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Field Trip: Furnish Green

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Sometimes finding the city's best treasures comes by way of happy accident. While my colleague, Decorating Editor Rebecca Robertson, was surfing Craig's List for a stool, she came across a listing from a used-furniture store called Furnish Green, located on the 5th floor of 1261 Broadway, between 31st and 32nd Streets.

Finding it takes a little effort, but the corner suite of this building brims with light and makes a lovely stage for their ever-changing inventory. The owner Nathan prices pieces based on their usability, rather than their "antique prowess," meaning lower (if not somewhat arbitrary: "why $61 and not $60?") prices on items that actually function.

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Welcome to Furnish Green! It's a little tricky getting here, but so worth it.

1 Welcome to Furnish Green! It's a little tricky getting here, but so worth it.

This set of blue metal chairs can be raised and lowered to match heights.

2 This set of blue metal chairs can be raised and lowered to match heights.

Bins and bins of records give life to the furnishings; pieces this unique deserve vintage turntable tunes.

3 Bins and bins of records give life to the furnishings; pieces this unique deserve vintage turntable tunes.

A voluptuous wooden mirror frame; notice the antler in its reflection that I considered glittering for my Halloween centerpiece.

4 A voluptuous wooden mirror frame; notice the antler in its reflection that I considered glittering for my Halloween centerpiece.

Decorating & Home Editor Rebecca Robertson inspects the drawers of a very unique wooden piece that we both loved.

5 Decorating & Home Editor Rebecca Robertson inspects the drawers of a very unique wooden piece that we both loved.

Her vision for this piece was to hold jewelry, which would make sorting through lots of pieces far more organized!

6 Her vision for this piece was to hold jewelry, which would make sorting through lots of pieces far more organized!

Organizing in shallow drawers makes it easy to find items quickly. Plus, this unit is so artfully designed (note the little label slots!).

7 Organizing in shallow drawers makes it easy to find items quickly. Plus, this unit is so artfully designed (note the little label slots!).

From the front (those side shelving units are not attached) when the rolling door is closed. Once unlocked, the front slatted wood rolls downwards in a truly wonderful whoosh, clinking to a stop at the bottom, revealing the drawers within.

8 From the front (those side shelving units are not attached) when the rolling door is closed. Once unlocked, the front slatted wood rolls downwards in a truly wonderful whoosh, clinking to a stop at the bottom, revealing the drawers within.

We love to shop local whenever possible, but some of the most interesting finds are from overseas.

9 We love to shop local whenever possible, but some of the most interesting finds are from overseas.

Rebecca's jewelry vision aside, I thought these shallow drawers would hold my expansive linen collection quite adequately!

10 Rebecca's jewelry vision aside, I thought these shallow drawers would hold my expansive linen collection quite adequately!

So, I bought it! We've already picked out a place for it in my apartment.

11 So, I bought it! We've already picked out a place for it in my apartment.

This table matched another smaller piece. We loved the unique marbled pattern and its sheer bulk.

12 This table matched another smaller piece. We loved the unique marbled pattern and its sheer bulk.

Rebecca is thinking of hauling this table away herself.

13 Rebecca is thinking of hauling this table away herself.

Rebecca and I rooted around this lovely store, turning up one treasure after another. The inventory is constantly changing, which makes this a constantly exciting place to visit.

14 Rebecca and I rooted around this lovely store, turning up one treasure after another. The inventory is constantly changing, which makes this a constantly exciting place to visit.

I was drawn to the weight and unique grid of this chest of drawers, plus the wood grain is just so pronounced!

15 I was drawn to the weight and unique grid of this chest of drawers, plus the wood grain is just so pronounced!

This vintage wooden file cabinet was absolutely stunning.

16 This vintage wooden file cabinet was absolutely stunning.

Due to the need for some retrofitting, Rebecca resisted the urge to purchase this piece, but we sure hope it finds a worthy home!

17 Due to the need for some retrofitting, Rebecca resisted the urge to purchase this piece, but we sure hope it finds a worthy home!

One last look before moving on...

18 One last look before moving on...

Stools, gadgets and gizmos galore.

19 Stools, gadgets and gizmos galore.

This lighting fixture had Rebecca transfixed!

