Livingston Manor has become a design lover’s destination. The Sullivan County hamlet was already drawing crowds pre-pandemic—thanks to its proximity to hikes and streams as well as restaurants and boutiques—but with The Great City Exodus of 2020 came a ton of new visitors and homeowners to the area, and the stores soon followed, catering to the decor needs of their Brooklyn-rooted boho demo. Combining new and vintage decor, the shops on Main Street boast creative sourcing, small-batch commissions, and sustainable living. Check out our favorites below!
Step into Homestedt, the cozy Scandi-Catskills concept store and showroom, by the namesake design company. Interior design duo Anna Äberg and Tom Roberts stock the shop with thoughtfully sourced items that reflect their outdoorsy, European roots—think handcrafted canoe chairs, crisp bed linens, pine sap candles, and sustainable kitchen accessories—to add a woodsy, upstate touch to your home. Many of their items can also be found (and used!) in their dreamy AirBnBs.
If you’re looking for vintage design, you’ve come to the right place. Long Weekend’s collection is unparalleled, from Scandinavian leather lounge chairs like the Ingmar Relling for Westnofa Siesta chairs, to 1960s Brazilian design like Percival Lafer, to coveted Knoll vintage pieces from designers Marcel Breuer and Gae Aulenti. Design lovers will also fall for the shop’s newer items from predominantly female-owned brands, including upstate makers like Alexis Tellefsen, Annie Raife, and Susan Riesen of L’Ouvriere Candle Studio. Owner Ninze Chen-Benchev will source pieces for your home, and even delivers to the city.
Mid-century lovers are certain to find items at vintage home decor shop Taylor + Ace. Find Dansk Kobenstyle cookware alongside amber glasses and statement furniture, like a Milo Baughman chair and Harvey Guzzini floor lamp. In addition to home decor, search through retro items like sci-fi paperbacks, vintage postcards, and other nostalgic collectibles.
Part thrift, part vintage, and totally fun to dig around, Life Repurposed is conveniently located next to Livingston Manor’s bakery, the Neon Croissant. The shop packs an eclectic mix of old and new, with antiques, primitives, refinished furniture, and the occasional really stunning design piece. It’s a great stop for any home owner (or visitor) in search of a specific knick knack, or just go in to peruse, and walk out with something you didn’t know you needed.
Photo: Shawn Lang.
After the success of its pop-up shop earlier this year, The Farmhouse Project is now full-time in Livingston Manor, and we are here for it! The shop’s thoughtfully-made items from local artisans embody the “upscale upstate” look: find handmade ceramics and table linens, scented candles poured in etched whiskey tumblers (to sip from after burning!), and floor pillows made from repurposed vintage rugs.
Music aficionados and board game lovers will appreciate Jitterbug, a games, record, and children’s shop. While not a decor shop, it’s a great place to beef up your record collection, embark on a new vintage puzzle, or search for the perfect board game.
Be sure to pop into neighboring One Grand Books for compelling reads to fill up your bookshelf, coffee table—and your brain. New to Livingston Manor, with a sister shop in Narrowsburg, One Grand Books is organized by celebrity recommendation. Browse suggestions from inspiring minds like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michaela Coel, and Tilda Swinton. The shop also carries great magazines and has an upstate-inspired book collection.
Photo: Alec Castillo.
Concrete + Water is a newer addition to Livingston Manor, having opened in September 2021 after owners Hannah and JD Gluckstern shuttered their Williamsburg shop and moved upstate full time. The shop predominantly sells clothing, but has a thoughtful homeware section, including color-blocked textiles, bamboo fiber dining plates, and woven baskets and planters.
Find elevated, modern design at Nest, internationally sourced by former Vogue design director and current interior designer Anna Bern. The shop carries furniture made from organic materials—like geometric dining tables in wood and marble, light finished oak dressers, and distressed iron cocktail tables—as well as Moroccan and Turkish rugs, antique mirrors, framed art, and smaller items like ceramic mugs and sculptural hand soaps.