A few of my favorite things
My friend and fellow interior designer, Betsy (who took all of the fab photos of my work), and I discussed how we totally obsess over certain furniture and accessory stores where we live. So, here’s a quick sample of just a few of my many favorites (plus one of Betsy’s). Most are located in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, and a couple are in New York City:
This shop is a quick drive from the city to the western suburb of Forest Park, just south of Oak Park. Everything in this store is unique and has a story, and it is the perfect place to accessorize your home. I first walked in with my friend, Sally, a couple years ago and I couldn’t leave … there is so much to take in. They have a large variety of cut flowers, and I love their bark plates and moss-covered rocks and jewelry.
This is a Chicago staple. I must admit that I visit this website on a daily basis. I never get tired of browsing. I have visited this store a gazillion times, and they always move things around to make it interesting. Everything works well together, yet nothing matches. That’s why I love it. I am not a big fan of sectionals, but the Sydney sectional may convert me. I’d like to think that I had something to do with the Fonda cocktail table (because of the name), but alas, I did not. Its simplistic lines work well with both mid-century and traditional design schemes.
Since it first opened its doors in 2002, this Williams-Sonoma subsidiary includes a large selection of rustic and environmentally sustainable furniture and housewares. It is one of my first sources I visit for clients, and my clients like West Elm because the prices are reasonable for well-designed and comfortable pieces. It is the perfect source for floor and table lamps, as well as side tables.
I’ve posted about this store before, and I visit if every time I am in NYC. I never tire of it.
Here is Betsy’s obsession:
Their flagship store is in SoHo, so if you do not live in NYC, browse their stuff online. I am keen on the Fairfax sofa (for all you mid-century fans out there), and I am also digging the Cone lighting series.
I encourage you to make your own list of favorite haunts for furniture and accessories in your own city. When you have visitors from out of town, you can share your lists with them.