Special To The Palm Beach Daily News: By Carleton Varney
Shop proprietors on West Palm Beach’s Antique Row sometimes seem to be playing a game of musical chairs, as one boutique moves to another location, making way for something new on South Dixie Highway. Such change is exciting, and Antique Row seems to be thriving.
And sometimes the real chairs in those shops on the move are fabulous in their own right.
Those in South Florida’s decorating world recall the chairs that Kelly Wearstler designed for her husband’s Viceroy Hotel in Miami, which is today W Miami. The chairs’ design nodded at the waterfront location on Biscayne Boulevard, with painted-white frames resembling knotted nautical ropes. I recently encountered some of those chairs at Niki and Sean McCullough’s antique shop, Sold on Dixie, on Antique Row.
Niki and Sean are among those playing the musical-chair shuffle, as they have moved out of their old shop, which for years was next door to the Dixie Grill & Bar, that terrific lunch and dinner destination at 5101 S. Dixie Highway.
The reason for their move? Dixie Grill has plans to expand into the building that housed Sold on Dixie. That means Antique Row shoppers will enjoy a larger restaurant when they need a much-needed break from the hunt.
At Niki and Sean’s new location, 5107 S. Dixie Highway, you’ll find lots of contemporary and vintage pieces, including lighting fixtures, sculptures and colorful art. I love to see how large canvases can bring magic to the walls of condominiums gracing Palm Beach’s beachfront — not to mention South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, where the skyline has been changed dramatically by The Bristol tower. New luxury developments in the area include La Clara, which just broke ground and, I’m told, has already racked up plenty of sales. No one, it seems, can get enough of the Palm Beaches!
But back to Sold, a shop that will inspire as well as bring a smile to your decorating heart. The collection includes some over-the-top Lucite jewelry pieces that I found jolly. And besides the set of four Kelly Wearstler chairs, there also are McGuire chairs from the 1970s. McGuire is perhaps the most famous name in rattan. The late Eleanor and John McGuire of San Francisco were pals of mine, and furniture lovers need only research McGuire’s history to see so many now-classic designs created by the firm. McGuire chairs, with their patented rawhide ties, remain icons of quality.
Niki, whose origins are English, enjoys the antique and vintage business and like her neighbors on Antique Row — including Faustina Pace, Patricia Pingree-Clouet and Judy Baron — she deserves her reputation for sourcing the best and offering the best.
Stop by and visit the shop in its new spot.