What’s Hot Now!
New gift boutique Travadavi calls upon the two surnames of its owner, Ann Travis Davis, who embarks on her first retail venture after 25 years with the king of ADAC showrooms, her family’s own Travis & Company. Vivaz glass tumblers, shawls by Yaser H and olive oil bath products from Panier des Sens make incredible hostess gifts, while The Romanov Collection crystal and Sorella Home dinnerware are items you won’t find anywhere else in town. Davis has taken a special interest in white and cream china, which she considers heirlooms for a new generation of brides and grooms. But don’t think of Travadavi as simply a one-stop shop for your wedding; deceptively chic melamine by Bongenre, vivid “Renouveau Russe” china from Alberto Pinto and industrial chic “Perche No” glassware by Simonetta Doni for Egizia all hold the promise of a gracious life far beyond it. 2300 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite B-101, Atlanta 30309. (404) 844-0141; travadavi.com —K.A.
GET IN THE GROOVE
New York-based designer, potter and “Happy Chic” crusader Jonathan Adler opened his Atlanta boutique in March, delivering his full range of products to a clientele ravenous for his groovy, colorful aesthetic. The stimulating shop is decked from top to bottom with his latest collections, such as Jonathan Adler Junior child-scaled furnishings, flame-stitched textiles and expertly crafted objets d’art (we’re loving his plays on organic forms, such as horns and tortoiseshells re-imagined in creamy white porcelain). 1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 367-0414; jonathanadler.com —K.A.
FLOORING OF THE FUTURE
Since its launch in 2000, FLOR has revolutionized the industry with chic, sustainable, infinitely transportable carpet tiles. Its fourth U.S. store hit the Atlanta market this spring, quickly capturing local fans of modern design. Still, FLOR offers plenty of styles to satisfy traditionalists, even those who want the look of classic wall-to-wall carpet; more adventurous aesthetes may be drawn to ornate motifs like grillwork, suzani, ikat and patchwork. Customizable, less expensive and easier to install than traditional carpet, FLOR tiles can be effortlessly cleaned, replaced or swapped out to create an inspired new design. 1100 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta. (404) 685-1601; flor.com —K.A.
Fans of Boxwoods’ home entertaining accessories have reason to rejoice as it unveils its newest venture, a fully remodeled house adjacent to the shop’s original structure. Expanding upon Boxwoods’ already-ample inventory, multiple vignettes showcase the latest in dinnerware, table linens, candles and other gorgeous accessories sure to make any dinner party a hit. 100 East Andrews Dr., Atlanta 30305. (404) 233-3400; boxwoodsonline.com —S.B.
The Peachtree Battle Antiques Market is a new, one-stop shop for antiques and vintage items. An array of dealers fill the former Smith & Hawken space with unique wares ranging from art and furniture to lighting, jewelry and one-of-a-kind home accents. Located in the heart of Buckhead, the market has already become a destination for designers and design enthusiasts alike. 2395 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta 30305. (404) 846-9411; peachtreebattleantiques.com —C.S.
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION
The Museum of Design Atlanta bid adieu to its former space and settled into its new digs on Peachtree Street this past March. Directly across from the Woodruff Arts Center, the restored structure’s upper floors house a branch of the Atlanta Public Library and the offices of Perkins + Will, the acclaimed architectural firm behind the building’s renovation. MODA’s new home not only boasts major curb appeal; the airy interiors are equally stylish, with clean-lined, utilitarian-like gallery spaces that breathe life into the museum’s reputation for polished design. The inaugural and appropriately sleek motorcycle showcase, “Passione Italiana,” gave Atlantans a preview of MODA’s diverse exhibition lineup that pays tribute to all forms of great design. 1315 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. (404) 979-6455; museumofdesignatlanta.org —S.B.
Appropriately named Mezcla (Spanish for “blend”), the latest venture of floral design vet Gina Humphries is an eclectic and inspiring mix of gifts and collectibles. With items ranging from bath salts to handmade soaps and paintings to mushroom sculptures, Mezcla offers shoppers a unique and artful experience. Artisanal Regina Marie soy candles, for example, are made of a blend of essential oils mixed by Humphries herself. 2320-A Virginia Pl., Atlanta 30305. (404) 846-7910; mezclacollection.com —S.B.
A TASTE OF TRADITION
Godiva Chocolatier’s new Atlanta store, which opened this spring at Lenox Square, is the largest in the U.S. and the first in North America to follow the glamorous prototype of the Belgian brand’s flagship in Istanbul. A backlit Lady Godiva emblem entices shoppers, and ironwork elements throughout the store harken to Godiva’s 85-year-history, while minimalist shelving, contemporary light fixtures and turned-wood islands topped with Carrara marble imbue this sweets shop with all the elegance of a fine Buckhead kitchen. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 4045, Atlanta 30326. (404) 262-2108; godiva.com —K.A.
Classic silhouettes get a contemporary spin in designer Christy Dillard’s eponymous new furniture collection for high-end manufacturer Lorts. Available exclusively through Jordan Spencer, the 12-piece group is a knockout, with bold custom colors and unexpected detailing. The line’s vibrant purple buffet—accented with asymmetrical hardware and demonstrating Dillard’s crisp and eclectic design aesthetic—was a hit at this year’s Decorators’ Show House. lorts.com; jordanspencer.com —S.B.
Cacao Buckhead, the second of chocolate artisan Kristen Hard’s three unique Atlanta storefronts, makes the experience of buying her pure, potent chocolates somehow even more indulgent. Designed by Hard herself, the space is exquisitely outfitted with hardwood floors, French-inspired lighting, Valley Gold Vein marble countertops and charming banquette seating—all recalling an authentic Parisian pâtisserie. It’s a gleaming showcase for soon-to-come delectables, including an entirely new menu of truffles, products featuring Southern heirloom fruits and what could quite possibly be Atlanta’s best chocolate chip cookie. Join Hard’s “Cacao Cult” and be the first to get the dish. 2817 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 467-4670; cacaoatlanta.com —K.A.
A NATURAL FIT
Palecek recently opened a showroom at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center that not only includes the wicker and rattan products for which
the company is best known, but also pieces made of hard wood, seagrass and abaca weaves. Lighting and accessories round out the mix ofhand-crafted natural furnishings. PierceMartin by Palecek is a new division that offers customization and options tailored specifically to the design community. (404) 525-6333; palecek.com —C.S.
MAKING ITS MARK
In under a year, Suite Spot has become a go-to source for designers and homeowners seeking the finest linens and furnishings, minus the hefty price tag. Among the couture-like selections is Suite Spot’s very own line of affordable, yet luxe sheets that can be customized on site by one of Atlanta’s most deluxe monogramming machines. Plus, Suite Spot is the city’s exclusive carrier of U.K.-based Designers Guild bedding. With a focus on innovation, the shop also features a working kitchen and hosts a how-to YouTube channel. 1465 Chattahoochee Ave., Atlanta 30318. (404) 891-1000; suitespot.net —S.B.