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 ;)
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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 Waterworks, Mitchell 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.