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Vintage Interior Style Lives at J. Tribble

By Pamela Sosnowski

Atlanta area homeowners looking to make a kitchen or bath their own with unique, vintage-looking furniture and fixtures need to look no further than J. Tribble. With a retail showroom on Miami Circle, the firm carries custom and stock furniture and decorative items - and specializes in manufacturing vintage-style custom sink bases and cabinetry. Most custom designs are handmade by skilled artisans in the company's Atlanta workshop.

J. Tribble's collection of Art Deco seating, tables, sideboards, and more - some of them antiques - keeps the vintage trend alive. Additionally, the firm carries 19th and 20th century fine and decorative artwork, including pieces by artists such as Rosie Clark, David Knox, and Ben Smith. Their designs and pieces have been featured in Veranda magazine and Dream Kitchens & Baths, a Better Homes & Gardens publication.

The firm was founded in 1997 by John Tribble and his longtime friend, Rebecca Fincher. Both earned their interior design training from prestigious schools: Tribble studied at Sotheby's in London, while Fincher earned her degree from the University of Georgia. "We started out as an antique store but have pooled our strengths (and those of some very good craftsmen) and become so much more," says Fincher. Originally, the custom cabinetry line was limited to sink bases, but now includes kitchens, wet bars, bookcases, islands, linen cabinets, and hutches.

Over 50 styles of custom sink bases alone are available. Most are crafted from hand-planed wood in cherry, walnut, and oak and feature dovetailed joinery and European hardware. Decorative painted details are done by hand. The firm's showroom on Miami Circle provides an uncluttered environment for customers to view featured designs and appreciate their workmanship up close. "We put as many representative cabinets as possible in our showroom because people like to touch and feel," says Fincher. "We live and breath good design and love it when a customer or designer comes in with a challenging project."

The firm also happily accommodates client requests for custom-made pieces. "They may send us an idea or theme for what they're looking for and we put it on paper and work out function, proportion and color," explains Fincher.

Fincher has a tip for homeowners interested in renovating their living space: "Get advice from someone who's been down that path (meaning a professional). That investment will pay off in the end, even if it's just for a few hours of consultation. That person can advise on layout, finish and resources and warn you of what NOT to do. There's a cliché that fits perfectly here - you don't know what you don't know."

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