As a designer, one of the things I love most is shopping. During a recent team outing in downtown Montclair, I happened upon a cool and newly opened boutique cozily tucked into a quiet side street. Owner Zachary Tischbein’s new home furnishings boutique, Table Leg Home, exudes a contemporary vibe that’s fun, chic, and cool. I am a big fan of Tischbein’s well-curated and hand-picked selections, and I love the boutique’s layout. Metallic gold accents pepper the inventory, intermingling with matte fabric pieces and naturalistic kitchenware in a space that is refreshingly honest in its simplicity.
I sat down with Zachary to talk design inspiration, current must-haves, and how he found his way to Montclair.
What led you to open a home shop in Montclair?
I’ve worked as an accessories designer for fifteen years and wanted to do something more creative and less corporate. I was spending a lot of time in the Rhinebeck, NY area and was inspired by the local shops there. A good friend told me that Montclair needed this type of home shop because it’s a white space in the area! The rest is history.
How does your fashion background tie into your buying decisions for the shop?
I’ve always been creative. I was a painter when I was younger and have always been into color and fashion. If you’re a true designer at heart you can design anything.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! A picture in a magazine, an old photo, flea-market finds, passersby in NYC, my grandmother…the list is endless.
Which interior design trend are you obsessed with right now?
I’m really into the rustic farmhouse theme with hints of modern items mixed in. It’s a new take on antiques.
Favorite interior designer:
I love John Derian’s aesthetic.
Gray and all shades of white.
Motto to live by:
Manners cost nothing.