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).
Rounding out the whimsical selection are hip threads by Free People and Charlotte Tarantola, cuddly PJs by Threadcountzzz, baby digs by My Vintage Baby, and the popular Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags. (New mom Julia Roberts has one.) If you’re looking for a refreshing way to cover that old couch, check out the selection of LEE Industries coveralls. The Shops at Legacy, 5800 Legacy Dr., Ste. C8. 972-473-0287. www.shopsatlegacy.com.

 


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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.


SUPER SHAVE
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.


TASTEFUL TOTES
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.

 Photos: Kevin Hunter Marple

 

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Natural Wonders

Dress up denim or add allure to haute couture with these Mother Nature-inspired accessories.

By Stephanie Quadri

clockwise from top:
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).

 

Photo: Sonia McKlesky/Manny Rodriguz Photography