Some of you know that I used to work at a charming antique store in Crestwood.  While I loved the furniture and the zen-like quality of the setting, the real draw was being in proximity to its owner, George Terbovich.

George owned another store right up the row where he carried all sorts of wonderful stuff and worked his design magic in the back.

In a bit of clever reconfiguring, he’s moved the design studio around the corner and expanded the original shop to accommodate more wonderful stuff and the antiques.  The result is certainly one of Kansas City’s top retail destinations.
The shop is a visual delight.

George and his manager, Connie Beall, have gathered a treasure trove of unique objects, not one of which is a misstep.

And as someone who feels that good design is essential to good living, these things might not be essential, but neither are they superfluous.

They have subtitled the shop, “a lifestyle store” and this is surely the case.  If it’s not my lifestyle (there are no Legos or Star Wars figures in sight) it is a lifestyle to which I would aspire.

Wonderful, original textiles.

Beautiful pottery new and old.

And, look, we have something in common.

George has a little crow thing going here.

I knew it wasn’t weird to like crows.

As I’d love to have a library table like this, piled with books of a variety of interests, I’m relieved I can enhance my collection from their collection.

George’s aesthetic is clean and pure and never overdone.  He hobnobs with fancies and could spend his days jetting around and name-dropping about it, but will more likely tell you about his last weekend in the country and the small snake he saw while weeding.

When I worked for him, I’d live for days on his brief history lessons about the furniture as he would stop in to see how things were going.

He and Connie have expanded the offerings of apparel and handbags.  No names.  No labels.  Not George’s style.

It’s worth it to take the time to try something on.

Because then you have a chance to pop into the sunny changing rooms.

And admire these absolutely perfect curtains.  

Tick here to read an interview with George that outlines his philosophy much better than I.  Then pop in and take a look for yourself.  Enhance your lifestyle.  Start today.

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18 thoughts on “George

  1. by george, he’s got style.
    wish I worked next door, I would just pop in for a bit of inspiration and or course, curious to see what was new with george. If, I say, if – I were going to have a store, it would be just like that, simple yet warm, witty and polished with books, bowls, home items and my artwork.

  2. Now I am afraid to go in as it has been awhile. I love it all, and there you are; your crows, and lion! The curtains, textiles, stool with pillow, and round table in the window are my favorites.

  3. George sounds like a very gracious and unpretentious person with obvious great style. Wish I could run over today! Thanks for another great post.

  4. I realize I actually live in a small town (200,000) when I compare the shopping. What a treasure you have there. And, yes, the crows! I have enough crow art and sculptures that I have to be careful about turning the house into a crow museum, but he could certainly tempt me.

    Years ago I had a large apartment where there was room for a round table as you walked from the dining room to the living room. I covered it with a long forest green cloth, topped with a paisley shawl and stacks of books. I’ve never had the proper spot to do it again but George’s book piles suggest another way to do it.

    Lovely post and it must have been just wonderful working there.

  5. Very inviting! Which says volumes about the owners.

    “And as someone who feels that good design is essential to good living, these things might not be essential, but neither are they superfluous.”

    Unless you, like I, work primarily from home. I take inspiration, relaxation, and sometimes exception to my work environment. It’s nice to be surrounded by that which you consider to be beautiful and an example of the best of yourself (that sounds awkward, but I hope you get my meaning.) Sort of putting the style in life. And it certainly makes me more productive. Win, win. Now if only I could write home decor and my wardrobe off on the taxes.

    I hope that makes sense without seeming too whatever.

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