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Food Truck Fridays Are Back!

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Food Truck Fridays at the Architect’s Wife are back! It’s hard to believe, but this is our FOURTH FTF season! This year’s lineup includes Tumbleweeds, Grille 406, Street Cookers, and Totally Tasty Food Truck.


Stop by the shop at 23 West Babcock every Friday between 11:30 and 2, starting June 1st through the 29th and enjoy an old favorite—or try something new! It’s lunch at AW every Friday in June and we can’t wait to see you here.

Great Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is May 13th, i.e., less than one week away. It’s time to kick it into gear, and get your special lady something that celebrates her! If you’re not sure what to get the mother figure in your life, we’ve rounded up 15 beautiful options. Whether she’s a reader, loves to entertain, or can’t wait to explore the wild, we’ve got you covered.


1. For the chef, Dutch Deluxe Bread Boards, $75-199 2. For the lover of all things cheese, Cheese Tools, $44 3. For the girl who loves to entertain, Amina Tray, $240 4. For the entertainer, Shard Ebonized Bowl, $120 5. For the girl who’s getting by on a wing and a prayer, Fingers Crossed Sculpture, $130 6. For the design conscious, Marble Trapezoid, $850 7. For the aroma therapy lover, Luxuriate Marble Vessel $70; Royale Candle Insert, $45 8. For the romantic, Large Blush Orchid Candle, $59.95 9. For the girl who likes to bring the outdoors in, Oud Cedre 10. For the lover of interiors, The House That Pinterest Built, $65 11. For the outdoor fanatic, A Woman’s Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Handbook, $18.95 12. For the book lover, Ibiza Bohemia, $85 13. For the girl who believes there’s no such thing as too many handbags, Foldover Leather Clutch, $168 14. For the World Traveler, Laser Cut Passport Case, $68 15. For the girl who gets out in style, Kantha Evening Bag, $118

Visit us at our downtown Bozeman shop and we can help you find just the right gift for mom.

Spring Cleaning Sale!

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It’s time for spring cleaning starting with a Clearance Tent Sale in our parking lot!

This is your chance to get high-end designer pieces at a great price! We’re cleaning out our warehouse full of products we have used to stage homes, items purchased at auctions, and slightly damaged items. Shop designer furniture, rugs, lighting, as well as antique one-of-a-kind finds up to 80% off! Bring your friends and make a morning of it – we’ll provide the donuts and coffee.

Where: Join us downtown in the Architect’s Wife parking lot…under the big white tent!

23 W. Babcock Bozeman, MT 59715

When: Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Can’t make the Tent Sale? You’ve got a whole WEEK to save big in-store at our annual Spring Cleaning Sale happening April 20th – 28th, 2018.  Get 30 % off storewide* and 10% off art.


  • All sales final.
  • Prices as marked.
  • Sale is for locals only – no online orders.
  • Large items purchased at Tent Sale must be picked up by 6 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • *Some exceptions apply. Excludes consignment pieces.
  • Store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m





Artist Abstract: Meet Cherlyn Wilcox

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Cherlyn Wilcox in her studio at The Emerson.
Cherlyn Wilcox in her studio at The Emerson.

On the top floor of the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Cherlyn Wilcox’s studio is pulsing with creativity, energy, and today a mix of classic jazz. The abstract artist often calls her studio a mess, but there is a pleasant harmony to the groupings of oil paint, acrylic, graphite, and colored pencils. Dozens of canvases line the walls, on shelves, on easels, and propped against the wall. The range of Cherlyn’s work is impressive; the pieces in the North East corner are dark and moody, full of rich blues and greens; high on the top shelves on the South wall sit canvases with light blues, pinks, and yellow, evocative of her Hawaiian roots. “It’s never this clean in here (she laughs), but I’m enjoying it while this photo shoot lasts.”

On studio vibes: “Music is a must,” Wilcox says. “Music helps to shut off part of the brain, so I can just let the work take place.” She doesn’t start a painting with a plan or even a color scheme. “The first layer is a warm up. I see marks and the way the colors are working together, and one drip or brush stroke determines what my next move will be. I like to listen to music that fits my mood, and then just do what feels right on the canvas. I’m getting better at letting accidents happen. It’s a challenge, yet most of the time, they move me in the right direction.”

