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Items of Interest
You didn't even know you needed a dachshund parlor set, did you?

No matter how chic your digs are--you savvy decorator, you--there is always that one portion of your apartment you can never seem to get right. (We?ve thrown in the towel when it comes to light fixtures.)

Susie Kurkowski is about to become your new best friend.

As a longtime interior designer, she wanted to make the process of upgrading your home, well, more fun. So she opened Items of Interest.

On the surface it may look like just another quaint home-decor boutique in Park Slope--complete with irreverent finds such as ?Holla? doormats, hashtag-shaped coffee tables and Pinot Noir-scented candles. But the difference here is her one-off home-shopping services.

Say you?ve been on the hunt for a jaw-dropping area rug but don?t exactly have a few grand to shell out at ABC Carpet & Home. Kurkowski?s eagle eye spots items that can truly make your home stand out, and she?s happy to help you find just the right piece with whatever money you?ve got.

Through this newfound friendship, you just may come across things you never even knew existed--like faux-tin-tile wallpaper for your ceiling.

60 Fifth Ave. (at St. Marks Place), Brooklyn; 718-404-9185 or

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