Stepping into Abode boutique on Granville Street makes me feel as if I am magically transported to the set of Mad Men (or what I daydream it to be like). The recently opened house and home boutique is brimming with carefully selected collector’s items spanning from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Owner and entrepreneur, Daun Windover, tells me she’s always had an affinity for the “atomic era” designs and beyond. Abode offers mid-century modern décor that is challenging to find elsewhere in Halifax but is available in delightful abundance here. Windover’s goods formerly occupied a space at Plan B on Gottingen Street but she was ready to grow and cultivate a space of her own.
As I browse, I can’t help but feel that Abode could be a major draw for production designers and props masters, particularly anyone working on a production set in these eras. For someone like me, it’s just amazing to see an entire shop dedicated to this style (think mostly Scandanavian designs made with teak, mod shaped furniture and housewares). From vintage Christmas bulbs to hand-dipped candles from Denmark to walnut lounge chairs, Abode is home to many exclusive items. Favourites for me include the Herman Miller reproduction “ghost chairs” and the incredible three-piece Grete Jalk living room set on display. The modern black sofa and matching chairs are framed in teak and signed by the designer. There are also smaller gift ideas selected from local artists as well as an array of artistic items sent from MOMA in New York. Windover is clearly in her element and excited to share her passion with her customers.
“The response has been really good so far,” she says. “I hope Abode appeals to students and people on a budget because of our less expensive, unique items but I also love that I now have a space to showcase very rare designer pieces.”
Abode’s current location is a pop-up shop while Windover looks for a permanent space next spring. Since I’m no stranger to vintage scouring, I know that there are a few antique shops in Nova Scotia that offer a small slice of Abode’s fare but there’s nothing quite like the selection here. For the artist, design savvy or simply astutely stylish person who is difficult to buy for, Abode holds many treasures.