Can I be in love with a store? Last weekend, on yet another trip to Cincinnati, I got to see my beau and a beau-tiful shop called HighStreet in the Mt. Auburn 'hood. It's a self proclaimed "London Style Boutique" that focuses on interior design and home decor... but they also carry jewelry, clothing, books, kids toys and other awesome random do-dads. Plus, with over eight-thousand square feet of space in downtown Cincinnati, there's more to drool over than the Tulsa Metro Firefighter Calendar.
The shop is set up as living space vignettes. Each "room" contains a mix of modern with classic, simple with decadent, expensive with affordable, and somehow, it all works. I suppose it's due in part to the fact that all the employees are also designers. The second floor loft space is an interior design studio.
The Design Studio at HighStreet offers several design services: Art Direction, Interior Design, Trend Forecasting, Consulting on Design Culture, Philosophy and Consumer Goods, Exterior Planning, Product Design, Corporate/Commercial Space Planning and Design, Restaurant, Hospitality, Total Brand Consideration, and Design of Outdoor and Public Space.
As I stepped into the wonderland of great design, I was greeted by a lovely gentleman who offered me a cup of tea. Unfortunately, I only had an hour to dilly dally, so there was no time for tea-time. I made the rounds with record speed (anyone who's been shopping with me knows I'm of the marathon breed and not a sprinter). And already, I find myself yearning to return. Next time, it may have to be a 3 hour tour.