READY TO DECK THE HALLS OF YOUR PAD? This year, skip the big-box stores and support these local retailers instead. From Scandi-inspired mini birch trees to whimsical ornaments, along with haute Hanukkah décor, here are nine unique items that go way beyond the traditional and will make your home look classy and glam.
VINTAGE BARN CHICKS
Strung like garland, these glass ornaments — in a mix of neutrals, from cream to silver — cast a cozy glow in whatever room you put them. They work well on a fireplace mantel but could also dress up a bookshelf or floating shelves.
At Wisconsin’s largest gift shop selling Jewish items for the home, several menorahs are sold, including this one in antique silver for a sculptural twist on the traditional design.
For a wreath you can use year after year, and not have to waste mistletoe and evergreen. This Denmark-designed product (7 inches for the small, and 10 inches for the large) comes from a Fair Trade certified company that employs female artisans in Nepal.
CURATED HOME DECOR
Inject some Scandinavian-inspired minimalism into your holiday-scape with this set of three birch-cut trees emblazoned with folk designs. The set comes with a blue, blush and pink tree, expanding beyond the typical green-and-red tree sets.
Whether you swoon for buffalo check or another classic pattern (plaid), incorporating a few holiday-themed pillows into the living room is an easy update.
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM STORE
Depicting Milwaukee scenes, oil painter Shelby Keefe’s works are familiar to many — but not necessarily this unique ornament she’s designed. It’s adapted from her painting of the same name, putting the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion front and center in a shot from on the water.
A riff on the cocktail shrimp many Milwaukeeans enjoy on Christmas Eve, this glass ornament is so artful it need not be resigned to only the tree. You might consider adding one to a holiday platter, just for fun.
Perfect for both utilitarian and decorating reasons during Hanukkah, you can store your keys in these or stock with nuts or candies for when guests arrive.
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URBAN FARM GIRL WEST BEND
Skewing from metallics and jewel tones, the wispy, soft trees and all-white homes would easily dress up a sideboard or small table for the holidays — or maybe even under the tree.