I have shopped at Michele Varian’s store for years. Quietly, I’d pop in, and take a stroll around – always taking copious mental notes of all that she had displayed in her spectacular shop on Crosby Street. I never had the chance to personally meet her – until recently.A few months ago, @MicheleVarian popped up on Twitter. Eventually, our Tweets led to the discovery that we both grew up in South Eastern Michigan. She was raised in Indian Village, one of the most beautiful parts of Detroit. I know. You’re thinking that beautiful and Detroit sounds like an oxy moron, right?
The homes in Indian Village are incredible works of craftsmanship. It’s the area of Detroit where the auto executives lived in Detroit’s “Motor City” hayday. From the woodwork, to the stain glass windows, and incredible Pewabic tile work, much of the area remains an exquisite example of early 20th century design. Given the beauty that Michele was surrounded by as a child, it’s no wonder that she took her fashion degree from Parsons and repurposed it. She now designs gorgeous home furnishings, and curates an incredible store full of home decor, glassware and tabletop accessories for us to enjoy.So maybe we bonded over similar upbringings? Michele has a rock star, irreverent, downtown edge to her, but she appreciates the fact that when I curse I say things like “Holy Toledo!” ~ and for that, I adore her! Since “meeting” on Twitter, we’ve gone out for cocktails, and spent the evening together at What’s New What’s Next. I’ll tell you what… Michele Varian is every bit as fantastic in person as her store is magnificently beautiful. At heart, we’re both creative Mid-Western gals who have chosen to live our adult lives in the Big Apple. Whatever it was that drew us together, I can’t be happier to know the face and design sensibility behind the store. What a joy it is to make a connection with her.
My aesthetic aligns so closely with Michele’s that it is hard not to want to take each piece home and incorporate it into my own home decor. If you’re reading my blog and like my style – there is no doubt that a trip to Michele Varian in Soho is on order. As you can see, she carries the most beautiful table top accessories, jewelry, amazing scatter pillows, and home accessories. If you’re not in New York City, you can shop online at Michele Varian. You can also visit her beautiful Tumblr page and follow Michele on Twitter.