Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Jayson Home & Garden

I spent the past weekend in Chicago, one of my favorite cities, and enjoyed some beautiful fall weather. One of my stops was to Jayson Home & Garden, a legendary store that I've always wanted to visit.
The building was rather non descript from the outside I felt, but I loved the planter boxes which are apparently a Chicago law to help greenify the city. Is that a word, greenify?
The inside was surprisingly light and airy and set up in such a way as to make you feel the next great treasure was just around the corner. I loved this leather chair with the carpet covered seat and the drum sidetable. The mixture of new and vintage items kept the store feeling a bit like a flea market, but right on point with whats hot right now. I also loved this Chesterfield sofa with beautiful remnant pillow.
Of course, I'm mostly showing the vintage finds, as the other furniture is somewhat expected from a stylish store of the sort and can be seen on their website. I felt these paintings above were especially haunting.
And I bet someone will give this beautiful Victorian aesthetic gilt bamboo stool a good home, I just wish it had been me! I'm sure a lot of people would keep that original cushion as is, but I would cover it with a blue velvet I think.Probably my favorite item was this outdoor aluminum 'bamboo' table and chairs. I think it could just as easily be used indoors; the chairs are surprisingly lightweight and comfortable!
My favorite candles from Cire Trudon were also offered here. They were smart to cover them with glass cloches as the candles are so incredibly strong you don't even need to light them. I haven't lit the one on my coffee table in weeks but my apartment still smells wonderful (Proletaire is my favorite scent)!
Fittingly, this bust of Marie Antoinette watched over the candles.
One could spend hours browsing the store, all of the most interesting coffee table books were enticingly set next to every comfy sofa and coffee table! They really don't want you to leave!
Near the door, you can also buy fresh cut flowers. I normally am not a fan of brick walls in interiors, but it does make for a striking backdrop here.
The lower level (yes, there is more!) had many sale items, but was no less interesting than the main level. Whoever is in charge of their floor arragements is a very clever merchandiser!
If you ever find yourself in Chicago, I really recommend a visit to Jayson Home & Garden as it did not disappoint (This is not a paid advertisement, but if they wanted to send a candle my way I wouldn't turn it down! haha)
UPDATE: thanks for the candle!! Jayson is incredibly sweet!
Jayson is located at 1885 N. Clybourn Ave in Chicago.

20 comments:

Habitually Chic said...

I was just about to ask you how you liked Jayson! Ha! I have bought myself and clients their vintage French chairs and love them. I can't wait until I visit Chicago and can check out their store in person too! They are a great resource!

Anonymous said...

Jayson Home and Garden is one of the best merchants in the usa-they are brillant in a very european manner.

mydesignchic said...

What a fantastic store. I felt like I was shopping with you. I just recently purchased a very similar glass top bamboo table and chairs and mine is being used in my breakfast room - I adore it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Mel said...

Gorgeous. I'm pretty sure it would all be right out of my range, but it would make for a nice afternoon of nosing around.

columnist said...

In your third last picture you show the frame of a "bullseye" window/mirror, (probably in zinc). I've been eyeing a reproduction one here for weeks, in wood. But I think I'd rather have the real McCoy, a feeling reinforced by seeing your picture.

pve design said...

I adore Chicago and Jayson Home & Garden. Now I want one of those fabulous cloche's and candle...and table and chair....
Enjoy the long Columbus day weekend.
pve

Blue said...

The Aesthetic stool is a gem and I too would cover it in blue velvet (wasn't there a song somewhere ... ), silk, I think.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I had a friend from Chicago rave about this store and I can see why!
What a fun tour...felt like we shopped together! Such a great tip about bringing really stylish outdoor furniture in! Especially, the bamboo set that is of a smaller scale...now that could really make a space look so chic!

David Toms said...

Ok, have not been to Chicago yet, however this is going to be a must! Like you Stefan, love the mix of vintage and new. I have the perfect place for those wooden louvrves!

Semigloss Chic said...

Sometimes I think about moving to Chicago just to be closer to Jayson...

Kwana said...

It looks like hours of fun there.

Janet said...

I think I know someone who would have given that Victorian aesthetic gilt bamboo stool a good home. . . in a heart beat! What a wonderful place! Hope you are feeling better. xo

Design Elements said...

love the mix of vintage and new, too...

Topaz said...

I've always wanted to visit Jayson but never had the opportunity. My last visit to Chicago was brief and I was only able to see the Art Institute's recent expansion, but I swear, next time it will be Jayson.

Living Foxy said...

Chicago is one of my favorite cities. I will check out Jayson Home and Garden next time I visit. I have heard a lot of fabulous things about this store.

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Aoife.Troxel said...

What would you do instead of brick walls, then? I like then a lot for interior walls. How would you achieve the same feeling with something else?

ArchitectDesign™ said...

aoife, Thats just a personal preference as they don't seem very...'sanitary' to me. I work up against a crumbling brick wall everyday at my desk so I have first hand experience. I think a similar feeling can be created with stone or tile.

Style Court said...

Stefan,

I'm a huge fan too so what a treat to see more of the vintage offerings. I'll take the Chesterfield, remnant pillow, red leather chair and the gilt stool! With fresh cut flowers for sale as well, it sounds like retail heaven :)

Cheers,
Courtney

theduchessofH said...

I would take that faux bamboo stool home in a New York second.
I have a set of the cast aluminum bamboo furniture. I bought it a thrift store for $10.00 a chair. They had castors on the legs, that fell off during powder coating.

I phoned the company who manufactured them to find they were discontinued in the 60's. I noticed three years ago, the company is making them again; but the chairs were around $600.00 US
They are made by Kessler Industries in Waco Texas, and they now also make them in bar stool height.

Conservatory Furniture said...

Good Share !!!!
This is really a good place to find best things for garden.....
am looking for some furniture for my garden and hopefully i will get it from Jayson Home and garden store.