They say home is where the heart is. But what makes a home? We contemplate the distinction between a house and home often. A house, or apartment, is a bare-boned framework that longs for that “homey” feel you get when you walk into a charming restaurant, bar, or boutique that’s reminiscent of the cozy comforts of where you grew up or once lived and felt secure and in your most natural element.
As New Yorkers we often forget the importance of home, mainly because we’re so preoccupied by the day-to-day duties and entertainments that lure us out of our high priced apartments and out into the urban jungle that is New York. We leave early and return late. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take pride in where you reside. It should embody your personality, your traits, your lifestyle, your interests, dreams, style, and more. It’s an extension of the self that people often observe to get a better sense of who you are. That’s why, here at TTS, we’ve begun to explore the home as a genre, which led us to seek out some of the best home interior boutiques that will elevate your home, and ultimately you. Go ahead, put your heart into it.
Starting off as a holiday pop-up soon became a permanent outpost in New York’s own Lower East Side. A curated selection of art, fashion, and home design hailing from international up-and-coming artists and brands introduces global idiosyncrasies to your humble homes. Choose from an alder top coffee table with an acrylic glass base from a Latvian homemade furniture brand, or a festive vintage rug handwoven in Cusco, Peru. No matter your taste and type, Tictail offers a diversified pool of beautiful and eclectic pieces that will add a foreign blend and touch.
Location: 90 Orchard Street
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm,Sunday 11am-6pm
Calliope has that Upstate rustic vibe that charms and seduces, making you fall in love with the store as well as the story. Upon entering the sun soaked space you instantly question why your entire home does not resemble this West Village boutique owned by Michael Ventura, and his wife, Caroline, who also happens to be the jewelry designer behind Brvtvs. Antique rugs crawl along weathered planked wood, plush couches invite repose, vintage books fill a custom-built brass and hardwood shelf (made charming and complete with a rolling ladder), and the rest induces adoration. Whether new or old, each item is sought and found by the darling duo hoping to spread what’s precious and rare into your homes.
Location: 349 W. 12th Street
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Coming Soon is a hip neighborhood favorite. Like a small gallery, people stroll in and out if not just to see what’s in store (pun intended) and then to discover the small eccentricities they never knew they needed in their apartments and homes. Expect things like an artfully crafted dartboard (and dartboards to match), royal purple velvet lounge chairs circa the 70’s, and a chest baring “Tan Lines” planter pot that brings a whole new meaning to #freethenipple.
Location: 37 Orchard Street
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-8pm, Friday-Sunday 11am-7pm
Sometimes your home lacks direction. It’s not strictly one identifiable aesthetic and although that might suggest it’s jumbled and confused, Adaptations doesn’t see any harm in mixing styles and decades. The vintage boutique specializes in Mid Century, 60’s and 70’s décor with a bohemian flare, giving you a relative sense of what you can expect: a wicker framed floor mirror, a rust colored Milo Baughman lounge chair, a lucite bar cart, a velvet sofa, and much more add a playful twist to your 21st century priced apartment.
Location: 109 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-7pm
Modern Anthology hosts a combination of both new and vintage furniture, home and personal accessories, and beautifully crafted clothing geared toward men, so that not only are they dressed well, but their homes are too. The result is a classic masculinity that brings timelessness to our modern age. From seating, dining, and office essentials, their Brooklyn stores are archives of one-of-a-kind goods, such as the gorgeously handcrafted Max Poglia knives, an aristocratic cigar leather sofa, and sleek, concrete based architectural lamps, all of which harmonize beauty and testosterone.
Location: 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Although categorized as a clothing store, Concrete + Water does showcase a small selection of beautiful, small home goods that embody a sense and artful lifestyle. From wall hangings to pillows and throws, there’s a humble collection of local and international pieces ranging from carefree vibrancy to elegant classic tones that will fit your home no matter the kind you have.
Location: 485 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Monday-Friday 12pm-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-7pm
Husband and wife team, Bethany and Max Vogel, extended their clothing boutique, Wolves Within, with a home goods pop-up in February 2014 known as Home of the Brave, which then found a permanent plot of land in Brooklyn in November that same year. Just like Wolves Within, the concept behind their aesthetic is honest and refined, offering beautifully simple and sleek designs (think indigo stitched throw pillows, gold leaf tableware, Aztec print wool rugs, and marble cheese boards) that accent and compliment, not dominate, the home.
Location: 146 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm-8pm, Sunday 12pm-7pm
feature photo via Cool Hunting