Best of Boston Home 2008
Smart designers know classic doesn’t have to mean staid. Just ask the carpenters at New England-based Thos. Moser, whose solid, polished chairs, tables, benches, and bed frames are all made the old-fashioned way—by hand—but still manage to look both current and timeless.
19 Arlington St., Boston, 617-224-1245, thosmoser.com
Just because tykes prefer primary colors and cartoons doesn’t mean their rooms should be style-free. Bambini in Brookline imports adorable but refined pieces from France and Italy (many of which convert to big-people furniture as the wee ones grow), plus must-have accents and gear, from Bugaboos to swanky mobiles.
82 Boylston St., Brookline, 617-730-4114
Hudson owner Jill Goldberg is also a designer and is notably skilled in picking quirkily fabulous pieces. Her assortment ranges from vintage to classic to modern, and everything looks amazing in her petite South End store. Goldberg is the best perk: While she’s laid-back and friendly, her design sense is dead-on.
312 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-292-0900, hudsonboston.com
If you’re not partial to snuggling with pesticides and formaldehyde, check out Furnature, especially its line of ecologically correct mattresses. Made from all-natural, untreated materials, such as nonsynthetic vinyl, natural rubber, and organic wool (from sheep raised on an island off the coast of the Netherlands), Furnature’s pieces—which you can customize, naturally—look as good as they are good for you, your family, and your pets.
86 Coolidge Ave., Watertown, 800-326-4895, furnature.com
The world of modern furniture can intimidate the uninitiated, with its shiny surfaces and high price tags. The best place for amateurs—as well as aficionados—is Montage, where it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with anything from the expansive, expertly edited, largely Italian collection. Bonus: The recently renovated showroom is beautifully arranged in vignettes to ease you into the aesthetic.
75 Arlington St., Boston, 617-451-9400, montageweb.com
Because our temperate months are numbered, we New Englanders relish outdoor time. But finding great-looking contemporary outdoor furniture is harder than pulling off a barbecue in February. Except at Didrik’s. The home store boasts pieces from Barlow Tyrie and Modern Outdoor, including sleek cushioned club chairs, mod picnic tables, and breezy teak loungers.
190 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-5700, didriks.com