People would be surprised to learn: Everyone who works in the store has a design background and can help pick out furniture, fabrics and accessories.
A favorite item: The Marcoux Swivel Chair from CR Laine in a Sunbrella fabric ($2,013).
Popular gifts: Aquiesse candle in a French oak current fragrance. The large soy candle comes in a gift box ($38). Also vases ($15 to $300).
Stanton’s store offers an ever-changing mix of furniture, lighting and accessories, including: the C R Laine Marcoux Sofa ($3,494); custom pillows ($138-$219); Aerin Lauder gold lamps ($357 each); Marx tufted chairs ($966 each); and Lee Industries zebra ottomans ($819 each). Contributed by Jeff Roffman Photography
Designer vs. store owner: Owning the store is easy because I can order and design whatever I want — and hope customers will like it. When designing for a client, I have to measure and consider scale before putting the items together and adding accessories. Plus, get the client's approval on all items.
As seen in: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; Atlanta magazine; Country Living, DÉCOR; and Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta.
- Blogs: Bespoke Banter (by childhood friend and designer Catherine M. Austin) and The Ace of Space by designer Vicki Gladle Bolick.
- Websites: gilt.com and christopherspitzmiller.com (lighting).
- Instagram: @tracirhoads1 (Traci Rhoads Interiors); @jefftrotterdesign (LA designer); @toddmurphy101 (an artist known for over-sized art pieces. Stanton has one of his owl pieces); @revivalrodney (Revivial, Rodney Simmons furniture and antiques emporium in Chattanooga, Tenn.); @theabeasley (an Atlanta stylist, designer, creative consultant); and @stevengambrel (known for his city and country designs).
- Atlanta-area home/design stores (other than my own): BD Jeffries; Dixon Rye; Paris on Ponce; Switch Modern; and Kudzu & Co.
Design pet peeves: Tiny flat pillows.
Where should homeowners splurge: Designer pillows and unique lighting.
… and where should they save: Draperies
New (or re-emerging) designs I like: Color.
… and looks I am glad to see go: Matching furniture room sets.
Unusual purchase: A customer bought a massive sheep head to put over a baby's crib.
Biggest design mistake I have made: Ordered a dining table for a client and looked at the picture, not at the dimensions. At the installation, I saw that the table was bar height and had to order a new table for the customer. I now use that bad table as my desk.
… and mistake homeowners make: Not measuring correctly. Sectionals, which can eat up a room, are often where customers make huge mistakes.
Best design advice I have received: Less is more … unless there's no budget. Then more is more.
My homes: I live in the city and the country. During the week, I live at White Provisions Residences on Atlanta's west side and near my shop. I also have an historic Greek Revival house in Madison, known as Honeymoon 1851 Mansion.
My home style: Comfortable modern. The city condo is more glitz. There is an Aerin lauder crystal chandelier in the den, white fur stools, a round marble coffee table, brass chairs and bold pillows. In Madison, there is more of a mix of antiques, found items and new pieces.
Favorite pieces in my Madison home: Chest of drawers and an oval antique mirror that belonged to my Gran.
Space I would like to design: I just finished the first season of HBO's "Westworld," and think it would be fun to design a dining car on a luxury train.
Latest project: Working on a Monte Hewett Homes-designed house in the Chastain area for long-time clients.
Where to find Jimmy Stanton Furnishings:
- Website: www.stantonhomefurnishings.com
- Facebook: Stanton Home Furnishings
- Instagram: @stantonhomefurnishings