1813 21st Ave. S.l, 386-9485, http://www.eANTICS.com.
Catherine Snow has lived in Germany and Japan and has traveled the world discovering diverse cultures through art and artifact. She also spent 15 years writing marketing copy before she decided to take the leap into opening Antics, her new shop in Hillsboro Village. (It shares space with Outside the Lines gallery.) ”This is as much fun as I’ve ever had,“ Snow comments while pointing out the various artifacts displayed at Antics.
Snow considered naming the store Mamie Lou after her grandmothers, both of whom allowed her to play in their attics when she was a child. The other name she considered was Over the Top, she adds with a laugh.
Antics’ delightfully eclectic collection includes a rattan peacock chair circa 1900, art deco glass place mats made of clear and blue glass rods, Indian mosquito netting hangers, custom-designed tri-color glass door pulls from a Palm Beach estate, and ornate cigarette holders of ivory, wood, or silver. ”Eve,“ a bronze female nude, leans back on her elbows, with one leg crossed over the knee, and supports a round glass tabletop. Snow has playfully positioned an apple atop the table, which she refers to as ”The Glass Ceiling.“ Another cleverly named piece, ”Crewell Woman,“ is an artful antique female nude in needlework resting inside an original Victorian-era frame.
Snow’s interest in art and its influence on culture and vice versa has fired her will both to learn and to educate. Her plans for the shop include adding a small library of books on art and antiques where people can read about what they already have and what they might want to begin collecting. ”I want this to be a place for people to come and play,“ she says with an inviting smile.
The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Rd., 837-1212
Tucked away on the other side of the food court in the Mall at Green Hills is this refreshing, feng shui-based karma seeker’s paradise. Owner/buyer Tim Boyd opened his first store 12 years ago in Atlanta and now has stores in Charleston, Birmingham, and, as of September, Nashville.
The store’s merchandise is selected from around the country and globe. There are, for example, hand-crafted copper-top tables; funky Italian clocks and night stands by Bella Luna; elegant Polish chandeliers; and hand-cast tiles by Sid Dickens of British Columbia. The store also carries furniture by Farmhouse and Mitchell Gold.
Even if you aren’t redoing your houseindeed, if you don’t even have a houseMetropolitan Deluxe probably has something for you. For the kitchen, there’s Cyclamen, the store’s line of colorful, interchangeable dinnerware. Each piece is handmade and individually signed. There are velvet dog pillows, frosted martini glasses, tons of stuff for the kids, journals, books, spa products, and a great Christmas section.
2711 Franklin Rd., 463-0555, http://www.merridian.com.
Patrick and Merryhence the name MerridianDoughtery opened their first store in Louisville, Ky., a little over three years ago. Their Nashville store opened this past January and offers the same fabulous imports, old and new.
Interesting coffee table/conversation pieces abound, among them Indian tobacco boxessmall, round, flat wooden containerseach uniquely painted. There are also small wooden Indian knee rests used to support the knees when sitting on the floor; Merridian sells them for use as candle holders.
There are larger items, including Turkish and Indian benches, Czech pie safes and chests of drawers, East Indian Juli tables with iron woven through their centers, and an exquisitely hand-carved life-size wooden horse from India, complete with saddle and bridle.
Merridian includes a design center offering more than 1,000 fabric choices by Wesley Hall and Lee, a North Carolina-based company. The store also offers occasional feng shui classes.
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