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atlanta guide {update}

by Grace Bonney

Illustration by Julia Rothman

Our Atlanta update comes from Inman Park-based designer Claire Watkins. Claire has updated our original Atlanta guide with some fun new finds and classic Atlanta mainstays. Thanks, Claire, for keeping us up-to-date on all of the Hotlanta* happenings. — Stephanie

*We know most locals hate that phrase, but it’s just too fun not to say ;)

CLICK HERE for the full Atlanta guide after the jump!

Home to two major malls and most of Atlanta’s top fashion boutiques, Buckhead has long been the city’s swankest shopping district. Bustling Lenox Square features national retailers like Crate & Barrel, Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie. Home-related stores at the more sedate Phipps Plaza include Tiffany & Co. and Frontgate. The nearby confluence of West Paces Ferry, Roswell and Peachtree Roads — the epicenter of Buckhead — features the Atlanta locations of posh kitchen-and-bath fixture maker WaterworksMitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Design Within Reach. The Atlanta showroom for Paris Ceramics, with its exquisite antique and new stone, marble and terracotta tiles and mosaics, is also along this strip. Not-to-miss local retailers include:

Shop Scad Atlanta: The Atlanta branch of this Savannah store is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of independent design.

Pieces: Owner Lee Boren Kleinhelter gives vintage furniture a stylish new life — think 50s-era Swedish deco-style chairs upholstered in burlap.

Pollen: This tiny gem is half floral design, half home accessories. Handmade, vintage and unique finds make it the go-to place for impressing your hippest friends.

Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts (404-233-3400): This Atlanta institution started as a nursery and still specializes in orchids, hydrangeas and live plants. But now it offers a mind-boggling array of clever and cottage-y home accessories.

Lush Life: Aptly named for its tropical plants and divinely scented candles and bath products, this local favorite offers luxurious home accessories often inspired by nature.

Bill Hallman Studio: Atlanta-based fashion designer Bill Hallman shepherds young designer apprentices in this open studio/shop that encourages locals to see what Project Runway really looks like.

Gramercy Home: Fine linens by Sfera, John Robshaw and Matouk complete with decadent custom monograms.

Acquisitions Antiques: This Buckhead hotspot carries a fabulous mix of new and antique furnishings. Look for a great selection of bamboo pieces, as well as a solid offering of painted and stained-wood pieces with notable provenance.

Dine with ladies-who-lunch at Souper Jenny (404-239-9023). Jennifer Levison’s hearty soups and salads, served by a dramatic wait staff who are mostly starving actors, are worth the time you’ll spend standing in line.

This once-industrial area first attracted shoppers with two competing fabric warehouses: Forsyth Fabrics and Lewis & Sheron Textile Co. Next came the spirited Mexican furniture and accessories of No Mas! Home & Garden and more fabulous fabric from The Silk Trading Company. But the real tipping point was the opening of the Westside Urban Market shopping center, which made the crossroads of Howell Mill and Huff Roads into one of the city’s top shopping destinations. Highlights of the area include

Star Provisions: The kitchen and tabletop shop attached to the nationally acclaimed Bacchanalia restaurant deserves four stars of its own.

Kolo Collection: Chic outdoor furniture from the world’s top manufacturers.

Switch Modern: Impeccable modern credentials from the likes of Poliform, Knoll, Flexform, and Promemoria.

B. Braithwaite: The giant topiaries outside may remind you of Disney, but don’t look here for Mickey and Minnie. This nursery store and children’s boutique is all understated elegance and refined whimsy.

Bungalow Classic (1197 Howell Mill Road, 404-367-8522): This furniture and home accessories store takes a fresh, youthful approach to classics. Lamps, like one with a white porcelain faux bois base, are especially cool.

Terra Cottage: The creatively merchandized store balances a mixture of fine antiques with industrial vintage in a whimsical style sure to delight. They also offer a large selection of colorful Dash and Albert rugs and Pine Cone Hill linens.

Savvy Snoot: Beautifully composed upscale consignment store. A recent trip revealed a bargain Circa chandelier, lime-wood framed botanicals, grasscloth walls mixed with Barcelona chairs and a tremendously chic brown granite and brass coffee table.