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Tools of the trade: Cherlyn’s collection of brushes, pastels and paint on her work table.

On the creative process: “Each canvas is a new emotional experience. I’m in the studio painting and working and thinking, and want those feelings to be expressed on the canvas. I’m taking the complex things in life, the highs, the lows, beauty, my environment, and translating these emotions into a piece. I appreciate the spontaneity of the process and freedom that abstract art allows me.”

On all the feels: “Ideally I just want someone to get lost in the emotions of my work because I do when I am painting it.”

On motivation: Cherlyn has been able to commit to being a full-time artist for about 5 years. She goes to her studio five days a week, even if she leaves for a dog-walk almost immediately. “Sometimes it’s just not going to happen, and that’s okay. It’s important to make an effort to be in the studio, sit with my art, and often just being there generates excitement.” Multi-tasking also makes it easier to stay motivated. “I’m always working on multiple pieces at once. I work on canvas and paper, and it’s nice to mix up the mediums. The approach is so different starting to work on a large canvas rather than a smaller paper piece; it is nice to balance them out.”

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Cherlyn’s abstract pieces grace the walls of a 5 West design project by Abby Hetherington Interiors.

On calling it a day: “I can’t get too attached to the piece, or I’d never add another brush stroke. While painting, I often take a step back and turn the piece. It will change the whole feel, or I get an immediate sense that it’s wrong, totally wrong. When I think a piece is finished, I’ll sit with it awhile, about a month. It’s a fine line though; I can’t look at it too long or I’ll over critique it.”

Cherlyn lives in Bozeman with her husband, Paul, and their two pups, Zeppelin and June Bug.

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Cherlyn dons her paint filled smock in her studio.

Stop by her studio space in room 217 at the Emerson or shop her work hanging in our downtown furniture store. For direct inquiries contact her at .

Thank you for inviting us into your studio, Cherlyn!

Photography by Cathy Copp

Love is in the Air! Gifts for Him and Her

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This must be love… Architect’s Wife is now THE go-to gift-buying shop for any and all occasions. Come and check out our new concept store for unique and one-of-a-kind finds. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or just Treat-yo-Self day, spread the love for all of those special someones. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gifts for the day of love. From jewelry to games that will make you fall in love with your best friend’s laugh all over again; I challenge you to step away from the box of chocolates and give a gift that will be memorable!


From Left to Right: 1. Show her you’ve got style, Ketema Cuff, $120 2. Let her know you get romance, New Romance, $60 3. Shelter her from the storm, Ribbed Beanie, $120-$149 4. Whisk her away on a romantic weekend getaway, Feed Bag, $335 5. Up Her Selfie Game: Photo Booth Prop Set, $16 6. Set the mood, Montana Forest Candle, $ 34; End with a big wet kiss, Hot Lips Matchbox, $5.00


From Left to Right: 1. He’s My Little Rock & Roll, Marshall Blue Tooth Speaker, $375-$450 2. Warm your cockles on a sleigh ride, Chevron Flask $48 3. You know the way to his heart, On Beer and Food, $42 4. You REALLY know the way to his heart, Bison Koozie, $100 5. Keep him laughing, Kazoo Tune, $15 6. Drop the hint: you like dinner in<, Kitchen Multi-Tool, $32

Stop in and stock up on Valentine’s Day gifts at our downtown store! Don’t forget we’re open Saturdays 10-6.

Gifts for Her

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2018 is just around the corner which means it’s gift-giving season. We’ve gathered some of our favorite gifties for her. So whether you’re looking for something to arouse the senses, keep your lady warm, or gifting ethically made goods is important to you, AW has you covered. So, without further adieu, here are our choice picks for her:


From Left to Right: 1. Ketema Stone Cuff, $120 2. Foraged Flora by Louesa Roebuck & Sarah Lonsdale, $39 3. Ketema Ring, $68 4. Bread Board, $199 5. Brass Peace Sign, $135 6. Green Thomas Scarf, $134 7. Cashmere Beanie, $120-140 8. Montana Forest Candle, $34 9. Velvet Notebook, $18 10. Copper Water Bottle, $37

Shop all this, furniture and more at Architect’s Wife in downtown Bozeman.

