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The Boston De­sign Cen­ter boasts more than 350,000 square feet of show­rooms at its Sea­port lo­ca­tion, with more than 1,200 lux­ury prod­uct lines on dis­play. IN­SIDER TIP: Take ad­van­tage of the BDC’s com­pli­men­tary spe­cial ser­vice, Designer on Call, which pairs vis­i­tors with one of 15 on-call house de­sign­ers. 1 De­sign Cen­ter Pl., 617-449-5514; boston­de­


Tucked away at the end of a walk­way be­tween two long build­ings, bou­tique de­sign show­room Casa De­sign wows vis­i­tors with its ded­i­ca­tion to Euro­pean in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign prod­ucts, with both an in­door and out­door show­room filled with beau­ti­ful pieces. 460 Har­ri­son Ave., 617-654-2974; casade­sign­


Clarke is New Eng­land’s ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tor and test kitchen for state-ofthe-art, ul­tra-sleek Sub-Zero and Wolf ap­pli­ances. Let the ex­pert con­sul­tants at the newly re­mod­eled Sea­port lo­ca­tion tailor your kitchen to your cook­ing and en­ter­tain­ing needs. 7 Tide St., 800-8425275; clarke­liv­


Im­port­ing hand­made rugs from In­dia, Pak­istan, and Nepal, Dover Rug also of­fers its clients a wide se­lec­tion of hard­wood floor­ing and car­pet­ing.

IN­SIDER TIP: Dover Rug’s clean­ing ser­vices ex­tend even to rugs pur­chased years ago! 390 Stuart St., 617-2663600; dover­


Duxiana’s beds are used at the most pres­ti­gious ho­tels in the world—from the Grand Hô­tel in Stock­holm, Swe­den, to the Greenwich Ho­tel in New York. Their new DUX 8008 has nearly four times as many springs as an av­er­age bed—and far more cus­tomiza­tion possibilities. 173 New­bury St., 617-4263441;


A tex­tile com­pany known for its lux­ury bed and bath linens, Frette be­gan in Greno­ble, France, in 1860, and re­lo­cated to Con­corezzo, Italy, in 1865. To­day, it’s also in Boston’s tony Boyl­ston Street, where it sells lux­ury night­gowns and robes in ad­di­tion to ho­tel-beloved linens. 776B Boyl­ston St., 617-267-0500;


Call on Win­ston Flow­ers to de­sign and in­stall gar­dens, pa­tios, pool­side dis­plays, city roof decks, and con­tainer gar­dens. The New­ton flag­ship store is home to a year-round green­house and gar­den nurs­ery. IN­SIDER TIP: Make sure to take ad­van­tage of Win­ston’s spe­cial ser­vices team, a 24/7 concierge team. 11 Florence St., New­ton, 617-541-1108; win­ston­flow­


This rug mer­chant has been run by the same fam­ily ever since its Great De­pres­sion found­ing. Gregorian’s has been called “a lit­tle part of Per­sia in New­ton Lower Falls,” as they trade rugs from the Mid­dle East, In­dia, and Central Asia. Their show­room is equipped with eight dis­play gal­leries and an ex­ten­sive rug re­pair and restora­tion fa­cil­ity. 2284 Wash­ing­ton St., New­ton Lower Falls, 617-2442553; gre­go­ri­an­


Pop­ping up 10 years ago as one of the area’s first home in­te­rior ac­cent stores, Hud­son Fur­ni­ture of­fers home de­signs that weave Cal­i­for­nia and New York in­flu­ences into a tra­di­tional New Eng­land foun­da­tion. The store does the foot­work for its clients, find­ing them ex­actly what they’re af­ter in terms of price, prod­uct, and style. 12 Union Park St., 617-292-0900; hud­son­


Spe­cial­iz­ing in Euro­pean and Ital­ian fur­ni­ture, Il Dé­cor show­cases sleek, mod­ern, and fash­ion­able de­signs in a 2,500-square-foot show­room. Il Dé­cor also of­fers out­door fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing LED-lit fur­ni­ture per­fect for night­time pool par­ties. 10 St. James Ave.,

