Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tyler Florence



has a store in Mill Valley...


right next door to Summer House!




I had no idea that one of my husband's favorite chefs not only lived in Mill Valley but had opened one of the most fabulous cooking shops I have ever seen!


It completely took my breath away!


It was amazing!   The merchandising rocked!


It was like going on a treasure hunt of sorts...


In the "Library" among the cookbooks, were vintage treasures tucked about.



I can't tell you how often I lament that shops that carry mostly new merchandise could use a dose of vintage to really spice it up!



I finally found one that "gets it" and let me tell you... it worked beautifully!



There's nothing like the tension between old and new to breathe life to a space or a collection.



The collected feel of the culinary antiques really made this shop unique and a total stand out among others of it's kind.
 

 It was a visual feast for the eyes.



Everywhere I looked I saw the juxtaposition of old & new...


I was smitten!


I felt like I might have been in Tyler's home, surrounded by his cherished collections.


It felt intimate and cozy... very different from the others.


It made the connection between the preparation and cooking of a meal,


to the presentation and serving of the meal using treasured family heirlooms and cherished collections


and not just for special occasions, but for everyday.



I love how we're seeing in magazines and blogs how people have begun storing their ironstone and silver on open shelving, within reach and using it everyday.


That's what I love about Tyler's shop...


it reflects that attitude.


It's real life and it embraces the past and marries it with the present.



My Lebanese Mom was thrilled when I found her this camel teapot, an early Mother's Day gift.





I heard their team of buyers regularly shop The Alameda Pointe Antiques & Collectibles Fair for many of the fabulous vintage offerings.
 









Love, love this juxtaposition of old & new!


They have an outstanding collection of hotel silver!





I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit to Tyler Florence's shop in Mill Valley, a must see if you're in the area!  I can't wait to bring my husband back!

20 comments:

Beach House Living said...

I really like all the old silver plate and hotel silver. That big two handled item is that a huge sugar bowl or a handled compote of sorts.

I picked up a tea set along with the bike last week. It isn't the exact style I wanted but it's in nice condition.

Beach House Living said...

Me again, the bowl/compote thingy sitting on the wicker charger. I think I need that.

La Dolfina said...

Hi Rita!!
I know, I want it too!! I believe it was $175.
I can look for one for you tomorrow at The Point if you want me to... and if you are serious, I'll go back to Tyler Florence and get it for you :)
You know I'd do anything for you!
XO

Theresa Cheek said...

YOU were smitten....I am smitten!!!!!!!!!! It does have a more intimate feel mixing in the old with the new....like a true home setting would have. I really need to snag that large glass Merlot bottle!! Stellar post!

Holly Goes Lightly said...

LaD -- thanks so much for sharing those pictures. If I had a shop, that's exactly what I'd want it to look like. {That, and my friend Pam's beautiful shop Red Ticking in Seattle.} I've got to get back out there!

Cashon&Co said...

that looks like the COOLEST store ever! i'm a dish nut and would go crazy there. so funny how i love kitchen stuff and hardly cook! oh the irony

shari @ little blue deer said...

Loving, loving, loving this virtual trip!!! Thank you so much for your great posts! XO!

Privet and Holly said...

Hey gorgeous! {Now I know where it comes from....your mom is an absolute doll!!} Tyler's store has the EXACT kind of vibe I love....the mix of the old and new {yes, I agree, it makes the most of both}, the silver, wicker, old wood...and all of the cooking inspiration....which is always helpful! I would almost make a trip to the Bay area just to visit this place, alone. Thanks for the escape into this delightful shop! xx P&H
PS: I'm jealous that you can grab your mama and go....any time!!

Tricia Rose said...

You really enjoyed this visit - the excitement comes clear across the interwebs!
It is Summer House that has my heart though - yesterday we visited both Summer Houses, into Tyler's to chat with Charlie (who wears the best linen shirts), on to Michelle at Maison Reve, then a shared gelato at La Coppa - bliss! then we bought linen shirts for my husband because he so liked Charlie's, perfect day...

Chris Long said...

What a great post! Keep up the good work.

Elizabeth said...

My daughter found your blog, and told me to check it out. I'm glad I did
1 Love your home, and all your sea treasures. I live in the Bay Area too, and not too long ago went to visit Tyler's new store too.

The Zhush said...

Could not agree more with what you said about the tension between old and new. This store truly looks amazing! Loving those soup tureens and that hotel silver, not to mention that amazing Merlot bottle! woe!

lisaroy said...

ok, I'm in LOVE with Mill Valley! : )

lisa golightly said...

LOVING what I'm seeing ... you sure are putting me in the mood to visit these shops. They should be paying you !!! Such a treat seeing you and your man yesterday. XOXO !!

Amanda said...

stunning. I have ALWAYS wanted a store like this! Mixing fab antiques with new goodies.

Thank you so much for the beautiful comment on the design gal's blog! You are a breath of fresh air!

Mélanie A. said...

Thank you for the tour in Mill Valley. These 2 shops look fantastic, love their treasures

sarah, flourish design + style said...

AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing.. love seeing things through your eyes. xx

my favorite and my best said...

oh my god!! yes!!! i need to go..is there an online store? i need those wine stoppers!!
were they super expensive?
ugh! love tyler florence.

Patti's Artful Design said...

Love the picts of Tyler's Shop, and love the Mom pict too!

Lumo said...

What a fantastic store! I just watched last night Tyler's show on TV here in Finland.