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Monday, June 17, 2013

New York City shopping

My shopping priorities have changed in the last few years. Clothes, shoes and accessories have become second banana to interior décor, furniture, fabric and fixtures. Even if I don't buy a thing at Jonathan Adler, I'm happy to come away with design ideas and inspiration. Here are a few of my favourite shops we checked out in New York City:
 
 
I've always been a huge fan of Jonathan Adler's quirky, colourful style and was ridiculously excited to check out his Soho shop. Everything I liked here was big or breakable, so I didn't do any damage to my bank account. I used to be a minimalist myself, but now I tend to agree with the slogan on the wall above. Minimalism is a bummer.
 
The desk (below right) has a gorgeous X-framed base and Lucite knobs. I've drooled over this desk for a few years now and Atmosphere Design Lounge here in Saskatoon carries it. Its price tag has held me back, but if I ever win the lottery, it's coming home with me.
 

I love how his lighting really makes a statement - from the chandeliers to table lamps. 
 


The credenza and nightstand above are part of the same line as the desk (the Channing line). 


I probably sound like a broken record, but just like with Jonathan Adler, Dwell Studio has been one of my favourite home décor sources for awhile now. My Bella Porte Citrine drapes are from their fabric line (but purchased through Crate & Barrel). I also own one of their gorgeous trays (below) that matches the drapes - not that you'd notice as it currently runneth over with magazines. I bought the tray at Blossoms Living here in Saskatoon.

 
Dwell Studio is owned by Canadian expat Christiane Lemieux. She's originally from Ottawa and our moms happen to be friends. It was great to finally check out her store (located in Soho at 77 Wooster). Unfortunately she wasn't in town when we visited, so I didn't get the chance to use the super-nerdy line: "Hey, I'm Julie. My mom is friends with your mom..."
 
 
 
Although I've ordered online from West Elm, I had never set foot in one of their stores until now. I wasn't disappointed. I snapped way too many photos of lighting, rugs and furniture I'd like in our new home. I won't bore you with all of them, I'll just include some of my favourites.
 




 
Marimekko's juicy fabrics just seem to scream "summer." Josh was even on board with my purchases here - three pillows in their iconic Unikko floral print.
 





 
All the colourful fabrics made me feel like a kid in a candy store. I contemplated buying fabric to make my own pillows, but once I saw the already-sewn pillow cases, my laziness got the better of me. The zig-zag pillows were my finds from West Elm - it's a total coincidence that they match.
 
 
Although they aren't waterproof, their size makes them ideal for naps on the patio. I think Tucker likes them too. (We were dog sitting our favourite pooch).
 
We did happen to squeeze in a bit of clothes shopping. I found myself a few pretty things at the huge Anthropologie near Rockefeller Plaza and Josh found some much-needed pants at H&M.
 
I also enjoyed a bit of window shopping on Madison Avenue. We walked by Kate Spade's flagship store at night (probably a good thing that it was closed) but I loved the store's colourful displays and décor, so I took a few photos.

 


 
Do you have a favourite NYC décor shop I've missed? Let me know in the comments!

 

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