It’s official—residents of the Hudson Valley don’t have to trek to big-city showrooms to avail themselves of high-end, unusual, or designer home goods. Nor are we limited to just the big-box stores when we do house renos. At a few of our favorite local home goods stores you can get the work of nearby artisans and artists as well as the kind of things found on 1stdibs.com or on the pages of glossy shelter magazines. But it’s not all pricey—there are loads of gifts or tchotchkes (tasteful, of course) for all occasions. And some of these venues offer design consults for a low fee. Check out our roundup of home goods stores at price points all over the budget spectrum.
1. Exit Nineteen
This shop in Kingston—from the team behind Spruce in Rhinebeck, John Krenek and Jamie Niblock—opened in 2015 in the city's Stockade District. Named for the nearest New York Thruway exit, the large tin-ceilinged space features a rotating collection of furniture by masters of the mid-century era. Also of the time: a heavy emphasis on barware. At Exit 19, You'll be able to stock a party-friendly bar with everything from Peychaud's Bitters to muddling spoons and a hand-blown wine carafe with oak stopper (at only $35 it's a very reasonable hostess gift). Serve it all up on a sleek, stainless steel Arne Jacobsen tray. The shop's layered vignettes are filled with colorful blown glass vases, stacks of Ridley games, and art on the walls (including quirky animal portraits on plates and faux deer heads). You'll go for decor inspiration and to browse the extensive selection of gorgeous scented candles, candle sticks, lanterns, Donghia silk pillows, lighting (task lamps that add a pop of color to a study), and coffee paraphernalia. The classic metal toolbox ($85) would make a great Mother's Day (or Father's Day) gift. The owners pride themselves on having goods from a few bucks to thousands.
2. HammertownHammertown locations have similar merch, the Pine Plains shop is the original store, opened 30 years ago in an old barn. It's the largest location, and definitely a destination, especially on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends for the biennial tent sale. The shops sell decorator-favorite furniture (from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Lee Industries), rugs both vintage (Turkish, Oriental) and new (Dash & Albert, Jaipur), bedding, towels, lighting, tableware (from Fish's Eddy to Royal Staffordshire), kitchen stuff (including utensils and cookbooks), also kids' toys, jewelry, and scarves.
3. Lili & Loo
Each room in this Hudson shop feels like you've wandered into a private home. The retailer morphed from a Manhattan flea market stall full of diverse objects some 20 years ago to the current 15-room shop on two floors in three adjoining 19th century buildings on Hudson's Warren Street, plus a 2,000-square-foot backyard. Lili & Loo's vibe is very "world traveler," stylish and sophisticated with a mix of decorative objects, anything you'd put on your table when entertaining, furniture (side tables to sofas), art, and an extensive selection of textiles to bedeck your windows and floors. For a fee, they'll "roomscape" your house—i.e. give redecorating tips. In recent months, Lili and Loo has expanded its selection of wearables—clothing, sunglasses, purses, jewelry, etc. There's a virtual gallery tour on the store website to pre-plan your shopping trip.
4. ReStore of Newburgh
Like any thrift store, you never know what you'll find—a giant wrought iron wagon-wheel chandelier or a set of '50s highball glasses or some retro door knobs. Or a couch. But these stores offer everything from furniture (small and large) to doors and windows to the literal kitchen sink. Unlike a commercial home good shop, where you can count on certain basics or multiples of a popular item, at the ReStore the law is strike while the iron is hot and don't put it down until you're sure you don't want to buy it. That said, volunteers are always glad to measure something or free a front door from the teetering stack for you to take a look. Or even price an unmarked item on the floor. Once priced, it's firm—don't try to bargain. However, you may not have the luxury of leisure here—some locations such as Newburgh require that items purchased from 10 to 3 pm must be picked up by 4:30 that same day. Items bought after 3 have to be collected by noon the following business day. This store's Facebook page and Twitter feed alerts you to any sales, donations from specific furniture makers, or specials (sales on tile or flooring or boxed lighting, etc.). Also good—you can off-load any of the non-joy-bringing home goods on your way in. Other Hudson Valley outposts can be found in Hudson, Kingston, and Poughkeepsie.
