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_ William Morris
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shop: Milk & Honey

Like most seaside towns along the Eastern Seaboard, Rockport, Massachusetts has no shortage of salt water taffy and souvenir shops, however, the charming town with the Norman Rockwell-ian feel also boasts a number of boutiques that would hold their own in the most competitive of shopping areas. Milk & Honey is just such a find and a must see if you happen to be cruising Cape Ann -or perhaps a great reason for an afternoon drive?

A jewel box of a shop, just up the road from Bearskin Neck, Milk & Honey features home decor and lifestyle items that are fresh, fun and completely covetable. 

Shop owner and curator, Kelly Hochsprung says, "she hopes people will enjoy the "coastal chic" vibe. "I love for people to [visit Milk & Honey and] go home with inspiration and new ideas about decorating -either an entire house or just a small corner of their world."

Love this: French market baskets (you can never really have enough of these!), books and 100 percent recycled Morph glassware are a few of the treasures in store.

Again and Again sail bags are designed and manufactured by local artist Frieda Grotjahn in nearby Gloucester. Made from recycled sails, each bag is unique! It's hard to pick a favorite!

Brightly striped rugs and runners by Dash & Albert would look cute in any beach cottage -they are so pretty,  I would definitely consider using them as table runners. Just the thing to jazz up an outdoor table? They may never be put them on the floor again!

Decisions, decisions...

Will you choose the beautifully wrapped soaps from Joshua Taylor's line, Nectar, or perhaps the an eclectic piece of driftwood art. A stylish souvenir that won't let you forget the beach, or that perfect New England summer. Cue the sea spray and crashing waves.

Hochsprung says the secret to her creative merchandise mix is: "Keeping it simple and crisp and well-edited -allowing the objects, colors and textures to have room to speak for themselves."

And they do! I heard several calling my name...

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