The fact that five generations have owned and operated this family business for nearly 80 years is reason enough to garner a “best.” But longevity alone doesn’t do it. From all the designers, contractors, architects, and landscapers we’ve spoken to over the years, this place ranks number one as the source for quality masonry products.
Bedford Stone & Masonry Supply Corp
284 Adams St
Before The Home Depot steamrolled onto the home-improvement scene, there was Consolidated Plumbing Supply, a 3,500-square-foot warehouse of a space featuring a bevy of major brands as well as rows and rows of bathroom, kitchen, and plumbing supplies. Yes, we love it because it’s been family-owned and -operated since 1928 (we’re all about supporting local businesses), but we also admire it for its fair price points, its knowledgeable staff, and the way they treat us, even if we’re just shopping for a lowly faucet. Good luck finding all that at a big-box store.
121 Stevens Ave
Have a Honey Do list and your honey won’t do it? Well, we’ve got some guys for you. For the past decade, these fix-it gurus have solved small household annoyances like balky doors, leaky faucets, and flickering lights, as well as big jobs—including electrical and plumbing problems—for county homeowners. They also help with routine maintenance, like setting up hoses in spring, deck sealing in the summer, gutter cleaning in fall, indoor painting in winter. Relationship tip: Call these guys for the dirty work and save your honey for more pleasurable pursuits.
Home Services Shop
Owner Betsie Goane loves a challenge—which means she’s willing to tackle any project, large or small. According to Lara Michelle of Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors Inc., she’s also extremely fast, often delivering work within two weeks of its order. She specializes in custom window treatments, as well as soft goods such as pillows, duvets, and comforters.
â– Sewing Sensations
200 William St, Suite 322
Deborah Cronin calls herself a “life-long sewer who is lucky enough to sew for a living as well as for her own enjoyment.” Her to-the-trade workroom specializes in window treatments, and her passion for sewing shines through in all she does. “I consider it a privilege to be able to make a living doing what I love,” she says. Lucky for us, many experts love her, too, making her work an in-demand commodity among the interior-design world. Design by Susan Marocco Interiors, Bedford.
Leatherwood Design Company
100 Executive Blvd, Suite 105
Robert Piciulli and Patti Seymour are sought-after decorative painters who specialize in creating beautiful custom finishes for their many clients in the tri-state area. They have worked together for many years on projects such as the 2008 Kips Bay Decorator Show House for Bilotta Kitchens in New York City. They also faux-painted the Bilotta kitchen at Westchester Magazine’s Dream Home in 2009. Piciulli and Seymour specialize in all types of textured painting, as well as wood-graining and custom cabinets.
“Upholstered headboards and coordinating upholstered cornices, not popular since the heyday of The Dick Van Dyke Show, are now back—gracious, gorgeous, theatrical,” says Patricia O’Shaughnessy of Patricia O’Shaughnessy Design in Bronxville. Her go-to team is
â– Amys Interiors in Eastchester (295 Main St, 914-779-1265). “This family of craftsmen produce beautiful custom work, within a well-organized studio,” she says. “True artisans!”
When Georgene Mongarella of The Color Schemer needs inventive custom upholstery work,
â– Sunshine Interior Decorators in Mount Vernon (554 E Third St, 914-664-2155) is her first choice. “No job is too big or too small and Michael Marcelin is very customer-service oriented”.
Bring in a photo or sketch of the kind of furniture you envision and, four to six weeks later, Westchester Upholstery can make your dream a reality. Also known for its fabrics and draperies, the store specializes in making all kinds of furniture—just take a peek at its website for some examples. The fact that there are so many fabrics and patterns to choose from is icing on the cake. Design by Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors, Rye Brook.
119 N Main St
Huge Inventory—Carpet Trends is a fave of numerous designers because of its tremendous inventory of manufacturers. “Their samples are well organized and tightly packed all under one roof,” O’Shaugnessy says. “My sales person, Maria Brown, is very knowledgeable and honest about the strengths of one product over another. Once I sent pictures of a high-end carpet to her, and she was able to identify it—just from the image—and gave me the name of the manufacturer and a quote! Carpet Trends also is generous with their samples and will loan samples to designers for a week. They even send an estimator to quote a job without a down payment.” Insider tip: Its Summer Remnant and Sample sale starts July 28.
â– Carpet Trends, 5 Smith St, Rye (914) 967-5188
Shop at Home—It’s not often a female flooring expert comes to your home to show you samples of tile, carpet, laminate, and more, but Debbie Gartner, owner of Elmsford-based Floor Coverings International, does just that. Her shop-at-home flooring store allows you to see the colors and textures in your own lighting. “Flooring can look very different in a store versus your own home,” she says. “I not only offer the convenience of coming to you, but, more importantly, bringing a color-coordination perspective.”
â– Floor Coverings International, 41 N Lawn Ave, Elmsford (914) 937-2950
Customer Service—“Mike McRee is terrific,” enthuses Georgene Mongarella of The Color Schemer. “I bring samples of fabric to him along with my client’s price range and we go from there. He and his wife, Mary Lynn, are both very pleasant to work with, knowledgeable, honest, and very customer-
service oriented. He also does washing and maintenance.
14 Main St, Bedford Hills
Got stuff? Who doesn’t? Be it household or commercial office moving, locally or worldwide, Collins Brothers Moving Corporation specializes in getting your stuff from here to there—all in modern fleets. What started with a horse and wagon in 1910 has grown to include more than 300 pieces of equipment and 275 employees. Plus, the company has major warehouse facilities in Westchester, Putnam, and Suffolk Counties; New York City; Dulles, Virginia; and Dallas, Texas. It also has a domestic and international household goods operation, a hospitality installation division, a home-delivery division, and more
Collins Brothers Moving Corporation
620 Fifth Ave