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Vintage Virtue

Looking to add a quirky, fun feel to your home décor? Chances are, you’re going to find what you’re looking for at the fanciful, uncommon store known as 360 Home.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Chelsi Fisher
Posted
November 28, 2018

The term vintage refers specifically to furnishings manufactured in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. To get a sense of what that looks like, picture the set of a movie like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rear Window, or The Graduate, or TV shows like Leave It to Beaver and Bewitched. Or just imagine your grandmother’s house, and think of her formal living room furniture that you weren’t allowed to sit on.

Those visits to grandma’s are something 360 Home’s proprietor, Bear Marlow, and his business partner, curator Shawn Nichols, can both relate to. “We both grew up with families and grandparents who had really cool décor in their homes,” says Marlow. “We both learned to appreciate a story behind a piece of furniture, the history of pieces that were in our homes.”

Marlow and Nichols previously ran Antique NV, a popular antique shop in Jenks, before they decided to open up a shop in midtown Tulsa. 360 Home is nestled in the heart of Tulsa’s vintage design district with other vintage shops like Vintage Vault and Retro Den by 11th Street and Harvard Avenue.

“We wanted to move to midtown and concentrate on the needs of today’s hip, millennial market, people who are looking for ways to incorporate more vintage décor into a modern lifestyle,” Marlow says.

360 Home specializes in uncommon vintage items — unique and quirky items that our young customers are really into right now. (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
360 Home specializes in uncommon vintage items — unique and quirky items that our young customers are really into right now. (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Marlow manages the day-to-day business, helping customers find what they need. Nichols handles all the staging of the floor displays. He’s knowledgeable about vintage furniture makers and is at the store on Saturdays.

“We specialize in uncommon vintage items — unique and quirky items that our young customers are really into right now. Our customer base includes some of Tulsa’s best designers, as well as 30-, 40-, and 50-year-olds looking for pieces to put in their home.”

Browse the displays, and you’ll find bohemian wicker chairs and filigreed photo frames. You’ll spot industrial chic — weathered metal shop stools, iron gear wheels, and other intriguing items you are unlikely to find elsewhere in Tulsa. “Right now, we’ve got a 1950s mail sorter from a local convent,” says Marlow as an example, “and a 12-foot long cabinet from a 1920s hardware store.”

Bear Marlow (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
Bear Marlow (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

In terms of mid-century modern, 360 Home won’t let you down. A Mersman drum table or Drexel walnut table may sit near a can light table lamp. A Heywood Wakefield night stand and matching dresser may be right around the corner from a smooth teakwood tape dispenser that would dress up the desk in your library. There are even vintage leather law books, and collections like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew among their items. It all looks great displayed in your home.

And it’s not just the pieces themselves that Marlow and Nichols look for. They also believe strongly in the story of a piece — its history, its character, its tale of where it came from and how it ended up in Tulsa. “We look for unique furniture that looks super cool and has a great story,” Marlow says.

As an example, Marlow points to a set of deck chairs in the shop at the moment. “We have a couple of teak deck chairs that came from a 1920s luxury liner called The Île de France,” he says.

“It was actually the first luxury liner to incorporate art deco décor. Then it was turned into a prison ship during World War II. The ship carried U.S. and Canadian troops home. The deck chairs are a great piece of nautical history.”

Although most of their merchandise is vintage, 360 Home also features new creations by local artists. “We like to work with local artists to supplement our vintage décor,” says Marlow. “We have a Tulsa artist who makes artwork on candle votive glass, and an artist who makes lawn art out of flatware. We love things that have been repurposed, reimagined. It adds to our great, quirky vibe.”

360 Home offers great options for both decorating your home and gift-giving. Expect to see 1960s silver aluminum Christmas trees and vintage ornaments, as well as small gift items like candles, gift boxes, glass jewelry cases, and other pieces with a vintage feel.

Expect some great music when you visit — the store’s music playlist features everyone from Aretha Franklin to Ariana Grande, and it’s so popular, they even share it on Spotify. And expect new items regularly. “Our merchandise comes and goes quickly,” says Marlow. “We really do turn the store over and keep it fresh.”  

LOCATOR
360 Home
1142 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
918-900-1084
360hometulsa.com
Sunday-Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.