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From lighting to linens and everything in between, we walk you through some of the best one-stop shops in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. These stores are the best at what they do, and they’re here to help. Whether you need a new lamp, Italian ceramics, custom furniture, or a new rug, they’ve got you covered. Answer even the toughest decor questions with the help of friendly staff ready to guide you through every step of your home decorating project. Whether you’re on the hunt for something specific or you’re ready to try anything to update your space, let our pages inspire you.


Mary Davis Vintage Lighting

Lighting is the jewelry of the home, and Mary Davis Vintage Lighting offers a mix of old and new. Owner Mary Davis restores vintage lighting and offers repairs and custom work. Davis specializes in lights from the late-1800s to the 1940s. The La Conner shop, located in the town’s old firehouse, designs their lights to work with modern electrical hardware while recalling the charm of an earlier era. “I think it really becomes art in the modern environment,” Davis says. The shop is packed with beautiful hanging lights in a gorgeously lit atmosphere. Each light is unique. One hanging light is made with a late 1800s Victrola horn painted with white and pink flowers. Davis encourages people to come by in person and see for themselves.

Owner’s Favorite
Though Davis’s one-of-a-kind items make it hard to pick a favorite, she’s fond of her two turn-of-the-century dental lamps, which helped dentists get an up-close view of patients back in the day. One lamp, made with wheels and a buckshot-filled ball for counterbalance, exemplifies Davis’s homemade modern take.

402 Morris St., La Conner
360.466.3495, marydavisvintagelighting.com

Griffith Furniture

Griffith Furniture is a local family-owned favorite that’s been in Bellingham for over 80 years. Griffith prides itself on great furniture and customer service, offering everything from tables, chairs, couches, and recliners to bedroom furniture, coffee tables, mattresses, and more. Some of their furniture is locally made, and they offer delivery to Whatcom, Skagit, King, and Island Counties. The Griffith family has been in Whatcom for over 120 years; John and Sondra Griffith are fourth-generation owners. “We’re not commission, we’re not pushy,” John Griffith says. “It’s a really laid-back environment. It makes us different than a lot of our big-box competition in Whatcom County.”

2501 Meridian St., Bellingham
360.734.3730, griffithfurniturestore.com

Samuel’s Furniture

Samuel’s Furniture in Ferndale is one of the largest furniture stores in Northwest Washington. Serving Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish County, Samuel’s provides an enormous variety of furniture while keeping community in mind. They also offer interior design, with experts available to help you furnish an entire room. Their no-stress, friendly service helps you navigate their large variety of options. Bob Dodge, Samuel’s general manager, likes to help customers feel comfortable. “We offer them a coffee or a soda and give them a little bit of time to take [everything] in,” he says. As a local business, Samuel’s is also dedicated to making a difference in both the community and the planet, supporting nonprofits, locally owned businesses, and stocking natural, sustainable products.

1904 Main St., Ferndale
360.384.3388, samuelsfurniture.com

Tracy’s Furniture

For over 30 years, Tracy’s Furniture has provided quality furnishings to people in Anacortes and beyond. With a huge, constantly changing furniture gallery and friendly, knowledgeable staff, it’s easy to furnish or update your home with functional conversation-starters. “We try to focus on quality merchandise at a good price,” says owner Bob Tracy. Shop furniture by room: living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, and more. The store also carries mattresses, linens, hanging art, ceramics, and other decorative pieces. The professional sales and design teams are there to help you find the best new furniture for your home. You can even browse customized furniture and a Furniture 101 guide on their website.

Owner’s Favorite
Tracy loves 45th Street Bedding, a Seattle-based natural bedding line that uses botanical latex. They also carry bamboo furniture and linens, green products that looks and feels great in the home.

1920 Commercial Ave., Anacortes,
360.293.8444, tracysfurniture.com

Sempre Italiano

Sempre Italiano, meaning “always Italian,” brings a little bit of Italy to La Conner. Sempre Italiano provides authentic, hand- selected ceramics from Italy. Owners Laura and Raffaele Chiusano travel to Italy at least once a year and bring back pieces from artisans in Tuscany, Venice, Sicily, and elsewhere. While the store primarily features dinnerware, vases, and ornamental items, you can also find Murano glass from Venice, vibrant tablecloths from France, and Swarovski crystal jewelry handcrafted in the Isle of Capri. “It’s a passion for me,” Laura Chiusano says. “I started sourcing with the intention of finding something unique that wasn’t here in the States otherwise. There’s some really small family artists in Italy, some of them have been doing the work for generations. You get to know the families, know their history.”

Owner’s Favorite
While the pieces they bring home are too unique to recommend just one, Chiusano loves their Florentine and Orvieto-based ceramics. The Florentine ceramics have warm harvest colors with inimitable takes on shape and form.

