Opening a brick-and-mortar store right when COVID-19 hit was not what Cristi Holcombe, owner and designer of CH HOME, had in mind…but it worked. The Johns Creek resident, former HGTV personality, wife, and mother of two decided to push forward with her dream store and the response has been amazing.
CH HOME opened in Johns Creek in the summer of 2020 featuring home décor, furniture, accessories, gifts, vintage rugs, pillows, and candles, all hand-selected and carefully curated by Holcombe. The furnishings and the vibe of the shop are designed to be fresh, casual, and comfortable, just like Holcombe’s personal design style.
"My goal for the shop is to carry pieces that are really livable and attainable that can work in anyone’s home,” said owner and designer, Holcombe. “We try and keep a constant rotation of items that are unique, approachable, and fun.”
Cristi’s successful career in interior design didn’t just happen overnight. Prior to founding her full-service interior design firm in 2009, Cristi planned and executed design concepts for several award-winning communities at one of the country’s largest home builders, Beazer Homes. She also spent a couple of years managing multi-million dollar design projects for a large hotel company and its 40 plus hotels across the nation.
Her big break came in 2012 when she won a role on HGTV's Emmy Award winning show, Elbow Room, as production designer. During her three seasons on Elbow Room, she helped design and execute 39 renovations that were featured on national television.
“I could have never dreamed that I would have the opportunity that I had on Elbow Room,” said Holcombe. “Even though reality TV is much different than the real world, I was able to learn so much about the construction process and working quickly on a tight budget, which still helps my clients today.”
In the years since the show, her interior design firm, Cristi Holcombe Interiors, has grown into one of the top full-service design firms in the North Atlanta community, offering turn-key design services for residential homes and light commercial projects.
After moving to Johns Creek in 2014 with her husband Billy and two children, Cristi dreamed of one day opening a home decor store in the area to serve her interior design clients and the community. Her dream became a reality seven years later when the couple found the perfect space beside Fresh Market, at the corner of Old Alabama Rd and Haynes Bridge Rd, and decided to open CH HOME together as a family business.
“My husband handles all of our marketing and really helped the business get off the ground, because I was so busy that I could have never done this on my own,” said Holcombe. “My Mom is also our store manager, so it’s truly a local family business.”
The design center, showroom, and offices for Cristi Holcombe Interiors are located within CH HOME offering added convenience for design clients. Holcombe said, “CH HOME has been great for my clients because we can bring them in to actually see, touch, and feel many of the pieces that we’re selecting.” The two businesses naturally complement each other.
CH HOME recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with a fun customer appreciation event featuring live music, raffle prizes, complimentary food & beverages, and more. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the Georgia Chapter of the MS Society.
“We have been blown away by the feedback and support from the community,” said Billy Holcombe. “It’s a lot of fun getting to know our customers that live in the area and hope to be the go-to place for home furnishings and gifts for many years to come.”
So, what’s next for CH HOME? As the weather changes, CH HOME will be bringing in great new items for the season. Stop by CH HOME for the best pillows and candles that will have you feeling nice and cozy all fall. Later in the year, the shop will be transformed into a wonderland of holiday décor and gifts!
3005 Old Alabama Road, Suite 310, Johns Creek