By Mary Wheeler

After a long winter you are probably itching for a change and instead of the normal hairstyle or clothing change, why not think about ways to update your house. Get ready to redecorate your home this spring at these great design stores.

Photo Credit: Nosey Goose

The Nosey Goose
33 Wall Street
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-3132
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Since 1980, the Nosey Goose has been offering beautiful, unique home items at reasonable prices. Since its opening, Nosey Goose has expanded to nine rooms that are filled with decorative items, cottage style furniture, vintage furniture and accessories. Expect to find such names as Mole Hollow Candles, Bunnies by the Bay, Dash & Albert Rugs, Farmhouse, Hillhouse Naturals, Creative Co-op, Tag, among others. The Nosey Goose also carries elegant bedding from Pine Cone Hill, so be sure to ask about this when you stop in. The Nosey Goose goes above and beyond in the one-of-a-kind department; even offering custom furniture painting services.

Photo Credit: White Room

The White Room
931 Bantam Road (Rte 202)
Bantam, CT 06750
(860) 361-6299
Hours: Tues – Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment

The White Room offers an eclectic array of artwork, vintage furniture, and objects that come from all over the country and world. Such items you will find include:  bookcases, coffee tables, wall art, sideboards, seating, benches and accessories, among others. Along with furnishings and furniture, The White Barn offers artisan gift soaps and home fragrances from Gianna Rose Atelier, Frasier Fir Collection, and Mandarin Coriander Collection. Be sure to check out their one-of-a-kind items including their Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkin, $60.00, an Antique Cast Iron Horse Bank, $135.00, and a Copper and Brass Watering Can, $100.00. Trust us; you won’t be able to find these items anywhere except the White Room.

Photo Credit: Furniture Barn & Manor House

Furniture Barn & Manor House
535 West Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 272-7055
Hours: Mon to Sun 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For those looking for something a bit more traditional, look no further than Furniture Barn & Manor House. Since 1966, this family owned and operator store has been serving the community with their fine home furnishings. From the living room to entertainment to the office, the Furniture Barn’s got you covered in every department. Check out their great selection of leather sofas, recliners, and sectionals to add a super chic look to your home. Another great spot for traditional furniture and lighting is Valley Lighting on Chestnut Street in Ansonia, Connecticut. Valley Lighting offers antiques, furniture, mirrors as well as specializes in ceiling, wall and outdoor lighting- so you’ll never have to worry about being in the dark.

Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York,, and AOL’s Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.