Violetas Home Design is a Cornucopia of Objets d’Art
Chances are you have invested money or time, or both, in your home over the last 10 months. We’ve all found ourselves inside way more than expected, constantly reminded of things that needed to be done, or just longing for a new inspirational piece to add to our private spaces. As we enter March, we still find ourselves at home for the most part, and possibly still on the hunt for something new – for ourselves, or for others.
Say hello to Violetas Home Design on Miracle Mile. It will give you so much inspiration your head will spin. On Miracle Mile for 12 years, Violetas has managed to double its space and open another location in Brickell City Centre, thriving amidst the world’s chaos.
The store is the brainchild of Ecuadorian-born Patricia Anton and her daughter Patricia Kronfle Uraga. “Family is the centerpiece of the home and it’s what motors me,” says Anton, so it comes as no surprise that retail runs in her veins. Hers is a fourth-generation business that started in Ecuador with Anton’s grandfather, and continued with parents who were in the toy business as well as home décor. She and her sisters even opened a home design store in Ecuador, where she still owns an outlet with a friend. As a young girl she traveled with her parents to global trade shows, hence her heightened awareness for international design – reflected in the lines she carries in her store.
Anton is like a walking billboard for the Gables business development initiative. She can give you statistics, demographics and what new developments are afoot. “Miracle Mile is the heart of the city and the retail backbone of downtown,” she says. “It has a truly pedestrian-friendly environment,” ideal for retailers and vendors.
Violetas offers affordable and high-end pieces, from gift items to dishes to furniture. There is even a room dedicated to candles and scents. They also offer special services like some custom-made rugs and wallpaper, as well as interior design.
What sets the store apart are its relationships with vendors, offering unique pieces and brands that others do not have. Half the lines they carry are not widely available. For instance, there is an entire room devoted to Italian brandFornasetti dishes and furniture; the collection rivals Bergdorfs in New York and Harrods in London. They also carry rare Lladró pieces and are the only partner with Baccarat in the U.S. to house their “shop in shop.” Other very noteworthy brands include Richard Ginori, Lalique, Christofle, Saint Louis, Hermes, Daum and Jonathan Adler. There is also a beautiful room called Little Violetas, the vision of her daughter-in-law Estefania Pere, a mix of special toys and clothing for children.
“With over 8,000 pieces in the store at any given time, you can easily find what you’re looking for,” says Anton, “and what you’re not.”