Designers’ Guide to Atlanta Shopping

Five local interior designers share their favorite spots to shop in Atlanta.

Navigating the ins and outs of Atlanta can be a bit daunting for a novice so FLOWER asked local interior designers participating in the showhouse to lend their expertise on where to dine, shop, and what to see and do while visiting their home base. Here, Mallory Mathison, Beth Webb, Nina Long, Melanie Milner, and Tish Mills Kirk share where to shop in Atlanta.

Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors

The Shops Buckhead are great—you can have lunch at Bilboquet or La Colonial and then explore Christian Dior, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, and Diptyque—there’s plenty of shopping there. And the Westside has great boutique shopping. Our offices are at The Gallery at Peachtree Hills, so we shop there all the time—Ann Tyner, English Accents, and Robuck and Co for antiques and Miami Circle and ADAC of course which is open to the public. For art, I like Spalding Nix, and I’ve done quite a bit with Jackson Fine Art. For décor, the Westside is also great—Bungalow Classic, Dixon Rye, Max & Company and Mrs. Howard’s. On Roswell Road, BD Jefferies and Erika Read are great as well.

Mrs. Howard
Mrs. Howard

Tish Mills Kirk of Tish Mills Interiors

For clothes, I often shop when I’m travelling but I do love Rebecca’s—she has such interesting things and I do frequent Labels because I like to shop vintage. And, I go to Cos for the European feel of the clothing. I look for home items at Antiques & Beyond—there’s always something good there and everyone and their brother shops Scott Antique Market! The ladies at Huff Harrington often have something that you are going to love while A. Tyner has outstanding Swedish furniture.  Roebuck & Co. has really fine case goods.

scott antique market
Scott Antique Market

For art, I adore Timothy Tew Gallery His collection of artists is compelling because it ranges from very traditional to very contemporary and depending on what I’m working on, I’m always going to find something. And I’ve starting working with Jackson Fine Art—they have amazing photography. The range of what they carry is so emotional. A trip to the Marietta Square is always worth it to shop at DK Gallery.   They represents a number of emerging artists that are not quite as well known—it’s a best kept secret kind of place with amazing price points. For gifts, I would go to Lucy’s Market, which has interesting food items, plants, and Georgia made products.

For florals, everyone loves Michal Evans—everything is always so fresh and interesting. They do a really good job with the beauty of flowers. For events and that special something, I love Canaan Marshall who is such a delight to work with, and I’m paired with him for my room at the showhouse!

Paintings on walls at Timothy Tew Galleries in Atlanta
Timothy Tew Galleries

Melanie Milner of The Design Atelier

Robuck & Co always has a beautiful, carefully curated selection of antiques. Shane Robuck and Kristen Walls are partners in crime, and both have an amazing eye when selecting the pieces on their jaunts across Europe. We also source accessories from BD Jefferies and Erika Reade for installations. They are friendly and provide terrific service for designers to take pieces out on approval. For art galleries, Pryor Fine Art, Timothy Tew and Alan Avery are great for sourcing art for our clients. They have a robust range of offerings and styles. Their location in Miami Circle is quite accessible from my office, so I always like stopping by to see what’s new. For clothing, Tootsies has been my go-to for over 20 years. I’ve had the same stylist since I started shopping there, and she makes it easy for me to pop in and refresh my wardrobe within hours or grab a last-minute purchase for an evening event.

Zebra skin, mirror, cabinet and other furniture at Peachtree Battle Antiques
Peachtree Battle Antiques

Nina Long of Mathews Design Group

For clothing, I used to shop locally a lot more than I do now. Currently I find a lot of new designers online from all over the world but if I’m shopping locally I love to pop into Saks or Neiman’s because they have such a great selection, and it’s like a one stop shop. I don’t have time to run all over town anymore! I’m always antiquing and my favorites are William Word Antiques and Peachtree Battle Antiques. For new furniture, Mathews of course!

Mallory Mathison of Mallory Mathison Inc.

For clothes, I shop a lot at Ann Mashburn. She has such great classic pieces and is my number one go to in Atlanta. For antiques, I think it’s fun to go places where multiple vendors are together such as Peachtree Battle Antiques and the Westside Market. One of my favorites is a hole in the wall, Antiques and Beyond on Cheshire Bridge Road and it can be hit or miss! Finds can be found in nearby Chamblee that has so antique stores—a true mix of stuff from mid-century modern to traditional—if you want to dig for treasures. And, some cute restaurants have popped up, so you can make a day out of it.

Japanese Magnolias painting by Carlyle Wolfe Lee at Spaulding Nix Art Gallery
Japanese Magnolias by Carlyle Wolfe Lee at Spaulding Nix Art Gallery

For Georgia made products, Lucy’s Market comes to mind. They have very seasonal items and also the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead—everything from meat and cheeses to flowers and homemade preserves. For art, I go to Anne Irwin, Spalding Nix, and Huff Harrington. What I love about Huff Harrington is that they travel to Europe multiple times a year, and they get a lot of vintage art from antiques shops, flea markets and estates being broken apart. They have modern art, but also have older one of a kind pieces, which sets them apart. Anne Irwin always has colorful, lively art, and it’s easy to find something you love there with a good range of prices. The owner Emily West is such a proponent of young artists in the Southeast and nurturing them along. Spalding Nix has an interesting mix of photography and I love artist Sara Lamb who does incredible still lifes, almost photo-realism.  Spalding is so knowledgeable, and it’s always a treat to go in and meet with him about his artists; he’s a gem and a wealth of knowledge When I take clients in to talk to him they are always blown away. And Gramercy is my favorite for hostess gifts and the like. For a friend’s birthday or really any occasion visit Perrine’s Wines, and she will set you up with the perfect varietal!

Arrangement of dahlias and clematis at Pollen

For florals, Pollen and Le Jardin Francois both have beautiful organic designs and Michal Evans is great for more tailored and elegant styles.