While renovating several homes with her husband, Ani Kinyon repurposed vintage furniture and antiques. She soon found herself fielding requests to do the same for friends. In January, Kinyon opened Pavement (3811 Magazine St., 504-266-2133), where all can enjoy her design talents. The shop is home to a casually elegant mix of antiques, new and repurposed furnishings, a line of reproductions (based on French and Swedish designs) developed by Kinyon, rugs, lighting, garden accents, art, frames and more. Kinyon also accepts custom orders.
Abode (2114 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2135; www.shopatabode.com) owners Erin and Mark Jacobs opened a store on the Northshore in 2007. Three years ago, they moved their business to Metairie. With less than 3,000 square feet, the space requires a carefully edited inventory; Abode offers upholstered seating, case goods, rugs, fabrics, gifts and lighting.
Mark, who grew up working at his father's furniture store, and Erin, who started working for a furniture manufacturer, manage the task while providing variety and cohesion. An in-home consultation with Erin, the design half of the business, is $50 (it's deducted from the price of a purchase).
Greige Home Interiors (2033 N. Hwy. 90, Covington, 985-875-7576; www.facebook.com/greigehome), a 20,000-square-foot furniture and design emporium, shaped its brand by offering volume and immediate gratification (in most cases, you can have same-day delivery) while providing a cache of exclusive high-end design. Owner John Rabalais stocks products like Verellen upholstered goods but puts his own spin on them by ordering sizes, colors and finishes custom-made to his specifications. Greige's soft palette is based on the colors of sand, sea and sky – with a few darker designs thrown in for contrast.