The arrival of fall tells us now is the time to get ready for winter, to cozy up with the things that keep us warm and bring us joy, like fuzzy blankets, soft mittens, and colourful quilts. In Lanark County, our small farmers raise the sheep and alpacas and then our artisans weave and spin to create the rich textiles that keep us snug all winter long.
If you’re looking for the perfect piece of décor to brighten your home this fall, while also keeping you warm and cozy, we have you covered (with a soft blanket) in Lanark County. Read on for where to find the softest, fluffiest, and best handmade home décor in Lanark County.
What could make a better nest than soft, fluffy wool? For the best wool everything head to the Real Wool Shop in Carleton Place, which is housed in the same building as the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers, where they process three million pounds of wool each year. Find yarns, blankets, duvets, sweaters, sheepskin rugs, and more here – if it’s made of wool chances are they have it. If you have always dreamed of nesting down at night in a wool duvet, order one from Milkhouse Farm and Dairy – each duvet is made with fleece sheared from the flock of British milk sheep raised right on the farm.
Colourful Quilting Blocks and Soft Yarns
You’ll find the quilting and knitting shops in Lanark County are full of nesting ideas to create cozy spaces at home. Create your own coziness with material or yarn from Textile Traditions in Almonte, Sew Crafty in Rideau Ferry, Yarns Aplenty in Smiths Falls, Perth Fabrics and Crafts and Unraveled in Perth. Colourful quilting blocks and deliciously soft yarns make the perfect do-it-yourself home decor project.
So, So Warm Knits
Whether it’s alpaca or sheep fibres you will be snug as a bug in a handmade sweater, socks, or hat from Serendipity Alpacas in Lanark Highlands. The Irish Scot Tish Shop in Perth has a “wee something for everyone” and their Gaelic wool sweaters and other knitted items will keep you warm all winter long.
One of a Kind (OOAK)
When building your nest you will want the décor that can’t be found just anywhere, and handmade products add that special something to any home. In Almonte, Cheerfully Made is bricks and mortar “Etsy” with the perfect additions for your home nest, and any visit to Red Brick Emporium’s eclectic shop is guaranteed to turn into an hours’ long browse, with fun finds tucked away in every corner. Pearl’s Gem Home Décor Boutique and Bait Casters in Smiths Falls are your go-to for décor with a cottage and homey feel.
Much Loved Antiques
Antique pieces are worn with love and often one-of-a-kind pieces that give a room a hint of history. Almonte Antiques in the scenic small town of Almonte is packed full of unique pieces like fine china, a fun Coca-Cola collection and a vast selection of cast iron. In the tiny hamlet of Franktown, even Franktown Revival’s location is historic – it’s housed in an old church with stories to tell. Browse their selection of antique furniture to find the perfect piece for your home.