We once inherited a fabulous deco-era chair from our mother, a sidewalk-sale savant. It was beautiful but had no cushions, thereby initiating our first foray into the world of upholstery. Upholstery being a particularly baffling landscape ("no, we only do car interiors"), we consider ourselves lucky to have found Great Jones Home early in our search for a selection of both classic and of-the-moment fabrics to do the chair justice.
While textiles are definitely where this boutique in Seattle's Belltown shines beyond the rest, Great Jones Home is far more than a retail outlet for upholstery fabric. The furniture and accessories throughout their long, narrow space are arranged like a spread in Domino. Each group of pieces — many sourced in European flea markets — has a bold, large-scale feeling (with equally bold, large-scale price tags, but who's counting?). There are treasures to be found in the lower price echelons as well, such as these beautiful capiz-shell pens.
Another cool thing, Great Jones Home is committed to always having a designer on staff, so the sales assistance goes far beyond looking up prices and bringing things out from the back. Their website is only contact info currently, but they have plans for online sales soon. We'll be waiting.
(Edited from this post originally published 09.05.07)