During the house-hunting process, it makes sense to focus on specific neighborhoods. When it comes time to furnish that home, you can easily tackle shopping the same way.
Here’s a guide to some of Long Island’s many home-furnishing shopping destinations. On trips to these towns, villages and hamlets, with their concentration of home-shopping spots, you can find everything from a dining room table or a dresser right on down to throw pillows, candles and those cool accessories you didn’t even know you needed.
Included here are shops with distinctive styles and products that caught our eye during recent visits.
Glen Cove Road has a mix of high-end and budget-friendly home shopping. The area is bordered by chain stores, including Raymour & Flanigan and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries to the north and Ashley HomeStore and Jennifer Furniture to the south. In the middle are a few more chains interspersed with independent businesses. On the lower end, Pier One Imports, at 216 Glen Cove Rd., has furniture and accessories with a bohemian, international aesthetic, including trestle-legged farm tables and colorful stoneware.
Empress Carpet, at 200 Glen Cove Rd., is filled with a dizzying array of traditional and contemporary floor coverings.
On the high end, BoConcept, at 214 Glen Cove Rd., features ultra-modern pieces, including a thick, glass-topped dining table with splayed wooden legs. The Bedroom Source, at 230 Glen Cove Rd., specializes in bedroom sets for children and teens, with a large selection of bunk and loft beds.
Around the corner, at 235 Voice Rd., Dinettes Plus sells just what the name implies. The long showroom is lined with selection of traditional and contemporary tables, chairs and banquettes, including pieces made of solid wood and offered in a selection of several finishes from Canadian company Bermex.
Across the street at 227 Glen Cove Rd., Elements Distinctive Lighting is packed, from floor to ceiling, with lamps, chandeliers, pendant lights, sconces, fans and outdoor lights in a variety of styles. It also carries a small selection of home accessories, such as mirrors, clocks and tables that are perfect for displaying lamps.
Forest Avenue and Birch Hill Road here are lined with a mix of high-end antique and consignment shops and home furnishings stores curated by interior designers.
Andrew Maier's studio on Forest Avenue in Locust Valley features two armless club chairs in a textured mushroom fabric with vintage hide throw pillows. The herringbone love seat has brass nailheads with custom floral linen throw pillows. A rare antique Moravian star lighting pendant in French white with etched glass sits on an antique zinc and iron patio table.
A vignette inside designer Meg Braff's shop on Forest Avenue in Locust Valley shows Greek key gilt metal upholstered chairs under a large painting. On the table in front of the chairs are Italian painted parcel gilded black Moors.
The main shopping strip, what has become Interior Design Row, holds the 96 Forest Design Shops. Curated by interior designers and representing luxury home decor lines, the store has an eclectic, colorful mix of products, including stone busts.
R. Jabbour & Sons, at 108 Forest Ave., is a destination for luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding, fluffy towels, table linens and more. The bed linens pictured here are hand-hemstitched, 100 percent Egyptian cotton with an Italian hand-embroidered decorative border. The smaller pillows are decorative boudoir pillows.
Many of the shops along Sayville’s Main Street have well-defined themes. It’s also possible to find some fun local gifts. Along with cookbooks, teas, soaps and fruit-shaped candles, the Sayville General Store at 44 Main St., seen here, sells trivets and coasters with a map of the towns along Great South Bay. Four Star The Home Store, at 91 Main St., also has a general-store feel, but sells more practical items for the home, including kitchen tools and towels, bakeware and simple lampshades. The Holiday House, at 122 Main St., carries decorations for various occasions, including Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas.
A Cottage in the City, at 2 S. Main St., seen here, is filled with quirky, vintage-style accessories, including hardcover books carved into letters of the alphabet and rusty wire lamps.
Marc Williams Furniture carries classic couches, such as this shabby chic one, dining tables and bedroom sets from different brands.
While there’s no shortage of furniture-shopping in the Hamptons — not to mention the Southampton Antique Fair, held every other Sunday from May to September on the grounds of the Rogers Mansion on Meeting House Lane — the waterfront village of Sag Harbor is an ideal place to wander and browse the mostly high-end shops. JANGEORGe Interior Design, at 11 Madison St., seen here, is a designer-driven store that houses a range of furniture and home decor items from brands that the design firm uses in its projects.
The stores here have a mix of styles to match ultramodern or traditional beach houses. Fishers Home Furnishings, at 144 Main St., seen here, has some more classic designs, with reclaimed wood and pedestal dining tables that could fit in well with the modern farmhouse aesthetic sweeping the Hamptons. Interior designer Natasha Esch curates the wares at MONC XIII, at 40 Madison St., which forks off Main Street. The store has a fashion-forward collection of furniture, accessories, lamps and lighting fixtures, dinnerware and linens.
