As Nashville continues to grow and the real estate market keeps booming, it makes sense that new home goods stores and design shops would emerge on the retail scene. Nashville has an impressive and robust selection of home stores as it is (check out some of our favorites in our SB Guide—link at the end of this article), but we’re always excited to add new destinations to the list. Today, we’re spotlighting four fairly new places to find furniture, design advice and all the odds and ends that make a house a home. In their opening year, Wilder, The Velvet Shoestring, D. Luxe Home and Oak Nashville have established themselves as fantastic new home goods stores in Nashville, and we’re excited to tell you more about them and show you some of the beautiful pieces they have to offer.
1212 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville • (615) 679-0008
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Opened in November of last year, Wilder has seen tremendous success and recognition (notably from Garden & Gun and the Nashville Scene). Store owner Ivy Elrod tells us that she and her husband, Josh, are excited about the recognition, acknowledging that the Scene’s Best Place to Blow Your Paycheck award has merit, as the store has many high-ticket items. But she also firmly asserts that she doesn’t want anyone to find the space pretentious or inaccessible.
Wilder certainly has the stereotypical aspects of a modern design store–concrete floors, exposed pipes, white walls and ample light from large windows. But that austerity contrasts with the rich textures and colors within, filling what could be a cold space with light and warmth. Art and design coexist here. Each individual item is both functional and formally pleasing, as is the union of all the different pieces within the single space. If Wilder is a blank canvas, then the goods within are paints of every type and color.
Ivy embraces this notion fully, recognizing that the store is a studio of sorts, open to installations of all kinds. The Sabah event a few weeks ago is exactly the type of thing she hopes to continue having at Wilder: unique, talented artists and artisans who need a creative space to display the things they make. As she and Josh both are influenced by their backgrounds in theater and film, they think of their store as an experiment in how things work together. Case in point: the couple not only curates unique, handmade items from around the Southeast, but they also collaborate with artists to create home goods available exclusively at Wilder.
811 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville • (615) 953-7895
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Wedgewood Houston area is becoming a hot spot for both retail and residential. And consignment and home goods store The Velvet Shoestring has enjoyed the boost in the last year as the neighborhood surrounding it takes flight. Tripp White, managing partner and soon-to-be grandson-in-law to the owners of the original Velvet Shoestring in Williamsburg, VA, believes that the high-end consignment model fits perfectly in Nashville, and especially in WeHo. Recognizing that the area would change dramatically over the course of the next five years, Tripp took advantage of the opportunity to become a part of the community identity. He and Virginia Early, a longtime family friend of Tripp’s fiancée, believe that their store shows a strong investment in the progress and growth of the neighborhood. And after watching their success since opening in September 2014, we agree!
The shop is full of transitional pieces, and 80 percent of the consignment pieces, Virginia says, come from couples and families who are downsizing. With both traditional and contemporary items, The Velvet Shoestring’s inventory is described by Tripp and Virginia as “unique things to use,” functional in nature, but with character that adds to the style of a home. Service is also a huge component of their business, as the store offers both furniture delivery and consignment pickup at a minimal fee.
Walking around the showroom, you’ll find pieces to suit any style. Classic walnut chests and china cabinets with intricate carving stand regally next to more modern, glass-topped dining room tables. Chairs of every shape and size sit cozily in corners and next to end tables. This is definitely a store to find your classic staples and trendier new pieces!
1200 Clinton St., Ste. 30, Nashville • (615) 988-2180
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Other home goods stores may specialize in larger furniture pieces and filling a space, but D. Luxe Home is your go-to for the knickknacks and oddities that add character to a home. Chatting with store owners Dee Bynum and Larry Wilkes, it is apparent that they have a love for finding what they call kitschy decor that enhances the personality of a space. Though they are not new to the home goods industry or Nashville, their expansion within Marathon Village last year, to a spot three times the size, has been great for business. Both men noted that while they are very tourist friendly, the new space has attracted more local attention, allowing them to gain more design clients, as the store is an offshoot of their residential design firm, Bynum Design.
Many of the products D. Luxe carries are tourist oriented—candles, tea towels, Nashville souvenirs and holiday decor can all be easily packed into a suitcase to carry on a plane. But the arrangement of the store speaks volumes for Dee’s eye for design. Help with lighting is one of their biggest requests, and the shop is full of all types of lamps, sconces and chandeliers that range from understated antique to statement modern. They also have several aged wood pieces and antique mirrors that would add depth to any home. Throughout the store, there is a seamless blend between the smaller eccentricities and large, classic pieces. Walking in, it feels like the shop has been there for years, full of a long-term collection of tasteful and interesting pieces. D. Luxe is certainly not your typical home goods store, but we encourage you to make a visit—beneath the Music City souvenirs are rich pieces with character that may add the perfect finishing touch to your home or inspire a new design project.
4200 Charlotte Pike, Nashville
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
When Ginny Pope opened her bricks-and-mortar store, Oak Nashville, which stands for “one of a kind,” along Charlotte Avenue on Black Friday last year, she expected success. She had been building furniture out of her garage and selling it and other items at the flea market for three years with increasing demand. What she did not expect was success that would lead her to take over the entire building for retail and storage so she could keep up with her customers’ needs. But almost a year later, that is exactly what she has done.
As Ginny is not making furniture as frequently anymore, she outsources many of the items she sells in her store. Craftsmen and artisans of all kinds are called on to build furniture, recover chairs, sew pillows and more. This outsourcing is especially important for the design consultations she takes on. Ginny and her team have worked on designs that range from a small sitting area to a full house, but they always work to keep things as affordable and cost-efficient as possible.
The curation of items for Oak Nashville relies entirely on local, handmade, quality goods. Ginny wants her store to be a one-of-a-kind space, enabling customers to come in and find things that will then allow them to create a distinct personality within their homes. Everything throughout the store has been salvaged and transformed. The pieces are remarkable, and the prices make them obtainable. Ginny says that she wants everything in her store to be affordable for the average homeowner. Looking at the price tags, we could see that she was serious. There were even pieces that your average entry-level, new-to-Nashville, post-graduate could afford! This store is perfect for your custom design needs and unique antique finds. Tight budget or not, you will definitely find something you love!
UPDATE: PROVIDENCE INTERIORS
When we featured Providence Interiors last year, we knew they would continue to be successful and their presence in Nashville would only grow. What we did not predict was their literal growth into a new space! Shine Salon recently moved down the street between SOCA and Margi’s Chair, granting Providence Interiors the opportunity to expand into the vacated space. They have nearly doubled their showroom size and added a conference room for design consultations, all still full of beautiful furniture and decor. Take a look!
Love home decor? Check out our favorite home furniture and decor stores in the area in our SB Guide!
And, our article from last October: 4 New Home Stores Worth Visiting.