104 1st St., La Conner
360.466.1013, sempreitaliano.com

Re-Feather Your Nest

Re-Feather Your Nest is a decor shop with a revolving inventory of new and consigned home furnishings, garden accessories, and more. Situated next to Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery and just behind the Skagit River, Re-Feather Your Nest keeps a varied collection of old and new items. They might recommend pairing a turn-of-the century bookcase with modern lamps and contemporary art. It’s a varied, eclectic mix of consigned goods. They also focus on green living, offering the option to sell or recycle your items, giving your gently used furniture a second life.

121 Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon
360.755.3126, refeatheryournest.com

Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams is a locally owned greeting card and gift store connected to Bellingham’s independent bookstore, Village Books. Many items come from local artists, with selections changing weekly. Beyond cards, Paper Dreams also sells gifts, clothing, and fun home decor items. Co-owner Kelly Evert was an interior designer and is passionate about making things beautiful. When looking for new things to stock, she tries to put herself in the mindset of a customer, considering what they would want to give as a gift or what would be special for them. “I work really hard to find unique things,” she says.

1206 11th St., Bellingham
360.676.8676, paperdreamsfairhaven.com

Gatherings by Grandiflora

Grandiflora is a family-owned event space and pop-up shop run by sisters Trisha Brink and LaVon Vander Werff. After 18 years, they took a step back from their award-winning retail space, turning their business into a combined event space and pop-up shop. They offer a wide selection of affordable home and seasonal decor, faux greens and florals, jewelry, accessories, and other gift items. “It’s a quintessential place to come and get a gift for your friend, sister, or mother,” Brink says. Grandiflora hosts six to eight pop-up shops a year, selling items suitable for any home. Their historic building in Lynden is also available for small weddings, celebrations, business retreats, and more. Pop-up customers can check Grandiflora’s schedule on the store’s Instagram profile or Facebook page.

Owner’s Favorite
Grandiflora’s faux greens are perfect for house plant enthusiasts, even if your green thumb is a little off-color. “Even we have a hard time keeping certain plants alive in specific areas of our home,” Trisha says. Their selection of faux fig trees, tropical plants, and succulents are perfect for that place in your home where plants struggle to thrive.

Pop-Up Schedule

Closed in the summer for event rental space opportunities.

September
19th–21st, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

October
17th–19th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

November
Christmas Open House
7th–9th

Anniversary Sale
14th–16th,
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

December
Christmas Gift Shopping Extravaganza
5th–7th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

719 Grover St., Lynden
360.318.8854, grandiflorahomeandgarden.com

Surroundings Home, Gifts & Garden

Surroundings is a small, charming gift shop located in the Lynden Fairway Shopping Center with rustic, colorful decor and gifts perfect for decorating your home. The shop carries home accents, yard art, wall art, signs, candles, kitchenware, jewelry, and cards. Many of Surroundings’ art pieces are from local artists, making it easy to find a unique, affordable gift or something to brighten your home. Owner Christa Warren, a former interior designer and teacher, is a wonderful person to chat with. She also offers beautiful, complementary gift-wrapping with each gift purchase, making her a local customer favorite.

1758 Front St., Lynden
360.354.3101, surroundingslynden.com

Fairhaven Rug Gallery

Fairhaven Rug Gallery is one of those special places deserving of the name “gallery.” Nestled on Fairhaven’s Harris Avenue, Fairhaven Rug Gallery is a striking shop packed with intricately designed Persian rugs. Rugs cover the walls and floor of the enormous shop. Owner Arshia Fathali imports the soft, hand-woven rugs from his home country of Iran. Fathali hand-picks his rugs from all over Iran, making every rug special. The rugs, from small mat-sized pieces to room coverers, are pieces of art in and of themselves, often taking months to make. Bring one home for a guaranteed conversation-starter.

901 Harris Ave., Bellingham
360.756.1616, fairhavenrugs.com

Greenhouse

Greenhouse is a family-owned home and life store conveniently located in downtown Bellingham. The store has a warm and friendly vibe and offers a wide selection of fun, functional, and quirky items. You can find everything from brightly colored furniture to whimsical dishware. Considered a Bellingham treasure, Greenhouse has great taste and a knowledgeable staff. “We bring your home to life with creative, colorful, and modern ways to brighten up every room,” owner Breanne Green says. Once you’ve got your furniture, start decorating with eye-catching items like an adorable cat-shaped planter, a pug-dog-patterned holding tray, a cactus-shaped lamp, unicorn pottery, and more.

Owner’s Favorite
Green recommends the seaside casual Adirondack chair, also found on their website. The perfect deck chair, backed with a 20-year warranty, is Pacific Northwest-weather friendly and made of 99% recycled material. “Beyond being the most comfortable sit you can imagine, it truly fits any shape or size,” Green says. “No scratching, no fading, and the ability to withstand any weather? This is such a winner.”

