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Monday, October 31, 2011

Out & About: Milwaukee - The Home Market

My family and I spent a couple of days last week exploring the other great city on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee! For most of my life, I have lived about 1 1/2 hours from Milwaukee. Growing up and living in the Chicago area, we made only an occasional visit there. One of my best college girlfriends grew up there, so I did spend some time back in the day, getting the lay of the land in the "Cream City." I have lived in Madison now for 5 years and have just begun to explore this flourishing city of nearly 600,000 inhabitants.  Once known for it's industrial strength and beer brewing prowess, things have changed in recent years.

Like I do whenever I am visiting someplace new or that I have not been to in a while, I did my homework.  I have found the the City Guides published on Design Sponge to be incredibly helpful.  The article on Milwaukee did not disappoint and provided quite a few worthy stops.  The Home Market in the city's burgeoning Third Ward was one of those.  So I dragged my family along to check it out...

What a delightful shop!  My husband felt it immediately, The Home Market was fully aligned with my personal style, filled with products that exude high style and sophistication, but are approachable and fun.  

Products like Dash & Albert rugs,

stunning and unique lighting,
framed Hugo Guinness Prints,

textiles from Japan,
John Robshaw and Bella Notte linens,

 simple, yet lovely furniture, art work, accessories and many customizable items, I could go on and on!
all photos above via The Home Market 

The Home Market also offers design services...

The shop's delightful proprietor, Kate Barrette is a Wisconsin native, University of Wisconsin-Madison grad and former Director of National Retail Sales for Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic.  Her design sensibility and the store are an amalgamation of these experiences and her personality.
 2 photos by Jack Orton for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I enjoyed meeting and chatting with Kate and look forward to visiting her wonderful store, The Home Market again, unencumbered by 3 teenagers and an only slightly interested husband!  If you happen to be in Milwaukee, be sure to check it out at 222 E. Erie Street in the city's Third Ward neighborhood, I highly recommend it.

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Holly said...

This looks like my kind of place! I wish we had something similar close to me - now i'm going to be on the hunt. I recently saw a Milwaukee feature on Oh Joy! as well - they had some really cool spots highlighted (this shop may have been one of them).

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

What a great store! My sister who lives in NYC was in Milwaukee last summer and loved it. Who knew?!?!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Looks like a great little shop. How fun that you had a chance to explore and even to meet the owner! Did anything go home with you?

A Vintage Vine said...

WOW, love that store! My sister in law lives in Cedarburg...It too has some great stores! Thanks for sharing!

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