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

Midcentury Modern Homes Are Hot

Homes built in the midcentury modern style continue to fetch ever-increasing prices from preservationists and others who love their rich woods and minimalist design.

The Kaufmann Housein Palm Springs, Calif., designed by Richard Neutra in 1946, brought $16.8 million with commission last week at a Christie’s auction.

Marc Porter, Christie’s president in America, said the buyer, whom he declined to name, exercised an option to purchase an orchard adjacent to the property for an additional $2.1 million that includes three cacti that were a present from Frank Lloyd Wright to original owner Edgar Kaufmann, Pittsburgh department store magnate, on his first visit to the home.

The 1960 Esherick Housein Chestnut Hill, Pa. — one of the few private residences designed by the influential Louis Kahn — is part of a contemporary-design auction on May 18 at Richard Wright in Chicago. It is expected to bring $2 million or $3 million.

Many of these homes aren’t very livable. For instance, the Esherick House has only one bedroom and the kitchen. The five-bedroom Kaufmann House comes with restrictions that bar its new owner from making any structural changes.

Source: The New York Times, Carol Vogen (05/14/), and Newsweek, Cathleen McGuigan (05/19/)

Nia Fact: I love midcentury modern- and am a collector of the furniture….however looking at the price tag of these homes, I may need to find a new hobby.