20 This lighting fixture had Rebecca transfixed!

Scoping out that set of rolling drawers, I'm sure.

21 Scoping out that set of rolling drawers, I'm sure.

We thought this bench would be perfect recovered for Martha's granddaughter Jude.

22 We thought this bench would be perfect recovered for Martha's granddaughter Jude.

But I could fit on it, too!

23 But I could fit on it, too!

The sinuous lines of this deep green metal chair are provocative.

24 The sinuous lines of this deep green metal chair are provocative.

I was obsessed with this adorable vintage pink scale.

25 I was obsessed with this adorable vintage pink scale.

Anything to lighten the mood when weighing yourself!

26 Anything to lighten the mood when weighing yourself!

We both thought this desk was a real find; stately and versatile, its sharp edges lightened the piece's heft.

27 We both thought this desk was a real find; stately and versatile, its sharp edges lightened the piece's heft.

Rebecca was completely enamored with this set of unfinished wooden chairs, especially the lovely color of the unstained wood.

28 Rebecca was completely enamored with this set of unfinished wooden chairs, especially the lovely color of the unstained wood.

Another incredible find we unearthed.

29 Another incredible find we unearthed.

This old screen unfolded gorgeously.

30 This old screen unfolded gorgeously.

Items like this make wonderful projects; with a few yards of new (or vintage) fabric, this uniquely sized screen could be a real statement piece.

31 Items like this make wonderful projects; with a few yards of new (or vintage) fabric, this uniquely sized screen could be a real statement piece.

Browsing the inventory at Furnish Green is a lesson in thrifting for the novice and expert picker alike. Coming up with modern uses for these vintage items was not only interesting, but also empowering as a shopper and home designer. Filling a precise need with the perfect piece is simply put, satisfying. Check out Furnish Green if you're ever near Herald Square. It's an absolute treat!

Liz O'Brien Editions Debut

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A few weeks ago, decorative arts dealer Liz O'Brien hosted an evening soirée in her edgy and expansive east side storefront to promote the debut of her new furniture line Editions.

Invitation to the Editions Debut

Invitation to the Editions Debut

For more than 20 years Liz O'Brien has been seeking out unique and fascinating pieces from the 1940's - 1970's, and the unveiling of her new collection was a polished ode to those years of incredible design. Bright fall hues adorned a selection of sofas, chairs and ottomans, in addition to some glossy occasion tables I absolutely adored. Here's a selection of images from the opening. Let me know what you think!

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Welcome to the opening! The design on this table is actually real fabric sealed under a glossy coating.

1 Welcome to the opening! The design on this table is actually real fabric sealed under a glossy coating.

These Albert tables are so versatile and mod; they remind me of Sol LeWitt's open cubes.

2 These Albert tables are so versatile and mod; they remind me of Sol LeWitt's open cubes.

Liz's eye for timeless, retro fabrics is remarkable.

3 Liz's eye for timeless, retro fabrics is remarkable.

The color scheme in the store was a stunning balance of deep hues and bright spots.

4 The color scheme in the store was a stunning balance of deep hues and bright spots.

These candle holders remind me of the quarts pieces Yvette found antiquing in New Jersey.

5 These candle holders remind me of the quarts pieces Yvette found antiquing in New Jersey.

The trim on this sofa is so inviting; the feet are hand carved in gilt wood.

6 The trim on this sofa is so inviting; the feet are hand carved in gilt wood.

Gorgeous fuchsia hydrangeas were displayed throughout the showroom.

7 Gorgeous fuchsia hydrangeas were displayed throughout the showroom.

Isn't this little couch so sensual? The curves and hand-carved wood are almost regal in that mauve-y hue.

8 Isn't this little couch so sensual? The curves and hand-carved wood are almost regal in that mauve-y hue.

Velvet is so luxe with this.

9 Velvet is so luxe with this.

Liz's new digs work just as well for a bustling reception as a showroom and gallery.

10 Liz's new digs work just as well for a bustling reception as a showroom and gallery.

Will ikat ever go out of style?

11 Will ikat ever go out of style?

All the fabrics were so precisely drawn across the pieces in this collection.

12 All the fabrics were so precisely drawn across the pieces in this collection.

A guest checks out those glossy Albert tables.

