I spent last week in Maine, visiting family and taking in a bit of that classic New England Americana, which goes on high over the 4th of July. The state is full of gorgeous homes up and down the coast and the city of Portland is totally idyllic. It has a working waterfront harbor, cobblestone streets, and an ever-increasing amount of incredible restaurants and shops, including the Sea Bags studio where they make all those popular bags out of recycled sails. On Commercial Street I wandered into store called k colette, which I have to say is one of the most incredible home stores I've ever seen. The space alone is visually stunning with branches, brick, exposed beams, sinks, and cool lighting. Vignettes in the window are full of Roberta Roller Rabbit and John Robshaw linens. Nearby French nightgowns mingled with Italian linens and a farm table sported John Derian and silver baby spoons. The focus is on artisans around the world and there were familiar and new lines throughout including a stack of our very own Faribault Woolen Mill blankets with a sign all about the Minnesota mill.
Such signs hang neatly around most displays and offer a little education on where the goods are made—they also had me second guessing all the big box shopping I do. I love the idea of a go-to shop where price points range from the $25 gift (platters, baby, hand towel, etc) to splurge pieces, be it new bedding or a painting by a local artist. And everything is something you can feel good about buying. I'm hopeful this place becomes an anchor in the Portland scene and a sign that we'll see more of these local, artisan, design– and display-driven independent shops popping up here and afar.