Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Deck the Halls with.....FRINGE!

Front Window Display at Fringe

One of the most festive and inspiring things about the Holidays for me is to see the magic that small shop owners create in their windows and throughout their stores. I get my decor "fix" window shopping and gathering ideas for my own home. I also fill in the blanks on my list for Santa (aka my husband!).

One of my favorite haunts is so close to my house that I pass it almost every day. Fringe is a sort of curiosity shop with a little something for everyone. Owner and local imagineer, Audry Wells delights in vintage (and new!) clothing and shoes, antiques and one-of-a-kind furniture, interesting gifts and accessories, unique jewelry and vintage art. Oh...and let's not forget the Cowboy boots!

I was charmed by the front window display last weekend and stopped in to say hello. I found not only the Holiday Spirit I was hoping for , but quite a few things that will making their way to my house. These topiaries were sweet, and the decanters, pretty and well priced. The whole vignette with it's pine cone mantle, vintage pillows, and cut crystal on the twig tray fired up my imagination.

There was a pair of mercury glass lamps that I am mad for that would make an impact in any interior. Um...they may not be there for too much longer. I'm just sayin'. The combination of elements in this display, the crowns and tangerines, the black and white photo of the tree, and the lamps was perfection.

Cowboy boots galore my friends. They buy, sell and trade for all you boot stomping aficionados. (And don't they make a great image all together like that?)

Just so you don't think that Fringe is all about the ghosts of Christmas past, Audrey throws a little 150 into our Christmas punch with this hot fuchsia vanity by Sacramento artist Catherine Greenup. Audrey says this piece draws in as many men as women....they are fascinated by the quality of the Hot Rod paint job!

Another piece by Catherine Greenup is the Faux Deer head Trophy made from natural plant materials like pine cone, elk horn fern and seeds. A stylish alternative to be sure.

All of the festive plants and topiaries in the shop are provided by Tom Kurth of "Rooting Around". He hunts down specialty plants and brings them to all of us. (For more info on Tom, inquire at Fringe).

Audrey has access to industrial and mid century furniture like this stainless dresser. All of the crowns and crosses with the aubergine silk on the chair....scrumptious!

Fringe has a wonderful collection of candles all over the store. I just picked up a Mandarin Orange and Meyer Lemon scented candle...Mmmm! The rectangle shaped boxwood wreath is also from Tom Kurth. (A little bird told me plants will go on sale a little closer to Christmas....ssshhh!)

I loved this vignette in the front window with the contrast of the ornate gilt table and the mid century white leather chair (one of a pair). The Moroccan tea glasses almost came home with me right then and there, but "Santa" says I should wait.

Fringe has a little something for everyone. Vintage French all the way to 60's Psychedelic, Art glass, industrial metal furniture, Art Deco Decor, and glittering Green Deer Heads (another Catherine Greenup piece). Owner, Audrey describes her shop as "Indie Anthropologie" in style and approach.

More of Tom's beautiful Holiday foliage next to an elephant garden stool. You can see here the shop is full of little surprises.

I have always loved the idea of a large farm table filled with cloches covering Holiday treats. This one seems all ready for a party to start.

Vintage and new glassware next to these pretty mercury glass candle holders.....just a few more things to add to my list. (Santa are you reading this?)

New and vintage hats and jewelry can be found throughout the shop. I loved the pink beaded folk art cross.

Such pretty things! Shoes, fine vintage clothing...I could spend a lot more time here...and will before this season is through I'm sure. I mean, I have two teenage daughters.

These shoes were so beautiful, I had to take another look. And the velvet pumpkins bridge the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays don't they?

I had to show you these necklaces by designer Tamara Berg. She collects vintage fobs from all over the globe to make into these one-of-a-kind necklaces. I particularly liked the Eiffel Tower necklace which opens up to reveal miniature postcard replicas showing architectural monuments. Santa....pay attention now.

So here is the scoop on


Location at: 2409 21st St., Sacramento,CA 95818-2409
Phone: (916) 832-4466

The website is a work in progress, but you can find out much more about Fringe and the services they offer HERE.

And you can reach owner Audrey Wells here: audrey@fringe21.com. She invites any and all inquiries.

Happy Shopping!!


Annie said...

Oh my goodness - such eye candy! I so wish we had stores like that in podunk Illinois! The mercury glass lamps, and crowns, and oh the folk art cross - so many great finds! I think I'd spend hours in there...FYI I NEED the stainless steel dresser - too cool! Thanks for sharing!


Love that steel chest of drawers! Does Fringe ship?

Thanks for sharing.


La Petite Gallery said...

Such interesting things,
the boot's got me..

Nice to find fringe. I used to have an awful time finding
the 6-8 inch silk.

Thanks for a wonderful pause
tonight. Good show.

white flower design said...

What a fun & fabulous shop. The photos are certainly inspiring for the holidays. Gorgeous! All the best, Lori

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

What a great store. Your pictures are so beautiful. Thank you so much.

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Yay! Audrey is a friend of mine and the store looks fab! Great to get in the holiday spirit.

Can't wait to make it up there soon. Thanks for the post. Lynn

mary said...

This is an amazing shop. Audrey has an incredible "eye" and her mix is amazing. Michael Smith bought a stainless steel chest almost identical to the photo for the Obama White House!! All of the greenery and trees add so much. Thanks for the post, as it has opened my horizons.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Let's see- I think that I might need to come to Sacramento VERY SOON!

Paula Grace Designs said...

Love the fucshia vanity and the vintage glass. What a great store!

Christchurch Jobs said...

OMG! I love the pure leather cowboy vintage boots. It’s beautiful. I’m going to get a pair for myself this Christmas.

Melbourne jobs said...

I’ve seen a lot of interesting items on these photos. Thanks now I won’t have to search for the right boutique to shop.

hello gorgeous said...

What a fab place! With deerheads galore... Love all the mercury glass. I can hardly wait to see how it all looks in your house.

Elizabeth Cohen said...

If that shop was near me, I would be broke. Love it. Love your blog, and all of the fine eye candy you provide.


Elizabeth Cohen

Karena said...

Wow, a place you could spend hours perusing. The cowboy boots are a kick! I wish I was closer, Katie. We have snow here in KC today.

Valerie Wills Interiors said...

Looks like a great store.... very interesting.

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

Gorgeous_ a place to spend time and money! I think the cowboy boots photo is fabulous and framable and I love the velvet pumpkins.

Kim Hambric said...

I live in a shopping WASTELAND. It was such a joy to feast my eyes on these gorgeous photos. Thanks so much for sharing them.

Velvet pumpkins! I hope I dream about them tonight.

Hill Country House Girl said...

Katie - this place is fabulous! I love all your photos and got such vicarious pleasure shopping with you. Wonderful inspiration!! Thanks and happy holidays!

Hill Country House Girl said...

Katie - thank you so much for sharing this place - it is fabulous! I got such vicarious pleasure shopping with you. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Mélanie said...

Love every corner of this shop !! the pair of mercury lamps is lovely. I have the same set of little forentine coffee tables !!
I wish I could fly to Sacramento to see it !!

Marie said...

I can see why that fuchsia vanity stops people in their tracks, it's gorgeous!

Debra said...

Is this store across from the antique market?