Boutique takes part in next Southeastern Designer Showhouse


For more than 25 years, Atlanta-based B.D. Jeffries has been a go-to source for a mix of high-end home goods and gifts.

Owners: Brad and Debbie Weitz, who met at UGA, opened B.D. Jeffries in Atlanta in 1992. They opened a second store in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1998.

The store: The lifestyle and home décor store started out offering fine alligator and crocodile accessories, but soon grew into a multifaceted source for custom furniture, art, antiques and handmade crafts from around the world.

In-house designer: Atlanta native Kati Hardwick earned a degree in residential design at the Art Institute of Atlanta. In 2013, she joined the Atlanta store, which offers in-home design consultations for any size project.

The main goods: Transitional and modern home furnishings; handsome upholstery; French and Belgian antiques; and accessories, such as vintage Moroccan rugs and custom lighting.

Other favorites: Artisan jewelry, such as Vintage La Rose ($300-$3,000) and original artwork ($1,500-$8,000) from regional artists, including Carrie Penley, Jane Ingols, Susanne Carmack, Amy Gordon and Natalie George.

Popular gifts: Longchamp bags ($50-$145) and luggage ($300-$800); first-rate selection of frames ($40-$300); William Yeoward crystal ($150-$800). For men, Peter Millar apparel ($45-$1,000).

Favorites

- Blogs or websites: Hunted Interior; Elle Décor; Domino; Houzz; Amber Interiors; and Elizabeth Heier.

- Instagram: Cloth & Kind; Ashley Stark Kenner; Christiane Lemieux; House and Garden UK’s instagram stories. Also local designers including Suzanne Kasler, Beth Webb, Barbara Westbrook, Shayelyn Woodbery and Amy Morris.

- Atlanta-area home/design stores (other than our own): Dixon Rye, South of Market and Swoox.

- Places for unexpected finds: Roman and Williams Guild in New York.

Biggest design mistake I have made: Did not catch a typo on the length of a custom bench for a client. It was made almost twice the size that we needed. We put it in the store, and (thankfully) it sold the next day.

… and mistake homeowners make: Using under or oversized furniture. Also hanging artwork at the wrong height, usually too high.

Current design obsession(s): Wall coverings on accent walls. Also ceilings and closets.

New (or re-emerging) designs I like: The Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese philosophy of embracing imperfection.

Design looks I am glad to see go: Barn doors.

Most unusual request: A custom-built cabinet in the client’s house for the dogs’ toys.

Latest project: A new-built family home off Northside Drive. The media/game room was so large, the cabinetry and case goods were custom made to fit the room’s scale.

Up next: Master bath and closet in the 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta.

Find BD Jeffries at:

Website: bdjeffries.com

Instagram: @bdjeffriesatl

Facebook: BD Jeffries

Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. April 19-May 13. $30-$35.

2805 Normandy Drive, Atlanta. southeasternshowhouse.com



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