Style Scene: Interior stylist Allan Suzor opening new home-decor shop in Tulsa called The Nest
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
3/12/13 at 10:24 AM
This story originally contained incorrect dates for two events at Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa. The story has been corrected.
Ahead of his grand opening on Cherry Street, interior stylist Allan Suzor met with us to talk about his new store: a cozy home-decor shop named The Nest, 1515 E. 15th St.
Everything has a life or story, Suzor said, explaining the concept behind The Nest. It's a place where found objects are woven together to make a home.
Styled after a rustic cottage with a modern twist, The Nest is separated into spaces for the bedroom, den and kitchen, and it features many items vintage and contemporary.
Loden metal is an inspiration. Old and new are inspirations. America, Canada and nature are inspirations, too.
"It comes from childhood, for sure," Suzor said about where he got the idea.
Decades ago, Suzor helped his father turn a one-car garage into one for two cars. Suzor had thought they were going to scrap the entire structure and start from scratch with new materials. But his father had another idea, and the two of them did some demolition work, repurposing parts from the old structure to make the larger garage.
Some pieces still had to be bought, but fewer of them. This reusing and repurposing was a part of life.
"We were farmers," said Suzor, who grew up in Canada and then later came to Tulsa to make a life with his partner.
In the mix of old and new, see the globe stand Suzor has refashioned into a storage area for drinks or other items, or discover the calf-weaning muzzles made of wire that Suzor has made into hanging plant containers. Find Turkish towels, felt bread baskets and other items he has woven together in a series of vignettes.
A studio in the back of the store is where Suzor does some of his work and where he hopes others who love to be in on the creative process can work, as well.
The Nest speaks to all the things Suzor loves. It's why he said those who will be doing some spring cleaning and yard sale-ing should take a second look at what they're about to pitch.
"Look at it in a new light, or ask others to."
The Nest celebrates its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday next to La Madeleine Country French Café. Enjoy light bites and enter to win a free design hour consultation with Suzor, who recently finished work on Coco Blow Wash Dry Go in Brookside. For more information, call 918-530-5580
With spring on its way, new stores are setting up shop in Tulsa, including Decopolis Studios, Ultimate Athletic Wear, and Magic Music Piano and Organ.
Decopolis, 607 S. Boston Ave.: The downtown art gallery and gift shop is open with a Tulsa-centric flair. The shop features artwork by local artists, including that of store owner William Franklin, as well as Tulsa art deco books, cards, T-shirts, toys, home decor and other items that are retro, deco or steampunk inspired.
Find ironic glasses, Vintage Revisited napkins and mugs, retro tin toys, melamine dishes and other items.
Ultimate Athletic Wear, Tulsa Promenade mall: The men's and women's apparel store, recently opened on the lower level near Macy's, features such brands as Hurley, Fox, Metal Mulisha and RVCA.
Also find accessories such as Nixon watches, Spy and Oakley sunglasses, baseball and beanie caps, backpacks and Skull Candy audio accessories.
Magic Piano and Organ, Tulsa Promenade mall: Owned by Mark and Yvette Kelley, this music shop offers a wide selection of pianos, organs and easy-to-play sheet music. Shoppers can also learn to play in the store by letters and a color-code matching system.
"Our system is a very easy way to learn how to play music. By following the letter and color codes, it provides instant gratification for the student. They can literally play a song on the first try," Yvette Kelley said.
Classes are forming at Magic Music Piano and Organ, and anyone interested in learning to play can call the store at 918-504-9074.
'Why Would Anyone Wear That?'
BookSmart Tulsa has teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa to host its March event featuring Celia Stall-Meadows, author of "Why Would Anyone Wear That? Fascinating Fashion Facts," 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Saks Tulsa.
Enjoy a cocktail hour and meet and greet with Stall-Meadows and then learn more about her book, which explores extreme fashions in history. You'll learn the "what" and "why" of extreme styles of clothing and accessories, such as high-pointed hats called hennins and towering platform shoes called chopines.
To learn more of about this BookSmart Tulsa event, visit tulsaworld.com/booksmart To RSVP, email email@example.com.
Fashion show luncheon
Tulsa plays host to the 83rd Mid-Western Regional Conference of the historic Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority this weekend with events planned for an estimated 600 members and also some open to the public, including an afternoon devoted to fashion.
Conference host chapters will present a fashion show luncheon from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, 6808 S. 107th East Ave.
The event supports the sorority's Educational Advancement Foundation, which awards scholarships and grants to organizations and deserving young men and women. Tickets are $65.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tulsaworld.com/midwestaka or call 918-605-6769 or 405-740-2462
Bits 'n' pieces
Visit Saks Tulsa for a couple of style events this week.
Stuart Weitzman Trunk Show: The limited-time trunk show features the Spring 2013 Stuart Weitzman collection, exclusively at Saks Tulsa, running 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday. Meet a representative of Stuart Weitzman and enjoy sweet treats and wine while you look for new shoes for the spring.
To book an appointment or for more information, call 918-744-0200 ext. 350.
Dior beauty event: Find an exclusive backstage-inspired collection Dior created just for Saks Fifth Avenue running 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The colors mirror the Spring 2013 ready-to-wear collections.
Find spring-inspired Pop Color Mono eye shadows and Vernis nail color in hues of blues, purples, oranges and pinks. The DiorShow Art Pen allows you to create a line-drawn eye, one of the hot trends this spring, and the DiorShow Flash Corrector high-precision corrector pen erases, adjusts and rectifies strokes of eyeliner, excess mascara and lipstick blunders, giving you a polished finish.
Also Saturday, get some beauty advice from Dior regional artist Erik Martinez.
To book an appointment with Martinez or for more information, call 918-744-0200.
Elemente Clemente and Aaron Whisner: Pour Moi Atelier presents an Elemente Clemente trunk show and an artist showcase for Aaron Whisner, owner of Clean Hands print shop in the Pearl District, running March 19-29.
Elemente Clemente, based in Munich, Germany, features upscale products with unique designs for fashion away from the mainstream, timeless and sophisticated and distinctive throughout a fast-changing fashion world.
Aaron Whisner is half of the Tulsa-based design duo live4this and owner of Clean Hands print shop in the Pearl District. His solo work is inspired by hand-painted signage, street textures and type. Whisner's work has been published in several regional and national publications, including CMYK Magazine and Print Design A.
To schedule an appointment, email Kara Mia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 918-382-0474.
Original Print Headline: Interior stylist sets up shop with The Nest
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Interior stylist Allan Suzor shows off his two male French bulldogs Beau (left) and Reme in his new home-decor shop The Nest on Cherry Street. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World
The Stuart Weitzman Trunk Show featuring a variety of shoe styles for the spring is Saturday at Saks Fifth Avenue Tulsa. Courtesy photo
The Dior Mega Beauty Event featuring a collection created just for Saks Fifth Avenue runs Saturday. Courtesy photo