Staceage:  If Joseph’s Technicolor dreamcoat ever exploded, Staceage is what the surrounding area would look like. With the motto “live famously or die,” the downstairs sister store of textile staple Lewis & Sheron offers modern fabrics, custom furnishings and lavish trims that are a celebration of color. Within the retailer’s glossy white space, shoppers will find nailhead trims in every color of Crayola’s largest box to match wares fit for Verner Panton.

Room and Board: Reasonably priced retail chain offering contemporary- to craftsman-styled home basics and accessories located at the bottom of the White Provisions building. A large selection of custom fabric and finish choices on both soft and case goods make Room and Board a great home staple.

Environment Furniture: Large-scale, stylishly masculine yet rugged furnishing. A recent trip uncovered linear sectionals upholstered in military tent material and platform beds of unsanded, stained lumber.

Knoll Showroom: Designer-types and architects alike delight in the icons of design. Simply put, go to Knoll for the coolest office ever.

Urban Electric Co. (404.815.8066)

Anne Flaire Antiques: Wander through this expansive warehouse to find a full range of French antique periods including Empire, Directoire and Louis XVI. Don’t miss the gorgeous old doors and case goods sure to have you dreaming of your chateau.

Stanton Home:  Expect to find clean-lined upholstered linen furnishings mixed with industrial-chic light fixtures and coffee tables in this peaceful home store where the tunes are always good and the lightly scented candles are even better.

Verde Home: An eco-chic furniture gallery.

Provenance Antiques: A selection of antique furniture, from French armchairs to farm tables to gilded mirrors in a browser-friendly environment.

14th Street Antiques Market: Put on your grown-up clothes to shop for high-end rugs, case goods, lighting and accessories. Expect to find heirloom-worthy antiques from a variety of Atlanta collectors. Don’t expect to find a bargain bureau to refinish.

Maison: Set up in glamorous house-like rooms, designer-owned Maison features French antiques of the fine and faux variety mingling with Hollywood Regency-esque accessories. Lines include Worlds Away.

If Martha Stewart opened a restaurant in Atlanta, it would be the new JCT Kitchen & Bar — sleek and homey at the same time, serving fresh contemporary cuisine with a Southern accent. Elegant Bacchanalia’s is one of the city’s top restaurants, and Taqueria Del Sol serves addictive gourmet tacos. Or visit West Egg or Flip or Antico Pizza and be happy.

Miami Circle
Atlanta’s long love affair with antiques continues along Miami Circle. If you’re seeking something with provenance, head to fine galleries like William Word and The Gables Antiques. Or transport yourself to the European countryside at Dearing Antiques and Foxglove Antiques. The street is also home to high-end fabrics, rugs, plumbing, granite and other home suppliers, plus several art galleries, including the much-respected Fay Gold Gallery.

Curran Fabric: Designer fabric at discount prices in the high-end Peachtree Hills shopping district.

Festive little tapas bar Eclipse di Luna is hidden at the end of the street.

Peachtree Hills
Best known for the trade-only Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, this district has recently gone democratic with the opening of a new retail enclave, The Galleries of Peachtree Hills. The classical French complex quickly filled up with some of the city’s most prestigious art, home and antique galleries. As you walk along the street, be sure to stop into the following spots:

Mrs. Howard and Max & Company (404-816-3830 and -3831): Phoebe Howard’s updated traditional look is as refreshing as the seashore from which she often takes her inspiration.

Travis: The retail outlet of ADAC stalwart Travis & Company still offers French antiques, but with more of a 20th-century bent and lighthearted attitude.

Leontine Linens: Ultra-luxurious and elaborately monogrammed linens. Very Old South. A few of the showrooms in ADAC West (next to the monolithic ADAC proper) are also open to the public: Kay Douglass, owner of South of Market, turns French and Belgian industrial artifacts into character-rich light fixtures and home furnishings.

Restaurant Eugene’s elegant interpretations of the freshest local ingredients immediately earned national accolades when it opened in 2004. But don’t rush; this is a treat to savor. If you’re looking for something quicker than Restaurant Eugene, pop into Zesto’s. The diner is an Atlanta institution, known for its hamburgers, fries and shakes.

