The day after Thanksgiving…

for many, is shopping day!   While the malls are over crowed and filled with grouchy stuffed people, I would opt for a more relaxed environment and head to the Westside Provisions.  If you like Modern Classics, the Westside is THE BEST location in Atlanta. 

Westside Provisions is a mixed use neighborhood located in West Midtown Atlanta, anchored by a large Room& Board furniture store.   A deal sends many scurrying about from store to store not wanting to miss that item on their list, but when you want a break from the noise and pushing stop by Room& Board. I guarantee, your entire disposition will change (and wish list will increase).  The atmosphere is always serene and calm, almost forcing you to whisper.  I love this place and usually get great seasonal deals from the back “clearance section” (which is limited in product and not clearly identifiable) but it’s right near the rugs and pillows.  I know the items may seem a bit pricey but if you are a person who is buying for a lifetime (or potential future resale when you redecorate) these items hold value, their quality and craftmanship is for a lifetime and that  one item can add a bit of sophistication to any room.

Here’s a list of a few other great shops:

Anthropologie

An inspiring place to shop for Women’s clothing, accessories, and home decor.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 10am-7pm. Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Phone: 404.355.4889

Bungalow Classic

Timeless home decor
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm.
Phone: 404.351.9120

Environment Furniture

Where casual sophistication meets sustainability
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday – Saturday 11am-7pm. Sunday 12pm-5pm. Monday – Tuesday – By Appointment.
Phone: 404.815.1488

FLOR

Redefine any space by mixing and matching FLOR styles to create custom rugs, runners and wall-to-wall designs
Hours of Operation:
Monday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 404.685.1601, Fax 404.685.1603.

Jonathan Adler

Putting the grooviness back into home decor
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 10am – 6:30pm. Sun CLOSED
404.367.0414

Knoll

Iconic design, open to the trade only
Phone:404.522.1835

For more on shops and dining see here: Westside Provisions Shops

Home Fads That Are Falling Out of Style

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey  styledstagedsold

LAS VEGAS – Some home features don’t stay popular forever. More homes are inching away from incorporating the following home features, according to recent consumer preference surveys.

1. Fireplaces: The fireplace skyrocketed in importance in homes in 1991 with 62 percent of new homes having one or more. But the number has steadily been decreasing ever since. In 2007, the number dropped to 51 percent.

2. Carpet: While 54 percent of homes still have carpet floors, the number is decreasing and hardwood floors are taking the place. Vinyl and ceramic tile flooring also are being bypassed more by buyers. Seventeen percent of new homes contain hardwood floors throughout the entire house.

3. Living room: These once-decorative centerpieces of homes are slowly vanishing from newer homes. Thirty-four percent of consumers say they’re willing to buy a home without a living room.

4. Desks in the kitchen: These desks were once looked at as great storage areas but they’re often too small and quickly become clutter spaces in a home, said Gayle Butler, editor in chief of Better Homes and Gardens. Instead, more consumers say they prefer larger desks in or near the family room—equipped with a messaging center—where they can keep an eye on their kids as they work on the computer.

5. Skylights: The little windows that allow natural light to seep into a home from above are falling out of style. Only 10 percent of new homes will include them this year, a continuing downward spiral for skylights.

6. Upscale kitchen finishes: Granite countertops are slowly becoming less desirable among buyers who are now moving toward affordable, low-maintenance laminate countertops—which tend to last longer and now come in various styles.

What trends are you noticing are falling out of favor with your buyers?

Living in a Historic community and having 4 fireplaces which I LOVE- I do not agree with this one 🙂 – you just can not beat my heat sucking beauties!   I’m also not a fan of Granite- I have butcher block… I think next I would want concrete buffed..