Bergen County has dozens of interior designers. Some of these designers focus on traditional styles, or art nouveau, and most have their own showrooms. But few, if any, have a home accessories store. And most home accessory stores aren’t owned by a trained interior designer. In fact, you’ll never find a Pier1 Imports where the owner will visit your home.
Which is why we’re grateful for Eurica Home.
Eurica Home has been in Wyckoff, NJ, since 1993, though it wasn’t until 2008 that Eurica’s current owner, Patricia Lacourte, took over ownership.
Lacourte studied at the Henri Matisse Institute of Interior Design in Lima, Peru, where she also worked for five years. When she came to the US she landed in Denville, NJ, working for a local interior designer. But Lacourte knew she wanted to be in business for herself. So she took to the internet.
After scouring the internet for local businesses, Lacourte came across Eurica Home. She was interested, and went to visit the small store. She loved it — so in 2008 Lacourte and her husband bought Eurica Home.
When Lacourte bought Eurica the store dealt largely in traditional interior design styles and sold mostly accessories, jewelry, and kitsch. Lacourte favored contemporary styles, though, but was hesitant to change the stylistic focus of Eurica, because the local market was, and still is, very traditional.
“I wanted to change [Eurica’s style], but the area was very traditional and still is very transitional, though trying to be a little more [modern],” explained Lacourte, who admits the store has impacted her own stylistic choices — she describes herself now as being more transitional.
“A lot of people say they’re contemporary, but they’re more transitional,” continued Lacourte, speaking of her customer-base which lives mostly in Bergen County.
Eurica Home, under Lacourte’s guidance, has also become more transitional in style, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary. Lacourte has also brought in larger pieces, focusing more on home accessories and less on kitsch. Browse Eurica any day of the week and you’re likely to come across tables, chairs, armoires, and artwork.
For much of the furniture Lacourte procures, she and her team will re-upholster or re-finish the original piece.
The changes Lacourte has brought to Eurica have brought the store more attention, as well. Earlier this year, (201) Magazine nominated Eurica Home as the runner-up for the Best Home Store category in their Best of Bergen series.
Eurica Home is located at 648 Wyckoff Ave, Wyckoff, NJ.