13 A guest checks out those glossy Albert tables.

These Albert Hadley hurricane lanterns really glow on the table's golden fabric.

14 These Albert Hadley hurricane lanterns really glow on the table's golden fabric.

A simple dining chair can be so sophisticated by itself with a high level of design like this.

15 A simple dining chair can be so sophisticated by itself with a high level of design like this.

The matte texture of this lamp base keeps the glossy shine balanced.

16 The matte texture of this lamp base keeps the glossy shine balanced.

Martha arrives! That's her and Liz with another guest.

17 Martha arrives! That's her and Liz with another guest.

Martha with Jill Deinst and Stephen Sills.

18 Martha with Jill Deinst and Stephen Sills.

Martha absolutely loved this Jayne Lounge chair in the emerald green velvet.

19 Martha absolutely loved this Jayne Lounge chair in the emerald green velvet.

Decorating and Home Editor Rebecca Robertson and her friend Michael Glynn, architect.

20 Decorating and Home Editor Rebecca Robertson and her friend Michael Glynn, architect.

Eggplant and violet are kept earthy with a hint of green.

21 Eggplant and violet are kept earthy with a hint of green.

This neo-baroque fabulous violet sofa is such a burst of  lively color against that gemstone wall art.

22 This neo-baroque fabulous violet sofa is such a burst of lively color against that gemstone wall art.

Contemporary without being stark.

23 Contemporary without being stark.

Such carefully carved and finished feet.

24 Such carefully carved and finished feet.

The clean lines of this Billy armchair and ottoman add to the purple arrangement.

25 The clean lines of this Billy armchair and ottoman add to the purple arrangement.

The greys and ivories in this fabric mix beautifully.

26 The greys and ivories in this fabric mix beautifully.

More rich blossoms.

27 More rich blossoms.

This chair display was so fun and classic.

28 This chair display was so fun and classic.

The brightly colored chairs pop against a navy background, while the wood details keep everything grounded.

29 The brightly colored chairs pop against a navy background, while the wood details keep everything grounded.

Look at the marbling on this wood! Isn't it incredible?

30 Look at the marbling on this wood! Isn't it incredible?

A sleeker grouping of tables and chairs.

31 A sleeker grouping of tables and chairs.

These geological designs bridged the gap between the organic and modern in Liz's new collection. I love her bold and vintage-inspired design.

32 These geological designs bridged the gap between the organic and modern in Liz's new collection. I love her bold and vintage-inspired design.

Don't mind if I do!

33 Don't mind if I do!

It's impossible not to have fun in a room full of happy guests and exquisite furniture.

34 It's impossible not to have fun in a room full of happy guests and exquisite furniture.

Thanks for stopping by!

35 Thanks for stopping by!

Liz is known for introducing works of genius by masters like Samuel Marx, William Haines, and Karl Springer at her old 5th Avenue store, which she left to plant roots in this building full of well-established design colleagues.  I love how Liz works autumnal colors and vintage designs into a bright, modern collection of pieces. Enjoy these photographs of Liz's storefront and interior as captured by 1st Dibs.

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Liz's collections truly reflect this statement. Her personal style is truly revealed through every piece she represents.

1 Liz's collections truly reflect this statement. Her personal style is truly revealed through every piece she represents.

The new store exterior; this image captures the positive energy that reverberates from her collections.

2 The new store exterior; this image captures the positive energy that reverberates from her collections.

The punch of purples in this room speaks to Liz's bold flavor. I love the crisp white shelving and the subtle animal print on that coffee table.

3 The punch of purples in this room speaks to Liz's bold flavor. I love the crisp white shelving and the subtle animal print on that coffee table.

More distinctive patterns and an example of symmetry at its best. The clean lines on the two blue chairs are statement-making.

4 More distinctive patterns and an example of symmetry at its best. The clean lines on the two blue chairs are statement-making.

Artfully arranged sculptures work with the wood grains on an incredible shelving unit.

5 Artfully arranged sculptures work with the wood grains on an incredible shelving unit.

How invigorating is all this orange next to that sultry tri-fold screen? These brights are just irreverent enough to spunk up, but not overpower, its cool dusky tones.

6 How invigorating is all this orange next to that sultry tri-fold screen? These brights are just irreverent enough to spunk up, but not overpower, its cool dusky tones.

