Faithful Shopper: Fine Furnishings

With the holidays coming, now is the time to spruce up your home for the inevitable dinners, parties and houseguests that are sure to show up on your calendar. We all know the major national home furnishings stores such as Crate and Barrel, West Elm and Raymour & Flanigan. But also consider some local stores that can help you find the unique item that will be a conversation starter for years to come!

ABC Carpet & Home - 888 Broadway
From the latest designs and fabrics to vintage and antiques, this store has it all. Or if you prefer to give your current furnishings some updating, check out their upholstery services.

Armani Casa - 979 Third Avenue
Italian furnishings and lighting that are as beautifully designed and stylish as Armani's clothes.

Design Within Reach - Multiple locations
If you're into modern furnishings and have no time to waste, run, don't walk here, where the items are in stock (no waiting weeks for delivery), and timeless.

DwellStudio - 77 Wooster Street
Dwell began with textiles, and its furnishings still feature vibrant and fashionable materials, combined with craftsmanship that will make a stunning statement in your home.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams - 210 Lafayette Street
Want your home to look like one in design magazine? Come here, where comfort meets luxury meets design. There's a reason you see their furnishings in many hotels!

Jensen-Lewis - 89 Seventh Avenue - 969 Third Avenue
If you're a fan of mid-century furnishings, Jensen-Lewis is a slice of heaven, specializing in clean and contemporary styles and accessories.

Ligne Roset - 250 Park Avenue South - 155 Wooster Street
Ligne Roset has a tradition for working with the most innovative designers in the industry to create fashion-forward, but warm and liveable pieces that will make your home distinctive.

Roche Bobois - 200 Madison Avenue - 207 East 57th Street
Customization and a sensitivity to the environment are the specialties here. Every six months, the company launches a new, exclusive collection - so keep checking back to find the perfect item for your home.

Showplace Antique + Design Center - 40 West 25th Street
If your tastes extend more toward antiques, join the interior designers and collectors who flock here for everything from Louis XV tables to a midcentury Murano glass chandelier.

Luxury Living - 153 Madison Avenue
Also a manufacturer for other brands, Italy's Luxury Living combines exceptional craftsmanship with sophisticated materials - and now offers its lines in its own showrooms worldwide.

Whether you're redoing an entire residence, or just looking for one perfect piece, a visit to any of these shops will make your home more comfortable and chic. Happy Shopping!