Atlanta’s hottest new shopping district caters to neighborhood loft dwellers with contemporary tastes. International retailers like Ligne Roset and Kartel have landed here. IKEA is nearby in the new live/work/play complex called Atlantic Station. But we’re especially partial to two Atlanta-based stores:

Space: A milky white floor, eye candy in streetfront windows, sleek Italian furniture and home accessories are all museum-worthy cool.

Beehive Co-Op: Great designer showcase.

On your way over to Atlantic Station from Peachtree Street, enjoy the savvy decor and fresh cuisine of The Globe (globeatlanta.com).

Virginia Highlands
Urban Cottage: An eclectic mix of fresh feminine furnishings with painted surfaces and fun upholstery. Look for creative home accents, gifts and stationary in this shop that also offers design services.

Armour and Co.: With goods from Two’s Company, Worlds Away, Jonathan Adler and Bobo Intriguing Objects, go for gourd lamps and lacquer boxes.

Young Blood Gallery: To walk through the Young Blood Gallery’s doors is to walk into Atlanta’s own version of Etsy. Look for pottery, fashion, artwork and prints at this local artist shop full of handmade goods. Great for gifts.

Providence Antiques: Expertly curated, the windows of this little shop have been featured on the prolific design blog, Style Court. A trip inside yields whimsically styled European antiques mixed elegantly with Eames designs. Go for inspiration.

American Period Furniture (404-892-8576): What this Ponce de Leon shop lacks in style it makes up for in substance; find solid pieces by Stickley, Baker and Henredon at very fair prices. No props and no pretense.

Bella Cucina: Food and beautiful servingware — that’s a home accessory, right? All in white. Recently, I ventured away from a friend’s wedding registry to buy her a gift from Bella Cucina. She loved it so much that she now complains about her and her mother’s pricey addiction. The space is completely swoon inducing. Go to look at the fabulous pleated pendant lights.

Highland Row Antiques: A must-hit for the treasure hunter, Highland Row Antiques always yields fabulous vintage finds. Whether it’s a child-sized Bertoia chair, a set of Pyrex dishes in a milky blue hue or a petite crystal chandelier, this tiny shop’s fabulous prices and friendly owners will not disappoint.

Grab a fast sandwich and soup at Belly or Alon’s. Don’t miss artisanal homestyle cupcakes with cream-cheese icing at The Atlanta Cupcake Factory.

Old Fourth Ward/Inman Park/ Poncey Highland
City Issue: Heywood Wakefield lovers take note — City Issue is your Mecca and its owner your god.

Authentique: This shop houses bleached-wood branches, Capri-blue candles and antique books on Industrial-era carts re-envisioned as table fixtures.

Paris On Ponce: Go for an adventure and wander through rooms of antiques.

Eat at The Highland Bakery, Shaun’s, Rathbun’s, Serpas or Parish. Pick up some handmade chocolates at Cacao.

Expect a modern design gallery specializing in “classic modern and contemporary licensed furniture, lighting and accessories” with goods from the likes of Capellini, Vitra and Magis.

Cheshire Bridge Area
Antiques and Beyond: Open seven days a week, Antiques and Beyond is a favorite haunt of designer and designer-types in the city. With everything from fine European antiques, to midcentury-modern Eames chairs and Tulip tables, to vintage handbags and jewelry, not to mention one of the largest selections of lampshades in the city, the strip mall store is a destination for everyone. A recent trip yielded a Murano chandelier.

The Dump: Go to this massive warehouse in the old Home Depot Expo space to treasure hunt for new furnishings bought on the cheap as overstocks from retailers around the country. Do not expect IKEA-style bargains; expect to get a $6,000 leather sofa for $3,000. The store is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in order to save on overhead.

Good Stores in Random Areas
Kuduzu Antiques: Open seven days a week, this family-owned antique mall on the outskirts of Decatur boasts 25,000 square feet of space and offers wares from over 100 different dealers. Plenty of mod and retro finds, repurposed industrial items, lamp repair and custom lighting, as well as garden space and original art make Kudzu a fun weekend browse after a trip to the enormous Dekalb Farmer’s Market just down the street.

Heliotrope: Go for gifts. Heliotrope offers a fun and funky selection of home and personal accessories, tablewares and gifts in the heart of downtown Decatur. Think Two’s Company, Jonathan Adler pottery, Thomas Paul eyeglass and laptop cases, Pantone accessories and brightly colored Joseph Joseph kitchenware.

