Located along East Short Street in a cypress-sided warehouse adjacent to the renovated former Hurst Office Furniture building, Haven Home & Garden is Lexington’s best kept secret when it comes to home furnishings and gifts. Well it was…until now!
With an eye for style, owners/designers Sara Luftman and Dottie Maloney feature an ever-changing selection of unique finds and treasures, mixing sleek new furnishings with antiques and eclectic objects. The style gods definitely blessed these women, because their taste is impeccable and it shows in every piece in their showroom.
The ladies chose downtown Lexington for their store’s location so it could be a part of the city center’s rapid transformation into a dining, shopping and entertainment destination. Their goal with Haven was to provide a cool, hip furniture store that marries a big city feel with Southern, sophisticated charm.
While many of their pieces can be purchased off the showroom floor, Haven also offers customized furniture that includes a lifetime warranty. And unlike big box furniture stores, they also offer personalized, professional design services. Their goal is to create timeless, classic and comfortable interiors with a modern feel.
They’re doing it. The space itself transports you to a big city, with the vibe of a New York or Chicago loft space. The ladies love furniture and wanted Haven to not just provide purchasable design options for customers, but also be a unique space that transports their clients to a different time and place. They designed the space to inspire their customers and help them create unique décor in their own homes.
Haven can start from scratch and help clients with paint, flooring and lighting selections in new builds or renovations, or they can help with smaller-scale projects, like styling a home with items a client already has in their home. They can mix in new pieces like a cool lamp or rug with an antique piece, such as grandma’s old sideboard or a fun sofa table found at a thrift shop.
Their design services include custom upholstery, and they offer beautiful fabrics including Kravet and Schumacher. They also have fabulous wallpapers and unique furniture lines that can’t be found anywhere else in the Bluegrass.
Sara and Dottie also can’t resist bringing in handmade jewelry and funky table top accessories from some of the hottest artists in the south. Among my favorite items currently in the shop: fabulous limited edition equine photography, which customers can buy with or without a frame. They also sell everything from jewelry to fabulous and unique cutting boards, real coral decorative pieces, rugs, candles, diffusers, throw pillows and pottery. There’s so much more there too, but I’ll just let you be surprised when you go see it for yourself.
Sara and Dottie’s goal is to hand-select pieces for their clients that take the guesswork out of design, while showcasing current trends mixed with timeless style. And they’re just so fun to chat with too, you will leave the store feeling like you just made some new friends!
Check out Haven Home & Garden on Instagram, havenlex.com or in person at 333 East Short Street.