If you’re like me, weather like this makes you want to just stay home. And comfort in your own home is paramount. A few high-end items can go a long way from transforming your just-out-of-college pad to a personal sanctuary.
Two independently owned stores in the Third Ward showcase a thoughtful mix of goods, both functional and decorative, that make great gifts for you or someone else.
Going on eight years in the Ward, The Home Market (222 E. Erie St.) owner Kate Kazlo offers full interior design services. She has curated a store to look like my dream home. It’s a little rustic mixed with shabby-chic, with lots of neutral colors and natural elements. A few picks that would make any home happy are:
Dash and Albert Rugs ($30 and up) – Warm up your floors in cotton, wool or jute with a rug in any color or pattern you can imagine. They also come in a variety of sizes.
Jill Rosenwald ceramic ($90-240) – Bold, bright chevron and striped serving pieces can be customized with initials or a special message. The glossy ceramic pieces are dishwasher safe.
Deer head ($80) – Made from woven twigs, these deer heads come in three different sizes and look great mounted on any wall.
For something a little more exotic, check out Embelezar (241 N. Broadway). Suzanne Rafenstein has been in Milwaukee for five years, but previously had the shop for another 12 in Chicago. She fills it with what she says, “Shit I like,” creating an interesting mix of global home goods. She favors small studios and artists, and selects useful pieces where she knows a lot of work and thought went into creating it.
Faux Fur throw ($154 and up) – Add warmth and texture to any sitting space with these (animal-friendly) faux-fur blankets. Besides being incredibly soft, I love the contrast they create on a wooden chair or a leather couch.
Areaware organic cotton pillows ($20-32) – In bright colors and a variety of animals and shapes, pick one or two of your favorites. Theses cute, cuddly pillows make a lot less mess than a real pet.
The Green Glass Co. recycled glassware ($11-17) – Made from recycled glass bottles, these frosted goblets and drinking glasses are perfect for the tree-hugger on your list. And they are made right here in Wisconsin.
Other details like nice hand soaps and richly fragrant candles (which both shops carry) make a home extra feel comfortable and luxurious, especially during the winter months. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to get them.
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