Scott’s Antique Market (about five minutes south of Downtown): Open the second weekend of every month, Scott’s Antique Market is where Eddie Ross brings guests on his Atlanta flea-market tours. Two expansive warehouses filled with vendors from across the country offer an enormous variety of wares. Oriental rugs, pottery, dishes, antiques and reproductions can all be found at Scott’s at a tremendous value. Go on Thursday for the largest selection and go on Sunday for the best deals.

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  • A couple updates: The ShopSCAD in Buckhead closed a while ago. (I believe there’s an outpost in the school building in Midtown, as well as online.) Might want to take that one down since it’s #1 on the list! Also, CB2 is a huge national addition to Midtown. Definitely worth adding!

  • i would loooooove a decatur shopping guide on here! if you need suggestions…

    and p.s, i love the phrase hotlanta. 60% of the time i use it… everytime.

  • The BeeHive Co-Op has moved! It’s now in East Atlanta right off Moreland Ave in the Edgewood Shopping District.

  • I would like to mention Redefined Home–new to the west side, so many pretty things! Also, Emily Amy Gallery–she is amazing with fantastic artists. And the latest super fab place for linens, The Suite Spot on Chattahoochie Ave.

    As for snacks in the Old 4th/Inman Park–don’t forget Lotta Fruita. They have the most amazing fresh cut fruit cups and all sorts of goodness!

  • Understood, Grace, about Decatur… Maybe you could mention there are great cities nearby.. ;) But you went into VaHi and no Murphy’s mention? Such a great place to eat!

  • Loved to see this guide on Atlanta – moved to Athens recently (definitely awesome enough to have its own guide!) and am excited to have a reliable source for shopping in the ATL. (Another nickname “beloved” by locals!)

  • I visited Atlanta last summer with the hubs, and we found what we believe to be one of the most awesome restaurants ever, for too many reasons to list. It’s not fancy schmancy, but down-to-earth food for the people.

    Lunacy Black Market
    231 Mitchell St. SW

    Just go there. It’s too cheap not to!

  • fyi-
    BEEHIVE CO-OP has moved to Edgewood shopping center- close to Little 5 points and has really improved.

    THE GLOBE has closed in Midtown.

  • Any designers browsing ADAC or in the Peachtree Hills area should try to check out The Hungry Peach, the little cafe housed in the back of ADAC. The food there is always awesome and a great deal (Restaurant Eugene is wonderful, but way too much of a splurge normally).

  • Under “Westside” I would HAVE to add Whipstitch Fabrics. They have a seriously large collection of modern fabric and offer sewing classes to those that are interested in expanding their crafty side!

  • I’ve lived in the ATL all my life and I haven’t been to a lot of these places! Can’t wait to check ’em out!
    I’m so glad you included Star Provisions. It’s pretty much my favorite.

  • Has the point of these city-guides changed without me realizing? This is a great higher end design guide to the city but it’s left out clothing stores and anything interesting about atlanta that isn’t related to shopping.
    I’ve heard from several people that Atlanta is thought of as a snobby, money- obsessed city. I personally don’t believe that’s true, i’d love it if this specified that it was a decorating guide to Atlanta and if we could have another city guide that explained all the amazing things to do in atlanta that are not strictly money related. What about the theaters? the beltline? the near by mountains? the museums? the park? etc, etc. I refer to these guides when i’m planning on visiting another city and this one wouldn’t inspire me to hit print. Now if i was redoing my living room (in my dreams) i’d refer to this guide constantly.

    • emily

      d*s is a design site, so these guides are always design-focused. we request additional information from guide-writers but they aren’t always included so that’s why we update these guides as often as possible. having just visited atlanta i know there’s certainly more to the city than shopping, so we’ll be sure to request follow-up information from the writer. that said, we’re a design and home-shopping site so those factors will always be large in the guides.


  • Couple corrects and additions Silk Trading longer there but a new Anthropologie westside will take it’s place I think Paris on Ponce has gone bye bye Atlanta has great shops style and soul a great place for a stylist like me to work and live! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Annette: Paris on Ponce is still there! Was in there the other day.

    I’d also recommend Redefined Home on the westside. Great mix of new and vintage and a very well curated shop.

