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gift guide: kricken yaker’s finds for design devotees

{Editor’s Note: This year, I’ve asked a few of the people whose style I spend all year admiring to share their holiday wish lists. Stay tuned – we’ll have a new expert every day for the next two weeks!} design gift guide

I’d have to ask her (über-talented) husband to be sure, but I have a pretty good feeling that Kricken Yaker is one of those people on your gift list. The one who is so far ahead of the trends, she’s already over things you haven’t even heard about yet. The one whose house you walk into and spend the next hour trying to suppress the urge to Instagram every perfectly-styled bookshelf and expertly-hung art wall. In other words, the one you’re completely stumped by.

Luckily, Kricken isn’t just one of the most talented interior designers I know, she also has a gorgeous store – Vanillawood – stocked to the gills with exactly the kind of gifts you’ll need for people who are, well, a little intimidating. For the person on your list whose shelves are stacked with books by Kelly Wearstler and David Hicks, who knows her John Robshaw from her John Derian, and whose house rightfully belongs in the next issue of Dwell, trust me – Kricken’s guide is going to be a godsend.

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shop to love: vanillawood

I love that feeling of stumbling across a new shop – one I fall head over heels for from the moment I step inside. I love it even more when that shop turns out to have beautiful objects at all sorts of price points (including the all-important under-$25 point), so I can browse and even occasionally indulge with abandon. Especially with the holidays creeping ever closer, I just knew I had to let you all in on this new favorite of mine: Vanillawood.

From top: Gold-plated Athena tray, perfect for anything from jewelry to cocktail nibbles, from $32; Lighted branches, $55/set of 3; Flower Root vase, sure to make flower arranging possible for anyone, from $25; Citrus ceramic vessels, from $35

I really, really want one of those tiny gold feather trays. Santa, take note.

One of the most amazing things at the shop is a selection of botanical art by Krislyn. Each piece is one of a kind, and made entirely by hand. They’re one part sculpture, one part floral arrangement, and I’m obsessed. Just…don’t look at the prices. This is an eye candy sort of thing.

I’m torn between wanting to try one of my Crafty Girl episodes to recreate these beauties and just succumbing to the artistic genius.

Check out all of the fantastic offerings at Vanillawood. They’re offering free shipping and gift wrap for the holidays, and are happy to take calls and emails to give you help with any gifting conundrums on your list. Just one more bonus for shopping small, friends. Send your love to all of those wonderful indie stores out there this season, won’t you?

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