For many residents and visitors to the North Fork, crisp fall weekends mean picking up bushels of apples at the farm stand, long bay beach walks and visits to wineries.
Others see the fall as a great time to stock up on unique home décor — or even to get an early start on holiday shopping. Be your taste modern, eclectic or antique, the North Fork has something for everyone, as these local real estate agents can attest. Since agents spend all day in North Fork homes — and are often asked by home buyers for advice on feathering their new North Fork nest — they tend to know all the best local sources.
For those looking to brose mid-century and contemporary pieces, Marianne Collins, licensed real estate salesperson, Brown Harris Stevens, recommends TouchGOODS in Southold for “modern furniture with a mid-century vibe,” she says. “It’s also got interesting accessories, textiles, and rugs.” Here you can also find candles, clocks, mirrors, photo frames and planters.
If you’re in the market for new outdoor furniture, she suggests heading to Hampton Hearth and Patio, also in Southold. “It has a fabulous selection of outdoor furniture arrayed on their front lawn,” she says. “Plus, to extend the outdoor season they’ve got firepits and patio heaters.”
Another Southold recommendation? White Flower Farmhouse. Here you’ll find “unique furniture pieces, beautiful farm tables and dreamy linens,” says Jennifer Arena, real estate salesperson, Daniel Gale. Owner and North Fork tastemaker Lori Guyer regularly restocks the store with vintage finds as well as running her own tag sale business and one of the area’s prettiest Instagram accounts.
If you’re in entertaining mode as the fall season arrives, a stop into the Weathered Barn in Greenport is a must. “When looking for unique and interesting conversation pieces for entertaining I always stop by,” Arena says. “They have specialty teas and pantry items as well as flatware and other kitchen supplies.”
Beall and Bell, based in Greenport but currently operating online only, is a large antique store, says Collins, who urges readers to check its Instagram page for unique pieces such as vintage bamboo chairs, aged chests and vintage workbenches. Be aware that all sales are final.
For personalized shopping, Kristy Naddell, licensed associate real estate broker, Douglas Elliman, suggests heading to Renee’s in Mattituck. There you’ll find interior design services, and a full furniture showroom. “They have a great selection of home furnishings and an amazing staff that not only have an eye for design,” she says, “but are very friendly and easy to work with.”