4 Sconset Square
Westport, CT 06880
Wende Cohen (and that is Wende with an “e” not a “y”) is one of those fortunate people who has found a way to make her love of travel and shopping pay off. Buoyed by her experience in marketing and retail, when she moved from Manhattan to Westport in 1996 Wende took the plunge to open her own boutique. For nearly 20 years she has scoured the world for unique, beautiful and striking pieces that will smarten up a home. From antique mirrors to modern throw pillows, Wende has collected and offers an extensive and unusual inventory of home décor, accent pieces, textiles, works of art and artifacts that are sure to start a conversation.
The Posh Pearl
991 S. Main St.
Plantsville, CT 06479
The Posh Pearl may be a consignment shop, but it is a unique and upscale one, and one that specializes in trendy items for home décor. It has won numerous awards and is well-known as a place for what the owners call “vintage finds.” The store is packed with painted furniture, decorative accessories and other items meant to liven up the home. Owners (and sisters) Traci and Suzanne also offer custom furniture painting and other interior design services. These women are not dilettantes, but professionals. Traci has degrees in retailing and interior design, and her sister Suzanne has an MBA. For more on the pair and their business, visit their blog here.
Connecticut Home Interiors
830 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06119
Connecticut Home Interiors is a big store that still has the feel of a trendy boutique. They carry more than 40 brands of furniture, furnishings and upholstery, including products made by big-name companies (notably those in North Carolina) as well as items made by local craftsmen. Connecticut Home Interiors has many loyal returning customers, and keeps them coming back through a generous loyalty program which offers (among other benefits) discounts, free stuff (like free pads for a dinning room table), take-home fabric samples and even a special “white glove” free delivery service.
30 Bartholomew Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
One of Hartford’s best-known home furnishings stores, RLF Home on Bartholomew Ave is famed for its luxurious stylings, notably its designer window dressings. For many of the well-to-do (or those who want their homes to look like those of the well-to-do) RLF is the preferred place to buy or order custom-made valences and panels. They also carry an extensive selection of comforters, pillows, duvets and even shower curtains, along with other items of home décor, including giant wall clocks.
131 S. Main St.
West Hartford, CT 06107
“Fine furnishings on consignment” is the motto of Revival Home, which bills itself as a “luxury consignment shop.” Their 10,000-square-foot showroom is packed with very high-quality pre-owned furniture and furnishings, all looking for their next home to grace. This is not, however, a snooty place. The owner, Arlene, opened her shop in 2009, just after the recession hit. Her goal was, and still is, to provide fine quality furniture and furnishings to people who were hit hard by the economic downturn but still wanted to decorate their homes with taste and charm.
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