Good Goods is on a mission to bring personality and style into every Gold Coast home, and offers unparalleled customer service and a gorgeous selection of fabric. Featuring quality custom window treatments, upholstery, furniture, and various home decor, Good Goods has been a Darien, CT, staple since 1988.
Good Goods offers selections from top designers like Samuel & Sons, Kravet, Fabricut, Duralee, and Houles. They also feature products that are completely customizable, including their furniture selection. Upholstered furniture from Charles Stewart Company offers a diverse selection of frames, finish, and cushion options to choose from. Good Goods also offers draperies, blinds and shutters, and window treatments to suit your unique style.
859 Post Road
Photo courtesy of Mandarine Home
Courtney Chessen and Lori Waller own the chic yet approachable Mandarine Home. Mandarine Home is an award-winning decor shop spanning three locations in Connecticut and Illinois. After years of exploring art and design internationally as well as at their respective schools, Courtney and Lori met in Winnetka and saw an opportunity to merge their creative interests and impeccable sense of design. Mandarine Home is a luxury home decor shop specializing in unique and modern twists.
Courtney and Lori’s mission is to bring a little something for all tastes to Mandarine Home—and the website even breaks down designs by specific styles, like “Central Hall Colonial,” “Charming Farmhouse,” and “Bright and Preppy.” Mandarine Home was named “Best Interior Designer” and “Best Home Furnishing/Accessories” in 2018 and 2019 and is one of Darien’s most beloved locally owned businesses. The customer service is exemplary at Mandarine Home, as Courtney and Lori take great pride in ensuring each customer walks away happy. All three locations are staffed with expert designers who are available for consultations.
863 Post Road
Photo courtesy of West Elm
With distinctive modern designs and a plethora of options, it’s no wonder West Elm has become one of the most popular spots for home furnishings across the US. Located in Westport, West Elm offers chic designs, elegant garden decor, mid-century modern furniture, and eclectic light fixtures—as well as kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom accessories.
West Elm strives to bring 60% of sales to sustainability initiatives around the world and supports ethical production, worker well-being, and economic impact. Their in-house design team, located in Brooklyn, New York, creates exclusive collections for the West Elm brand, and each location stocks local products from small businesses in an effort to support local artists and creatives. With rotating, seasonal displays and new products available every month, West Elm is the ideal home decor and accessories store to visit if you’re looking for style with plenty of options.
35 Main St,
Photo courtesy of Seasons Too - Kingsley Bate
For over 75 years, Seasons Too has provided the New York Tri-State area with outstanding customer service, quality furniture, accessories, and white glove delivery. The company excels at customer satisfaction and covers a wide range of furniture options for all tastes and styles. Their extensive portfolio covers dining sets, outdoor lounge chairs, and sofas, Adirondack chairs, high dining tables, fire pits, as well as dozens of materials to customize your outdoor patio. Featuring over 20 designer brands that specialize in durability, Seasons Too has maintained relationships with hundreds of manufacturers—if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the shop, they will find it for you using their manufacturer network from across the globe.
In addition to the traditional outdoor staples, Seasons Too specializes in unique finds, like a vast assortment of funky chairs, hammocks, umbrellas, and seasonal decor for the holidays. Seasons Too also offers repairs, storage and cleaning, customized patio design, and delivery straight to the Gold Coast.
836 Post Road,
Photo courtesy of Nielsen’s Florist and Garden Shop
Family-owned and operated since 1944 by Hilda and Christian Nielsen, Nielsen’s Florist and Garden Shop is Darien’s destination for top floral arrangements and gifts. Known for going the extra mile to accommodate their customers, Nielsen’s friendly, professional service and inviting atmosphere make it the number one spot for floral arrangements and decor along the Gold Coast. Enjoy browsing their abundant fresh flower and plant selections, European garden decor, high-style floral arrangements, and contemporary designs perfect for any room in your home. With the largest greenhouse in Fairfield County, Nielsen’s signature plant selections remain unrivaled.
Nielsen’s award-winning customized arrangements are hand-selected by a professional team where no detail goes unnoticed. They also offer gourmet fruit baskets, gifts, home accessories, jewelry, handmade candles, and design services for weddings and funerals. Nielsen’s proudly delivers to the Darien, Stamford, Norwalk, and New Canaan communities. Don’t forget to visit the shop around the holidays to experience a festive greenhouse transformation, complete with Christmas trees, holiday decor for purchase, and a visit from Santa.
In addition to their local shop, Nielsen’s conservatory serves as a wedding venue that can hold up to 60 guests. With lush greenery and fragrant flowers, the space is transformed into a Victorian-style greenhouse offering a cozy and magical experience. Nielsen’s also provides in-house catering services for their events.
1405 Post Road
Photo courtesy of Palmer’s Market
Located across the street from the Noroton Heights Train Station in Darien, Palmer’s Market has been a family-owned business for 100 years. The Palmer family opened their doors in 1921 as a meat market, which evolved into a small grocery store during the Great Depression. They expanded the store over the last few decades, transforming the space into a sprawling, one-stop shop for food, flowers, gifts, and home decor. The market includes an award-winning bakery, catering services, restaurant-quality meals, guided tours of the business, and a gift shop with the finest selection of candles, home decor, clothing, accessories, kitchenware and more.
A visit to Palmer’s can be an all-day affair. Explore the whole market and indulge in the quality foods and services they provide. Palmer’s provides outstanding recipes on their website and offers gourmet to-go meals and sizable gift baskets for special events. Considered the gem of the Darien community, Palmer’s Market looks forward to another 100 years of excellence.
264 Heights Road,
Photo courtesy of Darien Chamber of Commerce
Brighten up your garden with a trip to The Gardener’s Center. As a second-generation, family-owned business in Darien, The Gardener’s Center is staffed by expert horticulturists and is a premier destination for all things green. Opened in 1980, the Center has been sustained by its expert knowledge and friendly service—offering the Darien community some of the best houseplants, flowers, and outdoor decor in Connecticut.
The Gardener’s Center is known for its “Ask the Expert” service, which is available in-person and online. With so many knowledgeable staff members, the Center decided to provide a service to the community, where staff members are available to talk about all things plants, flowers, and gardens. Their unique approach to customer satisfaction makes a trip to The Gardener’s Center fun and unique. Come prepared with questions, ideas, and time to explore.
1396 Post Road,
Contact the Marchesi Team at Compass today to begin your search for a luxury home along Connecticut’s Gold Coast. Listed among the Wall Street Journal’s “America’s Best List of Real Estate Professionals”, the Marchesi Team at Compass has local knowledge of each of the Gold Coast’s many charming neighborhoods and has a reputation for making real estate dreams come true. Wherever you’re relocating from—and wherever you are in the house-hunting process—the Marchesi Team at Compass is ready to help.
*Header Photo courtesy of Good Goods