A gem lies behind, near, on or in every pillow, trunk and bathtub in this downtown treasure trove. Thanks to the owners — much-praised interior designer Kristan Cunningham (Design on a Dime) and her husband, Scott Jarrell — the home decor collection at Hammer and Spear is so perfectly curated that you'll want to lug everything home. Thanks to the jaw-droppingly low prices, you almost can. Though the merch is mostly neutral in color, it would be a crime to call so much as a piece of it dull. Hammer and Spear has searched near and far for its elegantly simple pieces, pulling from estate sales and auctions in Georgia and West Virginia, as well as its Arts District neighbors. When buying items, Cunningham and Jarrell look for pieces that they would want to give their friends or put in their own home. And anything good enough for one of Rachael Ray's favorite designers surely is good enough for us. From the couches to the candles, the sculptures to the silverware, every piece promises an aesthetic boost to any home. 255 Santa Fe Ave., #101, dwntwn., 90021. (213) 928-0997, hammerandspear.com. —Anya Cohen  

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