Finding good quality furnishings in Hangzhou is never easy, but with two, relatively new, retailers in town, you can now truly turn your house/apartment into a real home. Of course nice things come at a price and we're not going to hide from the fact these two retailers are expensive, but as they say, you pay for what you get. Harbor House recently opened a branch in MIXC Mall on the same basement level as the Ole supermarket. It's a very attractive store and is reminiscent of Crate Barrel or other upmarket home furnishing stores. They have you covered on just about every aspect of living including furniture, decorations, picture frames, lamps, bowls, objet d-art, bed-linen and so much more. They even have a kitchen range coming soon. You will find some fairly unique pieces including, my favourite, a tripod lamp made from brass and wood which resembles an old search-light. Very stylish and very expensive, coming in at 6980RMB! Of course there are some cheaper things to be had, which would certainly make them good gift ideas, including cushion covers, book-ends, and assorted baubles. This store is a bit of a treasure trove and it pays to take your time looking around. I found a polished cast aluminium tray with a fern design and a bag of polished pebbles for less than 200RMB.
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