1235 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham
360.676.1161, greenhousehome.com

Current and Furbish

Current and Furbish is a unique spot in Fairhaven. Owners Cameron Vail and Scott Ward select furniture and home items that reflect contemporary aesthetics (current) or give older pieces new life (furbish). The store showcases local art, decor from around the world, and refurbished furniture and accessories. “I try to find things that you don’t see everywhere,” Vail says. “You never know what you’re going to find when you come in here. And because we do paint the furniture and reupholster if need be, they’re individual and unique pieces. They’re one-of-a-kind by the time we get done with them.” Ward, Vail’s husband, is an artist and executive director of the Historic Fairhaven Association and has much of his work up for sale in the shop.

Owner’s Favorite
Vail likes their Austrian throws and Chilewich floor mats. “The throws are beautiful and soft, and the floor mats, which can be used indoors or out, last forever,” Vail says.

1115 Harris Ave., Bellingham
360.733.3224, currentandfurbish.com

Perry and Carlson

Perry and Carlson is a combined gallery and retail shop in downtown Mount Vernon owned by local artists Trina Perry Carlson and Christian Carlson. Perry is also a retail designer; Carlson is an architect. The shop and gallery boast amazing paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces from Pacific Northwest artists. The gallery also highlights artists from the U.S. and abroad, as well as Perry and Carlson’s own work. Perry creates thought-provoking mixed media pieces incorporating weaving and found objects, and Carlson paints muted, wintry landscapes. Besides being a beautiful gallery space, the retail shop also sells a selection of local and international goods including books, gifts, and furniture.

504 S 1st St., Mount Vernon
360.899.5032, perryandcarlson.com

Chuckanut Lighting

Need some bright ideas? As the name implies, Chuckanut Lighting glows with a variety of lighting options for your home. Set the tone with elegant hanging pendant lights, outdoor deck lights, dimmers with complete control over brightness and mood, energy-efficient LEDs, and more. You can also find furniture and decor items to finish off a room, such as cocktail tables, dining chairs, rugs, mirrors, and artwork. Located just off the highway in Burlington, visit in-person or shop online by style, type, or brand. The website also boasts a virtual showroom.

938 Fountain St., Burlington
888.757.2195, chuckanutlighting.com

Wisers Furniture

Wisers Furniture offers great furniture at fair prices. Owners Margie and Jerry Struiksma have over 60 years of combined experience in the furniture business and take pride in providing family friendliness and quality furniture. Margie especially believes in going above and beyond in service and value. Since 2007, Wisers has serviced Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King County, and Canada. They offer both new and used furniture, from fully warranted lines from big manufacturers to discontinued scratch-and-dent furniture discounted up to 75%. From living room, bedroom, dining room, home entertainment, home accent, office furniture, and mattresses, you can find something for any part of your home at Wisers.

168 Birch Bay Lynden Rd., Lynden
360.778.3870, wisersfurniture.com

Rustic Cottage Home and Garden Decor

Melissa Van Datta is a life-long crafter. Her home decor and furniture shop, Rustic Cottage, sells repaired and repurposed furniture as well as handmade jewelry, signs, and consignment items. Van Datta takes neglected antique furniture and repurposes them into modern pieces. Almost everything is uniquely from her own work and inventory. Bring your furniture in, and she can restore or update it. “We like to blend antiques with what’s current today,” Van Datta says. “All the furniture is hand-painted by me. I didn’t intend this to happen, but it’s really turned into a lot of custom work.” Her workshop space behind the main shop makes it easy to chat with her. While you’re there, you can also meet Trixie, her pet spider monkey.

310 Front St., Lynden
360.392.8101, lyndenrusticcottage.com

A Lot of Flowers

Set in a beautiful conservatory-style location, A Lot of Flowers has provided plants, floral arrangements, and home and garden decor for over 35 years. Offering a unique variety of perennials and annuals, their succulents and small flower arrangements are popular as well. “We try to get as many locally made things as we can,” manager Kelly Swordmaker says. They also focus on fair-trade items, such as their Haitian plaques and chimes from India. “We want to have something that you can give to your friend that’s beautiful that hopefully they can keep alive,” Swordmaker says with a smile.

Owner’s Favorite
Swordmaker recommends the Pooley vases, a collection of little pots connected together. They come in a variety of colors and look great on their own or full of tiny flowers. 

1011 Harris Ave., Bellingham
360.647.0728, alotofflowersfairhaven.com

The Garden Room

The Garden Room in historic Fairhaven is a great place for elegant home and garden decor, dishware, plants, accessories, and more. Established in 1987, owner and landscape designer Susann Schwiesow originally opened the shop for English and Japanese gardening tools, but later expanded into soaps, jewelry, and home decor. She tries to stock items not easily found in Bellingham, from French dishware to exotic plants. “It’s become an eclectic mix of things that seem appealing,” Schwiesow says. Some of their best home decor options are the Simon Pearce glassware, featuring hand-blown glass, and French line Astier de Villatte: dishware made with black clay and white glaze.

Owner’s Favorite
Swordmaker recommends the Pooley vases, a collection of little pots connected together. They come in a variety of colors and look great on their own or full of tiny flowers. 

1006 Harris Ave., Bellingham
360.734.9949, gardenroomfairhaven.com

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