Best Design Shops on the North Shore
NORTHERN LIGHTS: From the studios flourishing in its leafy lakefront suburbs to the boutiques along Green Bay Road, the North Shore has something for every design lover
(1) A vintage lamp at Midnight Sun, a dealer at Anna’s Mostly Mahogany that specializes in Swedish antiques and hand-printed fabrics. (2) Fern Simon fills Arts 220 with museum-quality mid-century pieces. (3) Sets of vintage Tolix chairs at Antiquaire. (4) Vintage Knoll chairs and a Jean de Merry chandelier in designer Randy Heller’s space at Anna’s Mostly Mahogany. (5) A sculpture by Robert Goodnough at Arts220. (6) Art and accessories with a beachy vibe at Seagrass Home
Antiquaire's charming exterior
Megan Winters Atelier and Maison (675 Forest Ave., 847-295-1675, meganwinters.com) offers custom furnishings and a mix of new and vintage accessories, including sunburst mirrors, chandeliers, and other gilty home accouterments. Winters, a designer, makes frequent shopping trips to France. She offers design services out of her studio here.
Anna’s Mostly Mahogany (531 Bank Ln., 847-432-9151, annasmostlymahogany.com) is a 16,000-square-foot antiques mall with everything from vintage curiosities (Blue Cardinal) and traditional European antiques (Midnight Sun, Ashley & Sloane, Daniels Antiques) to eclectic collections by interior designers such as Randy Heller and Missie Bender of Vignette. The nearby five-dealer co-op The Find (9 Highwood Ave., 847-266-1700, thefind-antiques.com) specializes in furniture, accessories, and lighting from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s; it also has a Grand Avenue outpost in Chicago. Highwood’s most recent addition, Ivy & Co. (552 Sheridan Rd., 847-681-8003, ivyandco.net), carries antique, mid-century, and reproduction furnishings.
Antiquaire (1900 Sheridan Rd., 847-780-4779, antiquaireonline.com) features an inventory of antique armoires, chandeliers, and more from owner Melissa Edelman’s regular European buying treks. New items include Tolix’s rustproof metal outdoor furnishings, Nierman Weeks contemporary light fixtures, and Arzu handcrafted rugs. At Jodie Richter’s Shine (2055-B Green Bay Rd., 224-688-7001, welcomeshine.com), the artist has combined mid-century modern furniture and accessories with her own jewelry, paintings, and ethereal works of ink on paper, as well as eye-catching natural objects she picked up while out hiking, including honeycombs, wasps’ nests, and sculptural tree branches. Two blocks south, the accessories at Kenzy Gifts & Decor (1849 Green Bay Rd., 847-780-4177, kenzydecor.com) include owner Yasmin Mekki’s Moroccan-inspired silver mirrors, sinks, and tabletop pieces.
Decorator Janice MacVicar has filled the new E.G.G. (378 Park Ave., 847-226-0626) with vintage treasures. Find mid-century modern furnishings and artwork at Ann Kendall’s Covet Studio (657 Vernon Ave., 847-786-4300, covetstudio.com). Kendall shops auctions, estate sales, and even the occasional Dumpster. “Once I found a pair of Tommi Parzinger lamps in a barn in Michigan,” the designer says. “You never know where a gem may show up.”
In Winnetka, you can find everything from traditional antiques stores like Maclund Gallery (1011 Tower Rd., 847-441-7890, maclund.com) and Donald Stuart Antiques (571 Lincoln Ave., 847-501-4454) to contemporary-minded venues like Christopher Guy Chicago (952 Green Bay Rd., 847-784-9600, christopherguy.com), the only Midwest showroom dedicated to designer Christopher Guy Harrison’s curvaceous hand-carved furnishings. Down the street is a charming strip of shops, including the “coastal life, cottage style” destination Seagrass Home (895 Green Bay Rd., 847-446-8444, seagrasshome.com), which rounds out its custom furnishings with industrial accessories, locally made art and jewelry, and rugs from manufacturers such as Dash & Albert. Next door, the airy, gallery-like setting at Arts 220 (8951/2 Green Bay Rd., 847-501-3084, arts220.com) befits the collection of important modernist pieces by 20th-century designers and artists such as Josef Albers, Robert Goodnough, and Piero Fornasetti. Sawbridge Studios (897 Green Bay Rd., 847-441-2441) is a paradise of handcrafted wood furniture (most of it with a Missiony vibe) and accessories, including a large selection of glassware by Simon Pearce. Designer Cindy Bardes Galvin’s Maze Home (735 Elm St., 847-441-1115, mazehome.com) is full of interesting pieces, including handmade ceramics by Astier de Villatte, luxury linens by D. Porthault, bags by Maggie Wilson, and a terrific selection of lamps, along with a smattering of small furniture pieces. Galvin’s design studio is on the premises, should you need help putting a look together. Finally, at presstime, Skändal (907 Green Bay Rd., shopskandal.com), a shop focusing on all Scandinavian goods all the time, was scheduled to open in July. Expect to find highly appealing housewares, including pieces from Design House Stockholm.
Photography: Eric Hausman