Whether you’re a graduate student, an urban professional or a suburban mom, everyone needs to furnish and decorate whatever space is called home. Chain home decor stores offer solid options, but if you want to get a look that’s more custom than catalog, try one of these great local shops.


566 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482

Every time I walk into Comina, I fantasize about furnishing my entire house straight from the shop floor. Comina’s tagline, “The World Next Door,” sums up the product line nicely, including colorful textiles, tableware and other home accessories from South Africa, Mexico, Sweden and beyond. Comina’s huge selection of rugs from Berkshires-based Dash & Albert, as well as well-chosen upholstered pieces from national manufacturers, could make my fantasy reality since the shop offers everything for a well-appointed home in one place. Area locations include Concord, Wellesley, Marblehead and Newburyport.

Koo de Kir

65 Chestnut Street
Boston, MA 02108

So you need a resin doorstop cast in the likeness of a classic leather roller skate? Look no further than Koo de Kir, an amazing shop in the heart of Beacon Hill that offers beautiful and whimsical home accessories. The shop’s name comes from a phonetic translation of “Coup de Coeur” or “a strike to the heart,” an appropriate name given my reaction when I walk through the door. Owned by Mass College of Art graduate Kristine Irving, Koo de Kir also offers interior design services.

The Caning Shoppe

200 Elm St.
North Cambridge MA 02140

Since 1973, The Caning Shoppe in North Cambridge has been offering high-quality chair repair and upholstery. But in December when Jeremy and Heather Shaw bought the store, they added to the core repair business by offering a nice selection of vintage and antique furniture in a range of prices and styles (recently I had my eye on a $400 mid-century credenza). Since some pieces are on consignment, inventory changes as consigners are added, so check in regularly.


61A Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02482

Owned by Wellesley native and interior designer Jill Goldberg, Hudson’s two locations (in the South End and Goldberg’s hometown) are a feast for the eyes. Filled with vintage pieces that have been reworked into modern delights with new fabrics and paint jobs, Hudson is the place to go for one-of-a-kind splurges and reasonably priced, chic home accessories.

Mohr & McPherson

151 Alewife Brook Pkwy.
Cambridge, MA 02140

For an exotic addition to your home, visit Mohr & McPherson in Cambridge or the South End. The store specializes in home decor from “around the planet,” offering pieces that range from a concrete outdoor dining set from Vietnam to Kokeshi dolls from Japan. The gallery-like shop in the South End also has a cafe and nice selection of gift items and jewelry.

Paige Lewin is a Boston lifer and perennial room re-arranger. Paige spends her days in academia surrounded by hip co-eds, while at night she retreats to her life as a mother, writing about fashion, shopping and home design after the lights are out. She contributes to Boston Mamas and is the creator of Mudroom Boston. Paige lives north of Boston with her husband and two sons.