As much as we love sequined tuxedo trenches and cutting edge couture, we’re also a sucker for a simple floral arrangement. Which is why we’ve always loved Ovando, the Bleecker Street boutique famous for elegant flower designs and mesmerizing window displays. When we stopped in last week to gaze their annual eye-popping glitter pumpkins, we were pleased to discover that the store had recently expanded. There’s now an entire subterranean level of stunning home décor and lifestyle accessories selected by the discerning owner Sandra de Ovando.
Next to neat little rows of cacti and succulent plants downstairs, there are shelves full of exotic kitchen and entertaining accessories. Most of these delicate collectibles are made from natural materials like raw silver, shells and wood. There are beautiful vases from around the world -- ranging from marble and hand-blown glass to collections by the celebrated Czech-based artist Anna Torfs. We were smitten with the Ming Vase Bowls by Ibride, a dish set that stacks and doubles as sculpture (see photo above). A “curiosity cabinet” is full of quirky redesigned office products, and Ovando is carrying design books and photographic compilations for the coffee table, too.
Ovando is a trove of gift and floral treasures, making it a must-hit for your upcoming holiday shopping. Luckily, they’ll be opening a pop-up at the W Court and Tuscany Hotel ( located at Lexington Ave. and E. 39th St.) between November 20th and January 10th so there’ll be even more to choose from.
337 Bleecker Street
Photos by Rebecca Prusinowski