Decorator Nancy Chesser doesn’t refer to her style as "shabby chic"; she prefers "vintage vogue." We say "to-ma-to." She says "to-mah-to." No matter what you call it, you’ll find something you love in her shop, Ambrosia Vintage Vogue, which she co-owns with daughter Amber Heintz. The eclectic boutique at the Shops at Legacy in Plano is loaded with animal-shaped French milled soaps, Lollia bath products (one of Oprah’s faves), hand-painted tiles by Sid Dickens, and other scrumptious vintage home décor and accessories, including an antique zinc table. Take your pick for Mother’s Day, and you’ll make Mom beam.
|GREAT GIFTS: Ambrosia carries a lovely mix of bath products (above right), accessories, and home accents (above).|
MOSAICS FOR MOM
Flowers again? We hope not. This Mother’s Day, get her a Just Reality hand-made mosaic belt buckle ($100-$140). These unique baubles are made of crushed china, semi-precious stones, and assorted vintage finds by Dallas gal Tracy Graivier Bell, co-owner of Smashing Times. Available at YaYa’s Boutique, The Shops at Legacy. 972-473-9995. www.justrealitybelts.com.
Get a barbershop crop at home with a cool range of products from Dallas-based men’s grooming line Billy Jealousy. Choose from Hot Towel Pre-Shave Treatment, Hydroplane Shave Cream, and Shaved Ice After-Shave Balm, and you’ll have to fight off the ladies with a stick. $18-$22 each. Available at Nordstrom, Galleria Dallas. 972-702-0055.
We love Koch Handbags ($150-$475) by Dallas-based designer Nicole Musselman. The Theodore cotton clutch and the William hand-blocked cotton-trim bag are perfect picks for this season’s girly garb. Highland Park Village. 214-443-9103. www.kochhandbags.com.
iridescent coral and sterling silver belt by Deborah Gaspar ($440/Turtletique or www.neimanmarcus.com); wood, agate, and smoky quartz necklace by Helena Shen ($119/Jacqueline Jarrot); Calvin Klein brown leather clutch with turquoise detail ($1,220/Calvin Klein, Highland Park Village); assorted gold and chalcedony drop bangles by Jane Elizabeth ($200-$212 each/Studio Sebastian); turquoise, coral, and gold belt buckle by Maggie Holotik ($535/Steven Spodek).