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A Decorator's Dream: Leon & Lulu

I’m not sure exactly when I heard of this magical place. I do know it was when I was back in the UK and I was redecorating our house. I would search through forums and design sites looking for inspiration or that perfect piece. Of course, I would find something I'd love and then find that I couldn't get it in the UK. Leon & Lulu would get rave reviews on one forum I frequented and I couldn't even see their products, but I knew I wanted to check it out.

The husband-and-wife team of Mary Liz Curtin and Stephen Scannell are the owners of Leon & Lulu, which opened in 2006. It was named after their family pets. It is housed in the old Ambassador Roller Rink in Clawson, which adds to its charm.

Roller skates hang from the balcony as a reminder that this was previously the Ambassador Skating Rink.The store describes itself as “an eclectic mix of upscale furniture, unforgettable gifts, and accessories in an environment unlike any other.” Leon and Lulu definitely delivers that. It’s quirky, fun, and a breath of fresh air.

Vignettes of perfectly placed objects.When you look at different design forums, everything can become very Pottery Barn same-ish. Leon & Lulu, however, is original. The furniture is beautiful, albeit on the expensive side. If you are looking for a statement piece, this is the place to come. You can do so much with accessories and Leon & Lulu have loads and most are affordable. The selection and quality of textiles and throw pillows is fantastic. And yes, if you’re looking for a unique gift or even a gag gift or something for a goody bag, you’ll find that here too. I’m partial to the ugly dolls.

Ugly DollsThere is a little snack bar set up, reminiscent of it’s former self as a skating rink, with popcorn, coffee (in real mugs) and ice water. A lovely touch.

Snack BarIf you are in the process of decorating or just thinking about it, you must check this place out. And remember, support your local small business owners and buy local.

Leon & Lulu is located at 96 W. 14 Mile Road in Clawson. Phone: 248-288-3600.

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Thank you for finding us and writing such a lovely review! We hope you and your friends will visit soon.

There is a cup of coffee and a hot cookie waiting for you!

Your friends at Leon & Lulu

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Liz

Your welcome Mary Liz, it truly is a great store. Hot cookies? I didn't know about those!

June 10, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

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