Insider Access

If thumbing through the pages of Architectural Digest is your idea of a perfect afternoon, It's time to make your way to the Boston Design Center where you can browse nearly 100 showrooms featuring more than 1,200 high-end lines of fabric, furniture, lighting, antiques, art, rugs and much more. You'll likely find other tastemakers and guests of luxury Boston hotels mingling among the must-have home décor goodies. As New England's only design center "to the trade," you can't actually shop there, but you can browse until your heart's content. And if you do spy something you simply can't live without, you can tap the design center's Designer On Call service for a free hour-long consult or sign up for Plush service, which buys you perks, preferred pricing and access for an annual free.

Address: 1 Design Center Place (between Dry Dock and Black Falcon Aves)