Take a cue from Terra Cottage in trendy Midtown Atlanta for tips on blending new and old furniture with durable industrial pieces and soft, frilly accessories.
Look What We Found
An old metal drum was reinvented as a coffee table, which looks best paired with a traditional piece, such as a skirted sofa.

For a home store to be great (not just good), it has to have creative displays and inventive vignettes everywhere you look. Terra Cottage gets an A+ in this department. It's full of cottage cuteness--embroidered bedding, coral-print pillows, and lamps with the shades painted on the inside. But what keeps us coming back is the store owner's sharp eye for crazy-cool antiques and industrial pieces that have been reinvented.

On a recent visit, we fell in love with metal pulleys (originally from an old factory) that had been repurposed into side tables and a perforated steel drum that was granted a second life as a coffee table. "My favorite items are the ones with a sense of history," says owner Sandie Hurlburt. "I like things that get used in new, quirky ways so they don't just end up in a landfill." One of her latest scores: A manhole mold she recently found in Macon, Georgia, that's now being used as a tabletop. How many times have you seen something like that? Not nearly enough.

Know Before You Go
New inventory arrives every month--much of it from France and Belgium. Don't miss the Pine Cone Hill bedding selection with everything from quilts to pillow shams. Also check out the vintage-inspired accessories, such as frames covered with pretty wallpapers. The quirky, industrial-type items don't last long in the store because they're such great one-of-a-kind finds. And good news: If you like a piece but need it in a different color or size, ask Sandie if she can customize it for you. Chances are, her answer will be yes.

Terra Cottage: 1183 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318; www.terracottagellc.com or (404) 350-0330.