Home is devoted to all the details that make a home more than just a dwelling. From the candles to the chandeliers, the picture frames to the framed paintings, Home brings mountain home décor elements large and small to the Mountain Village’s burgeoning shopping milieu.
“I wanted to provide a place in the Core where homeowners could shop for their homes, instead of shipping things in from other places,” says owner Brenda Van der Mije, who also owns neighboring gallery East Meets West.
Stepping into Home imparts a feeling of understated opulence. It’s a lavishness that isn’t untouchable or impractical, however, blending function with beauty. Two’s Company silver bar tools impart a classic elegance; the Mercury lamp with shade is attention-grabbing in its irreverent design. Throw pillows stitched with pastoral scenes of horses and dogs provide some of the more traditional mountain home details, while the sconce chandelier bedecked with hanging glass orbs could find its niche in the more modern mountain abode.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” says the store’s Dijana Pagano, who notes that Home boasts price points start at just $4 (for a scented candle), going up to over $2,000 (for the large Ezra Tucker buffalo painting that hangs on the wall).
Home provides more than just elegant elements for the home. The cozy space tucked into the Bootdoctors breezeway, just off of Heritage Plaza, brims with a range of gifts and accessories from spice blends and candles to jewelry and belts. Rani Arabella ladies’ sweaters, from Italy, would be welcome in any woman’s closet, while the fun-yet-functional Fiorenza Travel Bags are similarly purposeful in their classic yet stylish design.
Van Der Mije has assembled Home’s offerings in the course of her extensive travels and buying trips for East Meets West, the longtime local gallery specializing in artisan-crafted items from Asia, India, Europe and Central America. An interior designer by trade, Van Der Mije brings a style comparable to East Meets West’s, yet diversified, to her new Home venture.
Van Der Mije says the store is at once an answer to local homeowners’ cravings for luxury home décor and fine accessories, but also a riposte to the vitality issue in Mountain Village’s core. Van Der Mije, active with the Mountain Village Merchants Association, and a former member of the Town Council-appointed Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan Task Force is well-versed in the ongoing Mountain Village vitality discussions.
Home, she says, has followed the lead of other new businesses cropping up in Mountain Village, most notably those opened an operated by Telluride Ski and Golf Co. “The ski company is making the effort to increase vitality in the core,” she says. “I also would like to see fewer darkened windows in Mountain Village.”
Home’s location, next door to the recently opened TSG-operated Swanky Buckle (and across from Bootdoctors), has helped breathe new life into that corner of the Core, adds Pagano.
“It has definitely livened up this area,” she says.