My Favorite Things

Growing up in Asia, Amy Jenkins, left, learned how color and scent create a welcoming environment. The thirty-six-year-old incorporated those elements into the interior of Sticki Rice, the Asian-inspired home store she opened a year ago.

Growing up in Asia, Amy Jenkins, left, learned how color and scent create a welcoming environment. The thirty-six-year-old incorporated those elements into the interior of Sticki Rice, the Asian-inspired home store she opened a year ago. We paid her a visit to find out what she thinks makes a house a home. —Lori K. Tate

Bernhardt Furniture
“My favorite sofas and chairs are from the Lautrec collection by Bernhardt, and I buy it at Boyles. The line has real vintage fabrics so everything is very warm looking and comfortable.”
About $2,500 depending on fabric, Boyles, 11410 Carolina Place Pkwy.,
704-542-4770

Lemon Grass
“I cook a lot with lemon grass. You wouldn’t think you could eat it, but then you peel it down and it’s really flavorful. It smells just like lemon.”
$1.99 a pound, Overseas Food Market, 4603 South Blvd., 704-522-9111

Hand-carved Mango Wood Trays Featuring Hand-punched Metal
“I love these trays. I just put rice, orange lentil, or coffee beans in these and add little tea lights. It’s really fun.”
$32, Sticki Rice, 1222 East Blvd., 704-644-5363

Blue-and-White Ceramic Dishes
“Overseas Food has great little accent dishes. They have all of these blue-and-white dishes that are really inexpensive. I like to use these for dinner parties. You can also use them in your bathroom.”
$1.89 each, Overseas Food Market

Spices
“Dean & DeLuca has great cardamom and all the things that you’d use for Indian cooking. Star anise is very important for Indian cooking.”
Ground cardamom, $6.75; star anise, $4.50, Dean & Deluca, Phillips Place, 704-643-6868

Thai Lemongrass Candles by Pacifica
“I love these candles because it’s a woman-owned company, and she was inspired by
her international
travels. Every scent is from an exotic place or from somewhere in Europe. They’re also all natural.”
$24, Sticki Rice

Floating Flowers
in Glass Bowls
“I love to cut the tops off of lilies or Chinese spider mums and float them in a glass bowl. You can also put sticks of cinnamon, cardamom, or cloves in the water. This fragrance is sweet but spicy at the same time.”
Simon Pearce bowl, $65, John Dabbs Ltd., 759 Providence Rd., 704-334-5040

Red Dragon Granite
“This granite isn’t a bright, bright red. It’s more like an earthy red. We put it in our kitchen, and it’s also around our fireplace. In the utility room we matched it with a red terra cotta tile.”
$85 per square foot installed, Charlotte Marble & Granite Inc., 201 Foster Ave.,
704-523-5005

Indian Pillows
“I have these bright Indian pillows on my bed with my white linens. Having color on the bed is really nice.
I like the boldness and the contrast of color.”
$22 to $28, Sticki Rice

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