5. 100 Mile
A couple with years of experience in luxury retail and high-end design, Josh Ingmire and Kristina Albaugh, bought a second home in the Valley in the early teens. Noticing the wave of other Manhattan expats (and wanting to live the country life), they decided to open their Rhinebeck emporium, 100 Mile (they also collaborate on commercial and home design projects). The store/showroom vibe is clean-lined, modern, and minimal. Their focus is on innovative and influential brands (think: Cappellini, Flos, Ligne Roset, Moooi, and Poliform, among impressive others) of housewares, furniture, lighting, fragrance, jewelry, art, and decorative objects. Go if you're planning to design a drop-dead-gorgeous modern luxe kitchen or bathroom that no one will mistake for the product of a big box store.
5. Hudson Home
Design and marketing pros Richard Bodin and Gregory Feller opened this airy, light-filled store in a former printing plant on Hudson's Warren Street in 2004. In addition to interior design (their portfolio is on Houzz), Hudson Home does retail well. They transformed the concrete shell into a store that they call their "incubator/laboratory," with soaring 24-foot ceilings showing off a mix of new and vintage finds inspired by the duo's love of travel, nature, and history. They offer custom upholstery and case goods (aka dressers/shelving), lighting, accessories, linens, tabletop, candles, and a savvy selection of art. Browse the second-floor showroom resource library of wall coverings, window treatments, fabrics, and rugs.
6. North Elm Home
Despite what the internet mattress vendors say, you really do have to test-lie a bed. Well, here at North Elm Home in Millerton in a revived barn you can do so. You'll find an extensive selection of mattresses—handmade Schifman's, Beautyrest by Simmons, Black, and Serta iComfort. The show of local artists work on the store's Art Wall changes every six weeks. In one place, you can see every style of dining set, customizable slipcovered sofas, hand-knotted carpets, and iron bedsteads. The outdoor furniture is both design-y and practical (Highwood faux wood Adirondack chairs, and pieces in teak, resin wicker, and aluminum). The second floor is virtually a separate antiques slash vintage shop (yes, they do consignments). The shop has two interior design consultants on staff.
7. BurkelmanBurkelman sells lighting (like the fun resin Banana lamp), throws, glassware, baskets for storage, linens, soaps, bar paraphernalia, serving pieces, and even jewelry. Go there for a most abundant selection of gorgeous rugs (from natural-hued sheepskins to flat-weaves to painterly and plush abstract patterns) and throw pillows (for example: kilims, jewel-toned silk velvets, blown-up gingham from a Brit textile designer). The pair have launched a lifestyle brand, which includes soy wax, cotton-wick candles. That Hudson Valley Candle ($38) is one of their bestsellers, with notes of tobacco, wood fire, and moss. In April, they're launching a new one: Unwindulax, a melding of lavender, lemon verbena, and honey. This spring, they'll launch a line of unisex eau de parfum fragrances. They have lots of handmade stoneware pieces like The Eclipse Platter ($298) for those who love to entertain. On June 1st, join the party for their Turkish textile trunk sale in Cold Spring, where you'll see beautiful hand-loomed kaftans, beach and pool cover-ups, and artisanal towels.
8. Marigold Home
Designer Maria R. Mendoza has several Marigold Home shops in the region, including Rhinebeck and Woodstock. Her interior design business is headquartered at the Kingston location, which is also a source for Hunter Douglas window shades and blinds, furniture, home decor (vases, photo frames, cute objects), designer fabrics and trims (Shumacher, Duralee, Scalamandré, and so on) and an upholstery service. Go for weather-resistant custom upholstery for your outdoor furniture (now is a good time: it takes about six to eight weeks).