The artful dishes at the brand-new flagship of this Japanese import company – bento boxes, playful sake serving sets, painterly cerulean ceramic plates and stone-handled mugs – elevate even the most basic cuisine. 41 Palmer Square West, Princeton, NJ 08542, miyacompany.com.
Husband-and-wife owners Tracy and Rod Berkowitz are Hunterdon Countys very own version of American Pickers. They scour flea markets, estate sales, warehouses and antiques shows for authentic industrial and farmhouse furniture and quirky home accents. (One recent find: a metal-and-glass cabinet plucked straight from Ralph Laurens office.) Then they haul it all back and display it with Anthro-level amazingness. 74 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530, facebook.com/pages/Zinc-Home-Garden/159901867374394.
If all of the Main Line got together and had a communal yard sale, it’d look something like this shop, where very gently used French marble sideboards, antique claw-foot dressers and rich leather love seats find fresh life in new – equally fabulous – homes. 880 West Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, redecorhome.com.
This past fall, the lovely ladies of this pretty-little-something boutique, Donna Goetz and Jen Rosen, were kind enough to expand their operation from Haverford into Center City, so that we now have two outposts at which to uncover silk and lace femininery that makes us feel like Gisele. 1937 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, hopechestshop.com.
Spinach, tomatoes, tofu feta for some salt — it comes with home fries, but spend the extra buck for the tots upgrade. 1401 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, thetastyphilly.com.
You probably didn’t realize that Philly’s parks, trails and even sidewalks are home to a huge variety of mushrooms, many of them edible. But how do you begin? And how do you not, you know, die from ingesting, oh, say, a death cap? Simple: Find the Philadelphia Mycology Club on Facebook. They host mushroom hunts all over the region, and if you’re lucky, you’ll come home with some tasty hen-of-the-woods or morels for supper. facebook.com/phillymycoclub.
Soul (and, okay, sometimes great natural light) is the secret to moving a property from just-listed to off-the-market. This staging team blends warm colors, mid-century and vintage furniture from their private warehouse, and a robust knowledge of the local real estate scene to make potential buyers feel at home in every room. Phillydesigncollective.com.
Prolific interior decorator Dominique Calhoun and her team are busy for a reason: They absolutely nail the mix of glam and function, fun and form. Every item they put into a home has something special, whether it’s the sexy curve of a powder pink settee, leopard-print club chairs, or a side table made up of gold and cream spheres and cones. And a whole lot of it is for sale at Calhoun’s Northeast showroom and on her Instagram feed. Look for the items that were used to stage homes — they’re sold at a nice discount. Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124, remixliving.com.
Sprinkle your pad with a few of Adler's deliciously over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek goods Something gold! Something with colors! Something patterned! Something shiny! and the place will instantly radiate a certain Liz Taylor glamour-puss fabulousness. Even if you live in a studio with olive-green laminate cabinets and no central air 33 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, jonathanadler.com.
This cool West Philly seamstress will come to your house and teach your kids and their friends how to make stuffed animals, messenger bags and doll outfits. Before her visit, she'll talk through design ideas with the kids, and once she arrives, you can sit back and have a glass of wine: She brings all the fabric, scissors, rulers and real sewing machines, not those silly starter models that don't work. Service areas include Philadelphia, Delaware County and the Main Line. Juliethopewayne@gmail.com. Philadelphia, PA
The stay-at-home order issued in March was a shock to the system for many Philadelphians, and children responded through art, posting homemade rainbows in their front windows. Inspired by this show of solidarity and expression of optimism, Florescio — whose couture balloon installations deliver excitement and wonder to intimate gatherings and corporate fetes alike — used her talents to craft a rainbow garland on her home’s front stoop and those of others in her Fairmount neighborhood. For everyone feeling unsteady or alone, Florescio’s doing her part to make sure hopefulness stays afloat. thatballoongirl.com.
With Superman-like clairvoyance, owner Lenny Kelman will survey your mounds of clutter and instantly know where everything should go. Then he’ll cleverly install just the right racks, hooks, bins and shelves in just the right places, and you’ll never be embarrassed to open your garage door again. Services Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. garagesolutionsphiladelphia.com.
Architect Jeremy Avellino will use “passive house” technology to yield aggressive savings on energy bills — a recent retrofit saved up to 85 percent — without sacrificing comfort, in part by sealing your home so it’s as airtight and insulated as a refrigerator. brightcommon.com.
Say goodbye to cold, stark spaces and start layering your room with warmth and fun. Deck out your couch or bed with an extra-colorful throw blanket by local artist Jarmel Reitz. Your space will look ssspectacular. Jarmelbyjarmel.com.
It takes a cultured Brit to whip us lazy Americans into order -- and that's what makes expat Janet Bernstein so good at her job. The Penn grad credits a decade of worldwide travel for honing her methods of helping you pare down, clean up and let go. There's a free one-hour consultation if you live within 25 miles of Wayne. theorganizingprofessionals.com.