Furnishings & Accessories
Bedford Lighting & Home Inc.
748 North Bedford Rd.
ahead of the curve
Kosta Boda’s sophisticated Zoom Collection combines different shades and shapes to make a contemporary artistic statement. Available at Bloomingdale’s in White Plains. From $175 to $350
Carol E. Charny Vintage Home
1905 Palmer Ave.
Carol Charny is a pioneer in Larchmont’s emergence as a decorating destination. When she opened her eponymous Vintage Home in 2001, Charny found the village was the perfect spot because she believes residents love to decorate with antiques and collectibles—the inspiration behind her shop, which features vintage furniture (including mirrors and lighting) plus decorative accessories from the 1920s through 1950s. Custom bedding with linens from Bella Notte, vintage jewelry, and decorative accessories are also finds here.
Casa Linda Interiors
237 East Main St.
Comparing Mount Kisco to Mumbai is a stretch, but Casa Linda Interiors’ exotic new showroom certainly brings some of the exotic to this northern Westchester village. Casa Linda is the merger of Ana Civita’s Casa Rustica Bonita (Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester pick in 2005 for Best Mexican Home Accessories and in 2004 for Best Mexican Giftware) and Casa Linda Interiors, her window-treatment and design studio. Joined together under one roof, the petite showroom is literally brimming with indigenous handcrafts, art, Oriental tea sets, candles and incense, tableware, and jewelry handpicked by Civita in India, Morocco, and other countries. If the incense doesn’t bring you back to India or the Middle East, it may bring you back to your college days, which can seem just as far away.
37 Maple Ave.
Of course, you’re not hard-pressed to locate ordinary wallpaper in Westchester; it’s finding the extraordinary wall covering that’s the challenge. Owned by Carol Levy and Joan Sattler (a former freelance wall-coverings and fabric designer for Ralph Lauren), this design studio and shop is up to the task with its fabulous collection of wallpaper and fabric books. Cocobolo represents design houses such as Osborne & Little, Cole and Son, Nina Campbell, Offend, Colefax and Fowler, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils, Stroheim & Romann, Kravet, and Schumacher. Once you’re done admiring your walls, you can sprint back to explore the store’s occasional tables, mirrors, artwork, and home accessories. And the experienced design staff can help you coordinate the whole shebang.
The Dark Horse
2 Harwood Ct.
There’s nothing dark about this store say its fans. After owning shops in New York City for more than a decade, David Boyd and his wife, Sharon Williams, found a prime spot (a stately 1926 Tudor building) for their boutique of eclectic collectibles, such as antique reproductions, hand-painted goodies, lamps, mirrors, occasional tables, and pillows. The Tudor is an ideal setting for this Scarsdale mainstay, full of pieces with character and charm.
The Eclectic Collector
215 Katonah Ave.
The inspiration for The Eclectic Collector was the doll collection of Ellie Kimelman, the shop’s owner. That personal passion was transformed into her gift gallery, a Westchester Magazine Best of Westchester award recipient, which represents the work of more than 400 artists and displays handmade jewelry, glass, ceramics, wearable art, folk art, and, of course, dolls. If you’re looking for hostess gifts, let Kimelman’s one-of-a-kind glass vases and bowls inspire you.
156 Central Park Ave.
You won’t have to worry about touching the merchandise at Global Gatherings, a one-of-a-kind enterprise that’s both a restaurant and a boutique. In fact, you’re likely to have no choice, as odds are excellent you’ll be parked on a chair and eating at a table sporting a price tag. The global theme of this unusual destination is set right from the front room, which boasts international CDs, furniture, and accessories, as well as a bar and lounge. The larger back room comprises a restaurant where everything but the kitchen sink is for sale. Apparently, the chef needs it.
56 Babbitt Rd.
This boutique’s name is tailor made, since you never really know what you’ll find at this emporium for new and vintage home goods, each hand-picked by owner and interior designer Jennifer Leonard.
575 Main St., Armonk
20 East Parkway, Scarsdale
Michelle Anderson opened La Dentelliere, the French word for “lace maker,” in Scarsdale more than two decades ago, establishing a second store in Armonk eight years ago. Originally a curtain shop, La Dentelliere grew into a very high-end boutique offering custom-made tablecloths from Italy, sheets and pillowcases from France, and fine European gifts. The ever-growing popularity of romantic, white linens—and luxe bedding—makes this specialty shop a Westchester mainstay.
