My recent trip to Nashville left me feeling warmed with Southern hospitality, refreshed and ready to get back to my clients with a renewed sense of creativity. Every time I attend a Design Social Pop-Up, I’m reminded just how much I love the work I do and how grateful I feel to be designing for my clients. There’s nothing like connecting with other interior designers and design world creatives to ignite a spark of new ideas and fresh perspectives. Combining this opportunity with Nashville’s stylish vibe and celebrity boom is pretty close to heaven for any design enthusiast. From vintage furnishings and European antiques to artisan-made home goods (and more!), we checked out all the best places to visit and have shared our finds in our Nashville shopping guide. Special credit to Circaphiles ambassador and Nashville native, Margaret Ash, who rounded out the list from a local’s POV. Be sure to bookmark this for the next time you find yourself in the Music City. This guide might just inspire you to book your next trip!
Proprietors Doug & Carina are the ultimate dealers of distinctive European vintage and antique furniture and decor in Nashville. Beautiful selections of unique home decor and one-of-a-kind pieces. Pro tip: book an appointment to guarantee your shopping experience.
Robin Rains Antiques
Personally and masterfully collected antiques sourced by accomplished interior designer, Robin Rains. Robin has an impeccable eye for items with the most interesting carvings and finishes plus dainty iron elements. If you can’t browse in person, their online presence is also impressive.
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Patina + Co.
A grassroots antique business run by two design-loving moms, Patina + Co offers classic European imports, designed to elevate a modern Southern home. With a mission to make antiques accessible to everyone, they focus on a unique blend of volume and quality.
Canterbury Cottage Antiques, Gifts & Interiors
Canterbury Cottage Antiques, Gifts & Interiors specializes in the finest quality of English, French and American antiques. From gorgeous chests and sideboards to the most refined boxes to store all of your treasures, everything in this collection is swoon-worthy.
With more than 300 booths, GasLamp Too is Nashville’s largest antique mall featuring the city’s broadest array of decor genres. From Art Deco, Hollywood Regency, Mid-century Modern, Primitive and beyond, this is a one stop shop for sourcing those hard to find items on your wishlist.
MARYMOUNT PLANTATION ANTIQUE
Collectors and designers from across the country, including the venerable Albert Hadley and Bunny Williams, frequent this shop knowing they’ll find phenomenal inventory. From a rare 17th-century Italian credenza to artwork by Picasso and Andy Warhol, Marymont Plantation delivers rare, coveted antiques for even the most discerning designers. Owner Kathy Fitzpatrick is a decorator in her own right, with an inherent ability to transform the most mundane space into a world of beauty.
REED SMYTHE & COMPANY
Reed Smythe & Company collaborates with artists and artisans across the South and beyond to create beautiful, unexpected pieces for houses and gardens. From the finest glassware and tabletop linens to home goods and candles to accentuate one’s home, every piece is adorned with love.
Built in 1930, Noelle came of age at a time when downtown Nashville was experiencing a boom of new hotels, department stores and local characters aplenty. With Printer’s Alley at her back and the glow of Broadway just a block away, Noelle has long been at the center of the hustle and bustle that fuels this eclectic city. Includes a restaurant, coffee shop + rooftop lounge…we didn’t want to leave.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Once the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, this extraordinary 1930s estate, with its historic mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanic garden, arboretum, and museum. After converting to a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960, Cheekwood has presented world-class art exhibitions, spectacular gardens, and a historic estate unlike anything else. I was thrilled to have experienced this property as it was the setting for the Design Social Pop-Up!
Drusie & Darr
Drusie & Darr welcomes guests with refined seasonal cuisine and impeccable ambiance. The restaurant is named after real-life sister and brother Drusie and Darr Hall, the children of the hotel’s former general manager, Dick Hall. The menu showcases the abundance of Tennessee’s regional produce while also featuring Jean-Georges’ signature plant-based offerings and oven-fired pizzas.