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Steve McKenzie’s :: A Home Store with Heart & Soul

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Hi Everyone! Nicole here, Annette’s web-manager and friend. You might remember me from my post about being completely awestruck at one of Annette’s photoshoots back in the spring.

While Annette wraps-up her amazing summer in Italy, she asked if I would go on assignment for the blog and write up a little something about one of my favorite home decor shops in Atlanta, Steve McKenzie’s. The chance to gush about beautiful art, furniture, and home accessories? Say no more because I’m in!

Steve McKenzie’s is owned and operated by husband-wife duo, Steve & Jill McKenzie. Serving as an interiors and lifestyle store in Atlanta’s blossoming Westside Design District, Steve McKenzie’s is home to beautiful Grange furniture, art and prints by Thimblepress, ceramics by R. Wood, and much more. In fact, Steve McKenzie’s recently became the exclusive showroom for Cotton & Quill. Not too shabby for a shop that only opened in 2012; they clearly have the eye for design and the longevity to last. This well-curated space is not only showcases high end brands, but also has a special place in its heart for local southern makers, making it a dream to explore and get lost in.

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Of course, I would be remiss not to mention that Steve is a brilliant artist and the man behind much of the art in the store, along with his own line of textiles carried exclusively at Steve McKenzie’s. Jill and Steve have this whole co-owner thing down to a science. When in the store, it is truly evident that they work as a partnership as Jill admiringly describes Steve’s artwork while making each customer feel right at home; she’s a true southern hostess.


Not only does Steve McKenzie’s feature the very best in home decor, but they’re also embracing the community and lending a little creativity to Atlanta. Partnering with local artists and creatives like BlackCatTips, Steve McKenzie’s offers Saturday morning Kickstart Creativity classes regularly. On August 29th, they’re helping everyone get ready for Atlanta’s upcoming Beltline lantern parade. For $30, you can join Xavier Neuner, the shop’s resident paper and party expert, get all of the lantern supplies you need, and enjoy a little creative class to jumpstart your weekend. Buy tickets here.

If you’re in the Atlanta area, be sure to visit my friends Jill & Steve at Steve McKenzie’s. You’re bound to find the prefect hostess gift, some stunning art, and books you just can’t live without.

xo, Nicole

photo credit: me portrait found on Erika Ward’s blog

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Ikea the papershop- creative candy for the hands



As you all know I never ever post about products…well products I am not madly in love with. When I saw the new paper line from IKEA I flipped,  it’s so sophisticated and of course very european. Yes I am a sucker for packaging and paper and of course party decor, and I can hardly wait to work with this collection, it’s stunning. Stay tuned for styling stories featuring some of these pretty paper goods.

Drum roll please….. from IKEA let me introduce you to:

There’s definitely a global creativity and personalization trend out there. And the global launch of the Papershop is IKEA’S answer to that trend. You bet it is!!!!!  This paper collection consists of three categories: gift wrapping, stationery and party decorations. YES PLEASE!!

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Just in time for the holidays, these products make the perfect gift, holiday gift wrap and of course my favorite bit party decor!

this is not a sponsored post all opinions are my own. now get out there and get you some groovy paper products!





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Sarzana, Italy | Antiques Fair

IMG_5412 Every year in August the city of Sarzana opens it’s streets to one the most lovely Antiques Markets.

The City of Sarzana is at the entrance to the valley of the Magra (ancient Macra), the boundary between Eturia and Liguria in Roman times, gave it military importance in the Middle Ages. The first mention of the city is found in 983 in a diploma of Otto ;1 in 1202 the episcopal sea was transferred from the ancient Luni, 5 kilometres (3 mi) southeast, to Sarzana. It’s a city that is chocked full of handmade shops, and some pop up shops as well. I love shopping here for unique handmade clothes and shoes. There are many antiques shops, home furnishing and accessory boutiques, and great restaurants and bars.

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We wandered the fair and picked up a few bits and bobs, my new found friend (a German Art Director from Berlin, Heike) who my friend Forrest introduced me to found an amazing espresso machine from the 60’s that had never been used. She was mainly excited because she owns one in Berlin, and this would be a great addition to their newly purchased home in the Lunigiana.

Forrest brought us to Amaro! a pop up shop of a ceramics team that he’s fond of. Great little shop, and I am still kicking myself for not buying a bunch of bowls. Arrgh.

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Great night in Sarzana, if you’re ever near Cinque Terra or Pisa you should definitely put this little Medieval town on your list. Ciao xx


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Milan’s answer to Anthropologie : Wait and See

Having friends in Milan is always a plus! Sweet Victoria wandered into a new shop on an “off the beaten path” area in Milan on Santa Marta. She was dying to show me her discovery while I was in town. I am so happy she did. Wait and See is Italy’s answer to Anthropologie. This tiny shop stocked with bohemian clothes and accessories is truly a delight for the eyes. I love the way the Milanese women put together unexpected combinations. Milanese style is specific and oh so chic. I am always inspired by the creative and elegant way women incorporate “bohemian street chic” into their outfits.

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This store is owned by a quirky stylist who regularly appears on Italian TV as a makeover guru: Uberta Zambeletti from School of Glam .

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When you’re in Italy make sure to stop by and pick up something fashion forward to incorporate into your wardrobe.

Ciao xx

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Stylist Resources – Where I Shop

Book of Food 3-098 While we are on the topic of shopping, I thought it only appropriate for this week’s styling lesson to show you how to shop like a stylist. Yesterday I shared one of my favorite resources (read about it here). Finding amazing resources in your own home town is not only fun but a requirement if you want to be the best prop-stylist that you can be. Your interest in finding unique stores, markets and dealers, artists and crafts people is not only your job it should be your passion. If you’re not a prop stylist, these tips will be great to use for decorating, styling photos for yourself, and entertaining. Everyone should be able to live a “styled life.” Below you will find my favorite resources which I will continue to add to! Book of Food 3-011 In Atlanta:

Scott’s Antiques Market is amazing.
Ballard Designs (we are lucky in Atlanta we have 2 outlets)
Star Provisions
Cutflower Wholesale. Great resource for ribbon and vases, too!
I attend wholesale markets all over the world. In Atlanta we have AmericasMart.

While In New York:

Fishs Eddie NYC
ABC Carpet NYC
Canvas NYC
Prop houses


Pottery Barn
World Market
Save on Crafts: one of the best selections of crafts. Amazing accessories, ribbons, linens, things for the garden and more!
Heeney Company: props and florals. Seasonal decor.

Shop outdoor markets:

I shop in Paris and in Italy.

Other Favorites:

Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Their websites are not that great, go to the store there’s a much bigger selection.
Fabric Stores like Joanns: I like to shop the discount table for tabletop shoots.
Hardware stores

**Buy from other prop stylists or trade, My favorite way to shop!

Most important stylist tip is to make relationships and find untapped resources in your town. Start a conversation with a vintage vendor and talk about where to find certain items. All the vendors in your town should know you.

I rent, borrow or buy and return. Returning I know, not good right? It is a best kept secret. Sometimes it can’t be avoided, it’s always my very last resort. Most of the time I know the staff at the stores so they let me borrow or rent and bring back.

Tell about some of your favorite haunts I would love to hear from you.

Happy Prop Shopping xx

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