Crystal Ellis, Stephanie Beamer, and Hillary Petrie founders, Egg Collective
The 1stdibs showroom is the website in real life. We go there looking at vintage furniture for inspiration, and we always find something unexpected. 200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., tenth fl.; 212-679-9500.
From nuts and bolts to delicate brass screws, Greschler’s Hardware has just what we are looking for (especially in a pinch). 660 Fifth Ave., nr. 19th St., South Slope; 718-499-3100.
Owner Rado creates the most beautiful and tasteful bouquets at Stem Fort Greene. We say “thank you” with Stem if we want to make a lasting impression. 112 S. Oxford St., nr. Fulton St., Fort Greene; 718-722-4767.
When we’re seeking the perfect wood, we’ll sort through the hardwood stacks at Rosenzweig Lumber. 801 E. 135th St., nr. Walnut Ave., Port Morris; 718-585-8050.
One of our favorite galleries is Thierry Goldberg, which is on the ground floor of a Bernard Tschumi–designed building on the Lower East Side. We saw Hannah Whitaker’s ethereal and vivid photographs there. 103 Norfolk St., nr. Delancey St.; 212-967-2260.
Visiting de Vera is like walking into a museum and a jewelry store all in one. The curation of the displays are inspirational. 1 Crosby St., nr. Howard St.; 212-625-0838.
We love the great customer service from Charlie and the team at Abbot Paint & Varnish. We go there for all of our furniture-finishing needs. 238 Eagle St., nr. Provost St., Greenpoint; 718-349-2112.
For a regular dose of design inspiration, we subscribe to the Wright auction catalogs. They’re pretty enough to use as coffee-table books. wright20.com.