Award Winning Shop


The Whistling Elk has just been named a 2020 Retail StarRead the press release!  This is the 2nd time the shop has received this prestigious honor …having won the honor in 2007 also (One of 50 Stellar Stores Nationwide in 2007 by Home Accents Today). 
Located in the heart of quaint Chester, New Jersey The Whistling Elk is a sophisticated home furnishings shop featuring fine upholstery, furniture, lighting and distinctive home accessories that reflect the ultimate elegance and quality.  The shop was established in 1990 and is a specialist in casual European elegance.  
Casual Elegance and Old World Flair is our Trademark.
Friendly, Knowledgeable Service our Mission.
Interior Design-Custom Cabinetry-Window Fashions
Home Furnishings
Hancock & Moore Sofa

Barbara Clark Collins

From early childhood I had an appreciation for beauty.  I think it was in my genes as my mother was always busy with creative projects – painting, sewing amazing outfits for me (and my dolls) and bringing her own sense of style to her home.  I learned many skills from my mother (something I hope makes her smile).  Later I formed an admiration for form and detail and though my route to Interior Design was circuitous the urge to create beautiful spaces eventually became reality in 1990.
(Prior years spent in the corporate world where I attained the level of Vice President was time well-loved and well-spent as I learned the importance of budgeting and planning – must have business skills).
When I founded The Whistling Elk in 1990 my imagination was running full steam ahead.  I opened a shop with 3 rooms featuring a lace & satin ribbon-adorned ceiling, upholstered walls and an amazing coppery metallic ceiling that was probably my first formal foray into mixing paint colors to create the desired effect!  It wasn’t long before I found myself in the homes of my customers designing window treatments, moving furniture and giving paint consultations.  That was 30 years ago.  Wow!
Formal education actually came later – an afterthought which I thoroughly enjoyed.  My design philosophy is to create amazing spaces that surround you with all the things you love, embody fine details and style, and generally just make you happy to live in them!
    The Shop is always filled with beautiful, elegant furnishings!

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