La Dentelliere at Home
35 Popham Rd.
More than 20 years after Michelle Anderson opened La Dentelliere, her daughter, Charelle, continued in her footsteps with the debut of La Dentelliere at Home, offering bedding from such luxury manufacturers as Scandia Down, Fino Lino, Dea, and exclusive bed linens from some of the finest mills in Italy, as well as gifts from chic companies like Lady Primrose and pajamas from Bed Head, Pluto, and Kumi Koo Koon. Interior-design consultations are free at this store, which also represents Yves Delorme (formerly Palais Royale) in Westchester. Take a day to explore both Anderson women owned stores; they’re in walking distance of one another in Scarsdale Village.
Lifestyles & Interiors by Lisa
33 North Riverside Ave.
Lisa McTernan’s design talent has appeared in Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day magazines and on HGTV. Now it also appears in her “lifestyle” boutique, Lifestyles & Interiors by Lisa, housed in the former Croton post office. Lifestyle, to Lisa, means cool and casual picks for your home and yourself—shouldn’t your pad and your person be equally stylish?—and her store showcases both. McTernan offers full design services by appointment.
Mano A Mano
80 Kraft Ave.
A four-time Westchester Magazine Best of Westchester honoree, Mano A Mano—Italian for “hand to hand”—seems an apropos moniker given the store’s eminently stunning collection of Mary Rose Young hand-sculpted and hand-painted designs. But owner Mario Grosso has a hand in other unique picks as well, including two rooms devoted entirely to MacKenzie-Childs pottery and furniture, colorful crystal chandeliers, Vietri Italian dinnerware, and the Brillante collection from Mariposa, which can be engraved.
29 King St.
What do you think of when you think of marmalade? Warm orange shades, citrus aromas, and sweet goodies, all of which sum up Marmalade, a boutique chock-a-block with handbags, jewelry, wall dÃ©cor, furniture, rugs, and lovely ceramic tabletop pieces.
Melita’s Home Furnishings
125 Main St.
This Portuguese pottery in warm yellows and blues evokes the sunny Mediterranean shores. Available at Melita’s Home Furnishings in Ossining. jug $249.95, round serving plate $69.95, eight-sided serving tray $69.95, rectangular casserole dish $79.95, deep round casserole dish with handles $79.95
Portugal-born Melita Silva and her husband journey to her native country twice a year in search of the vibrantly colored ceramics—vases, pitchers, candleholders—that help define sun-drenched, Mediterranean dÃ©cors. Alongside arresting pottery you’ll find antique furniture, table linens, and quilted bedding. The next best thing? A trip to
Mis en Scene
34 East Putnam Ave.
In French, Mis en Scene refers to “setting the stage,” an auspicious name for Claire
Maestroni’s new design emporium. No stranger to Greenwich, Paris-born Maestroni continues where her previous eponymous shop in town left off, with a larger space that sets the stage for a variety of collections, blending traditional and modern, old and new. They include a wide range of semi-custom and pre-designed curtains and window treatments, fabric, furniture, lighting (particularly lighting by Objet Insolite), and art. Her interior-design team works in tandem with the retail side of the business.
414 Central Park Ave.
Making your way through Nana’s Attic is an adventure—sort of like exploring the attic of a rich, eccentic aunt. Nana’s is jam-packed with furniture, collectibles, antiques, curios, chandeliers, picture frames, textiles, and one-of-a-kind jewelry; the only thing we advise shoppers to expect is the unexpected. (But no ghosts, we promise.)
Paradise Ali Fine Gifts & Trendz
1473 Weaver St.
old timers like Big Top and Amore Pizza, Paradise Ali Fine Gifts & Trendz is new to the gift boutique scene. Brands carried include Toy Watch, Fresh Scents by Terri, Principessa beauty products, and MarieBelle chocolates.
Peacock & Beale
125 East Putnam Ave.
It’s a union made in home heaven. Two well-established, well-esteemed
The Purple Pineapple
222 Main St.
Its name gives a hint to its eclectic finds, running the gamut from wreaths, pillows, and clocks to vases, plants, and jewelry. This two-time Westchester Magazine Best Home Accessory Shop winner not only has fanciful and fun things—including whimsical lamps and elegant gift books—but it also features items knit by members of the local Gilda’s Club of Westchester, to which all proceeds are donated. As if we needed another reason to shop.
