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Interior decorating

If you knew us in person, you would know that we are definitely not decorators, but despite that have a very particular sense of style. So, now that nothing is leaking or rotting away (that we know of), we decided to turn our attention to the interior.

For the last two years that we have been in this House, we used the ultramodern furniture we brought over from our loft apartment in New York City: the lime green Cielo sofa, Cellula chandelier, glass coffee table by Milmueble, various pieces by Herman Miller, almost the entire catalog of Design Within Reach, and you get the picture. Not particularly Victorian. That is to say, while the pieces were beautiful and well designed, they looked very out of place in this House. On the other hand, we were not big fans of period furniture, either. While the House is Victorian, all the furniture doesn't need to be.

That got us thinking: what exactly should our furniture be like? This started us on a long and laborious process of visiting every furniture store in the area.

First on the list was the Hampton House here in Montclair. Hampton House is located downtown, at the intersection of Bloomfield, North Fullerton, and Church Streets. This is actually a fantastic location that made it easy to visit any time of day, or even on the weekends, following the breakfast or brunch at Raymond's.

This is by far one of my favorite furniture stores anywhere. The owners and the staff are amazingly attentive and knowledgeable. And the place is enormous. I mean, four floors of showrooms, just breathtaking. To confess, I have been window shopping here for years, so when the time came to make an actual decision, it was pretty easy. You see, I had my eye on some of the Henredon and Theodore Alexander pieces throughout. So, when the right sale came along, we loaded them up and took them home. My next purchase will probably be a certain Baker piece which shall remain nameless, because I want to find it there next time I go.

If you are in the market for quality furniture, I strongly recommend for you to visit the Hampton House and talk to one of their designers. It will be worth your time. Life is too short to sit on cheap furniture.

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