Gracious Home: Home Decor, Home Furnishings, Housewares......

Store History

  • Founded: 1963
  • Founded by: Natan Wekselbaum
  • Headquarters: New York City

Of course, there are many “beginnings.” We could talk about childhoods spent collecting seashells in Camaguey. But let’s just start with New York City in 1963, when Gracious Home opened up as a little neighborhood hardware store on the Upper East Side. Nuts. Bolts. Nothing fancy.<br><br> Well, as everyone knows, New Yorkers don’t exactly fall all over themselves every time a new shop cuts its ribbon—but the charming staff made Gracious Home stand out. They gave the red carpet treatment to every person who walked through the door. Will you deliver it? Of course. Can you install it? Our pleasure. Can you find one in chartreuse? We'll scour the globe.<br><br> They began to win people over. But now their customers wanted special tiles from Portugal. Baskets from Bora Bora. Reproductions of antique finials, hand-finished by Italian monks. And they all found it for them, bless their accommodating hearts. Naturally, word spread like wildfire, and soon they had a devoted following. They became famous for their great taste. They grew. They opened more stores. They blossomed out into every area of housewares imaginable. And now the website, of course...<br><br> An ever-growing collection of magnificent discoveries from around the world. Luxurious linens... Innovative new appliances... All handpicked from the store’s incredible inventory to delight the most discerning tastes. And naturally, the Gracious Home tradition lives on in every aspect of what we do. You’ll still find the kind of service your grandmother might have expected “back when things were still civilized.”<br><br> The only difference? Now you don’t have to be in New York to get the Gracious Home treatment.<br><br> Gracious Home. Look no further.

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Me (right) with Natan Wekselbaum, the founder of GH (second from left)
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If excessive consumption is your thing, watch out for Gracious Home's new store in Chelsea! It's like The Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond and ABC Home all put together. The store is so tempting, we urge going into this store with great caution.

Like its original uptown location, it's one stop shopping for the house and home set. We put together the slide show above so that you can get a sneak peek. Check out the variety and consider how many SKU's they have under one roof...

>> Enter Gracious Home Chelsea!

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- Le Creuset in the full range of glorious color!

>> Enter Gracious Home Chelsea!

Last Thursday night we were blown away with the size and sheer amount of stuff in their new store. Shelves were bulging, the range of categories was mindboggling and - yes - the quality level was very high. It is true, you can walk into this store and buy two nails or a whole Italian bedding set, but what impressed us most was the attention to detail that stores like this rarely display. There are a lot of hard to find items and imported items here, so it makes a good resource for downtown folk.

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- The band played on!

Chelsea is just getting started. Despite the economic downturn, they're opening another store around the corner in March, which will sell kitchen cabinets and larger fixtures. Check out how big this whole operation will be:

"Gracious Home signed a 20-year, 24,300 square foot lease (17,000 sf street level and 7,300 sf lower level retail) at 55 West 25th Street and Sixth Avenue late last year, in the Chelsea Landmark... the retailer has also signed a 20-year lease for an 18,000 sf design center on two floors at the contiguous 45 West 25th Street."

Yes, that's a total of 42,300 square feet in lower Manhattan!

This is definitely a destination that deserves to be checked out and will be very helpful to many who want a full service store like this downtown, but pack your wallet, because, Honey, this ain't Ikea anymore.

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- Selina standing with one of the props in the Miele showroom!

>> Enter Gracious Home Chelsea!

(ReEdited from 2008-11-17 - mgr)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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