Deck the Halls with.....FRINGE!

Front Window Display at Fringe

One of the most festive and inspiring things about the Holidays for me is to see the magic that small shop owners create in their windows and throughout their stores. I get my decor "fix" window shopping and gathering ideas for my own home. I also fill in the blanks on my list for Santa (aka my husband!).

One of my favorite haunts is so close to my house that I pass it almost every day. Fringe is a sort of curiosity shop with a little something for everyone. Owner and local imagineer, Audry Wells delights in vintage (and new!) clothing and shoes, antiques and one-of-a-kind furniture, interesting gifts and accessories, unique jewelry and vintage art. Oh...and let's not forget the Cowboy boots!

I was charmed by the front window display last weekend and stopped in to say hello. I found not only the Holiday Spirit I was hoping for , but quite a few things that will making their way to my house. These topiaries were sweet, and the decanters, pretty and well priced. The whole vignette with it's pine cone mantle, vintage pillows, and cut crystal on the twig tray fired up my imagination.

There was a pair of mercury glass lamps that I am mad for that would make an impact in any interior. Um...they may not be there for too much longer. I'm just sayin'. The combination of elements in this display, the crowns and tangerines, the black and white photo of the tree, and the lamps was perfection.

Cowboy boots galore my friends. They buy, sell and trade for all you boot stomping aficionados. (And don't they make a great image all together like that?)

Just so you don't think that Fringe is all about the ghosts of Christmas past, Audrey throws a little 150 into our Christmas punch with this hot fuchsia vanity by Sacramento artist Catherine Greenup. Audrey says this piece draws in as many men as women....they are fascinated by the quality of the Hot Rod paint job!

Another piece by Catherine Greenup is the Faux Deer head Trophy made from natural plant materials like pine cone, elk horn fern and seeds. A stylish alternative to be sure.

All of the festive plants and topiaries in the shop are provided by Tom Kurth of "Rooting Around". He hunts down specialty plants and brings them to all of us. (For more info on Tom, inquire at Fringe).

Audrey has access to industrial and mid century furniture like this stainless dresser. All of the crowns and crosses with the aubergine silk on the chair....scrumptious!

Fringe has a wonderful collection of candles all over the store. I just picked up a Mandarin Orange and Meyer Lemon scented candle...Mmmm! The rectangle shaped boxwood wreath is also from Tom Kurth. (A little bird told me plants will go on sale a little closer to Christmas....ssshhh!)

I loved this vignette in the front window with the contrast of the ornate gilt table and the mid century white leather chair (one of a pair). The Moroccan tea glasses almost came home with me right then and there, but "Santa" says I should wait.

Fringe has a little something for everyone. Vintage French all the way to 60's Psychedelic, Art glass, industrial metal furniture, Art Deco Decor, and glittering Green Deer Heads (another Catherine Greenup piece). Owner, Audrey describes her shop as "Indie Anthropologie" in style and approach.

More of Tom's beautiful Holiday foliage next to an elephant garden stool. You can see here the shop is full of little surprises.

I have always loved the idea of a large farm table filled with cloches covering Holiday treats. This one seems all ready for a party to start.

Vintage and new glassware next to these pretty mercury glass candle holders.....just a few more things to add to my list. (Santa are you reading this?)

New and vintage hats and jewelry can be found throughout the shop. I loved the pink beaded folk art cross.

Such pretty things! Shoes, fine vintage clothing...I could spend a lot more time here...and will before this season is through I'm sure. I mean, I have two teenage daughters.

These shoes were so beautiful, I had to take another look. And the velvet pumpkins bridge the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays don't they?

I had to show you these necklaces by designer Tamara Berg. She collects vintage fobs from all over the globe to make into these one-of-a-kind necklaces. I particularly liked the Eiffel Tower necklace which opens up to reveal miniature postcard replicas showing architectural monuments. attention now.

So here is the scoop on


Location at: 2409 21st St., Sacramento,CA 95818-2409
Phone: (916) 832-4466

The website is a work in progress, but you can find out much more about Fringe and the services they offer HERE.

And you can reach owner Audrey Wells here: She invites any and all inquiries.

Happy Shopping!!