Throughout several moves—most recently from Williamsburg to Soho—Leila Shams, fashion designer and star of the Style Network reality series City Girl Diaries, has kept her modern design aesthetic consistent. She largely eschews knickknacks, and invests in clean-lined furniture from West Elm, CB2, Kartell and Urban Outfitters.
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The Future Perfect 55 Great Jones St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-473-2500, thefutureperfect.com)
“When I go in there I think, ‘I really want to be rich,’” jokes Shams of this avant-garde interior-design shop. “Everything is so bright, quirky and happy. I like that it carries small jewelry and big [furniture] pieces, and a lot of stuff is very nostalgic.”
Kartell 39 Greene St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-6665, kartell.it)
“I love anything clear—it just doesn’t seem bulky,” says Shams, who purchased her Lucite barstools from this Italian furniture company, known for its modern plastic designs.
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Shams discovered this minichain, which sells budget-friendly reproductions of iconic midcentury-modern pieces, while walking by its Lower East Side location. “I just passed it one day and it was all this stuff I always wanted but could never afford,” she recalls. “It’s basically all knockoffs of [things carried at] that fancy place Design Within Reach (dwr.com), which is so not within reach—everything costs thousands of dollars.”
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