PLUS: Sweet Deals for Bargain Hunters
Rare and Unusual Finds
Housed in a former 1800s residence featuring original wood floors, Kent showcases a mélange of vintage and contemporary furnishings and accessories. “We highlight pieces that have a clean, contemporary look,” says owner Michael Kalesti. “There is not a lot of mass-produced inventory. We buy from small vendors and the vintage is mostly one-of-a-kind.” Of note are the hostess-gift options, including a Japanese line of 100-percent-cotton potholders ($40) and kitchen towels dyed with natural fruit and vegetable resins ($45); glassware by iittala (set of four glasses/$75); and Simrin laminated cloth trays ($85-$195) and napkins ($65). Kalesti also offers restoration services.
396 King St, Chappaqua, (914) 861-2690
Tucked away on a quiet little lane off bustling Greenwich Avenue is Privet House, a delightful new décor emporium launched by Richard Lambertson, a leather goods designer for Tiffany, and Suzanne Cassano, who worked for Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, and Victoria Secret. The talented pair owns another Privet House in Warren, Connecticut, near their country homes in Litchfield County. Showcased throughout their shop is an assemblage of antique and vintage furniture, artwork, mirrors, and objets d’art. We coveted everything—from a gorgeous 19th-century neoclassical commode with hand-painted white Greek figures on a Wedgewood blue background ($5,800) to a quirky hand-sewn stuffed mounted deer head sporting sequined antlers ($450).
■ Privet House
18 Grigg St, Greenwich, CT (203) 340-9544
Less Chère Chic
The très-chic Mis En Scene home design store (34 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT) has set the stage for divine design at a discount by opening the doors of its nearby 3,000-plus-square-foot Scene 2 warehouse to the public. Stunning new and floor-model sofas, arm chairs, European planters, lamps, and more are offerd at savings of up to 50 percent off retail. Delivery is within two weeks. It had us at “bonjour.” (P.S.: It’s open by appointment only; call or stop by the flagship shop first.)
■ Scene 2
109 Bruce Park Ave, Greenwich, CT (203) 422-0567
The Frugal Shopper
Sweet Deals for Bargain Hunters
■ ABC Carpet & Home Warehouse Outlet Expect discounts of up to 75 percent off on rugs, broadloom carpet, pillows, bedding, chairs, curtains, dressers, beds, sofas, and everything in between at this 300,000-square-foot tri-level home emporium. Savings even greater during periodic warehouse sales. 1055 Bronx River Ave, Bronx (718) 842-8772
■ Bloomingdale’s Furniture & Rug Outlet If Bloomie’s regular prices are a little out of your range, check out their outlet: you’ll find luxurious leather and upholstered sectionals, sofas, loveseats, chairs, and ottomans at prices at least 50 percent less than in the retail stores; rugs up to 75 percent less. 2 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne (914) 592-0413
■ Two’s Company The same trendy-chic home accessories you see at Saks or Crate & Barrel can be had at discounts of five to 10 percent off wholesale prices during Two’s Company’s semi-annual blowout sales. 50 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford (800) 896-7266