Best of Westchester 2011: Home
We heart these shops that dress up where the heart is.
New High-End Home Boutique
Briarcliff Manor | 914.502.0303 | wakerobinshop.com
photo by Cathy Pinsky
The wake robin shop, with its exposed
brick, tin ceiling, wood floors, and skylight, is as cool as its offerings. In addition to vintage and new furniture, the store has tabletop accessories, textiles, and lighting, much of it handcrafted. Elegant vintage crystal chandeliers, Louis XVI-style Bergere armchairs, and tabletop linens share space with ultra-cool Lucite chairs and intricately embellished pillows handmade in India.
Country Willow Baby
Bedford Hills | 914.241.7000 | countrywillow.com
Country Willow certainly is prolific. The original store begat Country Willow Kids, followed by Country Willow Baby. All the cribs, changing tables, and other baby furniture are available in multiple colors and finishes, so you can get a made-to-order nursery as unique as your newest addition.
New Gift Shop
Rye Brook | 914.305.4029 | andcompanyonline.com
Imagine a whole store filled with high-quality items that look, feel, and smell fantastic—fragrant soaps, antique tabletops, and ultra-luxurious terrycloth towels. And Company is one of a trio of stores owned by Eygptians Jenni and Sammy Elmished (the other two are in Norwalk, Connecticut, and in Egypt). It’s an eclectic newcomer—think everything from purses to patio furniture—and carries sensual wonders that make for perfect gifts, including the popular Aquiesse candle line, Enza Costa clothing, and Le Cadeaux melamine dinnerware. Most items range from $20 to $300.
The Decorative Hardware Studio
Chappaqua | 914.238.5251 | dhshardware.com
Since the Decorative Hardware Studio line of museum-quality, solid brass hardware was launched to the trade in 1982, it has found its way into Carnegie Hall, the Clinton Presidential Museum in Arkansas, a plush New Delhi hotel, and a host of glittering Las Vegas casinos. Now you can bring its gorgeous, jewelry-like pieces to your home, thanks to its first open-to-the-public showroom. Offered in 20 custom finishes, each piece is hand-cast and hand-polished to a rich finish in another facility, also in Chappaqua. Prices rangefrom $6-plus for cabinet knobs to $300-plus for tapestry rods to as much as $1,500 for a stair rod to $1,500-plus for drapery hardware for a four-foot window. And, if your own doorknobs and drawer pulls are looking a bit worse for wear, bring them here for refinishing and restoration.
Faux Finish Painter
Jordan Francis Designs, LLC | 914.760.2417
Looking for a dramatic finish to a room? Whether it’s a mural, custom stenciling, sponging, or faux wood graining, you want the talented hands of Jordan Francis D’Ausilio. This Mahopac resident specializes in a slew of decorative coatings including ragging, sponging, color consulting, airless spraying, and Venetian plaster. He can customize the faux to the specifics of the project—be it large or small. Past clients include Bloomingdale’s, Salon O in Greenwich, Susanna Walker Interior Design, and Versace. “I am blessed to meet interesting, worldly, accomplished people and am grateful to be trusted in some of the most amazing real estate in the world,” he says.
New Antique Furnishings Shop
The Benefit Shop
Bedford Hills | 914.864.1919
Running low on homegrown family heirlooms? Adopt some from this shop. Like a Madison Avenue antiques shop-on-steroids without the snooty attitude and gasp-inducing price tags, this huge home goods thrift shop, founded by laid off Wall Streeter Pam Stone of Bedford, is chock full of antique furnishings (brass sconces, Limoge china, maple dining tables) from posh nearby estates, plus newer items (brass-and-glass coffee tables, Ralph Lauren club chairs) from the McMansions of the downsized. You never know what you’ll find, but it can be yours for way less than its previous owners shelled out. Best of all? All proceeds benefit (hence, its name) local charities. P.S.: Ready to recycle some of your own treasures? Free pickups, including boxes, packing material, manpower, and tax-deductible receipts, are provided.
Post Road Gallery
Larchmont | 914.834.7568 | postroadgallery.com
Walking into the Post Road Gallery is like taking a welcome step back in time. Specializing in 19th-century American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts—this family-owned gallery infuses its collection with some eclectic pieces to make the browsing experience even more delightful. “We’re a mix of an antiques store and an art gallery,” Gallery Director David Bahssin says. Some of the shop’s other popular items include Hudson River School paintings, modern Gothic furniture, and Empire clocks.
Furniture Variety Ethan Allen
Hartsdale | 914.684.0360 | ethanallen.com
Those seeking ideas on how to furnish their homes will find instant inspiration upon entering this retailer’s showroom or visiting its website. It boasts an exhaustive collection of furniture and home décor, grouped into five lifestyle categories: elegance, modern, romance, explorer, and vintage. Whether it’s a retro office chair or a stunning headboard that you’re in the market for, try here. And with tons of custom fabrics, the number of possible permutations is limited only by your imagination.
Traditional Furniture Store
Stickley, Audi & Co.
White Plains | 914.948.6333 | stickleyaudi.com
When you buy furniture at Stickley, Audi & Co., you know that you can keep it in your home forever. Stickley doesn’t bend to trends and fads, so you don’t have to worry that your purchase will look dated in a couple of years. And these pieces were built to last, so chances are you’ll never need to hunt for a replacement.