Five Designers, Five Stores...Many Fab Finds

Where do the pros snag their secret (and stylish) stash? We follow five of Westchester’s most creative designers as they troll their favorite home-design sources to find out.

Pamela Smith of DesignSmith Interiors, Rye Brook

Pamela Smith loves...
Ethnika Home Décor and Antiques in New Rochelle

Pamela Smith may think globally, but she buys locally. To find her just-right touches, the interior designer time and again turns to Ethnika, a 10-year-old antiques store that moved from Mamaroneck to New Rochelle last year. “The pieces there are well chosen and of high quality, and I know that my clients will get something totally unique,” says Smith, eyeing centerpieces from the Ivory Coast, statues from Thailand, and chests from China. “I like to interject different types of accessories, mixing ethnic pieces with clean designs,” explains the owner of Rye Brook-based DesignSmith Interiors. “It just makes the room a little more interesting,”

Peace offering These 19th-century Tibetan Buddhas in meditation ($950) are hand carved and measure two feet tall. “Since they’re neutral in color, I would use them in a room that already has lots of color to add some textual interest,” Smith says.

Suzani style Smith would pair this embroidered silk suzani ($350) with a modern neutral sofa to add a splash of color. “I drape it tightly over the back so that it creates a band in the middle of the sofa,” she says of the cloth from Uzbekistan. “It’s a great way to interject color without committing to something permanent.”

Mancala in the middle “One of the things that drives me bonkers is struggling to look through flowers at the dining table to see the person across from me. It’s so annoying,” says Smith, who prefers to see a shorter but equally interesting piece used as a centerpiece. This piece—actually a mancala game board made by the Baule Tribe of the Ivory Coast ($850)—creates just the right effect. “It’s not intrusive, but once the candles are lit, it certainly makes a statement.”

Center cage “My initial thought was to have this sit on a dining-room sideboard, but it also could hang from the ceiling filled with candles,” Smith says of this vintage 1960s birdcage from Morocco ($299). “Dining rooms primarily are used at night, and the candlelight coming through the wire would cast interesting shadows.”

Fit for a king Created by the Yoruban tribes of West Africa, this basket ($490) traditionally is used by a king during public ceremonies. “The color is stunning,” Smith says. “It’s also well priced, considering the amount of work that went into creating it.”

Chest buy “This could be used in so many ways, and it offers lots of storage” to boot, Smith says of this red lacquered chest from China ($350). She’d have it take up service as a bedside table or as an end table in a living room.

Table trio Handmade in Damascus, this set of three tables catches the eye with mosaic inlays in a variety woods, including walnut, apricot, lemon, and rose (small, $110; medium, $180; large, $210). “They can be used separately, so this is a very functional piece,” Smith says. “I do a lot of casual entertaining, and these tables lend themselves to intimate conversation.”

Far-flung finds Ethnika Home Décor and Antiques 1 Portman Road New Rochelle (914) 813-8920


Linda Blair loves...
The Dark Horse Scarsdale

Photo by Marc Sullivan

Linda Blair of The Blair Interiors Group, Ltd., Scarsdale

With more than three decades in her field, interior designer Linda Blair, ASID, knows exactly how to adjust her approach to help clients achieve the look they’re after. “I can work with a very clean palette, but I also can work with a traditional one. I don’t stay just in a single style,” says the owner of The Blair Interiors Group, Ltd., in Scarsdale. And accessories, many of which she can find at The Dark Horse in Scarsdale (located just across the street from her studio) help pull the look together. “If you don’t have good accessories, your space can resemble a furniture store,” says the author of Design Sense: A Guide to Getting the Most from Your Interior Design Investment (John Wiley & Sons, 1996). “If the accessories are judiciouly chosen and placed, they can be the elements adding the tension or calm to a room that make all the difference.”

Time frame “Not everything on a wall should be art,” the designer believes, pointing to this antique English clock reproduction ($275), which runs on a battery and measures 27 inches. “It makes a grand statement.”

Table of contents “This is perfect next to a reading chair because there’s plenty of room to keep books,” says Blair of this three-tier occasional table ($625). “I think that one of the best things in the world is having a place with good lighting to sit and read.”

