A few weeks ago, I had an errand to run in the nearby town of Mill Valley. Lucky me! A perfect excuse to pop into one of my favorite stores ever - seriously. I know, for most women it's Barney's, but I think design bloggers will relate! The Tyler Florence Shop is so jam-packed with goodies for the home, and in particular the kitchen, it is truly a feast for the eyes. No only that, but the store is laid out almost like a living space - a magazine worthy living space filled with beautiful things that will surely enhance your culinary talents, or at the very least, have you looking like the domestic goddess/god you are! Let me show you around.
Tyler's wife Tolan is the talent behind the incredible selection of merchandise. I had the pleasure of meeting her about a year ago when I was organizing a bake sale for the organization Share Our Strength. I asked Tolan if they would be willing to donate something (I was thinking along the lines of an autographed cookbook...) Without blinking she graciously and generously offered to put together a gift basket fully-loaded with cookbooks, baking supplies and kitchen gadgets. We raffled it off at the bake sale with huge success!
When I was at the store a few weeks ago there were several beautiful Valentine's Day themed dispay's scattered around. Tolan explained to me that they are working with a vendor who can copy vintage china patterns. These floral plates and bowls are an example.
Sturdy pewter chargers and dishes are paired beautifully with the delicate butterfly glasses and linen table runners.
I just love these water dispensers! There is always one filled with some heavenly combination of fruits or veggies to keep you refreshed while you shop. The small one sells for $219 and the large for $269. How fab for a summertime soiree filled with raspberry lemonade or margaritas!
My favorite thing in the store are these amazing chandeliers. The traditional crystal chandeliers are wrapped in a smoky gray plastic shade.
The store sells several consumable items such as Tyler's own label salts and spices, Dean & Deluca dried herbs and spices, Barefoot Contessa baking mixes, and Stonewall Kitchen beverage mixers just to name a few.
Among the shelves of white serving pieces, everyday stemware, copper cookware and just about every cooking and baking gadget you could imagine is a selection of vintage and antique items, like these salt boxes. Tolan and her mother search flea markets, ebay, estate sales and pick things up on travels abroad to create these charming collections.
At the far end of the store there is a drop-dead gorgeous kitchen where Tyler occasionally cooks for private events. The kitchen is angled from the corner - not a typical kitchen layout, but one that works well for such purposes. Standing in the space, I also find it extremely efficient. The sink and cooktop are almost directly opposite one another, while the other appliances, storage, etc is all within a few steps.
The coolest thing about this kitchen (and if I had known it when I was at the store I would have taken a close-up) are the counter tops. They are poured concrete tinted charcoal gray with ground up oyster shells!! They are spectacular. Tolan mentioned that they loved the look so much, they recently put a lighter version in their home.
The show-stopper of all - and if you ever go, leave yourself extra time to indulge here- is the back room.
Comfy leather chairs, fireplace and floor to ceiling shelves of cookbooks - sigh.
Perhaps you'd rather curl up on the couch?
You can purchase many items directly from the website, as well as go on a video tour of the store. Check it out here. But if you have the opportunity to visit - take it - you will not be disappointed. Time to go cook dinner!