Best of Atlanta 2017: Style & Design
Hot trend: Luxury plumbing
In the last year or so, Buckhead’s exclusive shopping district saw the openings of three upscale plumbing boutiques: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery; Porcelanosa; and Kohler Signature Store by PDI.
3 shops with great pop-ups
We love it when retailers support indie makers, but the collaborations seem even more special when they host pop-up shops. Here are three places to find them.
Under-the-radar gem: Sole
You might not expect to find one of the city’s best shoe selections next to a Great Clips and across the street from a GameStop, yet this Edgewood Shopping Center boutique offers an expertly curated inventory of edgy Jeffrey Campbell booties, Seychelles loafers, and Free People flats.
Colorists: Jenn Jones, Amber Casciano, and Lindsey Wiseman
Hair feeling dull? Check out these three Atlanta colorists.
Local upholstery line: DR Collection
Bradley Odom, owner of Westside’s Dixon Rye, brings an eye for fashion to his signature furniture collection.
Wrist candy: Daniel Wellington
Swedish brand Daniel Wellington brought its Scandinavian-chic minimalist watches to Ponce City Market this past May, offering sleek, modern styles at an affordable pricepoint.
New home store: Waiting on Martha Home
After several successful pop-ups, including a months-long boutique at Shops Around Lenox, Mandy Rye has finally opened her first permanent brick-and-mortar
Local fabric line: Clay McLaurin for Bungalow Classic
Many of native Atlantan Clay McLaurin’s hand-printed textiles are inspired by nature—ferns, feathers, leaves.
Neighborhood gem: Trinity Mercantile & Design
Trinity Mercantile & Design, which reps a wide variety of lines from Jaipur Living rugs to Tritter Feefer case goods, provides comprehensive retail and design services for Decatur residents.
Bespoke denim: Levi’s at Avalon
Levi’s opened its Avalon store earlier this spring as one of only a handful in the country with an in-house tailoring shop—customizing denim with embroidery, hemming, and fitting.
Bespoke men’s suiting: Commonwealth Proper
After two years in a Westside outpost, Commonwealth Proper opened its new custom tailoring shop in Buckhead in May.
Expansion: Design Within Reach
The sparkling two-story facility, designed by New York–based architectural firm DFA, is fun to visit even if you’re not shopping.
Hometown chain: Ballard Designs
This year, the brand added a glam collection by celebrity designer and Atlanta native Miles Redd to its roster of exclusives by Suzanne Kasler and Bunny Williams.
Wardrobe essentials: COS
H&M’s stylish, subdued grown-up sister opened its doors to Atlanta last year and has since steadily supplied its structured basics to shoppers with an eye for clean lines.
In its new Powers Ferry Center digs, Sabot is as chic as ever, with established cool-kid lines like Loeffler Randall and Rachel Comey, along with niche lines you can’t find anywhere else in Atlanta.
Niche perfumes: Neiman Marcus
Atlanta may not have Le Labo, but Neiman Marcus offers our best selection of niche perfumes.
Rising fashion designer: Abbey Glass
This Atlanta native has been on the rise in recent years, but 2017 marked her first brick-and-mortar retail store.
New vintage clothing: Kiwi Vintage
Fresh off a move from Mechanicsville, this EAV shop is ideal for those who appreciate the vintage aesthetic but don’t have the patience to pick through thrift store racks.
Mall retreat: Frontgate
Soothing scents, soft textiles, and handsome furniture make this newly updated store a welcome respite during a day of power shopping.
New tabletop shop: Hudson Grace
Find rustic serving ware, modern vases, antique silver, and other tabletop delights at this Bay Area transplant devoted to entertaining.
Local furniture line: Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design
Montana native Skylar Morgan’s furniture is the perfect blend of natural materials, minimalist lines, and practical construction—a style he calls American Modern.
California style: Serena & Lily
Known for colorful patterns and original artwork, the popular online source finds retail spaces help showcase its growing furniture collections.
Rebranding: 14th Street Antiques & Modern Home
We still love brown furniture, but sometimes galleries full of 19th century antiques can feel, well, dated. With 60,000 square feet and more than 100 dealers, 14th Street now claims to be the South’s largest “Curated Group Shop.”
Vacation inspiration: Dear Keaton
Founders Christie Shepard and Chris Hutcheson—former textile executives who launched their website in 2016—have leveraged their love of travel into an online store that “promotes resort living every day.”
Where to go for that one specific home item
Here are the best places to find lighting, sofas, chic gifts, window treatments, outdoor furniture, antiques, and more.