Vignettes on Magnolia
Fine Antiques and Accessories
Contact: Patty Diskin
409 E Magnolia Ave
Auburn, AL 36830
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
"Mix together one part Steel Magnolia with a dash of
Designing Women, and you have Vignettes on Magnolia
- Auburn's newest answer to up-scale shopping.
Situated in one of the Village's coziest corners,
Vignettes offers an array of home furnishings
and decor that could make the Sugarbaker sisters salivate!
The enterprise is ultimately the brainchild of Linda Ayers,
a local decorator who saw the need to bring fine
home furnishings and fabrics to Auburn.
"We wanted to bring in the type of
pieces you expect to see only in Atlanta
or Montgomery," explains Ayers. "We
wanted to offer that type of quality to the
Auburn area because we really think that
there is a demand for it."
In order to achieve this rather lofty
goal, Ayers assembled a crack team of
kindred spirits with various talents, but
one common trait: an appreciation for
all things beautiful. The end result was
a partnership among southern belles
and the creation of one very unique shopping
experience. "We wanted Vignettes to
be unlike anything Auburn has ever had
before. It is an interiors market, but it is
also the fusion of various styles and ultimately
the reflection of several different
decorators and collectors."
Towards that end, patrons can not only purchase home
decor items from the store, but book
decorating services as well.
Ayers herself handles much of the fine
fabric selection (boasting brands such as
Brunswick, Lee Jova and Schroeder) as
well as the acquisition of antique pieces.
Each partner in the enterprise is given a
room or space of her own to display her
offerings. Ayer's section is set up like a
posh sitting room, showcasing a mixture
of classic and contemporary pieces, as
well as highlighting her innate talent for
For further help on the fine-antiques
front, Ayers turned to long-time friends
Patty Diskin and Cheryl Daniel. Diskin
first developed her appreciation and eye
for antiques while traveling extensively
through Europe with her husband. She
loves all things English and is particularly
drawn to Colefax and Fowler, the eminent
English decorating firm, for continuous
inspiration. Currently, Diskin's portion
of the store boasts French and English
antiques, beautiful English porcelains, silver,
tole trays, engravings and oil paintings.
"This shop is an absolute dream," remarks
Diskin. "I am thrilled to be a part of it!"
As for Daniel, she says she was just
born with an innate appreciation for all
things beautiful. Her interest was further
fostered by her years spent in the design
and construction of luxury homes in the
Atlanta area. "By joining with my husband
in the home-building business, I was able
to observe and absorb, and that is where I
received my real education."
Daniel previously owned Maewood
Antiques in Dadeville, but jumped at the
chance to partner with Ayers on a venture
here in Auburn. Daniel's section features a
wide array of English and Continental pieces.
Upstairs, decorators Virginia Jenkins
and Carrie Carpenter put their own spin
on things- mixing together antique pieces
with contemporary elements. Best of
friends (and former college roommates),
the two decorators team up to deliver
their own brand of style with a focus on
unexpected pairings. "We might mix a
mirrored chest with an antique arm chair,"
explains Carpenter. "We want to offer
items that are both beautiful and affordable,
with a hint of an eclectic edge."
The upstairs portion of the store also
features two rooms housing collections by
Carolyn Burkhalter and Cissy Yarbrough.
Long-time friends of Ayers, they were
recruited to provide a wide array of fine
linens and bedding items to the shop.
Their section displays a big iron bed
topped with gorgeous pillows and shams,
trimmed in crisp sheets. The pair keeps
things interesting by mixing lines like Pine
Cone Hill with an array of vintage linens.
Because no home would be complete
without outdoor accents and beautiful
plants, Ayers enlisted the services of Cathy
Wayman of Bouquets and Jess Margeson
of Frou Frou to help adorn the shop's
wrap-around deck. Outside, patrons will
find an assortment of wrought iron planters,
urns and garden accessories, as well
as hand-crafted furniture and accessories
offered by Ginny Pierce. Pierce's line of
one-of-a-kind items features handsome
outdoor tables, benches and trellises in a
range of finishes and colors.
One additional draw of the deck is the
hands-on floral design classes and demonstrations
that take place every month. For
a nominal fee, visitors can join Wayman
and Margeson in a glass of wine, while
also learning how to create gorgeous centerpieces
and seasonal planters for their
With all of these offerings, visitors to
Vignettes on Magnolia are sure to find a treat
for the senses as well as a bevy of unique
home decor items.
(Original article above from East Alabama Living Magazine)