Scouting Austin…

Gadora and the girls went out Saturday with a mission. Seek out Austin’s most touted furniture stores for an exploratory Gadora meet-and-greet. First stop, Threshold ~ furniture and design studio. More great photos on their blog of witty living rooms layered in rich texture, I could have stayed at Threshold for hours.

Gadora's reflection at Threshold
Gadora's mercury reflection at Threshold

An airy loft space with interesting vignettes, Threshold pairs Lawson-Fenning seating (see Sandra below) with rugged, wheeled coffee tables atop O’Hare and D’Jafer rugs.

Sandra's seat.
Sandra's seat.

A lasered metallic leather wall-hanging hovers over a carved wooden bench. Especially love the vajayjay-inspired pillow.

Threshold
Threshold
Close-up.
Let's get close up.

Next stop Nest Ltd. A modern space tucked off 6th street, sharing a building and open floor plan with a few fancy antique dealers. Gadora and Jenny pose pretty.

Gadora and Jenny
Gadora and Jenny in Nest

Similarly inspired vignettes as Threshold, Nest boasted a much busier palate. Tighter quarters with ’50s-style Monti sofa by DellaRobbia paired with matchy rug and pillow options.

Shiny balls abound.
Shiny balls abound.

While not officially introduced to this here lounging Pooch, she did allow me to come by to administer some loving.

Lazy Bones at Nest.
Lazy Bones at Nest.

The ever-present Texas sun makes shadows on this Hip-Hop glass table paired with a super comfy DellaRobbia Dania sofa.

Dania sofa at Nest
Dania sofa at Nest

Up the street we peered in at HOWL Interiors — a design firm rather than retail store I’d read about  (and, boo no website). Doors locked, our noses pressed to the glass window, we voyeurs were fearful of intruding. While there our eyes feasted on a massive crackling mirror juxtaposed behind a mid-modern credenza and bright glowing neon HOWL letters on the wall. Wildly fun place. Next up…

Living at Mercury.
Living at Mercury.

Mercury Design Studio. Whaaa! Gadora finally made it in. (Thanks DWR’s DG for the tip). It was a haven of interesting curiosities and ephemera. Brass skulls and stuffed birds nested under apothecary jars. Design and Big Penis books, ripe for the viewing. Above, a bale of turtle shells shine against a beautifully papered wall.

Coquillage mirror.
Coquillage mirror.

The show-stopper might have been the intricate coquillage mirror, which warranted closer inspection, had it not been for the brilliant merchandising of the store. Something at every turn, indeed “something for everyone,” as their mantra suggests. Below the über-shiny shellacked table gave Gadora pause for thought. I’ve been sitting on a much more ornate side table waiting for it to suggest a finish. This could be the one.

Shellacked side table.
Shellacked side table.

At trips’ end we were delighted to discover IF&D. Witty proprietor Kristen Bolling let Sandra and I play in her store, touch a few things and gaze at ourselves in her mustache-cutout mirror (sorry, no photo folks). Her smallish store was keenly edited with Gus Modern sofas, blu dot seating, and smart and whimsical home accents.

IF & D
IF & D

Kristen, her store a comfortable maze of amazement, and her site -with tagline “furniture. gifts. sarcasm. and sometimes lemonade” – were all a witty bunch. Thanks for your time, I say, and grab for her card. Later, I see it reads, “we hate kittens.” Ohhh yes, she wants me back!

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