A Nolita Design Walking Tour

While I pride myself on being familiar with NYC design stores, there are always a few I haven’t made it to yet. Lucky for me Traditional Home and Hunter Douglas partnered with Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior to create a Nolita walking tour. (I recently featured one of Nina’s projects on Design Crush Mondays!) The tour was correctly labeled “A Morning Of Design Inspiration”. I walked away with my mind going in several directions! Here are a few of the stops we made on our walking tour last week.

Holland & Sherry Bespoke

I was thrilled when I heard Holland & Sherry was opening a retail store right in my backyard! This was a great opportunity to step inside and see their new digs. The shop and design studio is located behind the amazing Elizabeth Street Gallery, which continues into the outdoor space you see when walking past.

Holland & Sherry Bespoke is like a modern man cave heaven, with shaving brushes, large horses and much of their signature fabric. Designers are encouraged to come and hang out, sit at the back conference tables and invite clients over for meeting and bespoke cocktails. Now that I’ve gotten to know the comfortable space I’ll definitely be using this feature!

A Nolita design walking tour, NYC

Craig Van Den Brulle

Just down the street from Holland & Sherry Bespoke you’ll find the glistening Craig Van Den Brulle shop. The flagship store is filled with luxury pieces including show stopping lighting. My favorite, however, was the crazy artwork! I’m very picky about paintings but I was immediately drawn to every piece in the store. If you’re in the area you must stop by!

A Nolita design walking tour, NYC

Aero by Thomas O’Brien

Now, I’ve visited Aero in the past but not recently. The shop was filled with Thomas O’Brien classics including furniture, lighting and accessories. It was a treat to visit the store with this group because we were able to tour the design office downstairs! I love seeing how designers set up their offices, how they stay organized and how they work. This was a quick glimpse into Aero Studios that was very interesting! I can’t tell you what they’re working on right now but I can tell you to stay tuned, lots of fabulous stuff coming up soon!

A Nolita design walking tour, NYC


Ochre is another one of my go-to shops. I recently wrote about their sister store, Canvas, which is also amazing. I’m a fan of their tabletop pieces which are very luxe. On this tour however, I couldn’t get over the lighting!

A Nolita design walking tour, NYC

John Houshmand

After visiting John Houshmand I’m now trying to figure out how to visit their upstate location where they source their wood. John Houshmand not only makes custom wood pieces they also hand pick each piece of wood and create pieces in unique ways. I haven’t met many woodworkers that are comfortable mixing materials such as wood, concrete, metals and resins. I was amazed!

A Nolita design walking tour, NYC

Michele Varian

This was my first visit to Michele Varian’s store on Howard Street. Half of the store is filled with curated pieces picked by Michele while the other half, like pillows and wallcovering, were designed by Michele herself. Michele has a fabulous eye and everything she has brought into the store tells a story. I wanted to buy something but because everything’s so great I had trouble deciding! That just means I’ll have to go back!

A Nolita design walking tour, NYC

We also visited Ankasa, which I’ve recently written about so I didn’t take any pictures. Pop over to Confessions of a Design Geek to see a few shots. The tour ended with a delicious (and healthy!) lunch at The Butcher’s Daughter, which has also been on my list to visit. The food was delicious and the green juice was amazing! I’ll be getting my next juice cleanse from here! I’m glad Nina picked these great places that I had already been meaning to go to! Thanks Nina, Traditional Home and Hunter Douglas for the great experience!

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