I called the East Village home for four years (still the best NYC neighborhood for ethnic restaurants in my opinion), and one thing I loved most was regularly popping in John Derian's side-by-side shops. Today, I am tickled to share a special what's in store on John Derian's beloved one-of-a-kind shops. John Derian is known for his incredible decoupage designs — his decoupage plates, wall hangings, and paperweights are sold around the country, and Target recently released a special John Derian for Target line inspired by his decoupage and vintage paper collection. I own two of these decoupage red letter dishes (Dan gave me a D and J for a past birthday — best present ever), which are hanging above our sofa. And I've given John Derian's paperweights as wedding gifts — they're gorgeous in person. When I stopped in earlier this week, I checked out many finds beyond decoupage. Here's highlighting a sneak peek into the wow that is John Derian's world on Second Street.
I think these colorful Turkish lanterns feel so romantic — string up a few to set the mood.
John Derian exclusively sells framed linoleum cut prints (and originals) by British artist Hugo Guinness, along with tote bags and other goods fashioned with the artist's designs. I hope to one day own a Hugo print — just amazing.
I really wanted to walk away with a couple of these wooden block books — swoon. Artist Leanne Shapton cuts wood blocks to
the same size as first-edition books, and then she illustrates the wood slabs. A special title would make a cool gift — the ultimate coffee
table book. Go here to see all the titles: which one's your favorite?
Check out these sari throws from their Dry Goods shop. Stunning! John Derian works with an English designer who makes two-sided sari throws, quilts, and shams using vintage saris from India. Saris shown on left are on a field bench from John Derian's furniture collection (also sold through the shop.)
Pocket button mirrors and postcards inspired by John Derian's iconic decoupage designs. You can get a piece of John Derian for just $1.50.
Put your feet up on a handmade Moroccan pouf. John Derian may not be the only shop that carries poufs, but the shop certainly carries one of the largest varieties of color.
[special thanks to Erin and the John Derian staff for the fun tours!]