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

Is Loft living for you?

Interested in living on the Westside?  Take a stroll down Marietta Street and be amazed by the transformation.  The inviting sleek developments and industrial loft conversions will make you consider changing your wardrobe to ALL black and opening a gallery (which is not a bad idea!).  I love the clean lines and mod feel of the new Westside, not to mention my favorite store (Room& Board) is nicely holding it down.

How did this New Westside spring up before out eyes and what’s the history behind it?  Read about the history of the Marietta St Artery HERE

Where would one live over here? If it were me, in a Loft- naturally! However if you can’t find an old industrial loft (which are in limited supply) why not a new mid/high-rise?   The White Provision,built in 2009 has a few NEW models available for you to make your own.  2bed/2bath listed for $500K+ they also offer  take abatement to 2022, paid HOA and $4K towards your closing costs- garage parking, pool, fitness center are the amenities. See more HERE

I did manage to see 1 listing in the wonderful KING PLOW, a nice live/work FMLS #4273301 – get this, the list price will include ALL furnishings. Ready to run a business in your PJs?

There is much history in this area to be explored. In between shopping, take a stroll and view the architecture, appreciate the change and what is restored. Here’s info from Wikipedia:

The area began as an industrial area along the railroad line northwest from Atlanta even before the American Civil War — the Western and Atlantic Railroad line was completed in 1837. In 1881 the International Cotton Exposition was held at the north end of the corridor, for which the Exposition Cotton Mills were built. Mule-pulled trolleys brought workers starting in 1882, and these became electrified in 1894.[4] The area continued as an industrial and warehouse area, though the commercial strip along Marietta Street suffered with suburbanization starting in the 1960s. In the 1990s, several adaptive reuse projects kicked off (Hasting’s Seed Company, The Carriage Works, King Plow Arts Center, and the Allied Warehouse #2), signaling the renaissance of the area.[5]

Bellwood was annexed to the city of Atlanta in 1897.[6] The neighborhood of Bellwood was officially renamed Marietta Street Artery in the 2000s.