Services         

J. Pocker 

65 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville

(914) 337-7100; www.jpocker.com

With 90 years under its belt, J. Pocker is synonymous with customized framing. This third-generation family business employs a knowledgeable staff experienced in all things art-related. You can also find mirrors and prints of all kinds, and you can view the store’s vast collection of prints online before you visit the shop. 

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Closet Design

California Closets 

16 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne 

(914) 592-1001

California Closets pioneered the custom-closet industry back in 1978, and they are still doing “custom” better than anyone in the business. Meet with a design consultant who measures your space and chats with you about your needs, tastes, and budget; then, choose from an array of materials, shelving, hardware, lighting options, finishes, and accessories until you have your dream closet.

Outdoor Kitchens

Michael Labriola, Inc.

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84 Business Park Dr, Ste 214, Armonk 

(914) 273-6530

Outdoor kitchens have become stylish essentials for homeowners who love to entertain. This family-owned business has been doing outdoor installations, design, and landscaping for 45 years, so they know just how to design your outdoor kitchen space to complement your home, fulfill your needs, and meet all functional demands while staying within your budget. 


Westwood Flooring

3 Nelson Ave, Ossining

(914) 762-5600

This small shop is filled with myriad options for flooring, countertops, fireplace materials, backsplashes, window treatments, and more. For flooring alone, the selection includes hardwoods, laminates, reclaimed woods, tile, and stone—with prices that range from reasonable to extremely reasonable. The approachable staff will weed through the best of the best for you and turn your order around quickly.

Appliance Showroom

Curto’s Appliances

1966 Central Ave, Yonkers

(800) 966-2878; www.curtos.com

As soon as you walk up the stairs to Curto’s Appliances, it is obvious why this has become the go-to place for designers and their clients. Instead of the typical setup—row after row of appliances—you are immersed in a beautifully designed and inspirational space. Looking for a grill? At Curto’s, you can see what your outdoor kitchen would look like, not only with a grill but also with a smoker and beer tap.


Special Gifts

Current Home

8 Palmer Ave, Scarsdale

(914) 723-2462; www.currenthomeny.com 

Hip and timeless, Current Home offers a wide variety of gifts for yourself or for anyone on your list. Popular items include acrylic mail holders, one-of-a-kind lacquer boxes, chic board games, and custom acrylic artwork. Gifts start as low as $20, and several of their most popular items range from $50 to $200 each, so they have something to fit any budget. 

Furniture Store

Bassett Furniture

120 S Central Ave, Hartsdale

(914) 328-7800; www.bassettfurniture.com

Head here to work some Property Brothers-like magic on your own abode. Unlike traditional furniture shops, whose products take forever to arrive, this store’s HGTV Home Design Studio promises custom-upholstered furniture within 30 days and a choice of 1,000-plus fabrics in a myriad of sizes, trims, and finishes. 

Place to Get Unique Home Items  

Nest Inspired Home

20 Purchase St, Rye

(914) 921-6378; www.nestinspiredhome.com

Selling classic and transitional furniture, lighting, accessories, and vintage finds from across the country, Nest Inspired Home offers pieces from $20 all the way up to $10,000. Nest’s inventory is constantly evolving, so there are always new pieces to choose from. And, with an interior stylist as the store’s manager, the shop itself is always being redecorated. 


Asian Antiques

FEA Home                 

500 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers

(914) 423-3380; www.feahome.com

The Rose family has amassed a stunning collection of Far Eastern antiquities, art, and furniture. The millions (literally!) of old objects within FEA’s huge converted factory each tell a fascinating story, from the 1800s Burmese Buddha rented for the opening of Studio 54 to Ming Dynasty burial ceramics. (By appointment only.)  


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