THE IRON GATE
With a new expansion into Nashville proper, The Iron Gate’s Rozanne Jackson is offering the best of both worlds for her interiors outposts. The original location in nearby Franklin, Tennessee, retains its vintage charm (it’s housed within a building from the late 1700s) and is the perfect juxtaposition to the new location’s more open and contemporary warehouse style, with abundant natural light and gorgeous forty-foot timber ceilings that had been hidden away and were discovered during the remodel. Jackson was also able to expand her design services business, which had long outgrown the previous location. ”We’re like birds out of a cage,” she says. “It’s wonderful.” Regardless of the physical aesthetics, The Iron Gate’s timeless accessories, antiques, upholstery, and lighting offerings remain consistent across both locations. “We’re a bit of calmness in the midst of everyday storms,” Jackson says.
Design-savvy Houstonians know LAM Bespoke owners Cathy and Patrick Lam best for their exquisite custom upholstery, all designed and made in Texas. Now, the Upper Kirby–based company has expanded to a second location, this time in the new urban-village development of Memorial Green. “We patiently kept our eyes open for an ideal second location,” says Cathy. “Houston is a very large city, and most people only venture beyond a certain radius of their home.” The new outpost features a more residential setting, where the Lams have cultivated an open-armed sense of welcome with the use of wide-plank oak floors, a neutral design palette, and ample natural light. “We believe there is a need for brick-and-mortar shops that offer the tactile element lost in the e-commerce era,” says Cathy. “Being able to take this step represents risk and reward and, as trite as it may sound, that dreams are worthwhile. It shows us that Houston has accepted and embraced LAM Bespoke, something for which we are deeply grateful.”
"While the design for my clients is tailored specifically for each one, the store is place to dream and design without restriction-without even the limitation of whether or not something exists," says noted Rancho Santa Fe, California-based interior designer Amy Meier, explaining the reasoning behind her debut foray into retail. Meier’s new customer-facing venture is as unique as her design projects, featuring dreamy New Traditional wares with a side of the totally unique. “Where there are gaps between what I want and what exists, I make it, or find someone with whom to collaborate to bring it into being,” says Meier. “It is a new way for me to interact and connect with my community here in Rancho Santa Fe, and it really represents personal and professional growth, in both our design and our relationships.”
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WRITTEN BY ZACHARY WILSON
This story appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of MILIEU.