The children of a fashion executive and a department-store display manager, Allison Julius and Louis Marra came to appreciate home decor at a young age. Naturally, their super-hip furnishings store, Maison 24, reflects a very chic 1970s upbringing.
The brother-and-sister team's original Bridgehampton boutique is a bastion of retro cool (including accessories, clothing and music). Lucky for us city dwellers, Maison 24 recently took up residence on Park Avenue.
The new space brings some edge to an otherwise conservative retail area with illuminated white shelves, shaggy carpets and Studio 54-inspired knickknacks. Model living rooms are brimming with eclectic treasures like Camomile Hixon glitter paintings, art-deco ceramics from Waylande Gregory, Robert Indiana LOVE paperweights ($75) and Keith Haring domino sets.
We fell hard for a set of goblets by Venetian glassblowers Martinuzzi ($300 each), some cheery rainbow-colored vases by Alexandra Von Furstenberg ($310) and Maison 24's beautifully upholstered, house-label furniture and delightful scented candles ($38).
We've just discovered our new home depot.
Maison 24, 470 Park Ave. (between 57th and 58th sts.); 212-355-2414 or maison24.com