2009 BOB Awards: Home
Sure, we like the armfuls of Tibi dresses and delicate gold jewelry sold in Cottage Chic's East Boulevard bungalow. But the real draw is the deep selection of candles. In the cozy kitchen area, browse options from Elizabeth W. (try the subtle Sweet Tea scent), while the bedroom spaces boast headier scents, like the exotic Savannah by Archipelago. If you're looking for something eco friendly, try the beeswax candles from Soap & Paper Factory.
1232 East Blvd., 704-375-1888
Upscale Home Store
At Luxe Home Couture, it's all about mixing old-school glamour with hefty, rustic items. High-end candles from D.L. & Co. ($88) and metallic picture frames from Lazy Susan (starting at $42) are pure glitz, while a zebra-print cowhide rug ($850) and a pair of African horn bookends add a naturalist's touch. Each piece in this East Boulevard shop feels like a little work of art.
227 East Blvd., 704-370-2644
Furniture for a Steal
There's no better place to shop on a shoestring than the cavernous Sleepy Poet Stuff warehouse. Among the zebra-print rugs, vintage mannequins, and eclectic bird cages are cheap high-end furnishings. A shabby-chic ivory cabinet by High Point that retails at $2,400 recently sold for $1,500. And a mint-condition mahogany chest of drawers from the 1950s went for $250. Fix-it types can find wingback chairs, colonial-inspired love seats, and dining room chairs that need either some refinishing or new upholstery, both of which cost less than buying brand new.
121 Freeland Ln., 704-529-6369
Modern home store
We couldn't be happier that California-based chain west elm (pictured) has found a home in the Queen City. The store's clean, sculptural furniture (like the room-divider bookcase, $599), brightly printed duvet covers, and transitional throw pillows and chunky blankets add graphic punch to any room. Earthy accessories, like a bone table lamp ($169) and raw wood vase ($39) soften the modern silhouette. Plus, the inexpensive yet sophisticated glassware -- Champagne flutes, stemless wine glasses, and water glasses -- allow you to buy for your home without feeling buyer's guilt.
1100 Metropolitan Ave., 704-333-0642
Bed and Bath Linens
Stonecrest staple DeWoolfson Down is overflowing with cushy linens from lines like Christian Fischbacher, Matouk, Home Treasures, and Anna Keeney plus DeWoolfson's own line of luxurious down pillows, comforters, and more. Custom options are seemingly endless—yards of fabric swatches are tucked away in elegant white cabinetry. Bonus: staffers are super organized and helpful. Describe what you're looking for and they'll pull together a selection of samples to browse.
Stonecrest, 7808-C Rea Rd., 704-541-9722
Abode owner Mary Tobias Miller has twenty-seven years of experience as an interior designer, so she'll understand your quest for the perfect sconces, lanterns, or standing lamps. Let her lead you to a brightly colored Robert Abbey lamp ($215 and up) from abode's showroom or a handcrafted chandelier from Louisiana-based artisan Julie Neill. Abode specializes in sconces, of which the store offers an extensive selection. This is what really sets the South End store apart from other lighting purveyors. The shop also boasts a collection of unique lamps made from architectural remnants, like salvaged wrought-iron gates.
201 W. Worthington Ave., 704-332-3731
Never mind the totally affordable showroom furniture samples at the 25,000-square-foot Boulevard Home Furnishing Bazaar warehouse off Griffith Street. Although we wouldn't say no to a few discounted pieces from Highland House, the focus at Boulevard is the textiles. More than 700 yards of linens, cottons, silk screens, and prints from designers like Oscar de la Renta, Lee Jofa, and Century can be found here for as little as $1 a yard. Make note of the hours, though: Boulevard is only open Friday through Sunday.
3021 Griffith St., 704-527-4223
Walking into this charming hardware store is like stepping back in time. At Renfrow Hardware & General Merchandise, fresh produce is displayed in vintage shopping carts. (Yukon gold potatoes go for just 90 cents a pound.) Organic seed packets are arranged in old-timey jars. And friendly staffers stand ready to help you navigate the store's outdoor garden center or purchase paint, plaster, or tools.
188 N. Trade St., Matthews, 704-847-4088
Look no further for pillows that are plush and super design savvy. Isabella owner Erin Dougherty curates her shop with varieties from Jonathan Adler, Kevin O'Brien Studios, Judy Ross, and Marlo Lorenz. Our favorite? Pillows designed by Aviva Stanoff. They're hand dyed, so each piece is one of a kind. And many are embedded with unique materials such as ferns, baby's breath, and peacock feathers.
715 Providence Rd., 704-377-4919
Swedish home purveyor IKEA caters to the kiddie set. Nearly 8,000 square feet are devoted to brightly colored bedding, toys, and artwork for kids. And pint-size furnishings are smartly designed, too: a blue Hermelin crib, $129, can be converted into a traditional bed as your child grows and MATA tableware ($2.95 for a set of four) is super functional -- suction rings keep dinner on the table, not splayed all over the floor.
8300 Ikea Blvd., 704-549-4532
This decidedly unpretentious shop pairs classic home wares, like blue-and-white colonial pottery, with the hottest trends of the season. Tennille & Co. merchandise is affordable, too—browse throw pillows in feral prints (snakeskin, giraffe, cheetah) starting at $10 or snap up delicate safari-inspired votive holders for $5. Need a last-minute hostess gift? Tennille carries monogrammed wine stoppers for just $15.
2823 Selwyn Rd., 704-369-0062