A rope-knot lamp on display at Beach Bungalow, at 26 Main St. in Sag Harbor.
Ruby Beets at 25 Washington St., seen here, a more-than-two-decades-old Hamptons business that moved from Bridgehampton to a former silent movie theater in Sag Harbor in 2007, which until recently catered to younger clients with a location in Brooklyn, offers a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, lighting and even some handmade accessories, as well as its own line of furniture, upholstery and carpets.
If you like the shabby-chic look, dig through the aptly-named Shabby to Chic Decor at 45 E. Main St., seen here, which has a flea market-like collection of hand-painted and secondhand furniture, along with chalk paint for those who want to go the DIY route to spruce up older pieces.
Interior design services are offered at House to Home as well as at Realm Home Furnishing & Design Studio, down at 116 W. Main St. Owned by designer John Rocco, Realm is a full furniture showroom with trendy, modern pieces, including mirrored cabinets and sleek wood dressers from a variety of brands.
For home projects that go beyond window-shopping, Kitchen Corner, at 7 W. Main St., designs and installs cabinets, while The Shade Shop, at 25 E. Main St., offers custom window shades, blinds and curtains.
House to Home Designs For Living has a sophisticated and colorful coastal vibe, with furniture, including upholstered couches and painted wood end tables, accessories such as bright throw pillows and chunky knit boat blankets.
The Route 110 corridor, also known as Broadhollow Road, is one of the first places many Long Islanders think of for home shopping. While not walkable like other spots on our list, it is lined with dozens of chain furniture and big box stores, including The Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as stores for kitchen counters, flooring and lighting.
Safavieh, a small chain with 11 stores in the tristate area, comes highly recommended by local interior designers. One of its three Long Island locations is at 110 Broadhollow Rd. The large showroom displays furniture, rugs and accessories from a number of high-end brands. Trendy pieces that are a twist on traditional designs include a gold-leaf cocktail table with a white and gray marble top and an antique mirrored dresser finished with silver leaf.
Among the more unusual retailers is Eastern Trading and Imports at 280 Broadhollow Rd. As its name implies, the products here — lacquer dining tables, porcelain lamps, Japanese Shoji screens and bronze statues — have an Asian style.
Stores for more practical home shopping include Tiffany Furniture at 1641 Broadhollow Rd., All Shore Appliance at 165 Main St. and House of Crystal at 268 Main St., which sells lampshades and antique chandeliers and also does lamp and chandelier rewiring.
Front Street and Main Road are lined with antique, gift and furniture stores. If browsing, take time to poke around Lydia’s Antiques & Stained Glass at 215 Main St., which has a treasure trove of old objects, including Limoges teacups and a shelf of glassware — Vaseline glass vases, candlesticks and dishes — made with small amounts of uranium, considered safe, which makes them glow green under ultraviolet light.
A vintage machinist cabinet table repurposed by Derek Regenhard is one of the unique items at The Weathered Barn at 41 Front St. in Greenport.
For furniture, Goldin Furniture Co., at 434 Main St. and located inside an 1894 theater (seen here), sells area rugs, couches, lamps and classic, customizable wood dining tables and chairs, some of which are displayed on the old stage.
The Doofpot, at 300 Main St. (seen here), has an eye-catching window display of colorful tableware, including brightly hand-painted Italian ceramics. Around the corner, at 41 Front St., home accessories at The Weathered Barn include slate serving platters and salad forks repurposed as cheese labels, the tops imprinted with words such as “cheddar” and “brie.”
The shopping here is a bit more spread out than in other communities. At 302 Main St., Bubba Brown’s Treasures, seen here, is filled with a mix of antique furniture and artisan-made gifts. Wit & Whim, at 6 Carlton Ave., which sells vintage furniture and glasses, as well as coasters and barware, is a side business of family therapist Laurie Scheinman, who donates 100 percent of the shop’s profits to a different organization each month.
At 298 Main St., Painting With Flowers has a slightly more rustic aesthetic, with artfully worn hardwood floors. Along with clothing and jewelry, the store sells furniture, such as nightstands and hutches, and luxurious bedding.
The Baltimore Design Center, seen here, scurated by interior designer Keith Baltimore, is on the far northern end of town, at 35 Main St. The bright space is decorated with dramatic light fixtures and colorful fabrics, as well as high-end furniture.
A short walk down the road leads to Stam Gallery at 289 Main St., which has a collection of antique furniture, including a Louis XVI-style marble-topped washstand from the Sands Point mansion said to have inspired “The Great Gatsby,” and objects such as a bronze desk set from the Vienna Secession group of artists.
Stores for more practical home shopping include House of Crystal at 268 Main St., seen here, which sells lampshades and antique chandeliers and also does lamp and chandelier rewiring, and All Shore Appliance at 165 Main St.