Retired teacher Bill Shumaker lets us peek inside his Brooklyn brownstone. Although he largely fills his abode with travel souvenirs and paintings from artist-friends, he also shops at home-design stores such as Pearl River Mart and Sterling Place for unique accents.
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Mandala Tibetan 17 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves (212-260-1550) Shumaker appreciates the selection of Tibetan crafts and decorative items at this cozy hidden gem. “It has a great variety of unique pieces at reasonable prices,” he says.
Pearl River Mart 477 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-431-4770, pearlriver.com) “It’s inexpensive and full of things you never knew you wanted,” says Shumaker of this affordable Chinese megastore, which sells everything from Asian groceries to Buddha statues.
Sterling Place 363 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-797-5667) • 352 Seventh Ave at 10th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-499-4800) • sterlingplace.com Shumaker frequents this gift shop for its ever-changing, eclectic array of home furnishings and antiques. “It has a potpourri of one-of-a-kind items and a very helpful staff,” he notes.