When new Russian Hill boutique, Homme for Crown and Home, recently opened during Winter design market week, I headed out into the rain to check out the wares.
The small shop has amazing variety of cosmopolitan treasures, a clear reflection of the owner’s diverse training — she studied Modern Literature at Oxford and Decorative Arts at Christie’s in London, apprenticed with a milliner in England, honed her design skills local interior design firms Tucker & Marks, Edward Lobrano, and Steven Volpe, oversaw the set decoration for two independent films, and designed accessories for a home furnishings company.
I feel like needing to take a breath. HOMME (pronounced hom-me due to the name’s Norwegian origin) not only carries 20th century furnishings, objects and art, but also one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces, as well as her own hats. Architect Jennifer Weiss and interior designers Grant Gibson, Will Wick and myself are already fans.
Styles and time periods are eclectic, with all its unique selections. A 1970s giraffe garden stool and a rhinoceros coffee table contrast with a ceiling light made from a propane tank that had been used for target practice and a rustic handmade wash stand by an artisan from the Mojave Desert. She also just acquired a collection of later paintings by John Axton. Stop by to see her newest shipment and try on one of her fabulous millinery creations.
Photos: Drew Altizer