By Jean Detjen, Artful Living
Calling all paradise enthusiasts… Get into the mix of tropical fun with this cute Aloha print maxi sundress by Tommy Bahama! Vintage-inspired Hawaii-themed prints come together in the multi-paneled skirt. Made from supersoft-and-silky rayon, it feels amazing and drapes beautifully. Straps adjust to fit you, while the smocked bodice stretches to fit comfortably. $148 in Women’s sizes XS-XL. The full bloom prettiness is calling your name from Bill Paul Ltd. in Downtown Neenah.
Evoke the cool, coastal spirit of California shores with “the ultimate Spring/Summer sneaker” by SeaVees, available exclusively at The Haberdasher Limited, Downtown Green Bay. Classic designs comprised of high quality materials for long lasting comfort and style. Neutral hued styles featured include the Hermosa Plimsoll, Baja Slip On and Westwood Lace Up. $78 per pair in Men’s sizes 8-12 (custom orders available).
Timepieces are back in a big way as functional statement making accessories. A colorful bouquet of band colors and face styles are yours for the picking with these trendy watches by Geneva. Choose from solids, stripes, dots and zigzags… just a few styles shown here. At just $19.95, pick up a few to mix up your look. Great for gift giving! Find these at Market Boutique on Main in Oshkosh. This eclectic independently owned shop is celebrating 5 years of business this month in Downtown Oshkosh… be sure to stop in for special in-store promotions in honor of this milestone!
Everyone loves a good story… summon your own with signed artisan Spiritiles from Koerten’s Fine Framing and Gifts in Stevens Point. Enameled molten glass fired on copper and wrapped around wood. The pieces are hand made using glad frit (crushed or ordered glass) and are made similar to a sand painting. They are then fired in a kiln at high heat to melt the image and adhere it to the metal. Artist Houston Llew designed Spiritiles to be the size and weight of a “good book” because he liked the nostalgic feel of having a book in hand. Each shimmering image is accompanied by a quote on the side. Spiritiles easily wall hang or stand alone. These wonderful artworks will never fade or tarnish and may be enjoyed in sunny or humid spots where other art may not endure. Each is made individually, so no two are exactly the same. $115 each. Shauna, the second generation owner of Koerten’s, hand selects American made and fair trade items to add to the store’s unique offering of gifts, art and collectables. They feature many local and regional artists. New store hours: Tuesday through Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5.
Live garden art in repurposed wood frames make a stunning statement. Each thoughtfully arranged piece features a variety of succulent plants in complementary textures and hues. Uniquely designed by Urban Evolutions (UE), Inc. in Appleton. $95 and up. UE provides reclaimed materials for home, retail, and corporate construction. They also build store fixtures and residential furniture.
Mixed media natural wood coasters utilizing wood burning technique, paint, and colored pencils. This lovely butterfly metamorphosis set makes a special gift or symbolic statement in all variety of work and living spaces. $60/set, other butterfly and animal designs available. AmazInk Tattoos & Rainbow Warrior Studios, owned and operated by local artist Laura Schrampfer, is a private tattoo studio and art gallery coming to The Draw on the river’s edge in Downtown Appleton this Summer. Inquiries can be sent via Facebook page and Etsy site.
Add punch to your patio with Wisconsin Amish crafted maintenance-free outdoor seating, complete with convenient cup-holders. Constructed from environmentally friendly, 100% recycled plastic milk jugs. Fade and flame resistant with stainless steel hardware for years of comfort and enjoyment. Choose from an array of bright, juicy hues at Gabriel Furniture in Downtown Appleton. Other styles available. Stationary Chairs start as low as $314.