The latest in Philly design trends, from The Shade Store's new celeb designer collection to MacKenzie-Childs’s seasonal pieces.
Options for any home abound at The Shade Store.
Already a well-established nationwide brand, The Shade Store has recently found a home in Philadelphia. Located just off Rittenhouse Square, the specialty shop boasts a collection of more than 900 fabrics and materials for custom window treatments. If that many options seem daunting, the 2,000-square-foot showroom offers interactive displays so you can see designs in their finished form, and swatches are also on hand to take home. The Shade Store’s newest collaboration, launched in October, is with Robert and Cortney Novogratz of The Novogratz Collection, who recently starred in their own design shows on HGTV and Bravo. Expect fun patterns and bold colors that fit seamlessly into any space. 1725 Chestnut St., 267-507-7997
Plano cabinet, Urbia ($1,699).
Philadelphia’s boom in luxury real estate means even more demand for furnishings that reflect the mood of these new urban abodes. Urbia’s Gloss Collection, all clean lines and high-shine lacquer, is the perfect complement to modern tastes. Chose from clear tempered glass or black powder-coated metal details from a collection of largely first-floor pieces: dining tables, buffets, entertainment consoles, and cabinets. The ultra-sleek design may be minimalist, but it makes an impact in any home. Dwelling, 4050 Main St., 215-487-7400
MacKenzie-Childs’s Courtly Check pattern adds flair to holiday tabletops. Courtly Check Tree Dish, MacKenzie-Childs ($98).
MacKenzie-Childs’s distinctive home designs look chic any time of year, but the brand’s black and white checked pattern feels especially festive set against holiday hues like burgundy, emerald green, and gold. This season’s collection includes home accents, ornaments, and even pet essentials— and the holiday tabletop pieces make perfect hostess gifts. The three-tier sweet stand and gold-rimmed glassware adorned with foxes are display-worthy long after the holidays are gone. Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia Mall, 610-962-6200
James McClelland and Lynn Miller’s City in a Park: A History of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System (Temple University Press) is more than just a coffee-table book—it’s a guide to the hidden treasures of one of the largest landscaped urban parks in the world. As you leaf through its 150 photographs, you’ll discover the journey the infamous LOVE sculpture took before it found its permanent home in Philadelphia, learn where to access an exclusive hikers-only bridge concealed deep within the Wissahickon, and dive into a new culture while learning about Shofuso, the Japanese house and garden donated to Philadelphia in 1958 by the America-Japan Society. It’s the perfect gift for history buffs—or keep it for yourself and experience the park in a whole new way.