Vintage Finds & Handmade Gems Abound In Palm Beach

TRAVEL + LIFESTYLE | BY | September 10, 2018
Vintage Finds And Handmade Gems Abound In Palm Beach
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visit to Row House is like stepping inside the most lovingly curated flea market. Situated in the artsy Northwood Village section of West Palm Beach, the charming home store, owned by husband-and-wife team Paige and Tyler Jackson, is stocked with an equal mix of vintage finds and handmade goods from around the world. Described by the Jacksons as sporting a “coastal eclectic” vibe, Row House brims with treasures, all handpicked by the couple themselves, from vintage studio pottery and oil paintings to patterned textiles and woven wicker baskets.

On any given day, in one corner you might find perfectly imperfect bowls and plates from the 1970s peppered among printed pillows and bedding by Tensira, a Paris-based design company featuring handcrafted textiles from West Africa; while in another, tea towels from Ethiopia might hang below a dramatic seascape–if you’re lucky. “I’m always on the hunt for a great seascape,” says Paige. “And whenever I find one, it’s always out the door almost immediately.”

The couple cut their design teeth in Los Angeles, where Tyler worked on movie sets as a cinematographer, and Paige ran Hollywood at Home, the showroom of tastemaker Peter Dunham. Working alongside Dunham, Paige learned the art of vintage shopping. “He really taught me how to find the treasures among the chaos,” she recalls of their many trips to flea markets, including the famous one in Brimfield, Massachusetts. “After a while, you get to the point where you know what you’re looking for,” says Paige. “You can just scan an area and it pops out at you.” During her time working for Dunham, he would send her containers overflowing with his finds from France, which Paige would then refurbish. “I was immersed in that whole culture and I really fell in love with the vintage theme,” she says.

After the Jacksons had their son, they decided to relocate to Florida, where Paige grew up, and pursue a long-held dream: to open their own store. “We felt like West Palm Beach had the perfect crowd for what we wanted to bring to the area,” says Paige, who seeks to avoid the mass-produced look so often found in home stores. “I love stuff that feels like it has been worked on, like time was given to it.”

Aside from their vintage offerings, Row House, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in July, mostly offers handmade products by artisans in countries like India and Mexico. The Jacksons work with companies that support both women and the economies of those countries, such as Creative Women–a fair trade home and lifestyle brand that partners with female-led small businesses in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Kenya. While her tastes are often far-flung, Paige also regularly comes across treasures at home. “I’m a huge fan of materials like bamboo, wicker and rattan, which are very common here,” she says. “Florida is a constant source of inspiration.”

“When people come into the store they often have to walk around a few times to take everything in,” says Paige. “I love it because it recreates the experience of hunting in a flea market, where with every lap you discover something you didn’t see the first time.”

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