Sconce upon a time “I like the distressed wood of this fixture, since sconces are usually gold or silver,” Blair says of the handpainted pair ($95 each). “They’ve got proportion and height.”
Client cover-up Unable to find a throw large enough to suit a client’s needs, Blair improvised. “The husband wanted to cover his entire body and the throws weren’t available in the right size,” she recalls. “So I got two of these shawls and we sewed them together.” Describing the colors as “delicious,” Blair also recommends using shawls at the foot of a bed. Green acrylic-and-polyester combination ($75), multi-colored wool-and-silk combination ($185)

Picture perfect Blair often visits the shop in hot pursuit of great frames, such as these enamel-on-brass beauties. “I like the frames because they’re not overdone,” she says. “Often frames are fussy and that takes away from the images.” These, she adds, are timeless. Two-photo frame ($55), four-inch-by-six-inch ($42), three-inch-by-three-inch frame ($55)

All about accessories The Dark Horse 2 Harwood Court Scarsdale (914) 722-2599


Tania Cavalheiro loves...

Tania Cavalheiro of Tania Ca Design, Bronxville

Peoria Bronxville

For Bronxville-based interior designer Tania Cavalheiro, ASID, what’s old can be new again—as long as it’s used in a completely different way. “I try to transform pieces, to group them in a variety ways in order to create something distinctive,” says the Brazil native. It’s precisely for this reason that she gravitates to Peoria in Bronxville, an eight-year-old boutique whose owners, Elena Agostinis Patterson and Patricia Stevens, describe themselves as “conversionistas,” always striving to find new lives for old pieces.

Ad-ded value Cavalheiro loves the color, texture, and detail that went into creating this bowl ($89), which women in Manila fashioned from discarded ad flyers. “I would purchase several and hang them on the wall together,” she says. “The repetition would be dynamic, creating one big work of art.”
Best footstool forward Created in India from quilted sari fabric, these 16-inch footstools ($64 each) come in a variety of shades and patterns. “I love this because it’s really simple,” says Cavalheiro. “In addition to its obvious function as a footstool, I would use it in a smaller setting as a side table.”

Pop charts “Of course I would use them as coasters,” says Cavalheiro of these rubber-backed coasters crafted from vintage bottle caps ($24 for a set of four). “But I could also cover a main wall in an entry hall.” The designer likes to bring fun pieces and whimsical touches into a home, but cautions against going overboard. “It’s more about subtle integration.”

Shady proposition This outdoor patio umbrella from India ($450) may have been created to shade its owner, but Cavalheiro, who is “fascinated with new interpretations,” doesn’t want to hide away the exquisite accessory for a sunny day. She might consider hanging it upside down as an indoor focal point, similar to the way the store owners display it.

bright light Cavalheiro’s friend, Peoria owner Elena Agostinis Patterson, designed this hand-cut lamp, which has a base fashioned from an antique architectural pillar. “I love that the base once was a column to which they added nail heads,” Cavalheiro says.

scrambled eggs Handpainted in South Africa, each of these hollow ostrich eggs ($84) is a one-of-a-kind piece. Since they come in an assortment of hues—both bright and neutral—Cavalheiro “would make a collection on top of a main table,” either using a range of shades or alternating by colors, such as black and white.

Mother of reinvention Peoria 10 Park Place Bronxville (914) 337-1823

Michael Wiener loves...

Michael Wiener of Michael Wiener Design Group, Briarcliff Manor

EXPO Design Center New Rochelle

To home in on clients’ design tastes, Michael Wiener, ASID, frequently takes them to EXPO Design Center in New Rochelle. “It’s a one-stop shop,” says the owner of Michael Wiener Design Group in Briarcliff Manor, who brings four decades of experience to the table. “There are so many styles under one roof,” he says, “so I know right away they don’t like dark wood or love granite.” The store offers a slew of options—from light fixtures and window treatments to kitchen cabinets and accessories—so coordinating looks is a cinch. In a nod to eclectic style, Wiener also advocates picking a few pieces that can update a tired space. “Looks change from year to year, and if your home is just one style—such as all Louis the XIV—you can be sitting in quite an antiquated room.”

