April showers bring May flowers… and maybe some house guests, too! A gentle bite from the spring cleaning bug and the seasonal turn toward outdoor entertaining comes just in time for the need to house friends and family for the graduations, celebrations, and holidays that May brings.
‘Tis the season to get our homes in order: to purge, freshen up, dust off the lounge chairs, plant some flowers, and maybe spruce up the joint with a special item or two. For some A-LIST home inspiration, check out these four local must-stop spots for the perfect finishing touch:
BLUE RACCOON: Lambertville, NJ
Tucked in next to Hamilton’s Grill and The Boat House, an eclectic mix of goodies await at Blue Raccoon. Pairing one-of-a-kind finds with a modern aesthetic, this store is wall to wall with well-designed housewares, rugs, lighting, and supremely comfortable furniture pieces from top designers like Mitchell Gold. 6 Coryell Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530.
THE FARMHOUSE STORE PRINCETON: Princeton, NJ
An NJ Monthly winner for “Best Home Furnishing Store”, The Farmhouse Store Princeton is a home lover’s delight. Thoughtful pieces, large and small, are showcased throughout, with special “Princeton” items featured as well.
Some A-LIST favorites include a framed e=mc2 print and their collection of recently commissioned mugs. Furniture pieces from Joanna Gaines Magnolia Home are sold at the store, as well as Farmhouse favorite runners from rug company Dash & Albert. 43 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.
AMY KARYN HOME: Hopewell, NJ
Inspired by antique French textiles, Amy Karyn began as a line of one-of-a-kind fabrics and pillows, and has grown over the years to an entire home collection. Her retail shops and full service design firm have been in Lambertville, New York City, and most recently in her newly opened shop in the heart of Hopewell Borough in a beautiful commercial space renovated by Brick Farm Market and Tavern owner Jon McConaughy. 38 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525.
ASHTON-WHYTE: Pennington, NJ
Since 1995, Ashton-Whyte in the heart of Pennington has been a mainstay for the ideal wedding, baby, housewarming, you-name-it gift. From hurricane lamps, to cocktail dresses, chic jewelry to dreamy bedding, there’s always the perfect something at this upscale, classic boutique. 157 W Delaware Ave, Pennington, NJ 08534.