She later returned to the U.S. and opened English Cottage (now closed) before setting up shop in Andersonville, a great neighborhood for unique furniture stores. Brimfield is (appropriately) filled to the brim with blankets, tabletop pieces, clothing, home accessories, and one-of-a-kind furniture. There's a basement level with additional stuff, including barstools, lighting, and vintage signage.
Prices are reasonable for the quality, although they're not cheap. Even if you don't have a lot to spend, we recommend stopping by the store just for the inspiring ideas—an armchair upholstered in Swiss army blankets, a library cart repurposed as a bar, and throw pillows made from flannel shirts were just a few of the smart concepts we spotted.
In addition to keeping shop, Julie offers custom upholstery services. There's currently no website for Brimfield. You have to visit in-person or call for more information.
Photos: Sarah Coffey
- Founded: 2009
- Founded by: Julie Fernstrom
- Headquarters: Chicago
Julie Fernstrom's Andersonville shop is equal parts English cottage, Mad Men, and 80s preppy. In addition to keeping shop, Julie offers custom upholstery services.
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