10 Design and Decor Shops That Inspire Wine Country LivingAuthor:Annette Hanami
Whatever Wine Country means to you – romance, conviviality, sustainability, artisanal or simply fun and funky – these Wine Country design shops and boutiques bring the lifestyle home.
Elsie Green, The Barlow in Sebastopol
Elsie Green believes that “not making something new is the greenest thing of all.” Owner Laurie Cain aka LC uses her art history background and home design retailing experience to re-imagine vintage finds from around the world in the most modern minimalist way, prizing their beauty.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Barlow 6770 McKinley Street #140, Sebastopol
JAK W, Sonoma Plaza
JAK W was founded in 2009 in SF by Jenne and Adam Wicht as a design brokerage promoting authenticity of craft, sustainability and equality as core values, designing the interiors of many of the Bay’s next gen companies and then subsequently these clients’ personal habitats. Recently, the Wicht’s opened a shop in their home town of Sonoma which embraces the same “intentional interiors” as SF but with a lighter, airier country feel featuring locally-made craftsman goods. Open Mon -Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 -6 p.m. 539 1st Street West, Sonoma Plaza
Chateau Sonoma on the Square
For owner Sarah Anderson, Chateau Sonoma celebrates French joie de vivre with one-of-a-kind antique and vintage furniture, accessories, tabletop, rugs and linens scored during frequent trips to France.
With a shop at Cornerstone, Anderson returned to Sonoma Square last Fall with a second shop where they will hold their famous French Flea Market on May 23 and 24, and in the Fall on September 19 and 20. The Sonoma Square boutique will focus more on the Sonoma lifestyle with an emphasis on entertaining, locally made pantry items, apothocary/self-care, gardening and French antiques that invite gathering and conviviality. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 453 First Street West, Sonoma
BOHO Bungalow, Occidental
Just a few miles west of Sebastopol along the famous Bohemian Highway is the 19th century logging and railroad town of Occidental, a small town dotted with artisan shops.
Owner Faith Parker puts the bohemian in Boho Bungalow with one-of-a-kind selections of home décor and gift items. Just down the road is the town of Freestone, where you can get your food and wine fix at Freestone Artisan Cheese, Wildflour Bakery and Joseph Phelps’ Freestone Winery. The original BOHO Bungalow is located at 692 Bohemian Highway with additional locations at 125 N Main St Sebastopol and the newest on Kentucky St. in Petaluma.
Lime Stone, Healdsburg Plaza
Wine Country gourmands will appreciate Michelin star chef Charlie and Lisa Palmer’s jewel box of a store Lime Stone in the Hotel Healdsburg on the plaza which focuses on “around the table”, with casual but elevated Wine Country dining furniture and tabletop such as high-end linens, placemats, china, stemware and flatware featured in Palmer’s restaurants, but not always available to the public. The selections also include luxurious accessories, found objects and culinary inspired items such as porcelain pear vases and coffee bean and chickpea spheres. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 315 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
Farmhouse Mercantile, Boonville
In Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, The Farmhouse Mercantile is a charming mix of the authenticity of this “back-to-the-land” town, the utility of a general store and farmstead ambiance the owners of Philo Apple Farm are known for. Located in the historic Farrer Building, the store stocks a changing mix of unique treasures for the home, body and garden as well as their own delicious edibles from the farm.
Owner Karen Bates says the shop just completed a re-fresh for the new year. If you need a place to stay while exploring Anderson Valley aromatic white wines and Pinot Noirs, immerse in the farm life at their cottages. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 14111 Hwy 123, Boonville
The Pass Door, Sonoma Plaza
Modern and iconic define The Passdoor that showcases both home décor and contemporary art with enduring appeal. Having grown up in the furniture business, owner Edwards focuses on high quality, original pieces that will become “tomorrow’s heirlooms.” Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 452 First Street East Suite A, Sonoma
JaM JAr, Healdsburg
JaM JAr owners Jaime Jean Wilson and Molly Hills Perez recently added a new Healdsburg location which features artwork by Perez, rustica by wood and metal reclaimer artist Ray Degischer of Country Industrial and locally made jewelry and home décor crafts and vintage finds. Their original Wine Country shop is in the Guerneville Bank Club in Russian River. 126 North St., Healdsburg
Gallery Lulo, Healdsburg
Gallery Lulo is a contemporary, multi-media gallery featuring jewelry, fine art, design and sculpture by artists whose exploration of form, material and technique is showcased in a clean, minimal and light-filled space. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri-Sun til 6 p.m. 303 Center Street, Healdsburg.
A design compound that is a wine country destination itself, RH Yountville is comprised of two boutique design galleries, a two-story wine tasting vault in an historic stone building and a lavish indoor-outdoor restaurant, all inspiring statement-making interior and landscape design.
The seamless integration of food, wine and design reflects local Marin-based Restoration Hardware and Napa Valley architect James Gillam’s decades-long immersion in the Wine Country lifestyle. Open daily. 6725 Washington Street, Yountvillle
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