Shopping at a great home furnishing store can make it so much easier to add a finishing touch or new touch to your space. Sonoma County has a number of excellent stores for those looking for interior design inspiration, and several newcomers have settled here in the past year. Some local favorites have also recently expanded their offerings.
Here are four stores to visit on your next trip to bring fresh Sonoma style to your home. From new and vintage housewares to homemade novelties, there’s plenty to explore.
This new arrival to downtown Healdsburg will be 1 year old in August. It’s a “modern merchant with beautiful but useful finds,” says co-owner Karen Reul.
The curated items for sale here are an artful mix of old-fashioned and new, artful and modern. Brass, vintage silver candle holder and botanical prints contrast with the store’s modern linens and earthy ceramics and hand-woven gourd baskets from Zimbabwe. Maple breadboards and modern cast-iron skillets — made to replicate 19th-century predecessors — can do kitchen chores, but also double as wall art.
Reul likes to carry products that tell a story, such as Farmhouse jugs by Windsor ceramist Chris Landwehr and woven Treko textiles by Sonoma designer Catalina Marin, who works with artisans in Chile, where she grew up. Unique desk mounts are also available in the shop to showcase branches and blooms created by Sonoma-based Artifact Design and Salvage along with home decor finds Sonoma Bee Company, San Francisco-based Austin Press and sample 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 further to bring a wellness-centric home store, Acorn, to Duncans Mills. Imagine mindfulness meets home decor.
Motivated by the intention of bringing life to “calm, joy and connection”, Lynch sells her own popular line of candles in her shop along with a curated selection of items that enrich everyday life: bedding, tableware or glassware that makes someone stand up could animate beautiful table – not only for the holidays, but also on a weekday.
Acorn also stocks Farmsteady kits for easy bagel and bag making Elle Crée for exquisite paint-by-numbers. These kits enable busy people who may be hesitant to take on more projects to do some mindful activities at home. The store also sells Dishes, furniture and textiles, including many pillows.
All of the items for sale at Acorn align with Lynch’s belief that small mindful practices can lead to greater satisfaction in life. “From small acorns grow mighty oaks” is the saying that inspired the name of her shop.
25171 CA-116, Monte Rio, 415-269-7770, acornshop.co
Alexis King, a longtime lover of handmade items, opened Homespun Market in Rohnert Park last fall and recently opened a sister store in Marin County. Her shop in Rohnert Park stocks products made in small batches, from housewares to novelty items. Among the many locally made items on offer here are resin sausage boards from West Coast Vibez, propagation vases from Steve Keith, Coasters from Wine Barrel Revival and Resin Floral Mini Trays from Cositas Contreras.
And there are many candles. So many, in fact, that “you could spend half an hour trying to find your favorite,” says King. The shop owner adds that she loves giving a platform to people “who make cool things” and is looking forward to the Christmas market. “The abundance of goods to come will be unimaginable!”
1460 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park; The village near Corte madera1806 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera, homepunmarket.shop
Penngrove’s popular little homewares store has expanded to include more charitable items including furniture and books. Fresh from a refurbishment, the store now has lots of wall-to-wall shelving and two new lounge areas, including one for kids. The shop sells everything that is on the table and stocks many kitchen items, as well as novelties and gifts. Toys and children’s clothing are also available.
10101 Main Street, Penngrove, 707-665-5759, hellopenngrove.com