November 19, 2011
Your Little Black Book for Black Friday
Covetable wares put these chic boutiques on the map
By Nancy Staab
Just in time for the holidays—nine new retail wonderlands in Atlanta for home, fashion and epicurean finds
Huff Harrington Home
Meg Harringtonand Ann Huff, the stylish duo behind Huff Harrington Fine Art have expanded their purview with a spacious new fine home boutique at 102 West Paces (just past St. Regis Atlanta and next door to Drybar salon). The sunny, 4,000-square foot space is loaded with decorative items, furnishings and gifts for the home, plus some of the gorgeous art canvases that they have made their name with. It’s all about the mix and these ladies have somehow effortlessly mixed glossy orange lacquer cubes with antique French loveseats, contemporary art, burlap upholstered French chairs, collectibles such as mounted tortoise shells and antique wooden shoe forms, linen pillows, animal skin rugs thrown over the concrete floors, gilt mirrors and chandeliers that range from antique crystal to rustic twig. Huff and Harrington have made it all cohere with their deftly arranged tableaux. We adore the charming gazebo set with a tea table, the curated selection of coffee table books, a pink resin necklace, chandelier notecards and much more. Many of the home and gift items are sourced from the ladies’ frequent trips to France to stock their art gallery and, now, décor den.
102 West Paces Ferry Road, open Mon.-Sat., 404.467.0311 or www.huffharrington.com
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If the collected interior is not your thing and you prefer sleek, clean, and contemporary, head straight to Simcolifestyle’s new Midtown showroom for designer interiors that scream Miami glam or New York cosmopolitan. (In fact the business started in Miami). Founder and international designer Tui Pranich conceived of his business specifically for busy executive types that have the budget but not the time to furnish their penthouses piece-by-piece. Instead, Simcolifestyle offers a high-end, one-stop shop for fully fitted interior tableaux: from the light fixtures to furniture and even a few splashy accessories, that can be yours via white-glove delivery and installed within an impressive two weeks--right down to the installation of artworks! (Don’t miss local Atlanta/Miami artist Anthony Liggins’ colorful, multi-media canvasses on show in the Atlanta showroom) Simcolifestyle pieces are hand-crafted and sourced from fine artisans around the world, while the room schemes are devised by expert interior designers. A bedroom, living room and dining suite can be yours for a mere $44,000. You can buy a tableaux wholesale or custom mix pieces from different collections. Forgot to pack your Frette bedding, state-of-the-art stereo equipment or dinner plates? Simcolifestyle has you covered with a 280,000 –square foot warehouse in Miami from which to kit out your luxe new nest. “Using our turnkey concept…clients can move in with just a suitcase,” says Atlanta owner Simon Guobadia. And the results? This is no cookie-cutter Crate and Barrel décor, but sensuous, sophisticated settings that deserve major screen time.
800 Peachtree Street, 404.856.0889 or www.simcolifestyle.com
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Just past Café Jonah, on the increasingly bustling retail road of Paces Ferry Place, you’ll spot the charming cottage housing interior designer Cindy Lynn Dunaway’s new shop and design studio. Pop in the shop and you will find it’s surprisingly spacious and filled with wonderful nooks featuring tasteful traditional and transitional furniture and accessories, including custom Greyhouse pieces. Colorful ceramics, statement lamps, fine artwork and furniture with flair are the hallmarks of this gracious shop. Cindy’s interior projects range from Texas to the Bahamas, so she knows a thing or two about dressing a house from top to bottom in a comfortable but bespoke fashion.
3208 Paces Ferry Place, 404.816.2412 or www.cindylynninteriors.com
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Beloved floral, gift and home emporium Boxwoods has expanded. It’s left its cute cottage on East Andrews intact, but has moved it’s tabletop and entertaining goods next door. Its new space is the gorgeous, two-storied manse that previously housed Susan Lee boutique. However, you would scarcely recognize the old space, as owners Randy Korando and Dan Belman have renovated the space to resemble a romantic Italianate villa with curved architectural staircase, reclaimed wooden floors, and charming salvage shutters accenting floor-to-ceiling arched windows in the main foyer. What you will find inside: sumptuous table settings--currently done in seasonal holiday themes, brilliant barware, fine china and crystal, art works, silver trays, mirrors, candles, books and decorative tabletop finds. Korando and Belman’s decors have regularly been featured in glossies such as Veranda and Traditional Home and their new shop is likewise picture-perfect.
