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This week, the Critical Shopper pays a visit to ABC Home & Carpet, the deceptively boho-looking, yet very high-end home furnishings store. As Ruth LaFerla walks into the "part souk, part woodsy-mossy Middle Earth" series of stores within a store, she is imagining heiress socialites Jade Jagger and India Hicks lounging about in their posh ocean-side pied-à-terres. After perusing items ranging from the exorbitantly priced, like the "Philippine Trunk Screen" for $15,000, to the affordable, like a handmade necklace by Kisintunte Kool for $50, the Critical Shopper deems the offerings "geared to trust-fund gypsies backpacking on Daddy's dime." The Critical Shopper's overall impression is easily summed up as, "in a word, schizophrenic". [NYT}