An antique’s beauty preserves emblems of the past while embracing the future with new ideas. Its uniqueness stands out in today’s modern-style pads. Whether you’re hunting for a lamp, clock, glassware or furniture many Long Island antique shops have pieces waiting to make your home a little more enchanting. I’ve scouted the Island for the quaint shops that feature some of the most charming décor.
Brú na Bó, Northport
This vintage store, which was named after a region in Ireland that contains the most noteworthy prehistoric megalithic art and monuments, boasts items made using sustainable materials. Chic finds include reclaimed wood dining room tables made by local artisans, chairs created from restored rubber or steel barrels and kitchen tables constructed from the trunks of local fallen trees. There are also vanities, Avoca blankets from Ireland, candles, pillows and other small novelties for sale. Simply put: it’s a feast for the eyes. Go.
Barntique Village, Moriches
Browse, peruse and purchase at one (or more) of the 18 historic buildings and sheds at Barntique Village. What’s old is new to an antique shopper, who can expect to find beautiful dishes, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and custom designed napery. Go.
Laurin Copen Antiques, Bridgehampton
Midcentury modern, industrial, Swedish and folk pieces are styled throughout the 18th century farmhouse, only adding to its rustic charm. The featured inventory is sourced from fairs and markets all over the globe including the likes of chandeliers, footstools, wine tasting tables and neoclassical armchairs. Each make an impeccable statement. Go.
Decorum Antiques & Accessories, Amagansett
Travel back in time with 18th-and 19th-century French furniture made of walnut, cherry and French oak woods. There are armoires, dining tables, desks, sideboards and consoles. Delicate accessories include mirrors, picture frames, decorative pillows, dinnerware and an array of gorgeous silk flowers and vases to light up the home. Go.
Hampton Briggs Antiques, Bridgehampton
One visit to this low-key gem and patrons are hooked. Owner Paul Orenstein highlights French & Dutch colonial furniture along with delightful European designs. He has also traveled to Asia about 30 times searching for functional and classical arrangements that characterize places like China, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. Go.
Mecox Gardens, Southampton
Mecox’s mission is simple but important: achieve a balance between indoor and outdoor living. External décor includes stone patio tables and teak benches, while interior designs range from concrete and zinc dining tables, elm trunks and armories and nautical shell accessories. Go.