Ever since I started conjuring the idea that I’ll open a shop, I started visiting fabulous cities & checking out their wonderful home décor shops. It gives me a visual of what I want my shop to be when it grows up (or in my case, when it’s born). These places are awesome! Of course I have my own vision, but they sure give me a lot of inspiration.
Jayson Home & Garden in Chicago is already very popular and for very good reasons, of course.
I wasn’t able to take a picture of this shop, Zella Brown (which happens to be one of Home Décor Buyer’s retail stars of 2007). What a feat, I’m so jealous! But so well deserved. Here’s a piece at the store, a media cabinet from Shine.
Honorable mentions are Porte Rouge (all Parisian items) and Willow, a shop specializing in tabletop items & small accents.
In Seattle, I saw Maison Luxe for the first time. This place is really glam.
I also saw the most beautiful decoupage pieces & learned about the John Derian Company at Sirenza. Sirenza is not a home décor store but a fragrance & bath shop. I only took a picture of their sign, which I thought looks vintage & cool.
More to come: New Orleans, Paris, Philippines and more.
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Most celebrity crossovers are big flops. Case in point, Mariah Carey almost got lost in oblivion after doing the movie “Glitter.” It would be years before she got emancipated as Mimi and revived what she truly are, a singer. Yet fashion designers crossing over to the home accent world is always a success.Calvin Klein did it with sleek and contemporary bedding, tabletop items and accents almost reminiscent of the underwear he became so famous for.
The American Summer, Cape Lodge and Mayfair collection all evoke of what an American Classic is. That is what Ralph Lauren is all about.
And the newest addition which I am most excited about, Vera Wang just came out with her own home collection.
So ethereal! I love her flower adorned accent throw pillows as much as I love her beautiful bridal gowns.
I can’t wait until other fashion designers do it too. I mean, take the leap from runway fashion to home fashion.
Diane Von Furstenberg’s classic wrap dress
reminds me of this caned-inspired stool.
Betsey Johnson has been dubbed the queen of punk fashion, but at her home she likes pink and chintz.
She would probably love this cherry dresser.
If Monique Lhuiller’s black gowns would be recreated into a candleholder.
It would be this polyresin petal tea light holder.
(Comes in different colors at my site).
And who reminds you of this uptown silver accent table?
Well, Karl Lagerfeld of course!
Runway or home fashion, these designers can certainly do it. They are just not selling clothes or tabletop items, they are selling a lifestyle. And it is a glamorous, sophisticated and beautiful life!
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