My home décor style sways between modern and funky to vintage and rustic. Having eclectic taste can make it hard to shop in the standard Crate and Barrel stores of the world (hello, overly expensive while also lacking distinctive products). And on the flip side, the mom and pop shops often don’t have the depth and quality of product I crave. So I was pleasantly surprised last weekend when I found a St. Paul staple for distinctive artisan gifts and furniture.
Artful Belongings, located just off of the hustle and bustle of Grand Ave., does a fantastic job of meshing handmade items with vintage home décor. The store is small and the owners create an intimate and personal atmosphere for shopping. Highly recommended if you are looking for funky items you won’t find in your best friend’s apartment! Some items I loved: Retro-printed posters (think Great Gatsby) and fun, bold color prints by artist Bonnie Taylor Talbott with titles like ‘Paris Calls Her” (they have a quite a large selection), vintage collectible glass bottles by James Dietrich, Kinzig lamps and cool kitchen accessories.
Beyond personal home decorating, Artful Belongings will also be one of my new frequent stops for house-warming and gift-giving finds. They have a healthy selection of vino-friendly accessories from bottle toppers to silver cheese labels in Brie, Camenbert, and Jarlesburg. Plus their gift registry takes the pain and pondering out of gifting for friends that can be difficult.
I love shopping local and giving back to small business owners who are daily giving it their all to provide a product and service that their customers will appreciate. Artful Belongs is certainly one of those locations and tops for distinctive items at great value.
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