  • Thank you for the fantastic update! I am planning a few field trips this spring to get out and see how other great retailers do it and Atlanta was at the top of my list. Can’t wait to start touring. Thx!

  • I would love to help contribute to a Decatur guide! For boutiques, there is Boogaloos Boutique, Squash Blossom, Rockit. Homegrown Gallery recently opened and is quite literally a local Etsy store of awesome. Right next door, Taste has reopened with lots of local kitchen goodies.

    Agilest Collections recently opened with contemporary furniture design & accessories.

    Little Shop of Stories is exactly like the bookstore in Meg Ryan had in You Got Mail. They have great reading finds for both kids and adults. Vivid boutique right next door is my go to place for hostess gifts and they try to stock the place with below $50 items. Nearby is the most beloved Brickstore Pub for a nosh (and a beer).

    Cook’s Warehouse has everything and more for a foodie kitchen and just got named Top 50 Retailers by Gourmet Retailer. After you buy a new set of glasses, step over to Sherlock’s for bountiful wine selection.

    And lastly, though they are no longer in Decatur, Intaglia Home in their Atlanta location has lovely and affordable furniture and accessories.

    Sorry, but while I am not a long time resident of the area, it and its citizens has thoroughly enchanted me.

  • Architectural Accents located in the Buckhead area and is a must-see antique store (although it seems more like a museum)! Housing antique mantels, doors, cabinet and door hardware, stain glass windows, iron work–such as gates, balconies, etc. predominately from the 17th-19th C. imported from England and France. The owners have incredible knowledge of the trade and exquisite taste. You will not be disappointed!

  • yay! i’m so glad that this guide got updated! glad that the highlands and such got added, and agree that decatur should get some love…tons of good stuff there!

  • Design Within Reach (on the southern edge of Buckhead) is a good place for modernist and contemporary furnishings. There is also a place called Agilest Collections open(ing) in downtown Decatur: they specialize in Knoll, Vitra, and other high-end modern. Finally, Decatur is becoming known as “competition” for Buckhead in terms of dining options: there are so many possibilities it would take some time and (pleasant) research to list all the good eateries in one walkable area.

  • If you find yourself a bit north of Atlanta in Historic Norcross – there’s a great little “general store” the Bleu House Market with local and gourmet food and fun gifts/housewares :)

  • I’m a lifelong resident of the Atlanta suburbs, and I have to say that I haven’t heard of a lot of these places. Great to hear about Atlanta’s little gems. :)

    And if y’all have a special occasion, please consider going to Restaurant Eugene’s. It is hands down the best meal I’ve ever had.

  • Thanks Rick…

    I went to Agilest Collections today and it very nice..They also has eco and recycled products as well. A little bit for everyone…

  • Yes, please consider a Decatur guide. It’s a wonderful,
    eclectic city with fantastic restaurants and a good number of
    galleries, such Alcove, MudFire, The Seen… and great boutiques
    including my absolute favorite, Heliotrope.

  • So what hotels would one recommend in the ATL area? Looking to make a Braves Game this Spring, curious any suggestions on (decently priced) good hotels…


    • hi sara!

      we got a steal at the W hotel when we were down there for the lavish conference and loved it. obviously not a ton of character, but the rooms were designed by tom felicia and are pretty nice :)


  • The Georgian Terrace is an awesome hotel – and historic landmark! Spaces in Midtown has closed :( But going to go check out some fun places on the Westside today!

  • For the Foodies: Holeman and Finch is a wonderful place, you must go! H&F also has a great bar to order delicious craft cocktails. If you are looking for a speak easy go to Prohibition.

  • For anyone looking for a school in ATL: The Creative Circus is an incredible portfolio school (post-Bachelors, pre-professional). It’s definitely not a day to day need, but this school is absolutely design-sponge-crowd material. The taco place right around the corner is AWESOME! (Perla Taqueria)

  • I know this is an old thread, but the furniture/fabric/accessories list is quite comprehensive. After all of that shopping, you’ll want a fullfilling bite to eat just as the weather tries to turn cooler. The mexican restaurant El Terrero off in Druid Hills is a fantastic, low-key place. Great food and authentic gooey white mexican cheese! With all of the calories burned from shopping, one can afford the indulgence!

  • Would love to see an updated version of this city guide! Possibly from an interior designer or store owner! Great post!

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