Basin instinct Tiny powder rooms don’t have to sacrifice big chic, posits Wiener. “This one little sink would not only transform the room, but give it a lot of style,” he says of the 24-inch vanity with a ceramic basin and—surprise!—storage space behind the mirror ($1,345).

Flower power “This would work well in a large entry foyer atop a table or under a chandelier,” Wiener declares. “It’s creates a very festive welcome.” Created by in-store visualist Angela Velez, this silk flower arrangement’s best feature: realistic-looking blooms that appear as if they’ve just been picked. Prices vary.

European elegance While you might not typically troll a superstore hunting for sculpture or paintings, Wiener says he often finds eye-catching but reasonably priced artwork at EXPO. “Often, these pieces are priced under $200,” he says. He was drawn to this particular oil on canvas work ($125) because of its classic style and versatility.

Light idea Wiener is keen on this 12-light bronze-finished chandelier with shimmering crystals ($799) for the shape of the crystals and the color of the wrought iron. “You could easily dress this up or dress it down,” he says. “Over a dining table topped with beautiful china and goblets, it would seem very dressy. If the table was set instead for a casual get-together, it still wouldn’t look out of place.”

One-stop shopping EXPO Design Center 8 Joyce Road New Rochelle (914) 637-5600



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Susan Marocco of Susan Marocco Interiors, Bedford

Country Willow Home Bedford Hills

Bedford-based interior designer Susan Marocco, ASID, isn’t one for cookie-cutter designs. Why not tailor a look to a client’s specific tastes and needs? “Each client is unique, so each design solution is unique, reflecting his or her lifestyle and interests,” she says. Her answer: customization. At Country Willow in Bedford Hills, Marocco not only has a huge range of products to choose from, but almost everything in the store can be customized. “Working with Country Willow gives me the opportunity to transform a client’s homes into a comfortable refuge,” she says. “The store’s flexibility provides me with the tools to execute my design vision, exploring options for how to best use my client’s space.”

Show them the door Dating back to the 1860s, this one-of-a-kind antique door and frame from India ($3,275) is covered in intricate, detailed carvings. “You can lean it up against the wall like a piece or art,” says Marocco. “You just know you’re not going to see it” in your neighbor’s house.

Bucket list These 80-year-old rice buckets from China ($115) come in a slew of sizes and can be used for, well, anything. “They’re great as a magazine rack or to hold firewood,” the designer says. “You could put a display of flowers or branches inside. It’s one of those pieces that pulls a room together.”

Farm hand “I love this because it can be made of either reclaimed pine or antique cherry,” Marocco says of this trestle farm table ($3,560). “The pine is somewhere between 100 and 150 years old, from either barn siding or flooring. And the table can be customized with either a different pedestal or different banding.”


A touch of tuscany Handcrafted in England, this Tuscan cherrywood trestle table ($6,390) can be had in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. “This piece imparts a bit more formal look than the farm table,” Marocco says.

media player “I love the hidden compartment for the flat-screen TV,” Marocco says of the 12-foot media center crafted of antique pine ($7,290). “You can keep it open all of the time or conceal the TV behind folding doors. The piece also has bookcases, so there’s room for accessories and storage.”

coat check Created from antique porch posts, Marocco loves these coat racks ($395) because they add dimension and character to a space. And although they cannot be custom made like many of the pieces in the store, no two are alike.

custom fit Country Willow Home 230 Route 117, By Pass Road Bedford Hills (914) 241-7000


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Bedford Lighting & Home Inc.
748 N. Bedford Rd. • Bedford Hills
(914) 666-0680 •

Carol E. Charny Vintage Home
1905 Palmer Ave. • Larchmont
(914) 834-4793

Casa Linda Interiors
237 E. Main St. • Mount Kisco
(914) 666-9366 •

37 Maple Ave. • Armonk
(914) 273-4485 •

The Dark Horse
2 Harwood Ct. • Scarsdale
(914) 722-2599

East India Designs
3 Pondfield Rd. • Bronxville
(914) 337-2177 •

2095 Boston Post Rd. • Larchmont
(914) 834-0601 •

Glass Onion Originals
4 Washington Ave. • Pleasantville
(914) 741-6294

Gracious Living Design Studio
136A Fifth Ave. • Pelham
(914) 740-7724 •

Harmony Designs Furniture & Interiors
115 S. 4th Ave. • Mount Vernon
(914) 699-0809 •

