Pawvayon at the Shops at Eviction
Think “pavilion,” but in a fancy French accent. That’s how you say “Pawvayon,” the new retail venture of interior stylist Richard Stone, set to open on Thursday, Oct. 1 in the new Shops at Eviction at 2943 W. Marshall Street in Scott’s Addition.
“It’s this faux French spin on “pavilion,” he says. “Which is more fun to say, ‘pavilion’ or ‘paw-va-yon?’”
That playful, over-the-top spirit continues through the merchandise offered at Pawvayon, a fantasy of Chinoiserie, ‘70s glam and traditionally pretty things.
“I am a huge fan of the Inn at Little Washington,” says Stone, who styles national advertisements for textile companies such as Scalamandre and Stroheim and whose work can sometimes be seen in R•Home. “This gives me the opportunity to do over-the-top, crazy décor that nobody else is doing.”
To initially stock Pawvayon, Stone only needed to open the doors to his storage unit, crammed full with the bounty he has gathered over years of treasure hunting in junk shops and at estate sales.
The retail space was the former Leftover Luxuries consignment store, and before that, a garage and welding shop. “This was a great opportunity for me to take my photo shoot smoke-and-mirrors skills and let my imagination run with it,” he says.
The dramatic space features carefully styled vignettes of everything from dramatic lamps and brass étagères to table accessories and blue and white porcelain. Stone also plans to sell pieces has used in his photo shoots for national textile companies. “We always have to recover pieces for shoots,” he says. “The fabrics are expensive and something a lot of people wouldn’t have access to.”
With his eclectic mix of merchandise, Stone hopes he is just ahead of what he predicts will be the next big trend in home décor: the return of pretty.
“Chinoiserie has been super hot for a few years now because it has such a wide appeal,” he says, “and Midcentury has been so strong for so long. I think traditional pretty is going to be the next trend and I am trying to spearhead that.”
Stone shares the space in the Shops at Eviction with Derrick McElhaney of Eviction, Killer Junk Studios and Barkhouse Moderne, all dealers who specialize in Midcentury décor.
The Shops at Eviction will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.