ISSUE 49  |  Utilitarian Glamour

Shopper’s Diary: Vintage and Modern Meet at A New Leaf in Chicago

December 09, 2014 7:30 PM

BY Christine Chitnis

On the corner of Wells and Lincoln in Chicago, A New Leaf floral shop invites curious shoppers inside with a front stoop that spills over with decorative gourds and pumpkins, baskets of pinecones, boughs of evergreens, and pots of every shape and size. Inside shoppers are greeted with a dizzying array of beautifully arranged vignettes, eclectic vintage finds, and buckets of flowers. If you are planning to browse A New Leaf, you’d best plan on being there for at least an hour.

Photography by Christine Chitnis for Gardenista.

Above: The entrance to A New Leaf.

Above: A mix of greenery and antiques feels airy and eclectic. On the shelves of antique cabinets are ceramics and earthenware. 

Above: In the basement, a crafter’s heaven: every wall is covered with DIY supplies, including ribbons, stones, tiles, candles, vases, and buttons.

Above: Through the courtyard in the back of the main shop is a carriage house filled with two-levels of antiques. Here a farmhouse table is surrounded by a mish-mash of vintage chairs.

Above: Potted plants and vintage doors from Mexico. 

Above: Rustic farmhouse doors rest in a stack.

Above: A fern potted in an old tin wash bin rests on a vintage rolling cart.

Above: In the courtyard, terra cotta pots of all shapes and sizes are stored in weathered cupboards and cabinets.

Above: For hours and more information, see A New Leaf.