Chris Haines, a digital-content strategist and D.C. transplant, lets us peek inside his Midtown East
apartment. He shops at flea markets
and home-decor stores
such as Calypso St. Barth Home
to create his midcentury–inflected abode filled with African art.
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Broome Lampshades 325 Broome St at Chrystie St (212-431-9666, lampshadesny.com) Haines favors custom, adjustable lighting for its more subtle characteristics and spruces up most of his flea-market finds with shades from this affordable shop. “They turn things around really well,” he enthuses. “Every time I go in there, people think I’m a designer and start asking me to pick shades for them.”
Calypso St. Barth Home 407 Broome St between Centre and Lafayette Sts (212-925-6200, calypsostbarth.com) This home-decor branch of the upscale chain stocks bedding, housewares and tabletop items with an elegant, island-tinged sensibility. “The items are nice but casual,” he enthuses. “It’s not fussy.”
Decor Art Gallery 555 Third Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-725-6787, decorartgallery.net) Though this shop specializes in posters and framing services, the skilled staffers can also size glass. “A friend of mine told me they cut mirrors, so I went there to get custom pieces made for my closet doors,” notes Haines.
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