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A Weekend Tour of Favorite NYC Home Decor Spots

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a busy one here, so I wanted to share what we’ve been doing. Settle in, it’s a bit of a long one, but I promise it’s fun!

This weekend’s project was to finish the apartment. Or at least, project let’s try to finish figuring out the major pieces of furniture needed in our apartment. I’m so happy to report there was some major progress made, and things are finally starting to come together.

This is the only weekend in January that we don’t have things going on, so I wanted to capitalize on the time we had. I work best with a plan (and the BF responds best when he knows what the expectations are), so I did some research last week and then Saturday morning we sat down and made a plan (including mapping out all our stops!). Here are the big things we needed to knock out:

  • Rug for the living room
  • Coffee table
  • Art for behind the couch
  • Lamp
  • Throw pillows
  • End tables
  • Decor for the tops of the bookshelves

Oh, did you think we were almost done? Nope. We had our work cut out for us. Our first stop was Olde Good Things – an amazing store with all kinds of antiques, artifacts and restored goods. If you haven’t checked this place, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. There are three locations in NYC (with a fourth being opened soon!), one in LA, and a warehouse in PA. We found some amazing items here: original Macy’s elevator signs (the ones that have up and down on them, and still light up), industrial wooden stools and old seltzer bottles.

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We didn’t end up buying any of those, but we did buy four large squares of old tin ceiling pieces – two white and two light purple. Check out a picture I snapped below: 

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Our next stop was Restoration Hardware, where we’ve been eyeing some of their steamer trunks. Unfortunately they didn’t have any of the trunks on display, so we made a quick detour to one of our favorite stores, Lillian August. This is where we bought our red leather chair, which is coming in February. They have some great finds, so we made an impromptu stop to see if they had anything on our list that caught our eye. Luckily, we found a steamer trunk very similar to the one we liked at Restoration Hardware that was there and on sale. (Bonus!) We ended up going back on Sunday to actually make the purchase and it should get delivered this week! Here’s a picture of the trunk from Restoration Hardware that looks very similar. 

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Next we went over to West Elm. I’ve been really crushing on West Elm lately. I was mainly looking for some throw pillows, and we looked at quite a few. The truth is, I don’t think we’re ready to commit to pillows yet. I think the pillows are going to be important to the room (especially from a color perspective) so I’m holding off a little bit longer. While we were there, I did pick up a few accents – a tall mercury vase for the bookshelf, tissue cherry blossoms for my desk and a silver tray to hold perfume on the dresser. I was starting to feel like we were making progress!

Next stop was CB2 down in Soho. We were there on a mission. We’ve been looking for a nice arc lamp that wasn’t going to break the bank, and CB2 had the perfect one. Not only did they have it in stock and we were able to use a gift card for part of the purchase. We took it with us that day, and it’s already set up in the apartment.

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After some good progress, lunch was in order. It’s not secret that if I’m going to drag the BF around for anything all day, a good lunch is the only way to keep him happy. We stopped at Back 40 down on Prince St. The entire place smelled like a wood stove; I wanted to curl up at the bar until spring! If you’re in the area, I definitely recommend stopping in and trying the biscuits. They were the highlight of my lunch!

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The last stop of the day was at John Derian, a store that is made up predominately of decoupage plates, platters, paperweights and more, but also includes textiles, furniture and other accents. It’s here that I really fell in love. There was a sweet little elephant statue near the front of the store, and I couldn’t take my eyes of him. He was actually pretty big and very heavy, but would have looked perfect perched next to one of our chairs.

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That’s right, I picked out some animal decor for our apartment. Look who’s embracing the 2013 trends now! Alas, the elephant had a pretty hefty price tag so he didn’t come home with us, but I’ve been thinking about him all weekend. I really think he needs to find away into our home so I’m going to save my pennies. The woman at the store also told us that there is a store behind the elephant, she just wasn’t sure what it is. I’m dying to hear it, that could certainly influence our purchase decision!

Sunday, we went to Safavieh to scope out rugs and ended up ordering one we liked on Amazon for nearly half the price. We settled on end tables that are back ordered, but at least we know what we’re going to get. Plus we started getting some things up on the walls. As you can see, we had a busy weekend, but we made some great progress. I’m excited to share it with you as soon as everything is in and settled. The goal is to have everything else done by the time our red chair comes in February, so stay tuned for more posts and pictures of the big reveal!

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