I spent a day in Nashville’s new Design District last week. The district itself isn’t that new — I’m there all the time to visit the pros-only Designers Gallery— but the marketing push behind “Design District” is both new and deserved, since more and more décor-related businesses are moving in. It was my first time to visit a few of the newer stores on Sidco Drive, and I came away with a few new favorites.
I like to fuel up before a big day of shopping, and Sidco has more and more great restaurants opening every day. I started the morning at the new coffee shop Stay Golden, which is so cute it’s hard to believe it’s not a design shop itself. The coffee was great, and the atmosphere was relaxed enough that I could sit there with friends and strategize our shopping plan without feeling rushed. We actually went back for lunch, and enjoyed it just as much the second time.
The Iron Gate. I have always loved visiting their first location in Franklin, and I’m excited to have them closer to home. They carry Verellen, one of my favorite lines of upholstered furniture; I have one of their sofas in my own home and it’s just the most comfortable thing to sit on. They’ve also got a great line of fabrics to choose from. While I was there, I took a tour through The Iron Gate’s selection of four-poster beds, which I’m finding myself very attracted to lately. There’s one — a handsome King Diego by Oly Studio with a Silver Rain hammered finish — that might be perfect for the second home project I’m working on.
Kenny & Company. There’s nothing new about Kenny Pipe, the plumbing company that’s been a Nashville standby since the 90s, but their designer showroom is always full of the latest. You can find all things plumbing here, as well as tile, sconces, and light fixtures. I found a wonderful tile by Kaleidoscope Glass in a pattern called “Elliptical Weave” and it makes me want to build a new bathroom. Kenny & Company also carries AERIN lighting, created by Aerin Lauder(who does a lot of other great designer things).
Redo Home + Design. I recently met Clare Kennedy, one of Redo’s designers, when I invited some of Nashville’s up-and-coming décor professionals over for coffee, and it was wonderful to see the furnishings they’ve selected for the store. They also do a nice in-house design service to help you pick out lighting, furniture, and art. While there, I fell in love with a long oval mirror which they had cleverly positioned over a small sofa, and their selection of red and yellow pillows had me dreaming of fall.
Peacock Alley. I’ve known about this wonderful linen company for a while — their luxury goods have been available in high-end stores for decades — but coming in to one of their flagship stores to see the new fall collection is going to make me a regular shopper. I’m lying awake at night dreaming about a pillow in heavy linen that I saw there, so I may have to make the (short) trip back soon. I also learned about their monogram service, which has some great designs, and discovered their SALE section, which was full of great finds.
If you know Sidco, what are some of your favorite décor stores there? And if you live elsewhere, tell us a bit about your design district in comments.
Want to see more from these shops?
- The Iron Gate 2934 Sidco Drive Suite 120 Nashville, TN 37204 (615)791-7511 x 1
- Kenny & Company 2934 Sidco Drive Suite 100 Nashville, TN 37204 (615)782-8000
- Redo Home and Design 2930 Sidco Drive Nashville, TN 37204 (615)790-3989
- Peacock Alley 2907 Sidco Drive Nashville, TN 37204 (615)627-0035
- Stay Golden 2934 Sidco Drive Suite 130 Nashville, TN 37204 (615)241-5105
Mary Spalding is a Nashville based interior designer with over 30 years of experience. She has overseen countless home revitalizations, renovations, and restorations. She can be reached with your projects and ideas at email@example.com.