56 East Andrews at Paces Place, 404.857.1335
Katie Hobbs, the young Atlanta stylista behind online fashion site shoplesnouvelles.com, cut her teeth at Elle magazine, so she is an expert at cutting through the clutter and curating her online site with the best of emerging fashion brands. Think: By Malene Birger, Elizabeth and James, ISSA, Rag & Bone, Lover, Flutter, Jenni Kayne and A.L.C. There is something for everyone--from the indie bohemian to the chic It-girl. Now, Atlantans have an added advantage. Hobbs has opened a bricks-and-mortar fashion boutique in her home state, to cater to her fashion-cool clientele. Check out the industrial-chic space in Midtown by appointment: 1320 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Suite a500, 404.352.0683 or www.shoplesnouvelles.com
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The owner of the eponymous Morgan Kylee boutique in Buckhead, Morgan Henzlik, may be young, but her fashion sensibility is sophisticated beyond her years. Smartly, she has stocked her Roswell Road shop with loads of up and coming labels highlighted in fashion mags and at progressive stores like Barney’s and Webster Miami, but not yet represented in Atlanta… until now. Those covetable labels include Gryphon, Raoul, ADAM, Rick Owens, Jil Sander NAVY, and Jonathan Saunders. The lines may be formidable, but the shop is as warm and beachy as can be with sea grass rug, palette wood accents, white linen window treatments and bright Congo feathered headdresses as wall art. Check out the jewelry displays too for stone-encrusted Lucite cuffs that Henzlik sourced from Scotts’s market as well as several indie jewelry designers. Another young designer in her stable: Katie Ermilio Press—a 25-year-old former Vogue intern, whose grandfather created the classic green Masters Jacket and who counted Grace Kelly as a client! Price points range from $22-$2,000 for every style and age of shopper and Henzlik is intent on stocking lines that are a bit edgy, but classy enough to have longevity.
3273 Roswell Road, 404.307.4668 or www.morgankylee.com Store hours: Tues.-Sat.
Photos of Morgan and store by Joseph Epperson.
North Point Mall in Alpharetta just got a new resident, the upscale Von Maur department store. Live piano music, extra-wide aisles, free gift wrapping and specialty designers such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Polo Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors and True Religion are just part of the allure. An interest-free Von Maur charge card is an added incentive. In addition to men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and accessories, check out the Godiva chocolate counter for holiday gifting and luxury fragrances such as Chanel and Gucci’s new Guilty Intense for your paramour.
North Point Mall, 4000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta, www.vonmaur.com
Bella Cucina Porta Via
We are quite enamored with Alisa Barry’s newly expanded Bella Cucina space in Virginia-Highland. The new space is just doors down from the old space, but with much more room for takeout, fresh food counters, hence the Porta Via moniker, and a genuine Italian food hall ambiance. The store is still stocked with all kinds of jarred goodies such as lavender salts and artichoke spreads, but now there’s a window facing bar for sipping espressos and an artisan spread of freshly prepared fare: farm egg salad on olive faccacia, peach almond and blackberry crostata tarts, panini, torta rustica, pizzetta, mini Italian meatloaf sandwiches with tomato jam, composed fruit and cheese plates, etc. An antique communal table down the center of the store (sourced from Ralph Lauren’s prop house) encourages gathering for those who want to linger. The warm, European space was designed by Barry’s husband, Smith Hanes and though new, seems like it has always been there. Check out the Sunday Suppers, food and wine events and monthly market baskets based on farmer’s produce and be sure to fill your favorite gourmet’s stocking with some of this store’s divine provisions.
1044 North Highland Ave, open daily, www.bellacucina.com
dTox and dShop
Blend a designer juice bar with a design collective and you get the wonderfully hybrid, new dTox/dShop in Midtown. Owned by a husband-and-wife team--Tim Sliger is the architect and design part of the equation and Shannon Sliger is the yoga-loving wellness part of the equation—this double concept shop attempts to “bridge the gap between work and wellness.” Stop by the sleek modern space with Knoll furnishings, concrete floors, and vintage-inspired tiles in citrus colors, for nourishing and locally sourced organic juices and elixirs. Or take out a 16 oz. dTox box like the Red Juice (beet, carrot, cucumber spinach, apple, parsley and lemon) for consumption in your own home. Worker bees and creative types will want to settle into one of the rentable tables for informal meetings or private study. Walk-ins can cozy up to the juice bar as they sip their juices, fair trade coffees and teas, and sample “healthy junk food” like organic chocolate chip cookies or raw pumpkin tarts. Printers and monitors ensure that some actual work does get done in this designer den.
305 6th Street, 404.771.6500