Top Shopping Destination For Art deco interior design ideas
244 Brighton Ave. Allston; (617) 254-5040
This clearance center sells furniture at discount, but be warned: It still ain’t cheap. These are the kind of living room, dining room and bedroom pieces you’d see in an Architectural Digest photo spread. So if you’re looking to tone up the place with an $1,100 cherry wood dining table, you can get it here for half-price. Or a black metal futon frame, full-size, for $179. Oak and cherry platform beds start from $325, and Bedworks makes its own futons and covers.
Plus sofas, armoires, and the like. Most of the pieces are leftovers in perfect condition; some are slightly worn floor models one-of-a-kind bargains. Well, upscale bargains.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Thursdays ’til 7:30), and Sundays from 12-4:30.
Bemie and wife Phyllis claim to have originated a concept in furniture marketing: selling complete room setups. Everything in this shop is first-quality, mostly from major brands, bought in bulk and discounted. You can buy enough furniture to equip a bedroom or living room for under $600. This bedroom package includes a full-size Blue Cross mattress (with inner springs; not foam), foundation, and frame; as well as a dresser, chest of drawers, headboard, and mirror. The furniture can be oak or black lacquer (both made by Armstrong), or white Formica finish (made by Ashley). Of course, you can buy these pieces separately, but the package is a better deal. Mattress brands include Sealy and Continental.
The rock-bottom living room combinations are generic brands. A price of $597 includes a three-person sofa, a wing chair, two end tables, a cocktail table and two glass lamps. You get to pick from several fabrics. At the high end of the living room scale, an overstuffed sofa and chair (both made by Klaus) are matched with three oak and glass tables and two lamps, for $997. Bemie & Phyl’s carries leather, too, with a large Gaines leather chair just $497. Plus sleep s’o-fas and dinette sets. All items in the store carry a warranty of at least a year, and often longer, depending on the brand. Open seven days, including weeknights until 9.
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