Furniture Shopping for New York City

Hello!  I just got home from furniture shopping—well, more like previewing—for my big-girl apartment in New York City. (You can read about the two-part adventure here and here.) Since Raymour & Flanigan has stores in the city, my parents and I decided to shop for furniture here in Central New York and then have it delivered to my apartment.  Before sharing some of my favorite pieces, let’s zip through a few eats.


Last night, we had baked organic and local free-range chicken with roasted broccoli, zucchini, and red peppers.

It was OK (you know how I feel about chicken), and I plan to repurpose and jazz up the leftovers for tonight’s meal.  If my creative juices prove successful, I might have a blog-worthy recipe to share tomorrow.


I woke up wanting bananas and PB, so I didn’t have to think outside the box for today’s morning meal.

Two Kashi waffles with PB and banana slices hit the spot.


Before heading to Raymour & Flanigan with my mom, I had a bowl of quick ravioli and spinach soup.

Plus apple slices with PB for dessert.

Shopping fuel came in the form of a Starbucks soy latte.

As my first-ever soy latte, this drink gets two thumbs up.  It was sweeter than I expected, and my mom told me the barista used vanilla soymilk.  I’m used to unsweetened almond milk, so that explains the surge of sweetness.  Does Starbucks usually use vanilla soymilk?  Just curious.

Anyway, time for the fun stuff—furniture shopping!

My mom and I hit up Raymour & Flanigan this afternoon.  Our main priorities today included a sleeper sofa and area rug; we also briefly looked at three-piece dining sets, and we still need to do some searching on the dresser and nightstand side of things.  Here’s sleeper soft option one.

And option two.

I love the color scheme and print of the second choice; it’s definitely my front-runner so far.  Plus, there’s a really cute matching chair.


In terms of the area rugs, these three jumped out.

(The weird lighting and my iPhone skewed the colors a bit.)

I’m a fan of the third option.  In fact, Henre, the salesperson we worked with, said it used to be on display with the sleeper sofa option two.  Coincidence?  We’re also leaning toward this dining set.

(So blurry–sorry!)

With its two drop leaves, the table can be made smaller to save space; or, like in the picture, one leaf can drop, so the table can go up against a wall.  Next, we briefly looked at mattresses.

I liked this firmness, and I’m still debating which size (full or queen) to get.

What are some of your favorite furniture or home goods stores?  How did you go about selecting pieces and designing a space?

10 responses to “Furniture Shopping for New York City

  1. I love that chair! If you go with that option, you might want to go with one of the solid color rugs. And there ends what I know about design 🙂

  2. My husband and I still have “apartment” furniture in our house. We really need to upgrade when we buy our next house.

    Looks like you have some great options!

  3. That furniture all looks amazing!!! I bet your place will be stunning once you’re done!

  4. When we built this house, we moved all our old yucky furniture too and the kids had no bed frames. Their stuff was too worn out to keep and we didn’t want to move garbage frames. By the time a year was passed we had finished replacing most of our pieces. I just didn’t know what I really wanted until I actually lived there. We bought our bedroom pieces from an Amish family in Ohio. i love it still. Our living room and kitchen items came from Furniture Fair..but we were very picky…they sell some bad quality items too. Our couch stuff came from a small business called Geimans. Fun times for you! Have fun picking out your furniture. Sofa bed couches are not usually comfy to lay down on as a couch…so try them out.

  5. Furniture shopping is so fun! Love that couch, looks like it would definitely be perfect for a “big girl” apartment! haha

  6. Love the choices! My favorite store is Ethan Allen and their Neoclassical designs. Love the dark wood and warm Caribbean feel.

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