An arrangement by L'Olivier, one of designer Eric Cohler's favorite florists.

Davis & Warshow, the venerable kitchen and bath supply house in New York, is celebrating 85 years in business this year. And to commemorate the occasion, the company produced “Guide 85: Resources for the Resourceful,” which includes information on many of the talented architects and designers the owners have worked with over the years, including Alexa Hampton, Emmanuela Frattini Magnusson, Thom Filicia, and Eric Cohler, among others. It also includes some of the architects’ and designers’ favorite resources, such as the Center 44 antiques resource, L’Olivier floral artists, and Plateau Painting, professional painters who, says Alexa Hampton, take the stress out of the painting process and make it easy. “They do a level-five finish and they produce the most amazing skim-coated walls,” she adds.

Brimming with other notable resources in New York and the surrounding areas, the Guide is offered at no charge to anyone who visits a Davis & Warshow showroom. And for anyone embarking on a decorating or home improvement project like I am, it’s an incredibly useful resource to have on hand. Visit Davis & Washow’s Web site for locations.

Plateau Painting is a favorite source of designer Alexa Hampton. Photograph by Alex Farnsworth/The Image Works.
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3 Responses to Great Go-To Design Guide

  1. L’Olivier does nice work but uses celebrity stylist-pricing – it’s not worth it.
    Instead I am a fan of Ariston Florist in NYC for beauty without breaking the bank – at least in terms of NYC standards.
    Do you have more budget-savvy recommendations, Jean?

    • Hi Brenna. Thanks for your note. I’m not willing to pay for super high-priced flowers either. In fact, I always do my own arrangements to keep costs contained. But for special occasions, I’ve heard lots of great reviews about Belle Fleur in the Flatiron District, and I’ve walked past Spruce in Chelsea and it looks adorable and have been told its prices are affordable. I’ve also heard good reviews about Sunny’s Florist in the East Village and understand that Flowers by Richard in Hell’s Kitchen does great arrangements for a very affordable price.

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