Best of the Decade
Distilling 10 years of Best of Westchester issues into a must-have guide to everything stupendous, supreme, sublime, sophisticated, and superlative in the county. Our Best of the Best of Westchester.
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Home & Garden
These shops and stores help turn nesting into an art form.
We thought of tiles as being pretty, yes, and striking even—but works of art? Visited Artistic Tile lately? Imported from around the world, its tiles are works of art, art that you can own and even walk on.
Do-it-yourselfers love their local hardware stores. Berger Hardware gives tinkerers—and pros—a lot to love. The store, which has been in business since 1937, is stocked with all the equipment, tools, nuts, bolts, paints and painting supplies, plumbing supplies, garden supplies, lighting fixtures, accessories, and hard-to-find items you could possibly need for a home-improvement project—and is staffed with people who can tell you how to use them.
With California Closets, bedroom closets, garages, mudrooms, home offices, and other storage rooms are transformed into showroom-worthy spaces with custom racks, rods, shelves, and drawers made from high-quality materials (no cheap IKEA cardboard here).
Davis & Warshow
The folks at Davis & Warshow have designed, crafted, created, and installed their wares for some pretty high-profile places: think Yankee Stadium, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Empire State Building. Now think of what they can do with your kitchen or bathroom. You might be pondering it for a long time. The store offers 150 product lines, from sleek pedestal sinks to rustic kitchen cabinets, and its Mount Kisco location is a premier Kohler showroom.
There’s no need to run off to the Bowery for lighting fixtures when we have Hi-Light right in Yonkers—the area’s premier destination for all things lighting for almost four decades. Why? Not only can you find 7,500 square feet of space filled with every type of light fixture available, you can pick up items on the cheap. Most items can be had for 20 to 50 percent off the manufacturer’s pricing. Our taste in lighting may change, but we never get tired of a great deal.
Katonah Architectural Hardware
Katonah Architectural Hardware’s owners understand that, just like a necklace can make an outfit, little details like drawer pulls and cabinet knobs can pull together the look of a room. And, if these levers and hinges are a home’s “jewelry,” then Katonah Architectural Hardware is Tiffany’s. Classic and timeless, sleek and modern, or intricate and ornate. This store has all you need to dress up a dreary room.
Landau Ethan Allen
Ethan Allan stores can be found all over the country—and for good reason. The name is synonymous with classic (but not stuffy) designs, high-quality inventory, and superb design services. No wonder Westchester homeowners make a beeline to this home-furnishings standard-bearer for whenever they find their dwelling needs a little boost.
Leibert’s Royal Green Appliance Center
Don’t just ask us why Leibert’s. Ask your contractor. Or your interior designer. Or your architect. The pros swear by these all-things-appliance experts. Leibert’s is a one-stop shop for Viking stoves, Liebherr refrigerators, Bosch microwaves, GE washing machines, and more. Expect to pay a premium for this kind of merchandise? At Leibert’s, you’ll find most products at a discount.
Owner Mark Mariani and his incredible offerings at Mariani Gardens.
We’d never contemplated going to a nursery just to browse before we saw Mariani Gardens. Maybe that’s because it’s so much more than a nursery. Mariani Gardens sells beautiful, rare, exotic and unusual plants, for sure, but it also has a design boutique, flower shop, gift boutique, and even a café. It’s the only place where we can imagine walking in empty-handed and walking out with a fully mature boxwood tree. We don’t use the word “paradise” lightly, but it’s the first word that comes to mind when gawking over Mariani’s offerings.
Photos by Cathy Pinsky
Soho East Home Collection
Once you see owner Stacy Higgins’s unusual tabletop offerings, you’ll never want to look in a Crate & Barrel again. Higgins’s plates, bowls, and serving pieces are handmade, one-of-a-kind items that you certainly won't find in every franchise home-goods store across America—beautiful items in bamboo, recycled glass, ceramic, and other funky materials.
Sun Valley Nursery
Who wouldn’t be charmed being greeted by a hand-painted ceramic rooster? Sun Valley Nursery owner Vincenzo Bomba is the county’s foremost expert in Tuscan ceramics and carries quite a few prized lines: Porte Leona, Faenza, Deruta, Gubbio, and Orvieto, among others. One platter instantly cheers up any tablescape.
Terra Tile & Marble
Terra Tile & Marble is a haven for perfectionist homeowners looking for just the right tile. The store boasts 60,000 square feet of warehouse space, stocked to the brim with tile from Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico—and, if that's not enough, it also does custom work. But, with a gorgeous selection of tiles made from ceramic, glass, porcelain, metal, marble, and stone, chances are it won’t come to that.