Finding affordable apartments in NYC is no easy feat, but once you snag a reasonable walk-up, it's time to spruce up your abode with a haul from these home decor stores! Bottom line: Your studio’s square footage and that costly rent check should never limit you from decking out your digs. That’s why we’ve listed the best shops in NYC where you can score cool, affordable furnishings for every corner of your crib. Bonus for bargain hunters: Some of the price tags at these boutiques beat the ones we found at the best thrift stores in New York.
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Home décor stores in NYC
It's maybe a little on the pricier side, but this sleek, white Nolita gallery displays limited-edition pieces that are both functional and visually appealing. Shop pieces by young artists like Brooklyn duo E for Effort and luminaries like Roy Lichtenstein. Our picks: Glen Baldridge’s honey-container–bear bong ($525), Sol LeWitt's hand-painted geometric dinner plates (8 for $640), David Shrigley postcard sets (21 for $21) with quirky drawings and aphorisms, and whimsical circular Christopher Kurtz armchairs ($2,000).
The unique furnishings at this Brooklyn apparel-and-antiques shop cost a pretty penny, but the vintage goods have a haunting yet alluring feel—much like Darr's black-brick walls and dark hardwood floors. Grab English-made ironstone china (sets are between $120–$180), handmade bronze lamps ($800–$1,800) and framed pressed flowers circa 1910 ($125). Go the quirky route with a taxidermied piece: a stuffed bear ($5,000) or insects-under-glass paperweight ($25–$75).
This Boreum Hill boutique is filled with color—on pillows, bedding, clothing and jewelry. The owner, who first traveled to India in 1998 and fell in love with the country, works with master craftsmen in Jaipur, among other places, to create the multicolored wares displayed neatly in the crisp white space. Nab vibrant linens—the quilts ($395 for a queen) or a set of fabric napkins ($48) will brighten any space.
You’ve made it in NYC when Jonathan Adler features strongly in your apartment’s theme—that perfect mix of glamorous, bright and modern. Beyond the sleek sofas and striking light fixtures, the pottery is so worth a peruse: JA himself was a ceramicist before branching out into furniture. We’re currently desperate for the Serpent Umbrella Stand ($795), an edgy, sophisticated piece of twinkly Lucite and brass, but we’re also totally happy to settle for the porcelain Dora Maar Bowl ($295).
The colorful bargain store offers name-brand wares at up to 60 percent off retail prices, with a constantly rotating selection. Culinary goods—such as Tupperware ($3–$5), Calphalon pots and pans ($15–$50) and KitchenAid appliances ($40–$300)—greet you on the first floor. The bulk of the merch is on the lower level, including bedding ($20–$160), bath goods ($4–$40) like Cynthia Rowley ceramic wastebaskets ($25) and a small selection of furniture, including Barcalounger leather love seats ($350) and mirrored nightstands ($125). A $45 delivery service ($15–$35) is available for bulky purchases.
The chain’s newest—and largest—flagship in the U.S. boasts a massive selection of trendy and wallet-friendly garb, but did you know your fave spot for fast fashion also sells bedding? Spruce up your space with patterned duvet sets ($25), as well as color-block pillows ($15), rose-gold vases ($10) and floral-print serving trays ($25).