Gilt and Ash is a new home décor and gift boutique on the corner of Patterson and Libbie Avenues.
Owned by Richmonders Sasha Hogan and Holly Walsh, it’s stocked with a cultured, curated array of pillows, accents, books and personal accessories. It’s a sophisticated scene.
“We’re passionate about design and sharing our aesthetic,” Walsh says of the store, which opened Aug. 25. “We have a modern, fun and accessible style, and we wanted to bring something different to Richmond — a store like the ones we like to shop at in cities like New York.”
Gilt and Ash has a distinctive, refined look, with lots of white and gold, richly textured items and pops of colorful accessories. Soft throws with black, gold and silver-on cream graphics by Happy Habitat ($170) left me longing to curl up. Hide pillows with flecks of metallic and jewel-toned, patterned cut-velvet Turkish lumbar pillows ($129) also drew me in. So did splendid white porcelain vessels from Peru, a line I’d never seen.
My new favorite hostess gift? The shop’s chic, pink, yellow and Tiffany-blue with gold-trim metal boxes of Louis Sherry truffles. They’re divine in looks and taste.
“The store is a mix of both of our styles,” Sasha explains. “Holly loves neutrals and metallics and I love color." The gray linen pillows with hot pink geometric patterns and the pillows by Lindsay Cowles; the colorful, customizable leather luggage tags by Boulevard and the pastel rope dog leashes reflect that.
“Gilt and Ash is a place where our two styles meet," Hogan says. "It makes for variety and something different and exciting for our customers. We both have a ‘gilt’ thing, and to balance that, Holly brings the ‘ash.’”
Gilt and Ash is at 5730 Patterson Ave. Store hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.