617-580-3443; mod­ern­fur­ni­ture in­ J.D. STARON

J.D. Staron is a col­lec­tive of artists de­sign­ing and pro­duc­ing beau­ti­ful car­pets and rugs. Founder Jakub Staron grew up in Poland be­fore mov­ing to London and even­tu­ally Amer­ica to pur­sue his own rug de­signs. To­day, the com­pany has eleven show­rooms across North Amer­ica and Europe. 1 De­sign Cen­ter Pl., 617-772-0281; jd­


Known for his mod­ern and quirky dé­cor and fur­ni­ture, designer Jonathan Adler doesn’t shy away from bright col­ors, fun pat­terns, and ob­scure fig­ures and themes. Fun fact: His com­pany is cur­rently col­lab­o­rat­ing with Fisher-Price for stylish, high-de­sign baby gear. 129 New­bury St., 617-437-0018;


The in­ti­mate ser­vice of this fam­ily-run car­pet gallery will help you find the per­fect rug for any space in your home. The com­pany cre­ates hand­knot­ted and broad­loom wool rugs, and has won the Na­tional Rug Re­tailer of the Year award by the Ori­en­tal Rug Re­tailer’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. 333 Stuart St., 617-399-6500; landryan­dar­


This in­de­pen­dent home dé­cor re­tailer pro­vides a cu­rated shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence of items that em­body its “de­sign for liv­ing” phi­los­o­phy. Dutch in­flu­ence in de­sign and pat­tern (Lekker’s founder grew up in Am­s­ter­dam) can be found in many of the store’s prod­ucts, which range from can­dles to beds. 1313 Wash­ing­ton St., 617-542-6464; lekker­


This third-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily run com­pany is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing its core value of pro­vid­ing the high­est qual­ity prod­ucts to its clients. 505 Univer­sity Av­enue, Nor­wood, 781-9498900; met­cab­i­


The coun­try’s pre­mier home fur­nish­ers of­fer gor­geous, Amer­i­can­made, ecofriendly up­hol­stery; pho­tog­ra­phy and wall art; fur­ni­ture rang­ing from ta­bles and stor­age units to rugs and light­ing; and in-home de­sign ser­vices. 142 Berke­ley St., 617-266-0075; mgb­


Known as “The New Clas­sic”, this Waltham based com­pany run by in­te­rior designer Meg Kim­ball of­fers avant-garde prod­ucts to cre­ate a “match made in dé­cor heaven” for a unique in­door and out­door liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. IN­SIDER TIP: Mod­ern Relik also carries a se­lec­tion of vin­tage fur­ni­ture at its show­room. 96 Clema­tis Ave, Waltham; 617-513-3336; mod­ern­r­


Im­port­ing di­rectly from over­seas, Mohr & McPherson show­cases eclec­tic home-fur­nish­ings—think home ac­ces­sories, printed rugs, cus­tom up­hol­stery, and even jew­elry—from the likes of South­east Asia, In­dia, and Morocco.

IN­SIDER TIP: Stop by the in-store café at Mohr & McPherson’s Boston bou­tique for sand­wiches, sal­ads, and cof­fee to fuel you up—for more brows­ing! 460 Har­ri­son Ave., 617-210-7900;


This up­scale Ital­ian re­tailer/home de­sign must was voted Best Ital­ianModern Fur­nish­ings dur­ing the Best of Boston Awards last year. 75 Ar­ling­ton St., 617-451-9400; mon­


Lo­cated in the his­toric Leather Dis­trict, The Morson Col­lec­tion carries the finest Euro­pean de­signs for homes, of­fices, and out­door spa­ces, and also of­fers in­te­rior de­sign ser­vices. To add to its im­pres­sive client list, the firm re­cently de­signed a res­i­dence for the Ritz-Carl­ton, Boston. 108 Lin­coln St., 617-482-2335; the­mor­son­col­lec­


One of the city’s great­est art mu­se­ums, the MFA of­fers more than 140 gal­leries with nearly 500,000 works of art that range from an­cient Egyp­tian to con­tem­po­rary. IN­SIDER TIP: The MFA has one of the largest col­lec­tions of Monet’s work out­side France. 465 Hunt­ing­ton Ave., 617-267-9300;


