Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, founders, Opening Ceremony
Obscura Antiques & Oddities is a great store for browsing. You’ll stumble upon these amazing pieces you never knew you needed. 207 Ave. A, nr. 13th St.; 212-505-9251.
Baxter & Liebchen is a vintage design store that has the most incredible modernist furniture. 33 Jay St., nr. Plymouth St., Vinegar Hill; 718-797-0630.
Phillips De Pury & Company conducts beautiful art auctions. We found great art to hang on the still-bare walls of our Paris apartment. 450 Park Ave., at 57th St.; 212-940-1300.
Bang & Olufsen speakers are of the greatest quality but also focus on the element of design. 927 Broadway, nr. 21st St.; 212-388-9792.
Rent a van and go to Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market. You’ll leave with a home’s worth of beautiful antiques. 428 Rt. 216, nr. Brothers Rd., Stormville, N.Y.; stormvilleairportfleamarket.com for dates.
Schoolhouse Electric’s light fixtures and shades date from the turn of the century through the late forties. The shades are all handblown, and the brass fixtures are handcrafted. 27 Vestry St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-226-6113.
I always pick up prints and sketches during my travels, which I then take to General Art for customized framing. 180 Varick St., nr. Charlton St., Ste. 1104; 212-255-1298.
At BDDW, each piece is beautifully crafted and of the utmost quality. Humberto has a mirror from there in his apartment that I am insanely jealous of. 5 Crosby St., nr. Howard St.; 212-625-1230.
Architectural Systems has a great selection of beautiful sustainable flooring from reclaimed materials. It’s always the first place I go. 150 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., eighth fl.; 212-206-1730.