Started by Brooklyn native Robert Wilson and his wife a decade ago, Sterling Place is truly a neighborhood business. The perfectly culled mix of antique and New York contemporary gives you the feeling that you've stumbled on the upscale flea market of your dreams. You never know what you're gonna find, but you know you're going to like it.
Influences range from nautical to natural, retro to regal, vintage to very now. From furniture to knick knacks, each piece is quite different, yet the Wilsons and shop buyer Margaret Marine ensure everything has a clear aesthetic. They clearly understand their customer, as each item in the shop plays off each other and would make sense in one home.
Many home goods stores claim to be "lifestyle" stores, but they don't actually fill all the areas of need for a finished product. At Sterling Place, their collection truly tells the whole story, providing one-stop shopping of sorts. For example, to create a home bar, not only do they stock a gorgeous antique bar cart and 70s retro glassware, but they also have newly released cocktail recipe books, hand-woven cocktail napkins, and antique ashtrays and trinkets to adorn the area.
On my last visit, some of my favorite finds were:
Caskata's Blue Octopus tableware set, specifically the 13.5" serving bowl. A beautiful way of adding a masculine flair to the dinner table.
Candle by the Hour twisted candles. Pull the wax through the copper clip for the desired amount of burn time (about twenty minutes of light per inch), and the flame will self-extinguish upon completion. Gorgeous and genius.
Pinball machine coffee table. This coffee table makes use of one of the original pinball machine faces from 1935. It feels quirky and fresh while delivering a dose of old-timey character.
If you don't live in the area, you can order their smaller goods on their website. They don't ship furniture, but haven't you been meaning to visit New York anyway? Sterling Place truly has something for everyone, and any piece from the store will add charm and interest to your home. Happy shopping!
This post was written by Lauren.