But, to be honest, the idea didn’t thrill me. Not because I don’t like home furnishings, but because I find shopping for home furnishings while traveling a perplexing state of affairs.
What happens if I find the perfect sofa or a great painting? How do I get it home? Will the shipping cost out weight the value? Am I simply prejudiced in favor of the items that I simply can’t live without because of that especially flighty feeling I get when I am on the road? Oh the questions.
Despite the queries racing through my head, I ventured down Main Street in Guerneville and into Sonoma Nesting Company just around closing time on a mid-week afternoon. Once inside, immediately the questions that came to mind took on a more positive tone. What should I buy? How could so many adorable things land in one charming spot? Why did no one properly explain this wonderland of home decor sooner?
Well lest you experience the same shock and awe I experienced, allow me to properly prepare you in advance. Sonoma Nesting Company is so much more than a mere home furnishings store. In fact, the essence of the store is best captured by the words of its owners Dax Berg and Christopher (“Smitty”) Smith who describe their Russian River outpost as home to a whimsically broad and genuinely “eclectic collection of unique décor, antiques and art, curiosities and collectables.” Translation: It is a Shangri-la filled with the kind fanciful furnishings that you had no idea you needed or even desired before you set foot in the store.
With the motto reclaim + reinvent + restore = relove, Dax and Smitty have realized their vision of creating a home store where people can purchase items that make it possible for them to purchase or repurpose items that allow them to nest in their home.
From the quirky (think pillows emblazoned with images of vintage 70s’ male beefcake) to the classic (envision retro chandeliers) to the decidedly modern, Sonoma Nesting company’s main show room is chock-a-block with home goodness.
In truth, your eyes hardly know where to land when scanning the showroom, which is a bit like a visit to the knick-knack filled home of a fabulously eccentric old aunt in whose last will and testament you hope to be included.
In keeping with their motto, partners Dax and Smitty, not only sell great items, they specialize in reviving elderly furniture and turning awkward pieces into conversation pieces by applying refreshing and creative techniques. An antique pinball machine becomes a coffee table, while an antique birdcage becomes a hanging light and old typewriter becomes the perfect piece to finish a lovingly aged room.
Before I left Sonoma Nesting Company, I had spent almost an hour admiring the sifting through the store’s treasure trove followed by store’s mascot Jackson (Dax and Smitty’s personable pooch) while chatting with the affable Dax who was eager to show me how they specialize in creating little bits of fabulous from salvaged materials.
Had it not been past closing time, I probably could have spent another couple of hours (along with a significant amount of cash) in the store. But alas fate intervened and spared my purse, while leaving my longing for any number of items completely intact. (I’m actually still dreaming about a few items if I’m honest).
So my advice to you is … visit Sonoma Nesting Company early, leave your expectations of home furnishings stores at home, take your credit card and don’t worry about all those petty practical details like shipping or whether or not you need anything for your home. I think you’ll find that what Sonoma Nesting Company offers is unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else on the planet.
Find out more about Sonoma Nesting Company at www.sonomanesting.com.