I have recently returned from a whirlwind week in New York. My husband had to go there for work and I was lucky enough to tag along (without kids) :). It is such an inspiring city in so many ways, but I really love seeing the homewares, decor and furnishings. Being a shopping mecca and having so many brands’ flagship stores means the visual merchandising is usually a sight-seeing feast in itself. My week revolved around visiting a long list of beautiful and inspiring stores and design centres. I thought I would share my ‘go-to’ places for anyone who is heading to the Big Apple with a similar interest.

Anthropologie

Apart from their wide and varied clothing range, they stock some beautiful homewares and candles. I always manage to find space in my carry on luggage for a pretty ceramic or two!

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Restoration Hardware

Another one of my favourites, Restoration Hardware has a huge 3 level showroom in the Flatiron Building.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Waterworks

For bathroom inspiration, the Waterworks showroom is definitely worth a visit.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

They also have a kitchen showroom. I fell in love with this green cabinetry and double sink.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Mood Fabrics

For inexpensive home decorating fabrics in colourful plains and geometrics, Mood Fabrics is definitely worth a visit.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

M and J Trimmings

Around the corner is a treasure trove of trim and braids, at a fraction of the price.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Pottery Barn/West Elm/Williams Sonoma

I know we now have these stores here, but the Easter displays were too good not to include.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

(Pottery Barn)

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

(Williams Sonoma)

ABC Carpet and Home

This 6 level warehouse features an eclectic mix of furniture and beautiful decor. Including Madeleine Weinrib rugs…

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

John Robshaw soft furnishings….

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

and Kate Spade furniture.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Other places on my list:

Arhaus

Bungalow 5

Crate and Barrel

Ethan Allen

Jonathan Adler

To The Trade only.

Manhattan is a hub for Designers and Decorators with two incredible buildings showcasing hundreds of brands all under the one roof.

The DD Building has 18 levels (where I managed to spend an entire day!) that I could only describe as a ‘mecca’. It houses over 3000 fabric and furniture brands in 130 showrooms. Unfortunately this building is trade only but here is a taste of what’s inside…..

Brunschwig and Fils showroom.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Rows and rows of large fabric samples.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Wallpaper and soft furnishings are also displayed.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Clarence House

Seating for designers and their clients is on display, upholstered in their fabrics.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Osborne and Little was one of my favourite showrooms.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Kravet. So much inspiration!

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Christopher Peacock. This showroom was definitely a stand out and featured some beautiful examples of their high quality joinery.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Thibaut.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Where can I use this wallpaper?!

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Plenty of samples on hand too.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Duralee

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

A gorgeous chair in the Schumacher showroom.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

An amazing range of Christopher Spitzmiller lamp bases.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get to the New York Design Centre this trip. It is a 16 storey building housing all the top furnishing brands.

Here is a photo of one of my favourite showrooms from a previous visit.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

Samuel and Sons

Around the corner from the DD Building, this store has a vast collection of braids, trims and beautiful passementerie.

My tips and places to visit for inspiration. A Decorators' Guide to New York.

There is so much to see and I hope my Decorators Guide to New York has inspired you to visit this vibrant city, or added some places to your ‘must visit’ list. If you have any other additions, I would love to hear of them.

Belinda XO