Saturday, April 24, 2010
A Trip to ABC Carpet & Home
This week TD and I had a dinner on the east side so I took a quick trip through ABC Carpet & Home on Broadway and 18th Street on the way over. ABC is one of the most inspiring stores in New York and a great place to shop for gifts, especially at Christmastime.
Its ten floors carry furniture, rugs, fabrics, and lighting. The first floor, pictured here, offers gifts, jewelry and clothes. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that everything in the store is beautiful. The first floor in particular is constantly changing with ever-new displays. It's like a store as work of art. Led by president and chief executive Paulette Cole, whose paternal great grandfather founded the carpet business in 1897, the store is driven by a passion for beautiful things and is also dedicated to selling products that have a positive social impact and are environmentally conscious.
The displays are pretty magical, incorporating the sophisticated merchandise and lighting, plus plants and wood and twigs (click to enlarge).
Nature really is part of the show here.
Wonderful ethnic jewelry is proffered
and delicious scarves and fabrics
and of course jewel-tone rugs.
I liked the little flower arrangements on display, as if bits of things were snipped from the garden and mixed together.
I love how that looks.
On the way over 17th Street TD and I passed these flower boxes bursting with blooms.
Flowers indoors and out is my idea of a nice walk.