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With the end of winter comes dreaded spring cleaning, which will usually turn us against the hand-me-down coffee table and bookcase that resembles the leaning Tower of Pisa in our living room. And we're certainly not holding on until Allston Christmas, so, we're giving our Home Goods 38 guide a makeover.
Last year brought numerous additions and some unfortunate closures in Boston's decor retail scene. South End boutiques Diseño and Addo Novo closed, but cosmic balance has been restored with openings from kitchen and vintage cookbook shop Farm & Fable, Southie's beachy Neatly Nested, urban gardening store Niche Garden Supply, and SoWa's offbeat December Thieves.
While we adore national chains like West Elm and Design Within Reach, we've swapped them out for Restoration Hardware's epic space in a historic Back Bay building and the Vermont-based glassware specialist Simon Pearce. Other updates to our map include Cambridge gems Didriks and Local Root, artisan goods at Good in Beacon Hill, and sleek Back Bay showroom Montage.
We've selected every price point (from New England indie to fancy French, Italian, and Scandinavian designers), and hit all corners of the city in highlighting alternatives to the big box chains. This list is in no particular order; rather, it goes north to south, hopping back and forth between neighborhoods—just like you will be after diving in. Time to pore over those Pinterest boards and prep that household wish list.
Did we miss your favorite spot? Hit the tipline or drop a note in the comments.
03/20/13: Added: December Thieves, Didriks, Farm & Fable, Good, Local Root, Montage, Neatly Nested, Niche, Restoration Hardware, Simon PearceRead More