Richmond Home Decor Buyer’s Guide
In the not-so-distant past, wanting unique furniture and accessories options for your home meant traveling to a larger city or spending hours sifting through online retailers. With DIY home decorating becoming more and more mainstream over the last couple of years, the home goods market has seen an upswing. Right here in our own backyard, great home decor shops have been popping up left and right.
Metro Modern- From Eames to C. Jere, this mid-century modern boutique feels like it was yanked from Palm Springs and planted right here in Richmond’s Fan District. A great place to find authentic mid-century furniture, lighting, accessories and art. Their entire inventory is online. Open daily at 1919 W. Cary Street, just East of Carytown. www.metromodern.biz
Ruth & Ollie- This Carytown shop has two great levels of modern upholstered and leather pieces, vibrant accents and terrific lighting options. They carry some of the trendier “modern comfort” lines, like Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Jonathan Adler. Definitely a great place to go for colorful accent pillows, lamps and art and the customer service couldn’t be any better. Open Monday through Saturday at 3445 W. Cary Street. www.ruthandollie.com
U-Fab- A great selection of fabric at an unbeatable price, all while saving city dwellers from the mundane and predictable inventory of the chain stores. Most of their fabrics sell for less than $9.99/yd and some less than $3/yd. In addition to a wide variety of colors and patterns, they offer re-upholstery service and repair. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm at 106 S. Robinson Street, a block from Carytown. www.ufabstore.com
MANCHESTER’S ART & DESIGN DISTRICT:
Antiques in Manchester/AIM- This unique, multi-vendor open-air antiques market is a great place to score a deal on vintage furniture, art and accessories for hipsters or collectors. Open on Saturdays between the hours of 9am and 4pm in the covered walkway beside 205 Hull St, just across the Mayo Bridge from Shockoe Slip. www.aimrva.com
Michael Sparks Design- Just next door from AIM open-air market in Manchester sits this chic little home decor shop. It’s a great place to find authentic mid-century modern pieces, glass art and unique light fixtures. Located at 205 Hull Street. www.michaelsparksdesign.com
Caravati’s- Richmond’s oldest and largest supplier of architectural salvage occupys over 40,000 square feet of warehouse space in the heart of Manchester. They specialize in architectural elements like doors, windows and columns, but they have a great selection of old chandeliers, furniture and decorative items as well. Open Monday through Saturday at 104 E. 2nd Street. www.caravatis.com
Williams & Sherrill- With rows and rows of designer fabrics, a huge library of wallpapers, a great selection of furniture and plenty of lighting and accessories to look at, this is a one-stop shop when it comes to decorating. Williams & Sherrill has traded the “Richmond traditional” (I like to call it) for modern sophistication and is certainly worth checking out if you haven’t been by lately. Be sure to check out their Decorator Outlet only a few doors down. Open Monday through Saturday at 2003 Huguenot Road. www.williamsandsherrill.com
Alexander’s Antiques- The largest gallery auction on the Eastern Seaboard specializing in antiques from several different periods. You never really know what you’re in for when you sit for these auctions, but sometimes they have terrific one-of-a-kind pieces at outrageously low prices, and it’s always a lot of fun. Auctions begin promptly at 6:30pm every Thursday at 9131 Midlothian Turnpike. www.alexandersantiques.com
Homegoods- Believe it or not and despite my opening comments, I’m suggesting you try this big box store. The adage “you never know what you’re going to find” rings true here. A year or two ago you really wouldn’t catch me in one of these stores–until the day I found that the rug I had invested a few thousand dollars on just months prior had a twin brother hanging up in the store with a $249 price tag. In addition to finding great deals like that, Homegoods is a good place to go for discount lighting and accessories.
Kenneth Byrd is the Principal Designer of Kenneth Byrd Design in Richmond, VA. Current projects include The Residences at the John Marshall downtown and East Beach Condominiums in Norfolk.
Enjoy the holiday season however you can this week, and in the weeks ahead, and support small businesses AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.November 23, 2015
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