Gifts for Guys

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Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to wrack your brain to figure out the elusive gift for the guy in your life. Luckily we live in Montana where Guys in Ties are frowned upon, so there’s no need to find the perfect tie for a collared shirt. We’ve gathered some of our favorite gifts for him, so you don’t have to think about it.


From Left to Right: 1. Marshall Radio, $375 2. Iron Glory Mug in Red, $16 3. Classic Westerns, $25 4.Leather Chevron Flask, $48 5. Survival Playing Cards, $15 6.Iron Glory Domino Set w/Anchor Motif, $58 7. The Fly Fisher, $60 8. Leather Camp Stool, $480 9. Iron Glory Pen Set 10.Nate Cotterman Whiskey Glass and Decanter, Glass $80; Decanter $180

Visit us to shop these gifts and all the other special people in your life. We love helping our clients find just the right gift for every occasion!

Wabi-Sabi: Embracing the Art of Imperfection

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Do you ever arrive at Friday and wonder how your week completely dissolved in the blink of an eye? It happens to the best of us because, in this age of digital enlightenment, we live with constant churn; we run from meeting to meeting, pick the kids up from school, hastily make dinner, zonk out and the next day, we start all over again.

Wabi-Sabi Welcome arrived at the shop recently and it’s the perfect antidote to busy. If you’re new to wabi-sabi, the theory is pretty straight-forward, it’s the art of embracing imperfection in every aspect of your life. Basically, it’s all about CHILLING out and living as the author, Julie Pointer Adams puts it a “considered life” and so by doing, “[make] time and space to breathe, slow down, and be specific.” Julie has been entertaining crowds both large and small for years, but she purports entertaining doesn’t have to mean laying down a lavish meal for 15 dinner guests. It can mean preparing tea for a friend or inviting your neighbors over for a potluck and gathering flowers from your yard as your centerpiece.

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Wabi-Sabi Welcome (left) and a view of an Italian dinner designed to encourage guests to linger at the table.

As I was researching this piece, I stumbled upon a Holland Lake wedding that local event design guru, Kait Costanti of Bash designed which wholly embraces the wabi-sabi aesthetic. So, I decided to ask her a few questions about this event and get her take on the wabi-sabi way of life. Follow along to find out how she put this philosophy into practice.

1. I loved your recent work at Holland Lake. Tell me a little about this project. It feels like you embraced the WS tradition wholeheartedly. How did that come to pass?

Our Holland lake lodge wedding was a real passion project for the most deserving clients around. They have since become great friends. I’m currently in the process of developing a program that essentially gives a wedding away for free to a deserving couple that truly values a Wabi Sabi approach to weddings. This wedding was phase one of that project and while not all components were given away I still managed to get Florals on board (Wild Blume), Hair/Makeup (Shawny from Shine Bozeman), paper goods (Collette at Bontemps Calligraphy), all design/planning from BASH plus the squash blossom necklace (Mountainside Design). Next year will be the next phase and I can’t wait to see how that evolves.

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The tranquility of a post-nuptial canoe ride embraces the wabi-sabi ideal of slowing down.

2. How do you work this into your client projects?

As a designer, it’s so refreshing and fun when clients truly trust your process and enable you to let your creative juices flow and at the same time, they have faith that you will keep their personal style in mind. I’m of the opinion that less is more when done in an impactful, Wabi Sabi, way. Go big on florals! That said, big doesn’t mean it has to be expensive or big in the literal sense. It could be a minimal approach but the impact is big. Maybe it’s all monochromatic whites but with different textures and variations of white. Or it could be a few vibrantly colored Dahlia’s as big as saucers. Maybe no flowers at all! Whatever feels natural and organic for the event and space is how I like to design.

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The water and woods provide the backdrop for this intimate lakeside wedding (left). Foraged rocks create the the aisle and a simple, but dramatic floral arrangement create a focal point at the end of the wooded path.

