my favorite shops

This last weekend I really wanted to go to the Remnants of the Past vintage show in San Luis Obispo, but since I’ll be dog sitting there in just a week and a half, I couldn’t see doing the four and a half hour drive twice. Luckily they will be back November 9th and 10th – I can hardly wait.

I was happy, then, that my favorite furniture store, Sonoma Country Antiques, was having a container opening event this weekend. I tell you, when that postcard invitation arrives in the mail, I practically jump in my car.

Most of the furniture and large accessories in my cottage are from this delightful shop. The staff treats us like family. Everything in the shop is unique, hand selected in Europe by the talented buyer. We’ve walked out with everything from a fresh scented candle to a chippy painted wooden beach locker. Every visit promises a surprise!

poppies beside the front door.


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Welcomed by such a pretty entry table.

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There are always fresh flowers throughout the store…

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…and in the outdoor/garden section of the shop.

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I brought this little wooden chair home with me. The happy green was a must-have.

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It is nearly impossible to stop yourself from taking a left out of Sonoma Country’s parking lot and driving one minute up the road to all that is CornerStone Sonoma. Conveniently located at the Southern Gateway to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Cornerstone Sonoma is an eclectic collection of art galleries, shops, wineries and a gourmet café & market set amidst nine acres of garden installations created by the world’s leading landscape architects. You could easily spend hours here, but my “must stop” is Artefact Design & Salvage, one of the most eclectic stores I’ve ever experienced.

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The scale of the indoor and outdoor items is not to be missed.

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something for everyone…


And if you’re very, very lucky, you’ll meet the shop’s mascot, Axel!

As if this day wasn’t perfect enough, I decided to stop at two more favorites on the way home. Whenever I go to this next shop, my heart beats a little faster as I get out of the car. Beach House Style is “home” to me. I love everything about this place…everything! Just take a look…

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Am I right??!!!!??

I hope to set my pillows out at their next flea market, but they are so stocked with wonderful things right now there’s no room to have one for a while!

Our last stop is for those of you who love everything South of France. Coquelicot in downtown Larkspur specializes in French tablecloths and unusual vintage items collected throughout Provence. Don’t even get me started when I tell you that they have an outdoor flea market once a year, the Friday and Saturday after Mother’s Day, and I was out of town during the last one. I still haven’t gotten over it.

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Coquelicot is “poppies” in French!

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If the poppies above didn’t get my attention, this welcoming front door did!

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I hope you enjoyed coming along on this shopping trip. Which shop would you most like to visit?

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