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December 18, 2013

Sweet Magnolia

After living in New York, London and Paris for nearly 20 years, Paul Byron Downs recently started Graybill & Downs in Atlanta.

Named for his grandparents, the company offers a boutique line of furniture, pillows, art and candles.

Downs, a Dunwoody native and University of Georgia grad, has created a mix of contemporary and traditional products inspired by his Southern roots.

Tables, often made of Southern oak or pine, are named after streets in the Savannah area, where his grandparents once lived.

But the buzz these days is about the company’s scented candles ($45). Top sellers include English Ivy & Oak moss or Sweet Magnolia & Fig.

Packaged in a recycled box with a gray satin ribbon, the 10.5-ounce candles are a blend of soy and paraffin wax and offer a gentle, sophisticated scent.

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In the Atlanta area, find Graybill & Downs candles at Atlanta MADE, 1187 Howell Mill Road ( and at 9 Designs, 1066 Canton St., in historic Roswell (

English Ivy & Oakmass Candle

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