Our description, Lady in Pink by 1960s New York society artist Richard Banks, caught the eye of Phyllis from Henhurst Designs. She sent us this comment:
I stopped in my virtual tracks when I saw the photo of the painting above on Pinterest and followed it here. My mother, my grandmother, her sister and her first cousin were all painted by Richard Banks in Newport, RI in the late sixties. I have never seen another of his paintings anywhere else and followed the link here to learn more. Coincidentally, I am married to a child of Richmond and we are headed there in a week with our daughter to tour a few colleges – would love recommendations on any design shops I should not miss.
We are happy to oblige Phyllis as she starts the college touring process and thought that others visiting the University of Richmond or Virginia Commonwealth University with their college-bound offspring might also like some browsing suggestions for when the tours are done.
Near West End
Just up the hill from the University of Richmond and in the same block of Grove Avenue, we love to visit
for local artwork, one-of-a-kind furniture and top-of-the-line paints like Farrow & Ball and Fine Paints of Europe, and
for home furnishings and accessories.
Broad Street Near Staples Mill Road (a/k/a Willow Lawn area)
Well-known catalog and on-line retailer,
has its main showroom and corporate offices not too far from either school. Sometimes you can luck into samples like this modern chandelier
that I scored after they decided to produce it in a smaller size.
Just two blocks away is the
for anyone seeking mid-century modern finds. It is only open Thursdays-Sundays, so plan accordingly.
Teenagers probably won’t tolerate a visit to the ever-expanding West End Antiques Mall that is just up the road (2004 Staples Mill Road), but once A Southern Season opens off of Staples Mill later this year, they should be able to find some yummy delights while moms work on wishlists for their kitchens and tabletops.
Our single recommendation here is definitely worth the drive across the James River. From the University of Richmond, take the Huguenot Bridge and keeping going until you get to
Their showroom at the intersection of Robious and Huguenot Roads is filled with inspiring home vignettes and gifts in addition to rows of fabrics, a designer workroom and particularly helpful staff.
Between the U of R and VCU is one of the hippiest districts in town. Our favorite design spots include
with eye candy furnishings and accessories from local designer Kat Liebschwager,
filled with different designer booths, and
that is always overflowing with pillows and other household embellishments (painting by Karen Blair).
(fyi ~ While in the neighborhood, if you can, grab a bite at Can-Can Brasserie. You’ll think that you are in gay Paris, not our beloved former capital of the Confederacy.)
Many hipsters, as well as students at VCU’s Medical College of Virginia, live in trendy and historic Shockoe Bottom. They love to decorate their brick-walled lofts in contemporary finds from
LaDifference (LaDiff to the locals).
The store’s huge selection fills its own historic tobacco warehouse.
If you are heading to Charlottesville to see the University of Virginia, see our Christmas Shopping Guide to Charlottesville. Our recommendations are not just for the holidays.
So posse, what did we miss? Do you have any other ideas for moms in need of a design fix after spending hours in a car with bored or anxious teens? We are sure they would love your suggestions.