3. Are you encountering more clients who are seeking a ‘quieter’ celebration of their big day, i.e. drawing from the wabi-sabi ideal?

We tend to draw a more minimal bride that doesn’t want to overshadow the surroundings and isn’t as interested in adding things that don’t make sense. Just because you’re ‘supposed’ to have a guestbook doesn’t mean you have to. I think Wabi Sabi in the bridal sense means authenticity and paying attention to things that matter most while ditching traditions just for tradition’s sense. Montana is such a vast and incredibly picturesque locale, so our clients really want the beauty to shine through from the already existing landscapes.

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Woven favors handmade by the bride accompanied by Palo Santo bundles.

4. How have you incorporated the wabi-sabi mindset in your personal life and your home?

Definitely. I’m a non-clutter type gal. I definitely have certain things that I love to collect and value but I’m not attached to things as much as I am to memories. I try to buy art everywhere I travel to remember the feeling of where I was. Wabi Sabi finds beauty in imperfection and that’s pretty much mantra in all aspects of my life.

Ready to adopt the Wabi-Sabi mindset? Start by grabbing a copy of Julie Pointer Adams gorgeous, Wabi-Sabi Welcome at the shop and be ready to embrace a life filled with thoughtfulness and ease.

Images by Pascal Shirley

2017 Trends: What we Found at NY NOW

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Last week we jetted to the city that never sleeps in search of the the latest on point gifties and accessories at NY NOW. Never heard of NY NOW? It’s one of the largest home, lifestyle and handmade wholesale markets of its kind. Makers from all over the world gather at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC to showcase their wares in hopes of catching the eye of retailers like Architect’s Wife.

After three days of fighting the crowds and pounding the 525,000 square feet of paved halls at the Javits Center, we were pretty enthused about our finds. We tracked down everything from furnishings, textiles, table-top accessories, ceramics and hand blown decanters.

While on the hunt for new shop goods, we were keenly aware of some emerging trends. Below is our roundup of market finds and trends that stood out on our whirlwind buying trip.

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1. Greens! (Thank you 2017 Pantone Color of the Year) This green velvet Roxy Chair only lasted a few weeks on our showroom floor.

2. Fringe is back! We found it on the ends of pillows, throws, and curtains, just to name a few. One of our favorite incantations of this trend was in the work of Neem Living, founder Louesa Roebuck. Her soft cotton throws and fringed wool pillows will be your go to snuggle pieces this Fall.

3. Texture. In this intensely virtual world we live in, people are craving more tactile pieces for their homes. We discovered Stinson Studio, a father and son shop in Ontario who sources burl wood for their pieces and embodies this aesthetic.

4. Navy is the new black. On point: The Fatty Sectional by Eilersen is rich in color and style.

5. Artisanal rather than DIY. We noticed a return to glass blowing, handmade porcelain and ceramics, and woodworking by skilled craftsman. With that in mind, we honed in on the work of Nate Cotterman, an LA based master glass artisan. He uses traditional Venetian glass blowing techniques to create innovative bar ware, lighting and home décor that are strikingly beautiful. Keep an eye out for his patented whiskey glasses (pictured), decanters, and vases.

6. Raw White (chalky and bone white). The concept of a return to a more natural, organic look.

7. Intense Jewel Tones like bright blues, green, fuchsia, purple, etc. Our Saba Amelie arm chair in blue velvet is the definition of this trend.

8. Handwoven baskets. Using traditional methods to knit and crochet their woven goods together this Italian company, Neo, puts a modern spin on their product by using neoprene to craft these gorgeous baskets. Can’t wait for our collection to arrive here in Bozeman!

9. Hygge lifestyle. (pronounced: hoo-gah) Hygge is not a tangible thing, but rather a concept. It’s that cozy feeling you get when you curl up with your favorite throw and read a book or sip hot tea and watch snow fall. Stay tuned for Hygge Games and lifestyle items at Architect’s Wife!

10. Metallic furnishings and accents. You don’t need to wait for our market shipment to arrive. We have four of these forged bronze chairs in stock and ready for you to take home!

