Now that 2018 has officially arrived, we’re enjoying a newfound sense of hope, optimism and excitement for the year to come. To celebrate that, we scoured the Magic City to discover some local FINDS meant to refresh your home and wardrobe while offering some much-needed rejuvenation after a hectic holiday season. From wintry wardrobe essentials and accents that will make your space shine, to the best in Birmingham for finally crossing that home or landscape renovation off the checklist, here are our January FINDS!
REFRESH YOUR WARDROBE
Christmas may have come and gone, but these freezing temperatures are here for a while longer. Bundle up in this selection of cozy, high-quality winter wear from Alabama Outdoors. The Patagonia vest is not only flattering and fashionable, it also has two zippered hand-warmer pockets and is made with the most thermally efficient synthetic insulation available — ideal for these chilly months! Find the vest for $149, scarf for $40 and top for $48 at Alabama Outdoors.
In need of an everyday bag that will carry all of your belongings without compromising style or comfort? Meet your new bag BFF. This Think Rolyn Wingman bag will hold all of your office essentials, including a laptop, and it has plenty of pockets for extra organization, ridding you of that frantic and frustrating search through your tote. And, in an edgy metallic shade, this one makes a stylish statement. Find it at Gus Mayer for $158.
For the young ones
Shopping for the kiddos can be tough. It’s hard to know what fashion items are worth investing in, especially since they might grow out of them in no time! This DL1961 premium denim jacket from Gigi’s Teen is the solution. Not only will she make use of it throughout these chilly months, she’ll also find a number of ways to wear it throughout spring. And, because it is made with quality denim, it will last through it all. Find the denim jacket for $69, the shirt dress for $55 and the bag for $29.95 at GiGi’s Teen.
Fun and funky
Looking for the perfect, unique accessory to complement your wardrobe? These pom-pom and feather earrings from Wrapsody are just right. They are fun and funky without being over the top. Pair them with an all-black ensemble or winter white dress and voila! You’ve got yourself the perfect outfit for conquering a new year. Find the earrings at Wrapsody for $52 per pair.
REFRESH YOUR INTERIORS
Cozy and sophisticated
Give your living room a 2018 refresher with this ottoman. Available in a neutral shade, this piece is versatile for any space and will add an elegant and modern touch. Complete the setup with this luxurious wool blanket that not only adds a warmth and coziness to the room, but is also extremely soft and comfortable! Find the ottoman for $749, blanket for $249, tray for $229 and candle for $59 at Richard Tubb Interiors.
Pop of vintage color
Brighten up your home for the new year with this 9-piece drink set. The throwback set is a great way to refresh your bar area and bring a touch of happiness into the home. These glasses are also fantastic for entertaining, and because they come from Soho Retro, they are a one-of-a-kind, vintage find for the colorful Birminghamian. Find the set for $74.95 at Soho Retro.
An earthy touch
Don’t let the home refresher stop there! We are definitely in the mood for warmer days, and these adorable stools from Pandy Agnew Interiors are bringing the beach to us. Available in a variety of neutral shades and colorful options, including pink, teal and navy, these are the perfect way to complete a space. Find them at Pandy Agnew Interiors for $315 each.
Time for a beautiful year
Add something truly spectacular to your space this year. This 18th century Louis XV period eight-day comtoise clock with classic solid walnut houses a freestanding weight-driven pendulum with two keyholes and a winding key. Straight from the South of France, this showstopping long-case clock was handcrafted with a chapeau de gendarme cornice over the dial case and features an enameled dial with Roman numerals and stamped brass hands. In addition, the clockmaker’s name and the town where it was made or sold, Abrets, is highlighted on the clock. This piece is completely original, in excellent condition and the ultimate rare find. Find this at Lolo French Antiques et More for $5,200 — a hefty price worth every penny!
Coffee table makeover
Refresh both your coffee table decor and your go-to recipe selection with this find from A’mano Gifts. This fashionable and practical cookbook by expert recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt features heaps of delicious and simple recipes that encourage readers to eat clean, healthy meals without forgoing the occasional indulgence. This is ideal for the aspiring at-home cook or anyone striving to get — and stay — healthy throughout the new year. Find Healthyish at A’mano Gifts for $19.50.
NEW YEAR, NEW SPACE
Small change, big difference
Why not change up the cabinet or bathroom hardware this year? It is the ultimate (and often overlooked) way to take your space to the next level. Avondale Speciality Hardware is Birmingham’s premium source for beautiful hardware that fits any budget or style. Jeff Seabolt, Alabama’s “Hardware Man,” has over 30 years of experience in providing homeowners a worry-free resource for all their decorative and architectural hardware needs. Call ahead and schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation.
If the powder room is the source of design dysfunction in your home, consider renovating the floors and shower tiles with the arrival of a new year. Issis & Sons Furniture and Flooring Gallery offers a vast selection of tiling options as well as in-house designers who make it easy to find an option that fits your decor style, lifestyle and budget.
The year for change
Looking to do a home renovation, but not sure who to trust? Christopher Architecture & Interiors is known for building and creating warm, welcoming, one-of-a-kind homes that are simply to die for. With a reputation for compelling designs that blend modern and rustic aesthetics, Christopher Architecture & Interiors will turn your space into the dreamy haven you’ve been wishing for.
Focusing on the kitchen? With an emphasis on custom cabinetry, sleek appliances and gorgeous hardware, Cantley & Company is top-notch at marrying timeless appeal with modern sensibility in both minor remodels and large renovations. If you’re looking for a clean, elegant and sophisticated space, no one does it quite like Cantley & Company.
Don’t forget the outside of your home! After damaging winter rain and winds pass, let Golightly Landscape Architecture build your own at-home secret garden. Golightly has designed more than 80 residential gardens, from intimate courtyards and exterior renovations to new construction and estates. They provide a comprehensive, sustainable, beautiful and practical design that will flourish throughout any season.
TIME TO REJUVENATE
If you’re in the need to relax after a stressful start to the year, we suggest Tonya Jones SalonSpa. Awarded best blowout in the city by Birmingham Magazine‘s “Best of Birmingham,” they’ll get you feeling and looking great for an elegant date night, girls’ night out or your next interview. Their blowout bar features services such as heat style, half updo and full updo — available for a one-time purchase or in blowout bundles of four, eight or 12. One-time services range from $39 to $80, while bundles prices range from $140 to $420. Happy pampering!
New year, same you, but better!
Make 2018 your year to feel empowered through mind, body and soul. MPower Pilates + Cycle builds a foundation of mental clarity, body transformation and soul nourishment through uplifting coaching and high-energy classes. And best of all, with each class participant, a donation is made to First Light, a center for homeless women and children. This is the ultimate way to challenge, motivate and be proud of yourself! Find your ideal mind-body-soul class at MPower Pilates + Cycle.
Hit the reset button this year in the way that feels best to you, whether that is through your home decor, wardrobe or fitness routine. Here’s to the best you in 2018!