New J Bella Loft Boutique Is Like Being a Designer's Friend -- With Benefits
|You'll find everything from bottle-opener ballcaps to travertine tables at J Bella Loft.|
|Owner Jennifer Dudones poses with one of the in-house artists.|
That's where Phoenix-based interior designer Jennifer Dudones got the idea to open a small, chic furniture and home accessory boutique where locals could pick up some of her favorite finds. "It seemed like a shame that the furniture was just sitting in a warehouse," says Dudones. Her new J Bella Loft store officially opened to the public this past Saturday night, and guests seemed surprised at just affordable her offerings are.
Sure, an original painting by Phoenix-born international artist Steve Hickok will set you back about $4,500, but a couple of armless brown leather side chairs with a travertine marble coffee table costs well under a grand total. And handmade jewelry by local artists including Aleese Murik runs as little as thirty bucks.
More on what's lurking inside J Bella, after the jump.
|Beaded dog collars were a big hit, along with this lacquered paper puppy.|
A few feet away, on a table of locally made jewelry, was a chain-and-feather necklace we were totally crushing on. "Feathers are really hot right now," said a customer in a printed blue silk dress as she picked it up and headed towards the register.
It's a little odd to see handmade leather flower purses and rhinestone necklaces among the upscale furnishings, but somehow it all meshes together into a portrait of one woman's style.
And Dudones is pretty confident that her picks will appeal to funky local artist types, as well as the college crowd. "I'm a Tempe girl," the bubbly designer boasts (though she admits she currently lives in Ahwatukee). "I know the people here. And I think they should be able to buy trendy things nearby."
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