Ivelis Home & Design
103 Main St. • Dobbs Ferry
(914) 231-6211

Jenesaisquoi Home
56 Babbitt Rd. • Bedford Hills
(914) 241-9083

La Dentelliere
575 Main St. • Armonk
(914) 273-4200
20 E. Parkway • Scarsdale
(914) 723-2902 •

La Dentelliere at Home
35 Popham Rd. • Scarsdale
(914) 725-2800

Lifestyles & Interiors by Lisa
33 N. Riverside Ave. • Croton-on-Hudson
(914) 862-4163 •

Mano A Mano
80 Kraft Ave. • Bronxville
(914) 793-8329 •

Melita’s Home Furnishings
125 Main St. • Ossining
(914) 923-0351

Mis en Scene
34 E. Putnam Ave. • Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 422-0567 •

Modern Mirror & Glass
100 Lake St. • White Plains
(914) 946-7346

Nana’s Attic
414 Central Park Ave. • Scarsdale
(914) 472-3806 •

Paradise Ali Fine Gifts & Trendz
1473 Weaver St. • Scarsdale
(914) 874-5433 •

Peacock & Beale
125 East Putnam Ave.
Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 661-3540

Small Joys
11 Court Rd. • Bedford Village
(914) 234-9738

Spice Hill Interiors
211 N. Highland Ave. • Ossining
(914) 945-0966

Soho East
63 Main St. • Dobbs Ferry
(914) 693-7296 •

Wendy Gee! Inc.
1949 Palmer Ave. • Larchmont
(914) 834-8507
42 Greenwich Ave. • Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 422-2811

Wisteria Gifts
29 Washington Ave. • Pleasantville
(914) 449-6747 •


Accents on Antiques
125 Wolfs Ln. • Pelham
(914) 637-1195 •

Adams Unlimited, Inc.
19 Mount Vernon Ave. • Mount Vernon
(914) 668-0374 •

All Your Yesterdays
67 Westchester Ave. • Pound Ridge
(914) 764-3063 •

Belkind Bigi
21 Main St. • Tarrytown
(914) 524-9626

Briggs House Antiques
566 E. Boston Post Rd. • Mamaroneck
(914) 381-0650 •

Chatsworth Auction Rooms & Furniture Studios, Inc.
151 Mamaroneck Ave. • Mamaroneck
(914) 698-1001 •

Golden Oldies, Ltd.
91 E. Main St. • Mount Kisco
(914) 244-4466 •

M.S. Antiques
19 Main St. • Tarrytown
(917) 885-6163 •

Rose Court Asian Antiques
70 Cowdin Ln • Chappaqua • (914) 244-1041

Art & Galleries

Anelle Gandelman Fine Art
1989 Palmer Ave. • Larchmont
(914) 840-4151 •

Gallery du Soleil
39 Main St. • Tarrytown
(914) 332-4554 •

Gallery Yellow
792 Route 35 • 10 Yellow Monkey Village
Cross River
(914) 763-0101 •

Kenise Barnes Fine Art
1955 Palmer Ave. • Larchmont
(914) 834-8077 •

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art
14 Chase Rd. • Scarsdale
(914) 723-8738

Miranda Fine Arts
6 N. Pearl St. • Port Chester
(914) 935-9362 •

Neuberger Museum of Art Store
735 Anderson Hill Rd. • Purchase
(914) 251-6129 •

Up River Art
157 Main St. • Ossining
(914) 255-1832 •

Virginia Barrett Gallery
1055 North St. • Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 629-3858

Art Supplies & Framing

A.I. Friedman
431 Boston Post Rd. • Port Chester
(914) 937-7351 •

The Art Barn
211 N. Highland Ave. • Ossining
(914) 762-4997 •

J. Pocker & Son
65 Pondfield Rd. • Bronxville
(914) 337-7100 •

Home Furnishings

Always the Children
14 S. Greeley Ave. • Chappaqua
(914) 238-7500 •

365 Central Park Ave. • Scarsdale 
(914) 472-2535 •

Country Willow
230 Route 117, By Pass Rd. • Bedford Hills
(914) 241-7000 •

The Design Shop
37 Main St. • Tarrytown
(914) 631-1875 •

Drexel Heritage
130 S. Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 684-0001 •

