When I came to NYC, it looked like the paradise for a designer. So many furniture stores, antique stores, flea markets, designers stores and so on. It was overwhelming at first. After 2 years it looks OK and you already recognize same things here and there and know where you can buy it. It seems like a lot of interior designers look for interesting pieces outside of NYC.

However there are few useful places that every designer knows. This list I’ve collected through time and I’m still adding more places, but I’d like to share the list with you, because I know it might be very annoying to look for the furniture if you don’t know where to look for it. But having some directions can change this experience to the pleasure. I wish I was given this list when I just came and made my life so much easier. Although I can say I enjoy browsing for new places, because on my way I explore unexpected things and people.

To give you an idea of the style, prices and things you can find in these basic stores I made collages showing some of my favourites.

Crate & Barrel     

For me it’s like American classic and favorite store of all American women. My mum adores it too, but mostly because of great kitchen staff collections. I’m not a huge fan furniture-wise, but sometimes you can find there very cool staff, but unsurprisingly the cooler – the more expensive it is.

1) Petrie Apartment Sofa $1,499.00; 2) Tacoma 23″ Pillow $79.95; 3) Caney Stone 20″ sq. Pillow $59.95; 4) Layla 20″ sq. Pillow $59.95; 5) Bel-Air Round Coffee Table $599.00;    6) Remy White Round Rug $89.95; 7) Embossed Numbers Wall Clock $49.95; 8 ) Lupe 20″ Pillow $49.95; 9) Chloe Chair $899.00; 10) Zoey 50″x63″ Curtain Panel $49.95;      11) Pearson 55″ Media Console $1,199.00; 12) Cleo Table Lamp $299.00; 13) Cayden Pouf $49.95; 14) Remy Shale Rug $59.95 – $249.00; 15) Kitchen Chair White $62.95;     16) Phoenix Work Table $1,299.00; 17) Architect Orange Lamp $32.95.


This store is a “child” of the Crate and Barrel Store with more contemporary design and democratic prices. I like it a lot, especially rug collections, but they don’t change collection often, so I see the same CB2 tables and sofas a lot in decorations.

1) Archive credenza $899.00; 2) District pendant lamp $299.00; 3) Club chair pool $799.00; 4) Skinny dip coffee table-bench $299.00; 5) Beacon floor lamp $249.00;         6) Cielo ivory loveseat $899.00; 7) Doce caras rug $199.00; 8 ) Coop tower $179.00       9) Circles rug $349.00 – $699.00

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