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7. Elko credenza (with green base) by Eastvold Furniture
Proprietor Matt Eastvold is busy shipping these fashionable credenzas to modern furniture lovers on the coasts. They’re handmade in our own back yard (Eastvold is based in tiny Dennison, Minn.) but the company has yet to find a following at home. Be the first on your block to own a piece of Eastvold. www. eastvoldfurniture.com.
8. Vintage crock by Red Wing Stoneware
Find this Minnesota classic (a handy receptacle for toys and potpourri) at most local antiques stores, especially the ones dotting downtown Red Wing (though prices are higher there). Or buy it new from the company’s flagship on Highway 61, where you can also shop contemporary mugs, bowls and plates. www.redwingstoneware.com.
9. Lavender pine hand soap by Caldrea
The perfect gift for wedding showers: A bottle of this luxurious hand soap paired with one of Caldrea’s decorative glass dispensers. This fragrance definitely has the whiff of luxury, which explains why I only buy it for special occasions.
10. Real Good Chair (in Aqua) by Blu Dot
Keep the Allen wrench handy — I’ve dubbed this the Real Wobbly Chair, since mine has the curse of ever-loosening screws. Yet it gave my kitchen an affordable dash of modern design (I bought mine for just $150 from Roam, an amazing interiors store in Uptown). To be clear: The Real Good chair was designed here, but it isn’t made locally. Minneapolis-based Blu Dot does most of its manufacturing overseas.