Sometimes the most treasured gifts are those that are purchased for the home. In many cases those holiday presents become valued heirlooms as the years go by. As they’re unpacked from storage in preparation for Christmas, precious memories come flooding back. We asked some of our favorite area designers what they would like to find under their trees on Christmas morning, and they responded with a bevy of ideas to fit all styles and tastes.
Julie Willis, an interior designer with Pierce & Parker Interiors, on St. Simons Island, recommends a variety of home accents that can be found in the firm’s newly redesigned showroom on Frederica Road. Throws, especially animal prints, trays, candles and mirrored Christmas trees can provide eye-catching accents to any room, and fit in with Willis’ decorating style. Willis loves mixing the old and new in her designs. And as she previously told Coastal Illustrated, “That’s what gives your home character, and tells a story.”
Visit Pierce & Parker Interiors at 3641 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, call (912) 638-3641 or visit pierceandparkerinteriors.com. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Lindsay Spearman, owner of L Spearman Interior Design, on St. Simons Island, recommends coffee table books both for their subject matter and the atmosphere they add to a room. She is fond of two books in particular – “Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome” by James T. Farmer, describes Farmer’s aesthetic of high style and relaxed comfort, always with its roots in tradition.
“I love his traditional style and getting to see a collection of his work in one book is truly a treat,” she said. Another book high on her list is “The Color Teil,” by artist Teil Duncan. “… These items can be purchased through local shops here. I love to support local businesses.”
L Spearman may be found at 105 Business Center Drive, St. Simons Island. Hours are by appointment. Call her directly (404) 840-9211 or visit her firm lspearman.com
Gina Lever, of The Home Fabric Studio, on St. Simons Island, has a new and wonderfully original concept for gifts. With local artist Marden Headley working at the design firm now, the two have hatched a great gift concept – coordinated pillows and paintings. Customers can choose the fabric they like, such as the Lilly Pulitzer print, by Lee Jofa, pictured, and Lever will make a pillow out of it. Headley will then paint a coordinating painting. Both pillows and paintings come in a variety of sizes.
Purchasing from a custom design studio takes a little pre-planning, but Lever has some great gifts for people who think slightly outside of the box. In addition to design services, Lever specializes in upholstery, bedding and window treatments. Lever carries an array of fabrics from which customers can choose, and she can place special orders to a variety of top-notch vendors.
Visit The Home Fabric Studio at 100 Sylvan Blvd., St. Simons Island. Studio hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Contact them by calling (912) 996-0867, or via their website, the-home-fabric-studio.business.site
Chris Triplett, of Edward on St. Simons, owned by David Lowe, has a shop overflowing with breathtaking gifts for the home. including home décor and all the right things for hostess gifts, birthday presents or “just because” gifts.
However, Thymes Frasier Fir candles, diffusers and room sprays, are his favorite items.
“It’s the No. 1 holiday fragrance,” he said. “And we have a most extensive selection the county.”
Triplett said people shouldn’t limit the Frasier fir scent to the Christmas holidays because the clean, fresh scent, which is a mixture of fir, cedar wood and sandalwood, is appropriate throughout the winter months.
Visit Edward on St. Simons, at 224 Redfern Village, on St. Simons Island, or contact them by calling (912) 638-7323, or visiting edwardonstsimons.com. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Jessica Been, of Wired Collaborative, on St. Simons Island, features an array of handwoven Turkish rugs in her Retreat Village shop. Rugs can provide warmth and color, and change the entire look of a room or space in mere seconds.
While Been’s rugs come in all shapes and sizes, for this holiday season, she’s suggesting two-foot by three-foot Turkish Yastik rugs.
“They are priced great for one-of-a-kind hand-knotted Turkish pieces, and work well in kitchens, small pantries and bathrooms,” she said.
They’re also perfect for a use many people probably haven’t considered.
“They’re great on the table for table for table scapes,” Been added.
Using a Turkish rug as a table runner gives the entire room a lush and cozy effect, and is completely unexpected. The rich patterns of Turkish rugs provide color, depth and texture however they are utilized.
Wired Collaborative may be found at 136 Retreat Village, on St. Simons Island. Call them at (912) 434-9293, or visit their website at wiredcollaborative.com. Appointments may be made through appointlet.com. Studio hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Elaine Griffin, of Elaine Griffin Interiors, with locations in New York City and Brunswick, is a fan of throws, particularly this time of year. In addition to the warmth and comfort they provide, the pop of color and added texture to a room are bonuses. She’s a huge fan of the Johanna Howard line of throws, which are both luxurious and practical, and can be used year round in a variety of ways.
The Grinda throw is named after a beautiful island in the Stockholm Archipelago of Sweden, and this design pays homage to the nautical flags of the sailboats that moor there each day. The refined chevron pattern can be folded in numerous ways, with each giving a different look. Like all of Johanna Howard’s jacquard throws, it is made with 100 percent alpaca – which is incredibly soft and warm – and finished by hand with a whip stitch.
Visit elainegriffin.com for info or to schedule an appointment.
Lane Applegate, co-owner of Kitchens by Design, on St. Simons Island, and certified kitchen and bath designer, loves to receive a good cutting board as a gift, and her some of her favorite ones are made by Etú home.
“They have so many different styles and shapes these days,” she said. “They are perfect for decorative display in the kitchen topped with a candle, plant, oils and salt and pepper bowls.”
Applegate also recommends styling them leaning against the backsplash behind the range.
“My favorite use of course is for a wonderful charcuterie board,” she said. “My sister-in-law makes the best!”
Etú home cutting boards may be found at Viola’s Market, on St. Simons Island.
For more information about Kitchen and Bath Designs, 103 St. Simons Ave., St. Simons Island, call (912) 638-8880, or visit kbdssi.com.