For award-winning interior designer Cristana Rocamora-Suder, ASID, there’s no place like home — especially when it comes to transforming her longtime studio/office in Old Towne into an actual home store brimming with furnishings, lighting, books, accessories and one-of-a-kind lifestyle items.
Located in Alley Plaza behind Starbucks, Cristana Home took over the same space her Studio C headquarters occupied for the last 10 years. The evolution from office to boutique was a natural one, says Cristana.
“When we were a design firm, clients would compliment us on our space because it was so beautiful. Many people would tell us that we should open a store, so we created a lifestyle store filled with products I’ve loved and purchased and picked up from around the world. On November 29th, we had a soft opening just before the holidays. This May we will have a big grand-opening party.”
Arranged in themed vignettes, Cristana Home showcases ideas for various areas of the home. The kitchen section includes glass-ware for the bar, kitchenware and accessories for the dining table, while the traditional library features a beautiful sofa surrounded by a walnut bookcase. The inviting and comfortable loft makes you feel like you just want to move in. Books are artfully displayed on the wall along with a wide array of gifts for any occasion.
The sophisticated look of the store is at once both rustic and refined, says Cristana, who retains an exclusive account with custom furniture-makers, Lee Industries, of North Carolina.
Drawing upon her personal aesthetic, Cristana’s collection allows customers to select everything from an individual piece to an entire custom-designed room. Her professional design associates offer design services as well. The store will also be offering monthly workshops in watercolor, chalkboard art, terrarium horticulture and more.
Whether it’s the popular Chavez For Charity bracelets, the elegant scented candles, lovely accent rugs and pillows or furniture for every room in the house, Cristana’s price points range from $10 to $10,000.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cristana says she is a city girl at heart. Old Towne Orange gives her the best of all worlds.
“I love the culture here; this is like my little city. The community has been super supportive and the response to the store has been amazing. Once people come in the store, they fall in love with the space and don’t want to leave. The store is full of products that I have found in my travels and love to share with my customers.”
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