The Finished Room

The Finished Room

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 11, 2005
  • Location: New York, NY

UES 10021. Far from the cool clean lines of downtown hipster modernism, sits the Finished Room, dead center in the heart of the Upper East Side. While this is not our style, we have friends who love the rich, European, antiquey look that this store has perfected, and pass this on a good quick fix for anyone jonesing for French fire buckets, gold tipped walking canes, art deco serving ware, embroidered pillows and lamps, lamps, lamps.

Susan Weiss opened The Finished Room nine years ago after working 25 years in the D&D building. Her idea? That many stores were taking care of selling people the big things: the furniture, the rugs, the lighting... but not many were selling the finishing touches. This store is all about finishing touches.

How many people have boring rooms with beige sofas, empty bookcases and a potted plant in a plastic pot? If you check into the Susan Weiss's store, you will never be bored again. The shop is chockablock with eye catching odds, ends, collectibles and antiques, some of which are functional and some of which are pure accessories, meant to dress up the dullest of coffee tables.

She has an English tilt-table for $16,500 as well as an embroidered pillow reading "More is better." Got it? She has a real Georgian Peat Bucket, framed English botanical prints, soft throw blankets and an exquisite, expensive Asian style armoire. What convinces you is her eye for old things with a mix of new. Behind the uber preppy-ness is a hint of real fun. They say that designers come through all the time to buy up finishing touches and clean them out. They've got more... MGR

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