Editors’ Picks 2013: The Best Home Décor and Design in Westchester
Westchester Magazine’s editorial staff picks the county’s best lighting, home remodelers, home stores and more.
New Kitchen Design Store
200 E Main St, Mount Kisco
(914) 218-3433; leichtwestchester.com
Contemplating a kitchen facelift? Do come check out what’s cooking in the Westchester flagship of the number-one premium kitchen brand in Germany and Switzerland today. While the European-made Leicht is known for its modern design aesthetic, you’ll find plenty in its traditional collection just perfect for the County’s many Colonials and Cape Cods. Questions? Sign up for a free “How much will your kitchen cost?” seminar; bring in your ideas and design experts will help create an overall project scheme and budget. All products are Leicht’s own brand, helping to ensure quality, quick turnaround time, and attractive price points; kitchens, which start at $800 per linear foot, range from $20,000 and up. Also offered are bathroom fixtures, tiles, and accents.
New Home Boutique
578 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson
(914) 231-7454; maisonetteshoppe.com
There’s a lot to love at this new intimate home boutique with a clean, streamlined vibe and mid-century influences. Owner Maria Churchill, an East Village transplant and Pratt Institute grad, has a great eye for assembling whimsical gifts—we were tempted to throw a dinner party just to hint heavily for the paint box collection of candles—and special home accents like eco-friendly felted wool animal heads, French linens, and puffy empty wall frames in punchy hues. Churchill sources from across the globe—the sheepskin pillows by Auskin ($65 to $115) hail from New Zealand—to right in her business backyard, with graphic-looking throws from recycled cotton by In2Green in Hastings.
Klaff’s Home Design Store
341 Central Ave, Scarsdale
(914) 740-1800; klaffs.com
Even if you’re not remodeling, you might want to visit Klaff’s gorgeous 19,000-square-foot showroom just to ooh and ahh over the beautiful fixtures—like a shelter magazine in 3D. Then again, if you are in need of an update, the onsite designers can walk you through their products and vendors and create a room for you that’s just as jaw-dropping.
Yes We Know It’s a Chain But…
Davis & Warshow Inc,
369 Lexington Ave, Mount Kisco
(914) 666-5127; dwny.com
Whether you are looking for a copper Japanese soaking tub, a handcrafted bronze sink, or simply a stunning new faucet, you are sure to find myriad choices at this venerated company, in business for more than 80 years. A newly expanded and renovated showroom opened in May to make a great shopping experience even better.
Patdo Light Studio
25 S Regent St, Port Chester
(914) 937-6707; patdolight.com
When we ask interior designers and architects where they go for high-end lighting, Patdo’s name comes up time and time again. And for good reason: In addition to lighting up Westchester homes, the company’s work can be seen in places like the Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Dooney and Burke, Trump Tower in Manhattan, and the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut.
New Upholstery Shop
41 Washington Ave, Pleasantville
Real Old World craftsmanship and a fabulous new fabrics collection—sumptuous velvets, ultra-soft mohairs, fine Belgian linens, and woven prints by Lee Jofa, Zoffany, Designers Guild, and the like—combine to beautiful effect here. New owners have relocated and re-fashioned the longtime Reupholstery By Anna into a custom home-furnishings studio specializing in upholstery. The impeccable craftsmanship in the on-site workshop is courtesy of master seamstress Anna Maraldo, the business’s previous owner, plus another expert sewer and several upholsterers. “My fashion background makes me really attuned to what’s new in the textile industry,” says co-owner Elizabeth Calderone. “And your house is just like your wardrobe—it needs to be updated.” Also offered: wallpaper, window treatments, fabric headboards, and bedroom ensembles.
Source for Window Treatments
The Shade Store
21 Abendroth Ave, Port Chester
(800) 754-1455; theshadestore.com
Beautifully dressing a window—key for a well-designed home—can be a tricky business. Pinch pleat or rod pocket? Silks, patterns, or sheers? There are just so many options to consider—not to mention the whole measurement thing and frequently high cost. The Shade Store owners, the third generation in this biz, deliver on their promise: Simplifying the custom window-treatment process while offering couture-quality products at affordable prices. Its 5,000-square-foot showroom features exclusive collections developed in partnerships with such well-regarded names as Maharam, DwellStudio, and Chilewich, and all products are individually handcrafted in the United States to exacting specifications.
The Silk Road
101 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville
(914) 337-2177; thesilkroadny.com
Owner Susan Piper is still “bringing far-away places closer to home,” but in a newly brightened space, where hand-carved, rosewood elephant bookends from India feel at home alongside a weathered-look bench crafted in Coastal Living style, and linen napkins made in Old Lyme, Connecticut, match up with a set of natural-material coasters crafted in Bali. Hand-pick fabric for a tablecloth, duvet, or curtains in breezy, reimagined batik; a Jonathan Adler-esque geometric print; or micro-leopard in muted chartreuse. Then, take home a chaise in a traditional tribal design updated in blood orange and punchy peony—or at least a Dash & Albert rug sample in contemporary citrus stripes or woven in everyday white and navy.
15 Kensico Dr, Mount Kisco
(914) 666-2029; brookscustom.com
Every time we find some fabulous new trend—seamless glass backsplashes, concrete, pewter, zinc, even zebrawood countertops—we find the work has been done right here in Westchester by the master craftsmen at Brooks Custom, in business since 1977.