Quirky blue gourd vases glamorize a clean wooden table. In turn, its hard edges allow all the curves in this image to really shine.

7 Quirky blue gourd vases glamorize a clean wooden table. In turn, its hard edges allow all the curves in this image to really shine.

I am immediately drawn to the bright chairs, and in particular the unique upper edging on their pillows, in this space. Liz is a master at giving details their spotlight.

8 I am immediately drawn to the bright chairs, and in particular the unique upper edging on their pillows, in this space. Liz is a master at giving details their spotlight.

Come see Liz in her store. The new Editions line makes a perfect complement to the showstopping selection she's known for.

9 Come see Liz in her store. The new Editions line makes a perfect complement to the showstopping selection she's known for.

My Guest on Today's Show: Christophe Pourny

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Christophe Pourny is known and loved at Martha Stewart Living for his absolute distinction in furniture care and restoration. His upbringing in the French Riviera (where his parents owned an antique store) coupled with a Parisian education led Christophe to his passion for all things from times past.

From fabulous guilds and finishes to a host of genius restoration techniques, Christophe’s knowledge of furniture care is truly masterful. You can see how Christophe helped me with my own furniture makeover when I was decorating my apartment here. As my guest on this week’s radio show, Christophe and I will be discussing his newest product called “Color Reviver.” Using only natural ingredients, this product refreshes the appearance of worn wood by actually hiding scratches on its surface.

I can’t wait to see Christophe and learn about this new age-defying furniture product. Tune in to SiriusXM 110 at 4:00pm today to hear the show! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy perusing these images of Christophe’s work.

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Christophe Pourny is no stranger to our offices; he has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show at least 3 times! Christophe is most proud of his work with the City of New York in City Hall and Gracie Mansion, for which he has been highly esteemed.

1 Christophe Pourny is no stranger to our offices; he has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show at least 3 times! Christophe is most proud of his work with the City of New York in City Hall and Gracie Mansion, for which he has been highly esteemed.

High shine and intricate, gilded details lend refinement to this lovely lacquered French Bombee Chest.

2 High shine and intricate, gilded details lend refinement to this lovely lacquered French Bombee Chest.

Christophe's Rue Jacob

3 Christophe's Rue Jacob "Spin Table" is chic and versatile.

The tabletop raises and lowers on a surprisingly chic and industrial screw. I think this piece balances sophisticated design and pure functionality.

4 The tabletop raises and lowers on a surprisingly chic and industrial screw. I think this piece balances sophisticated design and pure functionality.

This Rue Jacob Mirror is the perfect combination of elegance and simplicity. I love how the reflected gold cutout gives both depth and light to the deep black frame.

5 This Rue Jacob Mirror is the perfect combination of elegance and simplicity. I love how the reflected gold cutout gives both depth and light to the deep black frame.

Christophe is hard at work in his studio bringing life and intricacy to this elegant chaise frame.

6 Christophe is hard at work in his studio bringing life and intricacy to this elegant chaise frame.

Every gold leaf detail is secured with such precision! I really enjoy seeing the transitional phase between raw material and a highly refined finished product.

7 Every gold leaf detail is secured with such precision! I really enjoy seeing the transitional phase between raw material and a highly refined finished product.

Before...

8 Before...

...and after! The bright yellow pattern is so striking. A single, simple pillow keeps the whole piece looking relaxed.

9 ...and after! The bright yellow pattern is so striking. A single, simple pillow keeps the whole piece looking relaxed.

I can't even imagine how many hours of work go into each of Christophe's designs.

10 I can't even imagine how many hours of work go into each of Christophe's designs.

More gold detailing - the contrast with brown wood here is so rich and warm–perfect autumn shades.

11 More gold detailing - the contrast with brown wood here is so rich and warm–perfect autumn shades.

This famous tonic is mixed in small batches, right here in New York. It's the perfect cure-all for keeping wood in its best light.

12 This famous tonic is mixed in small batches, right here in New York. It's the perfect cure-all for keeping wood in its best light.

The newcomer! I'm so thrilled to hear about this Color Reviver that Christophe just released–so inky and luxurious.

13 The newcomer! I'm so thrilled to hear about this Color Reviver that Christophe just released–so inky and luxurious.