Right in Rye
A house-proud community offers a wealth of chic home shops and respected design experts.
Illustration by Mariko Jesse
The often deep-pocketed but usually understated residents of Rye adore their shelter-mag-worthy homes. Fortunately, they — and now you — need to go no farther than its charming little downtown, anchored by the aptly named Purchase Street, for a sophisticated collection of top home-décor resources designed to keep any abode looking photo-ready.
On Purchase Street:
Elissa Grayer Interior Design
Elissa Grayer, who studied at Parsons and the New York School of Design, launched her firm in 2001. She marries elegance and comfort, creating beautiful, functional spaces in her often award-winning homes and city apartments.
22 Purchase St; 914.921.6500; www.elissagrayerdesign.com
In-the-know decorating pros and savvy homeowners start their searches for the perfect flooring at this venerable shop. In addition to 50-plus rug and carpet brands, it offers wood, laminate, vinyl tile, and linoleum flooring, as well as wool rugs from New Zealand.
5 Smith St; 914.967.5188; www.carpetrends.com
This florist’s premium local and imported flowers, plus beautiful orchids and seasonal flowering plants, help bring the loveliest interiors to life. Choose from glass, copper, basket, and ceramic vessels in styles from country to ultra-modern.
9 Theodore Fremd Ave; 914.921.4431; www.greenewillow.com
Nest Inspired Home
With its chic “classic contemporary” style, Nest offers items with provenance, plus new ones that are modern in feel but not too trendy. You’ll find statement furniture pieces, striking lighting, and fun pillows, frames, and coasters.
20 Purchase St; 914.921.6378; www.nestinspiredhome.com
R&M Woodrow Jewelers
This premier jeweler’s in-house gallery of exquisite décor accents or “fine jewelry for the home” includes vases, bowls, decorative animals, boxes, and tabletop pieces. You’ll find the perfect finishing touches for an elegant home in crystal, porcelain, enamel, and silver, from Baccarat, Herend, Limoge, and Lalique, to name a few.
21 Purchase St; 914.967.0464; www.woodrowjewelers.com
One of our favorite destinations for home-décor gifts, Twish displays an exceptionally stylish design sensibility and level of taste. Many of its sumptuous throws, classic glassware, unique serving pieces, and timeless trays can be monogrammed quickly in-house.
88 Purchase St; 914.921.4860
Informed by 35-plus years of experience, this purveyor of fine antiques presents an eclectic selection of furniture, chandeliers, statuary, Oriental rugs, mirrors, paintings, porcelain, crystal, and objects of art. Many of the French, English, and
Mid-Century styles are from local estates.
12 Purchase St; 914.481.5533; stores.ebay.com/yorkantiquesny
After a decade constructing high-end spec homes, Robert Georgio and his interior designer wife, Patty, launched this upscale showroom featuring custom millwork and cabinetry for kitchens, baths, and other spaces. Projects range from a single room to an entire house.
43 Theodore Fremd Ave 914.417.4666; www.georgiohome.com
The Open House
This chic little boutique presents a carefully curated array of unique new and old furnishings in transitional styles that work in both contemporary and classic spaces, plus custom pillows, upholstered furniture, and reworked vintage pieces.
8 Purdy Ave; 914.481.8470; www.shoptheopenhouse.com
Rye Art Gallery & Framing
An open gallery space featuring changing exhibitions by mostly local artists is combined with an extensive display of framing options. The expert advice offered by the longtime owners makes it a trusted resource, especially for tricky-to-frame family keepsakes and sports memorabilia.
1010 Boston Post Rd 914.967.5645
JWH Design & Cabinetry
Design specialist Jennifer Howard and her talented team receive kudos from clients for a stress-free kitchen and bath design process that results in exquisite yet functional spaces showcasing exceptional custom cabinetry. Specialized online planning tools offering three-dimensional perspectives add an additional comfort level.
1111 Boston Post Rd; 914.967.6020; www.jwhdesigns.com