When I go to visit my sister and her family, there is one thing I always try to squeeze in…shopping! Being from a small town myself, one of the benefits is that there are usually quaint, one-of-a-kind shops to peruse and it’s no different in Morris, Illinois (about an hour southwest of Chicago). And one of my absolute favorites is called Ruby Begonia’s. It’s a shabby-chic-meets-French farmhouse store filled with loads and loads of unique home decor, accessories and clothes (and a lot more in between!).
They put it best from the Ruby Begonia’s Blog, so here goes: Located in the heart of the historic Illinois-Michigan Canal town of Morris, IL., Ruby Begonia’s offers a wealth of shabby & chic cottage antiques. Featuring a warm and wonderful mix of new & vintage, from wonderful architectural elements & painted primitive cupboards to one of a kind painted signs, folkart, & European enamelware.
I personally have at least 10 things in my house from there. I buy gifts there. I buy things for clients. I buy things I don’t need (you can’t help it…the stuff is THAT cute). It’s truly one of my favorite home decor stores to shop in Illinois! If I ever opened my own store, this would be it. Here’s a peak into some of what they offer:
Creative signs and wall art (I may have bought this chalkboard sign…yes, I have an obsession with anything chalk related):
Picture frames, pillows, lamps, baby gifts, oh my! And a whole lot more 🙂
Oh and mirrors. The mirrors are fabulous! I insisted that my sister buy this one. You can’t see it in full but it’s over 5 feet tall and about 2 feet wide and is just splendid! Antique window pane-esque yumminess. It’s going to be the focal point of her gallery wall project I am helping her with.
I snagged up this amazing French laundry powder for myself and one as a gift for my mom. What I can’t wait for is to use this as a fabulous vase when I am done with the soap!
How cute is this England-inpsired space of the store? Next stop…Paddington Station. Mind the gap! Whoa, that was incredibly cheesy.
I’m always a sucker for chic and beautiful soaps and candles…ahhh!