Seasonz Home Gifts
25 South Moger Ave.
Formerly Zee Home Essentials, Seasonz Home Gifts (the “z” is a reference to the store’s former name) may be Mount Kisco’s oldest family-owned business, but its focus on home gifts is entirely new. The onetime Zee Vacuum now proffers NambÃ©, Miraposa, Vietri, and Barefoot Contessa. But the vacuum business is still alive and well in the back of the 3,200-square-foot emporium, where you’ll find an array of the appliances (including the exclusive Miele Diamond), as well as servicing for any vacuum the shop sells, often while you wait.
11 Court Rd.
Tucked away on Court Road, this begs-to-browse boutique sells gifts and home accents such as frames, ceramics, Simon Pearce glassware, and bedding. There’s even a charming little baby department. The homey store is filled to the brim and confirms that the best gifts are often those that come in small packages.
63 Main St.
Whenever we’re looking to feature chic tabletop or serving pieces, home accessories, or barware, we turn to Stacy Higgins, who undoubtedly already will have scoped them out and placed them on her shelves. And we’re never disappointed. Soho East always features an eclectic mix of whimsical and contemporary pieces that showcase Higgins’ ahead-of-the-curve buying skills and superior taste. But we’re not the only ones who get to take advantage of that expertise: Higgins offers tabletop design and consultation using some of the unique pieces she sells. Her newest gifts-to-go venture takes place next door, where shoppers can find the cutest gifts and then grab a bite to eat in The Black Cat Cafe.
Wendy Gee! Inc.
1949 Palmer Ave., Larchmont
So you’re invited to dinner on Saturday night, and your hosts don’t drink wine (your standard response to the what-can-I-bring dilemma). If you’re completely lost, head straight to Wendy Gee!, where you’ll find plenty of eye-catching ideas, such as clever geography pillows (for those who want to lounge on Larchmont) and colorful hand-painted bowls.
29 Washington Ave.
A hot spot since it was opened in 2001 by three young mothers who live in the area (certainly a better gathering spot than a local Starbucks), Pleasantville’s Wisteria Gifts has become a go-to shop for unusual and well-priced gifts, such as frames, stationery, handcrafted Judaica, candles, and jewelry.
Accents on Antiques
125 Wolfs Ln.
Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester 2005 and 2006 winner, this spacious 4,800-square-foot antiques and collectibles shop has been selling antiques and period furnishings, art, silver, jewelry, crystal, china, and porcelain items for the exclusive benefit of New Rochelle’s Sound Shore Medical Center for the past 13 years. We don’t feel the least bit guilty splurging on that gold-framed mirror or silver platter since proceeds from purchases will benefit several ongoing services for this community hospital. We’re just trying to be generous, right?
Adams Unlimited, Inc.
19 Mount Vernon Ave.
You never know what you’ll discover on any given day when you visit Adams Unlimited’s 2,000-square-foot garage sale/flea market filled with estate treasures. Since 1992, owner Josh Tane has been keeping inventories fresh by buying directly from local homes and estates virtually on a daily basis. It’s all here: good-quality used furniture, lamps, chandeliers and sconces, fine porcelain and figurines, old pottery, art glass, sterling and fine silver plate, paintings, and Oriental rugs. We’ve unearthed musical instruments and watches, even nifty old toys that bring back sentimental memories.
Antiques & Consignments
on the Square
4 Depot Square
Miriam Speropoulos of Eastchester dreamed for years of finding a local resource like her year-old antiques and consignment shop. Then she gave up and opened one herself. This store, which is what Speropoulos calls “an old-fashioned shop where you can find little treasures,” sells estate jewelry (look for 1920s art deco pins), vintage jewelry (great cameos), Waterford crystal, Limoges porcelain, and artwork.
21 Main St.
Luckily for us, as retro pieces came back into fashion, Belkind Bigi was there with its doors opened as if to say, “We knew you’d be back.” After all, who can resist the furniture, lighting, artwork, and decorative items of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s (especially those with names like Knoll, Dunbar, George Nelson, Eames, and Kagan)? And if you’re looking to unload a mid-century piece, it’s good to know that Belkind Bigi is always looking for new items to add to its collection. We’re grateful for local resources.
Chatsworth Auction Rooms
& Furniture Studios, Inc.
151 Mamaroneck Ave.
You’ll need comfortable shoes—and sufficient time—to wend your way through this 18,000-square-foot, five-story warehouse where you’re likely to hit upon something special. And if you do, you’ll join the generations of shoppers who’ve struck paydirt since the family-owned Chatsworth Auction Rooms & Furniture Studios opened 70 years ago. One of the county’s largest buyers and sellers of estate