Decorating & Design

September 3, 2009

Best Shopping In New York

As editor of the House & Home magazine’s Style Files section, I’m constantly on the hunt for great-looking stores to feature. It’s a habit that’s hard to turn off, especially in New York, where retail is something akin to religion. In July, I wrote about the inspiring summer style found at Calypso, and now I’d like to invite you into another gem: Ochre.

store front - Ochre

Located at 462 Broome Street in Soho, it’s a long-time favourite of just about every H&H editor. A mix of vintage and new, its relaxed elegance and quiet European flavour is a constant source of inspiration — and lust. I admit, I want it all. But, let’s focus on the inspiration part, which is why I snapped these shots when I was there last weekend.

mix of vintage and new - a constant source of inspiration

If I had an open-plan living/dining area, I would divide the space with shelves like these, just as they’ve done here. (The shelves are behind the pink sofa, below). I love their lived-in, pantry feel and the juxtaposition of that look with the glamourous cascading chandelier.

cascading chandelier with pink sofa

I tend to be drawn to graphic colour combinations like crisp blue and white, but lately I’ve been giving pastels a second look. This mix is soft and soothing, and the use of rough-hewn textures tempers its sweetness. If, like me, you’re falling in love with the furniture and lighting, South Hill Home in Toronto carries pieces from Ochre.

pressed white variety of linens with simple graphics

I prefer hardy table linens to the pressed white variety — too high maintenance!

tabletop accessories

Here’s how Ochre would set the rest of the table.

back of store - wood framing and trim

This is the back of the store. There’s a tendency to paint out wood framing and trim to create a more up-to-date look. Here’s a great example of the natural finish adding to the allure of a space.

platters and plates with a perfect lamp

Gorgeous platters and plates, and the perfect lamp. Imagining my table set with these makes me want to call friends over for a rustic bread salad and good wine. Want to come?

Photo credits:
Kimberley Brown