Distant Origin Shop on Mercer Street, NYC
So I am about to refurnish and redecorate the apartment, now that this boy is moving in, so I definitely have had home shopping on the brain. I've found myself wandering into both new spaces and old favorites, to get ideas (and of course, the occasional trinket). If I was a bazillionaire, here's where I'd be spending my money (the NYC-centric version):
De Vera - Yes, I know, I know, I've mentioned this place many times over, but really, it is magnificent. Please visit if you haven't already. Mind-boggling objects from around the world, curated like an eccentric's personal museum.
Lafco - A monastery-like shop with a beautiful wrought iron gate for an entrance. They carry beautiful European products, including the exquisite Santa Maria Novella bath and body line.
John Derian Company - Creator of breathtaking decoupage platters and plates, carrier of fine trinkets and linens.
Distant Origin - Exotic, deluxe furniture and objects from around the globe.
Leekan Designs - Importer of Eastern furniture and curios.
Evolution - Purveyor of fossils, taxidermy, and natural wonders.
MoMA Store - Home of all things modern and innovative, as one would expect.
Dinosaur Designs - They manufactor resin housewares and jewelry in luscious colors and varying degrees of translucence. Really, it all looks like a gorgeous chaos of candy.
Obscura Antiques and Oddities - The name says it all.
Pearl River - Chinese megastore, filled with plates, papers, and knick-knacks from the Orient. The only place on this list I can actually afford.
Any other suggestions?