Chattanooga: Remarkable Design in a Beautiful City

Beautiful Chattanooga - Meridian Abbey

Chattanooga is a city with remarkable design.  To say I was impressed would be an understatement.  I would pack up and move there tomorrow.  This was a family trip over Thanksgiving - my folks, myself, and him. Every drive was hazardous for me - I rubber necked the entire time.  Lucky I didn’t give myself whiplash.  At one point we came to an intersection and I just couldn’t get over how amazing those doors were in front of us!  I was sitting in the back seat and couldn’t see exactly what it was that I was in love with - every corner looked more amazing than the next and my heart was overwhelmed.  He glanced at me from the front with a smirk.  It turned out to be a Marriott or a Days Inn or some other run-of-the-mill hotel chain. I laughed at myself.  But it looked incredible! 


We stayed near the UT Chattanooga campus in what we guessed was a professor's place.  Air BnB hooked us up with Cowabungalo and we were not disappointed (we highly recommend Amber's quirky place!).  The house above IS NOT Cowabungalo, but it is within walking distance.  There is street after street of stunning homes to drool over while you're walking off dinner.


I hang with a bunch of foodies.  We ate and ate and ate endlessly.  'Twas the season of overindulgence, but we would have done it, regardless.  I think one could easily dedicate two full weeks of a feasting vacation to Chattanooga.  There are SO MANY great restaurants!   I really wish I had taken more pictures - of The Social's large plates menu, for instance - but I was already flirting with living the trip through a camera lens.  To me, that's not worth it.  Anyway, The Social had a really interesting design, great food, killer cocktails, and it is accessible from the most visually captivating and unique mall ever - Warehouse Row.  


A warehouse never had it so good.

A lounge entrance near the elevator.  Pretty nice, no?


It doesn't hurt that a seriously impressive interior design firm is located in Warehouse Row.  Revival Interiors has their offices and a storefront in one wing of the warehouse.  They provided a lot (if not all) of the furnishings throughout, and likely determined the general design of the mall's interior.  Photography isn't permitted in the store or believe me, I would have inundated you with the perfection of this place.  It was nauseatingly perfect.  The men were waiting and hungry (??) so I grudgingly exited feeling simultaneously inspired and dangerously covetous.  He and I are visiting Nashville in a few months and I will be taking a day trip to Warehouse Row just to pop back into this gem of a store.  I'm already excited!


On Friday, we had to stop by the Post Office, which was just fine with me since this is the Post Office...


Chattanooga Post Office and Courthouse


Across the street was this shiny little number...


And down in the bottom left hand corner is a brick building with a sign that caught my attention.  Chattanooga's Dwell Hotel has to be the chicest boutique hotel in town.  Terra Mae is the in-house restaurant and is equally captivating.  I ran in quickly to take photos and drool on their pink polyester vintage sectional.


On yet another corner there stands a relic of the First Methodist Episcopal Church.  The last remaining structure of the "Stone Church" from the mid 1800's...  Certainly random, but I am grateful they preserved what they could of the massive steeple.  It was an accidental find, but contributes to the city's character and charm.


We hit the Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery for a tour and tastings.  I will have to post those photos later.  My phone had died so I took those on my mother's cell.  Apparently I have yet to get them from her.  This was another pleasant place to go, and not just for the decor.  The whiskey warmed us all up and is pretty darn tasty!  I'll try to get those up next week.  

The photos I can share in one tiny post limit the depth and breadth of how thoroughly well-designed Chattanooga is.  It is truly a remarkable destination!  

If you have suggestions for me on where I should go when I visit in April, please share below!  Happy accidents are great, but I don't have time to waste.  Also, if there are design destinations (or restaurants) I need to check out in Nashville, TN, I'd love to hear those, as well

      Have a great weekend!

Abigail Reames - Interior Designer - Indianapolis, IN