Photos by Hillary Ehlen
Locally Trending is a monthly feature that highlights Fargo trends with the high quality home products available at locally owned stores in the FM area. Traditionally, the hearth of the home was a place where loved ones gathered together for warmth, conversation and food cooked over the fire. Today, we still hold the hearth close to our hearts, especially during this time of year when we are met with a chill in the air. This month, my selections were inspired around the hearth, togetherness and all things cozy. These pieces can be found at a handful of my favorite local shops: O’Day Cache, Cozy Timber Co. and Eco Chic Home. While sitting next to the hearth at Eco Chic Home, which is reminiscent of the fireplace I had growing up where my family would spend most of our time during the colder months, I remembered oversized pillows, cozy blankets, the old wicker basket in the corner that was full of kindling and hangings on the wooden wall that was salvaged from my Grandparents’ old house. The following selections were deeply influenced by cherished, childhood memories of mine, and I hope they help you and your loved ones make memories too.
Kayla Cote van Rensburg is originally from Willow City, N.D., and has made her home in Fargo with her husband, Piet van Rensburg. In 2017, the two founded the local lifestyle Brand, Dak & Co.
Blankets, pillows and throws with a chunky sweater feel are great to keep you warm and cozy this season. These down throw pillows from Eco Chic Home are heavy and warm, perfect for getting cozy around a fire.
This cozy throw, also Eco Chic Home, is neutral and pairs well with any setting.
Use throws to change up the color of your space. Drape a light colored one the back of a sofa to lighten up your space. Or get boldly colored ones to add a pop of drama, or to fit with seasonal decor.
These Cozy Timber Co. handmade signs are sure to create a warm ambiance in your home this fall.
Many of their pieces are double sided, one side being festive for holiday season, and the other for year-round decor. Get a double use out of one sign by simply flipping it around depending on the time of year.
This “Nesting” bowl from O’Day Cache truly is just that. The bird-nest motive created with a ceramic lace reminds us that our home is our nest. This contemporary design adds a touch of welcoming elegance to any space.
These bowls are neutral so you can add a splash of color for any season. Create a contemporary cornucopia by filling these large bowls with your favorite fall gourds, pumpkins and other vegetables.
Vintage Wine Bottle:
This Indian Wine Bottle from O’Day Cache is a great conversation starter with his historic story. The 100 year old wine bottle was used on old ships. The woven casing adds texture and intrigue.
Sprinkling in unique pieces like this one create character. I enjoy buying pieces when I travel to inspire conversation when entertaining guests. Not a traveler? You can find great pieces from all over the world at O’Day Cache in downtown Fargo.
An antique wicker basket adds charm to any home. This one originates from China, and can also be found at O’Day Cache.
What I like about about pieces like this is that they can be used as functioning pieces as well as decoration. This large basket can hold your favorite blankets and throw pillows, or use it to store hats, mittens and scarves.
All of these things remind me of childhood memories of family and friends. Today’s pieces capture those heartwarming moments that I, as well as many of you, have created while gathered around the hearth of the home.
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