By Laura Hilton
In recent times, our homes have served also as classrooms, offices, gyms, and restaurants. Our place of comfort has also been the scene of our stress, and many of us are ready to hit the reset button. Whether you want to make major changes around your place or just give it a little spruce, you’ll find everything you need from local island businesses.
Seaside & Sylvan has recently moved from Greenbank to a new space in Freeland. This carefully curated shop features one-of-a-kind pieces and locally crafted home goods. As well as the fine furnishings showroom you can take advantage of their inhouse design studio, for an authentic local touch. At Artisan Crafted Home in Langley lives a wide selection of handcrafted items made from all natural and sustainable materials. By working directly with artisans, they carry exceptional items at affordable prices. Local and inhouse designs, such as handblown glass lighting fixtures, makes it a great stop for island inspirations.
Give yourself time to explore the offerings of Music for the Eyes in Langley. Owned by globetrotting former diplomats, this shop is stocked with colorful items from their travels. Particularly well known for gorgeous rugs hailing from remote corners of the world, you’ll enjoy hearing the background stories of your purchases here. For the flooring underneath those rugs, check out Carpet One in Freeland. With free estimates available, they offer hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and much more.
Stores for that Island Touch
Rob Schouten Gallery
Creativity Meets Functionality
With so many artists in the community, there is ample opportunity to fill our homes with items both beautiful and unique. In Coupeville you’ll find two furniture makers with designs that can’t help but catch the eye. Quarrier Woodworks is female owned and made, with designs that incorporate historic and contemporary elements. These smooth, glossy pieces range from tables, cabinets, gates, and more. Gary A. Leake Woodworking utilizes just about any kind of wood you can imagine, and offers restoration as well. These striking designs often incorporate the natural wood edges or inlaid stained glass for a pop of color.
"Local galleries are
here to help."
Shopping at 3 Sisters Market
Visit Whidbey & Camano Islands
Hunting for Local Treasures
In a historic 1950s Clinton building you’ll find the Madrona Supply Co, a veritable island marketplace of local makers and designers. With screen-printing done on site, they offer everything from clothing and books, to home goods and gifts, plus much more. To fill your shelves with beauty and inspiration, be sure to check out one of our beloved and long-running independent bookstores. You could easily lose an afternoon at Kingfisher Bookstore in Coupeville or Moonraker Books in Langley.
Treat yourself to a delightful treasure hunt at the Spare Room Vintage Flea Market on Camano. Arranged like an antique mall, this family business hosts up to forty vendors, providing a mixture of old, new, and handmade. Packed with unique discoveries to beautify your home, you’ll find furniture, garden art, home décor and much more. Wish By The Sea in Langley offers coastal farmhouse vibes with their décor and gifts. Items are thoughtfully sourced from across America or handcrafted on Whidbey, with more than twenty island makers represented. Madrona Blossom in Coupeville mixes farmhouse interiors with an outdoorsy PNW feel. Drop by for home décor items, including simple plants in lovely pots and vases.