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gone shopping: hable construction

yesterday i decided to treat myself to a few hours off and hopped on the subway to go visit one of my favorite shops in manhattan: hable construction. i’m not a big manhattan shopper most of the time (i tend to stick to brooklyn and web shops) but hable is an indulgence i make a few times a year for special occasions or days when i need a little pick-me-up. yesterday amy was in the shop and she was kind enough to let me hang out and snap pictures of all of my favorite aspects of the shop. in addition to all the gorgeous hable patterns, the shop has a fantastic selection of vintage and antique goods ranging from jewelry to tableware. i also loved the beautiful hand-carved wooden birds (made from the burned roots of ponderosa pines) by artist cleve lewis- each one had its own personality and for only $14-$17 a piece they’d be a fun little summer gift for friends throwing a house party or backyard bbq.

in addition to lovely home goods, hable always inspires me to think about decorating in different ways. the shop is full of tiny, expertly curated collections of odds and ends and always makes me want to suddenly take up horseshoe or cowbell collecting. i loved the wall of horseshoes and then saw the hable fabric-covered horseshoes for sale in the back- it was tough not to walk out of the store with one of those.

i did let myself indulge a bit and i walked out with a storage container in deep purple shades (for my closet reorganization i have planned) and one of the beautiful handmade shell-pincushions tucked away in a red display cabinet. these little hand-sewn beauties are made by a woman in texas and each one is a tiny work of art. i don’t sew so i decided to use my shell as a special display/holder for my engagement ring. now it feels like it finally has someplace special enough to rest each night.

you can visit the hable store at 117 perry street (between hudson and greenwich) in manhattan’s west village, or visit them online right here. if you’re in the nyc area i really suggest stopping by- this shop is definitely one of my top three favorite shops in the whole city and it’s a real treat to visit- you feel like you’re stopping into the apartment of a super cool friend who’s got a great eye for arranging. thanks to amy and jen for letting me stop by and take photos!

if you’d like to see the rest of my photos from yesterday’s hable trip click here for the full slide show on flickr.


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wow – this looks right up my alley! and it doesn’t look at bit like manhattan! it looks like some cool old rural barn! nice visit, grace!


Awesome post! I just called to see if I could snatch up a seashell pincushion myself as a gift for my gracious aunt who is helping me transform my mother’s wedding dress into my own dress! Thanks – now I HAVE to make an excuse to take a Manhattan day trip.


I [heart] Hable. I walk by the store every day, and I just love looking inside. It’s always great for gifts — so many of the crafts have a good story (like those birds), which makes the gift so much better.

~Pennies In My Pocket~

WOW! Just wondered on to your blog and SO glad I did! LOVE LOVE LOVE it here! I’ve never heard of hable construction before. I’ve been to NYC many times and enjoy finding cool shops. I’ll have to visit next time I go…for now I’ll just wonder all around their site!



Oh Hable, how I love thee! I go to Hable every time I visit NYC. I was lucky enough to be there one time during a warehouse sale they were having … really made me wish I could sew!


Thanks for posting such great pictures of a favorite store of mine that I probably would never be able to visit. It’s the next best thing to being there in person, so thanks again!



abc home and michelle varian. sometimes it varies between a few other shops like butik and secondhand rose but those are good solid shops for me.



Hi Grace, Hable was one of the shops i had on my “must visit ” list when i was over in NYC back in June.I discovered it thanks to you.
I took me ages to find it, but it was so worth it. The shop is truly gorgeous i bought a lovely paper weight in shape of a heart covered with the hable pattern and i was told the inside was made of bird seeds.. i love the wrapping paper they use, i kept it…


yes, the eye collection is for sale and it is
so cool in person.


The birds are just fantastic. Some of my favourite images and subjects are birds – right click save for some inspiration when I move into my new flat tomorrow.


Catherine Pewitt

I LOVE all that is hable! Favs are the leaf and bird plates and the cowbells. Always love the fabrics. The shop looks fantastic – cannot wait to visit!


Thanks for the list of stores…they have gone into my NYC travel folder…I love your pictures you have done a great job! Plates look very John Derrian to me?


Wow, how fab is hable construction!! I was familiar with some of their stationery products via a local store, rock paper scissors (, but I had no idea they made all these other things. Did I say wow? Wow–I’m jonesing for a trip to NYC now…

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