Category: Shopping Guide

Shopping Guide: Charleston & Savannah

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If you ever find yourself in the Southeast, make sure to plan a visit to Charleston and Savannah. Their stunning architecture and blooming azaleas are draw enough, but they also happen to be prime destinations for furniture and home goods.

Charleston, with its refined charm and stately townhouses, boasts a number of fine antique stores and elegant boutiques. Savannah is home to the famous Savannah College of Art and Design, so its offerings are more unusual and eclectic. Here are a few of my favorite spots in Charleston and Savannah: 

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South of Market, 173 King Street, carries an eclectic mix. Many of the upholstered pieces, like the beige linen sofa and white tufted banquette below, are clean, contemporary versions of European classics. But the store also offers a selection of antiques, mid-century modern designs, and industrial pieces. South of Market has locations in Atlanta and New York City as well.

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Tucker Payne Antiques, 169 King Street, is the perfect place to shop for a conversation piece. I was immediately drawn in by the imposing cast iron lions in the store’s front window. Tucker Payne Antiques is chock full unique decorative items, like the antique rocking horse pictured below. They also sell a wide selection of casegoods, like dressers and china cabinets.

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Savannah, Georgia 

24E, 24 East Broughton Street, is a dream to browse. Every corner of the two-story shop is filled with unusual, hand-crafted pieces, like the dining table repurposed from an airplane panel pictured below. This is the place to shop for a creative, urban, industrial home.

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Alex Raskin Antiques, 441 Bull Street, is my absolute favorite discovery. Located in a charmingly dilapidated mansion in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, this store boasts four floors of wall-to-wall antiques. There are so many special finds, like the bone-inlay secretary and the primitive woven armchair below. 

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If you ever find yourself in the Southeast, make sure to plan a visit to Charleston and Savannah. Their stunning archite...

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Shopping Guide: Nantucket

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I just returned home from a long weekend on Nantucket for Thanksgiving. Even though I grew up in Boston, I had somehow never been to Nantucket before this trip! The island is full of traditional Cape Cod-style houses: low, symmetrical cottages with weathered shingles or wood clapboard siding. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Nantucket prospered inordinately as the hub of the whaling industry; but by the mid-19th century, whaling was in decline and a large fire destroyed most of the island’s earliest buildings. Jethro Coffin’s house, known in typical straightforward New England style as the “Oldest House,” is Nantucket’s oldest house still standing in its original spot and one of the few structures to have survived the devastating fire. Built in 1686, this saltbox house features a distinctive horseshoe design on its central chimney.
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I spent several days poking around the little shops in Nantucket Center. As it turns out, Nantucket has a notable retail history; R.H. Macy, founder of Macy’s department store, was born on the island. It is believed that he opened his first retail store right on Nantucket’s Main Street.

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The original Macy’s outfit may be a thing of the past, but there are still dozens of charming home goods stores to enjoy on today’s island. Here is my guide to shopping Nantucket:

The Lion’s Paw, 30 Main Street, is the perfect place to outfit a classic beach house. They offer a mix of new and antique furniture and a color scheme that tends towards the whites and cool blues of traditional beachside decor. They favor natural materials and accessories that help bring the beauty of Nantucket inside the home. I particularly love the navy and white striped side table with leather detailing and the antique faux bamboo armoire with mirrored doors.

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Bodega, 2 Candle Street, offers a more eclectic, contemporary take on beachside living. Their furniture has modern, clean lines. Many of the accessories, like the stacked grey china set below, have a bit of an asian influence. Bodega is a the perfect place to shop for a tailored contemporary look that doesn’t feel too fussy.

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Sylvia Antiques & Four Winds Craft Guild, 15 Main Street, is chock full of goodies straight out of Nantucket’s whaling heyday. They have a wide selection of rustic arts and crafts, from scrimshaw to bone-inlaid boxes and hand-carved whale sculptures. It’s a great place to find one-of-a-kind artwork and a piece of Americana for your home. For more information about the whale sculptures, please visit artist Jeff Raymond’s website.

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I just returned home from a long weekend on Nantucket for Thanksgiving. Even though I grew up in Boston, I had somehow n...

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