Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, noon-5pm; Sun, closed
4, 5, 6 at 86th St.; 6 at 96th St.
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Like a high-end flea market, Buck House is the kind of interiors shop where you're never sure what you might find. Owner and artist Deborah Buck travels the world to find boldly colored mid-century glass, gilded Italian bronze cupids, and eye-popping photography. "I was trained as a painter, and I use my store as a canvas," says Buck, citing primary color theory as one of the guiding principles of how she arranges the mid-century glassware, gilded cupids, dainty French end tables, and anything else that strikes her fancy. Buck considers her collection part of a larger narrative about her travels, and she’s also opened a gallery annex to her shop three blocks up the street. "I like to present items in context," she says. "A piece of furniture is really only as interesting as what's next to it."