A mix of Asian and modern, with a touch of traditional, the look is decidedly eclectic at Local Home + Gifts in Media. "I call it a comfortable aesthetic," says David Hairgrove, who opened the store five months ago, after 15 years as an American Airlines flight attendant. "I shopped everywhere in the world. But I lived here, and I wanted to create a place to shop here where I could offer real personal service."
Hairgrove has filled his store with elegant tableware and home accessories in a wide range of prices. He carries potter Tracy Porter's Verve line, whose bold, hand-painted flower patterns, in orange, turquoise and brown, have an Indonesian feel ($24 for a large dinner plate; $18 for a mug). Rustic modern is the look of a line from Vietri in solid tones such as celadon, cream, and pale gold (a cereal bowl is $34; a mug is $34). "We can custom order any of it for you, in any combination," he says.
Also on display: gorgeous hand-turned wood bowls from Roost (starting at $60); carved flower-pattern wooden wall panels from Taiwan (starting at $165); and hand-blown clear-glass candlesticks from Poland (starting at $10), whose elaborate turnings and ribbing would look at home in modern and traditional interiors.
Along with top-of-the line scented candles and soaps from small boutique companies, and a concise baby-gifts section, Hairgrove carries a well-selected assortment of host and hostess gifts. A silver wine caddy is $24; a statuesque glass decanter with stopper and six cylindrical cordial glasses is $40.
Now on sale: selected cloth napkins, and placemats that reverse from striped to solid in shades of lime, raspberry and orange (starting at $4.80); and vibrantly colored throw pillows, some in a patterned velvet and some in wool felt with flower appliques ($17.50-$49). In the fall, Hairgrove plans to add upholstered furniture, lighting and accent tables.
- Eils Lotozo