200 E. Main St. • Mount Kisco
(914) 242-7278
35 S. Main St. • Norwalk, Connecticut  
(203) 855-7770 •

Ethan Allen
152 S. Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 684-0360 •

Eva’s Design & Decorating
206 E. Post Rd. • White Plains
(914) 949-2717 •

Go to Your Room
27 S. Greeley Ave. • Chappaqua
(914) 238-7105
234 Mill St. • Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 532-9701 •

Haritz Barne
801 E. Boston Post Rd. • Mamaroneck
(914) 835-0495 •

KA International
114 S. Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 287-7716 •

Lillian August Home Furnishings & Interior Design
32 Knight St. • Norwalk, Connecticut
(203) 847-3314
19 W. Elm St. • Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 629-1539
113 Mill Plain Rd. • Danbury, Connecticut
(203) 797-1046
1595 New Britain Ave.
Farmington, Connecticut
(860) 561-4004
85 Water St. • South Norwalk, Connecticut
(203) 838-0153 •

LOT 84
84 Lexington Ave. • Mount Kisco
(914) 244-8535

157 Mamaroneck Ave. • Mamaroneck
(914) 315-6090

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
45 E. Putnam Ave. • Greenwich, Connecticut
(203) 661-4480 •

Montaage Home & Carpet
155 N. Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 421-1330

Savanna at Home
45 Kraft Ave. • Bronxville
(914) 371-4468 •

(800) SLEEPYS (753-3797) •
Stickley, Audi & Co.
50 Tarrytown Rd. • White Plains
(914) 948-6333 •

Stressless Seating by a.l. myers
303 S. Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 686-6436

2579 S. Central Park Ave. • Yonkers
(914) 395-3994 •

46 Main St. • Irvington
(914) 591-5312 •

The Yellow Monkey
792 Route 35 • Cross River
(914) 763-5848 •


Arrow Lamp & Lighting
2091 Boston Post Rd. • Larchmont
(914) 834-1992 •

Bedford Lighting & Home
748 N. Bedford Rd. • Bedford Hills
(914) 666-0680

Greeley Home & Hardware
53 S. Greeley Ave. • Chappaqua
(914) 238-4474

Hi-Light Decorating
2455 Central Park Ave. • Yonkers
(914) 779-6628 •

Lights On Design
1960 Central Park Ave. • Yonkers
(914) 961-0588
388 Tarrytown Rd., White Plains
(914) 397-0588

Max Goldman, Inc.
589 North Ave. • New Rochelle
(914) 632-0144

Patdo Light Studio
25 S. Regent St. • Port Chester
(914) 937-6707 •

PW Vintage Lighting
2 State Rd. • Great Barrington, Massachusetts
(413) 644-9150 •

Victoria Light & Design
83 Purchase St. • Rye
(914) 921-0550 •


Frank & Camille’s Fine Pianos
112 S. Central Park Ave. • Hartsdale
(914) 285-9524 •

Stained Glass
DC Studios
21 Winston Dr. • Rhinebeck, New York
(845) 876-3200 •

Window Treatments
ABC Window Fashions & Interiors
2 Columbus Ave. • Tuckahoe
(914) 779-6001 •

Accent on Interiors
742 Bedford Rd. • Bedford Hills
(914) 666-8036 •

Berniker Decorators
274 Katonah Ave. • Katonah
(914) 232-0133 •

Best Dressed Homes, Ltd.
P.O. Box 541 • Rye
(914) 395-0356 •

The Curtain Exchange
747 White Plains Post Rd. • Scarsdale
(914) 722-9494 •

Fabu Fabrics
35 Adams St. • Bedford Hills
(914) 244-9041

Handy Andy
65 Tarrytown Rd. • White Plains
(914) 946-4329 •

Lanera Decorating
801 E. Boston Post Rd. • Mamaroneck
(914) 381-0908 •

V2K Window Décor & More
(914) 772-2731/(Southern Westchester)
(914) 762-6820/(Northern Westchester)




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