Stay tuned for the arrival of these goodies and more in the shop! Fret not, they will arrive in ample time for the holidays, so keep your eyes peeled on our Insta or Facebook feeds for more details on their landing date. Then make sure to stop by our downtown furniture shop to see them for yourself!

AW will be CLOSED Monday, September 4th for the LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
AND, we’ll be CLOSED one more time next week while we celebrate our talented TEAM for employee appreciation day, Friday, September 8th.

In Their Own Words: Layla and Anna Tell Us What Makes Their Dad Special

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Father’s Day is Sunday and in honor of all the Dads, Stepdads and Father figures in this great big world, we sat down with Anna and Layla Eby to talk about their dad, Alex. Alex is a teacher here in Bozeman and a guy that the Architect’s Wife has a great deal of respect for. When you hang out with Alex and his girls the love he has for them is on full display. He’s the fun dad who makes an effort to keep his daughters laughing and remind them not to take life too seriously. Read on to find out what makes this guy so special in his daughter’s eyes and find out how parenting teens is challenging him to prepare his girls for independence.

Anna (left), Alex(middle), and Layla (right).
Anna (left), Alex(middle), and Layla (right).

Layla, age 12:

What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?
I love going Morel hunting with my dad because it is around his birthday and it is a fun present to give him.

What do you love most about your dad?
I love my dad’s sense of humor. I like it because he makes everyday things that aren’t normally funny, funny.

What is the dorkiest things he’s ever done?
He kisses me in public and yells to people he doesn’t know.

If you could give your dad an award what would it be?
He gets the weirdest weirdo ever award. If you don’t believe me ask his students.

What is your dad’s favorite band/musician?
He loves Bob Marley.

From Anna, age 15:

What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?
My favorite thing to do with my dad is to travel. He is so adventurous and spontaneous and we can always find something fun to do.

What do you love most about your dad?
He loves to make people laugh, and no matter what the occasion, he has the perfect costume to wear, whether it’s a funny ski costume or his christmas reindeer suit. He’s also super playful and is never shy.

What is the dorkiest things he’s ever done?
He has this really awful all natural sunscreen that makes his face look super oily and greasy and he will cover his whole face with it. Sometimes he even puts it on his lips if it’s super sunny and it makes his lips look green. Once he did that and also tied a bandana around his head [so he looked] like a pilgrim girl, I guess that was pretty dorky. He also is a math teacher for 6th graders, so that, by itself, is pretty dorky too.

If you could give your dad an award what would it be?

Best party thrower. My dad throws a pretty good party, with lots of drinks, games, and funny costumes. He goes all out. He’s also pretty talkative, so he could win an award for that. He’s definitely an extrovert.

What is your dad’s favorite band/musician?

He likes all sorts of music, it really depends on his mood, the time of day etc. In the mornings he likes to play Bob Marley and Ray Lamontagne. For parties he loves 80’s dance music. He also has a record player so we have some old Jazz albums that we sometimes play at dinner, and other albums on vinyl.

It didn’t feel right to complete this piece without some input from Alex, so I asked him how parenting has changed for him over the years, especially now that he is the father of two teenage girls.

One of the greatest emotions associated with this stage of fatherhood comes from watching my children do things their own way. Early on, I was focused on showing them my way, the right way. I have changed as they have matured. It is a challenge, but when I’m able to relax and appreciate their style, their perspective, their strengths and weaknesses, then I’m filled with pride and wonder and reassurance. I guess that the trick is letting a situation or an opportunity play out. I have to bite my tongue. But isn’t this what we want as parents? We want our children to turn into humans that can think and choose and initiate and persevere, without us.

Alex watches his daughter's raucous rendition Chopsticks on the family piano nudging them to go faster with each round. From left to right: Alex, Woody the dog, Anna, and Layla.
Alex watches his daughters raucous rendition Chopsticks on the family piano nudging them to go faster with each round. From left to right: Alex, Woody the dog, Anna, and Layla.

With that, we wish all the good men out there who have a special place in our hearts a Happy Father’s Day. Thank you for supporting us and cheering us on and preparing us for this world which can feel pretty uncertain at times.

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