Shopping at a great home decor store can make putting those final, or new, touches to your space so much easier. Sonoma County has a number of excellent stores for those in search of interior design inspiration and, in the past year, several newcomers have set up shop here. Some local favorites also have expanded their offerings recently.
Here are four shops to visit on your next outing that will help infuse some fresh Sonoma style into your home. From new and vintage homewares to homespun novelties, there’s lots to peruse.
This newcomer to downtown Healdsburg turns 1 in August. It is a “modern mercantile with beautiful but useful finds,” says co-owner Karen Reul.
The curated items for sale here are an artful mix of vintage and new, ornate and modern. Brass candlesticks, vintage silver and botanical prints contrast with the store’s modern linens, earthy ceramics and handwoven gourd baskets from Zimbabwe. Maple breadboards and modern cast iron pans — made to replicate 19th century predecessors — can do kitchen duty but also serve as art on the wall.
Reul likes to carry products that tell a story, such as farmhouse pitchers made by Windsor ceramicist Chris Landwehr, and Treko woven textiles by Sonoma designer Catalina Marin, who partners with women artisans in Chile, where she grew up. Also available in the store are unique table top mounts for displaying branches and blooms, created by Artifact Design and Salvage in Sonoma, along with home decor finds from Sonoma Bee Company, San Francisco-based Austin Press, and specimen-nest photographer Sharon Beals.
Forage also sells a few, select pieces of furniture, from an antique marble-topped sideboard to a 1970s bar cart.
310 Center St., Healdsburg, 707-756-5003, foragerhealdsburg.com
Emily Lynch has taken her successful candle making business and cast her entrepreneurial net out further to bring a wellness-oriented home store, Acorn, to Duncans Mills. Think of it as mindfulness meets home decor.
Motivated by the intention to bring “calm, joy and connection” life, Lynch sells her own popular line of candles in her store along with a curated selection of items that enhance everyday living: linens, dishware or glassware that might encourage someone to set a beautiful table — not just for the holidays, but on a weekday.
Acorn also carries kits from Farmsteady for easy bagel-making and from Elle Crée for exquisite paint-by-numbers. These kits allow busy people, who might be reluctant to take on more projects, to enjoy some mindful at-home activities. The store also sells kitchenware, furniture and textiles, including plenty of pillows.
All of the items for sale at Acorn align with Lynch’s belief that small mindful practices can yield greater satisfaction in life. “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” goes the saying that inspired her store’s name.
25171 CA-116, Monte Rio, 415-269-7770, acornshop.co
A longtime lover of handcrafted items, Alexis King opened Homespun Market in Rohnert Park last fall and recently opened a sister shop in Marin County. Her Rohnert Park shop carries products that were made in small batches, from homewares to novelties. Among the many locally-made items offered here are resin charcuterie boards from West Coast Vibez, propagation vases by Steve Keith, coasters by Wine Barrel Revival, and mini floral resin trays by Cositas Contreras.
And there are lots of candles. So many, in fact, that “you could spend a half hour finding your favorite,” says King. The store owner adds that she loves to offer a platform for people “who make cool things” and says she looks forward to the holiday season market. “The abundance of goods coming will be unimaginable!”
1460 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park; The Village at Corte Madera, 1806 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera, homespunmarket.shop
Penngrove’s beloved little housewares store has expanded to offer more good-for-your-home items, including furniture and books. Fresh from a renovation, the store now has lots of wall-to-wall shelving and two new lounge areas, including one for children. The store sells all things tabletop and carries lots of kitchen items, along with novelties and gifts. Toys and children’s clothing are available, too.
10101 Main St., Penngrove, 707-665-5759, hellopenngrove.com