222 Fifth Ave., Midtown
Ellen Weldon has been creating lavish invitations for New York weddings for close to three decades. And does she know what she’s doing? Let’s put it this way: Estée Lauder was her first client. A specialist in the art of calligraphy, Weldon offers different styles, ranging from the more printed-looking type that is straight caps to the dramatic swirling font that is Venetian. Be sure to allow at least three months, especially if your heart is set on one of Weldon’s custom monograms for the invitations.
Lewis Miller Design
803 6th Ave., 4th Floor, Midtown
New Yorkers have been bowled-over by the totally random, sumptuously over-the-top flower arrangements that have been sprouting up on street corners, around trash cans, and over city landmarks since 2016. This exercise in random delight is the work of Lewis Miller and his team of florists. Miller grew up a California farmer’s kid. Horticulture school followed a childhood spent in the garden, and now he runs a large studio in New York City. He is a true creative. For an artist like Miller, flowers can elevate a humble city block. Imagine what the man can do with a wedding. To get an idea, flip through his coffee table book (published by Rizzoli) or request a meeting at his studio.
Ariston Floral Boutique
425 Lexington Ave., Midtown
Ariston is a great go-to florist for Manhattan flower deliveries. They have two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Midtown, and the website has a wide array of flowers and plants to choose from: Green cymbidium orchids mixed with hydrangea, peonies and callas, Bird of Paradise plants, and much more. Their bread and butter, though, is the kind of compact glass-vase arrangements that are particularly brilliant for brightening an office desk.
Faro Building Corporation
310 E. 46th St., Midtown
Specializing in custom interior renovations, Faro has been providing New York City clients with a full spectrum of general contracting services since 1978. They have a reputation for high-quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and, in addition to general contracting, Faro fabricates custom cabinetry and furniture at its woodworking facility in Brooklyn. Scott Hirschberg has been an invaluable resource on many projects.
243 E. 59th St., Midtown
Founded in 1986, the London-based brand now has showrooms all over the world. They offer fabrics, furniture, plates, and custom design services, but De Gournay's true specialty is luxury hand-painted wallpapers in Chinoiserie patterns. Owner Claud Cecil Gurney seeks out painters who have been in the business for generations, and the wallpapers are indisputably the best in this increasingly rare trade.
Carlos de la Puente Antiques
238 E. 60th St., Midtown
A family business, Carlos de la Puente Antiques specializes in antique and vintage lighting. They have three showrooms in Manhattan within a few blocks (209 East 59th, 241 East 60th, 238 East 60th), filled with chandeliers, lanterns, flush-mounted fixtures, floor and table lamps. Side note: Carlos de la Puente provided the impressive chandeliers for our NYC goop mrkt.
150 E. 58th St., 5th floor, Midtown
Sub-Zeroes are really the Cadillacs of the refrigeration world. They're endlessly customizable for each kitchen remodel and pretty much unmatched when it comes to keeping vegetables crisp. The family-owned business (which has been in the family since 1945) still operates out of Madison, Wisconsin, where they manufacture the bulk of their products. New Yorkers can check out the offerings at their Midtown showroom.
Gallery Les Looms Inc.
Manhattan Art & Antiques Center, 1050 2nd Ave. #59, Midtown
This Soho shop specializes in antique textiles, tapestries, pillows, and carpets. The gallery is owned and run by Suzanne Nagy, an artist and film producer with an incredible eye. Amazingly, they offer museum-quality restoration for fabrics that are ripped, worn, or sun-damaged.
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