New Eng­land Nurs­eries is a fam­i­ly­owned busi­ness that knows ev­ery­thing about plants (which ones at­tract but­ter­flies, which do well in the shade…). The staff will help you up the green ante with bird feed­ers, land­scapes, ponds, and more. 216 Con­cord Road, Bed­ford, 781-2752525; neweng­land­nurs­


Ever-renowned Poggenpohl has been pro­duc­ing some of the world’s finest lux­ury kitchens for more than 120 years. And for the past 15, its New­bury Street store has been trans­port­ing Bos­to­ni­ans to their dream homes fea­tur­ing in­spi­ra­tional con­tem­po­rary kitchens with stun­ning dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents and lac­quer fin­ishes. 135 New­bury St., 617-236-5253;


The hard­est thing about walk­ing to New­bury Street’s Restora­tion Hard­ware is hold­ing back from ask­ing if you can sign a lease to live there. Four floor of comfy, el­e­gant, ba­si­cally per­fect de­sign is very hard to walk away from. The RH col­lec­tion of sleek out­door fur­ni­ture—white wicker loungers, firepits, teak ta­bles, you name it—is di­vine. IN­SIDER TIP: Plan ex­tra time to ex­plore the RH flag­ship store, which is 1863 Boston his­tor­i­cal land­mark and the orig­i­nal Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory


No name says international lux­ury quite like high-end fur­ni­ture re­tailer Roche Bobois. The brand is known for set­ting trends in the in­te­rior de­sign in­dus­try, such as with its sig­na­ture Mah Jong lounge sofa, a mod­u­lar low seat­ing sys­tem cre­ated by Hans Hopfer in 1971. De­spite those who try to repli­cate, there is only one orig­i­nal. 2 Avery St., 617-742-9611;


La­beled as Boston’s pre­mier des­ti­na­tion for con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings, Show­room of­fers Euro­pean lines with im­pec­ca­ble com­fort, qual­ity and last­ing style. 240 Stuart St., 617-482-4805; show­room­


Si­mon Pearce spe­cial­izes in ar­ti­san glass­ware, serve­ware, and din­ner­ware built to last a life­time. New­bury Street’s mul­ti­level lo­ca­tion dis­plays hand­crafted table­ware, light­ing, and home dé­cor, not to men­tion the in­spir­ing Purse ar­ti­san col­lec­tion. 103 New­bury St., 617-450-8388; si­mon­


A reg­is­tered Kohler show­room, Splash works closely with plumbers, de­sign­ers, and builders to cre­ate the kitchens and bath­rooms of its cus­tomers’ imag­i­na­tions. 244 Need­ham St., New­ton, 617-332-6662; splash­


The sup­plier of sought-af­ter car­pets, fab­rics, and fur­ni­ture to Boston’s top in­te­rior de­sign ex­perts, Stark stands out for its breadth of in­ven­tory.

IN­SIDER TIP: Stark even of­fers an­i­mal-print car­pet in ev­ery con­ceiv­able “species,” from an­te­lope to bob­cat to chee­tah. 1 De­sign Cen­ter Pl., 617-357-5525; stark­car­


From arm­chairs to ta­bles to ot­tomans, Thos. Moser cel­e­brates the beauty of nat­u­ral wood with its hand­made Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture. 19 Ar­ling­ton St., 617-224-1245; thos­


Ver-Tex is an in­dus­try leader in win­dow treat­ments, in­stal­la­tion, and con­struc­tion. The veteran com­pany has com­pleted more than 30,000 com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­sign projects—and count­ing. 263 Sum­mer St., 781-332-3030;


Wood-Mode has been build­ing cus­tom cab­i­netry—in Amer­ica, with Amer­i­can ma­te­ri­als—for the past 75 years, since its ori­gins in a Penn­syl­va­nia lum­ber mill. 1069 Wash­ing­ton St., New­ton, 617-244-3993;

Feel at one with the sun on the slinky RH Marea Chaise from Restora­tion Hard­ware.

You will be­lieve in the Gar­den of Eden for the rest of your life af­ter vis­it­ing Win­ston Flow­ers flag­ship store in Ch­est­nut Hill.

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