Shopping at Cornerstone Sonoma
The shops at Cornerstone Sonoma offer one-and-only, original finds that will make you feel like an interior designer.
Pop into Artefact Design and Salvage and you’ll discover “once in a lifetime objects” that owner Dave Allen scours for throughout the world — literally. He has a line of stone items handmade in Java ranging from $8 soap dishes to $800 bathtubs. Candleholders, mortar and pestles, you can even order stone fire pits.
“Stone works well with anything, from farmhouse to modern to traditional,” Allen said. The stone-making village where these items are made is so remote when he went there, “No one had ever seen an American before.”
Walking through his shop and outdoor area feels like touring a gallery or museum. Some of the merchandise is marketed towards the high-end home, like an ancient Italian limestone fountain for $3,465.
But here’s the secret — there are always very affordable finds mixed in. Once I bought a cast iron mermaid that now lives on our rock wall. Everyone loves her and she didn’t break the budget. Right now there are metal mice with sunglasses soldered together from myriad materials for $145. Darling.
Allen’s current favorite is the floral clamp, which he designed himself. It allows you to show off almost anything from the garden like a piece of art, including a willowy tree branch.
Country by Eurasian Antiques offers a fusion of European and Asian antiques, mixed in with reasonably priced giftware and cards. I have a tiny birdhouse made of wood with a tin roof that I scored there for only $10 — so charming sitting on our kitchen island with a vase of garden roses.
A reclaimed pine Ming-style coffee table is $1,500 and a 19th-century Chinese tea bench is $2,500. There are purses made of old license plates, $145. They also carry difficult-to-find Juliska china and glassware. (I could have cried when I recently chipped one of our Juliskas.)
Potter Green & Co. focuses mostly on outdoor splendor. There are gardening books, birdfeeders, fountains, planters, fire pits, wind chimes, and outdoor art. The bright orange butterfly chair totally caught my eye.
Much of what’s offered here is original art made by real people, not a design chain store. My favorites are stonemason Michael Ekerman’s dogs created from rocks and concrete. Not sure our dog Valley would be so pleased if I brought home Long Dog, $4,500.
While I was there sales professional Tom Wright told me they describe their wares as “design-driven outdoor elements.” I would call it haute garden and it’s all ever so grand. If you go definitely get a few scoops of beautiful glass chips, $3 each, and then use your imagination to do something amazing with it — mural maybe?
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Written by Carole Kelleher