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My Favorite Things


D. Bryant Archie  

Malene Barnett principal, malene b

I love handmade goods, and the table linens at D. Bryant Archie are handwoven by artisans in Guatemala. It adds a modern global flair to any table-setting. The ones in teal are beautiful.

Russell Frederick’s collection of black-and-white photographs document my Brooklyn neighborhood and add an element of nostalgia. They can be custom-printed to any size.

HomeGoods is my favorite place to shop for affordable, globally inspired accessories, such as glass vases, baskets, mirrors, and decorative art. 795 Columbus Ave., nr. 100th St.; 212-280-6303.

GIN Art & Design recycles materials, such as reclaimed fabrics and metals to create one-of-a-kind furniture that is bright and bold. Its lamp collection features styles in which the bases are made from old 45s. 245 21st St., nr. Fifth Ave., Studio 2, South Slope; 646-373-4288.

Kathleen Hyppolite of Kat Flower is my go-to florist. She makes arrangements with your needs and the season in mind. Her designs are lush and have so much movement.

When I need custom metalwork, I go to Mitchell Iron Works. Experts there can translate any drawing into an iron gate, railings, or window guards. 597 Marcy Ave., nr. Vernon Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant; 718-384-2772.

It’s rare to find a custom upholsterer with a modern-design sensibility, but Angel Naula is just that. Every Naula piece is crafted with precision. 349 Suydam St., nr. Irving Ave., third fl., East Williamsburg; 212-470-6796. Appointments suggested.

Bedford Galleries has an eclectic mix of antiques and modern furniture, with an emphasis on lighting. I found a lampshade there that sparkles once it’s lit. 1167 Bedford Ave., nr. Putnam Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant; 718-230-1298.


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