Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Great finds in Cincinnati

Last Friday, the hub’s and I took a day trip to Cincinnati Ohio. Not really for any particular reason, however, it turned out to be a really great shopping trip for our house!

The first place we visited, Ballard Designs outlet in West Chester Ohio. Now, Ballard Designs is a catalog and an internet site I feel like I could just walk into and be at home. I love the simplistic charm of the furniture and accessories. Not to mention the price! So, you can imagine my delight when I walked into a store with even cheaper prices on all of my favorite items! I was in heaven! Immediately I see artwork, lamps, tables, pillows glassware and placemats! I was totally overwhelmed and felt my credit card slowly slipping into my hot little hand.

We are currently accumulating items for our formal living room that still sits empty except for a few pieces of artwork and a large mirror. I have had upholstered pieces selected for years, and now I am are pulling case goods together as we see them. It is truly a work in progress; I now have 3 tables and nothing to sit on!

I walked away from Ballard with a topless cocktail table (just the base, will need to find a top for it) a leather ottoman, and a trio of wooden stick woven wall art. I was pleased, but still yearning for more. So, across the hall was a shop I have never heard of before, Grandin Iron. Basically the same look as Ballard Designs, just a little more modern. The best part was the price; everything was 50% off the already discounted outlet price! I left with a round glass top table that had a decorative metal pattern on top. Very cute!

After 2 hours at the outlet shop, we had fabulous Cincinnati chili at Camp Washington Chili and then found our way to the downtown area. We visited a place called High Street. This place was unbelievable! The design, the décor, the products, everything little single thing was amazing. I was incredibly impressed by the furniture selection, but more impressed by the contemporary accessories and lighting. High Street has a full design staff that does commercial as well as residential design. You can visit their website at http://www.highstreetinteriors.com/. If you are ever in Cinci, it is worth stopping in!

High Street was enough for me; I could have ended the trip right then! But we still had the architectural salvage store to visit. This place was incredible! I have never seen so many old doors, fireplace mantles and pub bars all under one roof! It is a great place if you are building a new home and want a unique touch or if you are searching for a piece that fits the time period of an older home. They had it all and then some.

After a few more stops and a really great dinner, we headed back home. Who knew Cincinnati has so many great places to visit for furniture and accessories?? I must say, I was impressed and I am already planning my next trip back. Hopefully with a bigger car next time!

1 comment:

Stephanie Herington said...

love the little round table!