Spruce Up Your Space This Summer

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Now that the dust has settled from spring cleaning and you may or may not have trampled in sand from your (hopefully) many trips to the beach, even in summer we need a space reset. Whether that’s cleaning or organizing, sometimes we need a whole aesthetic makeover to our spaces. While there are big changes you can make like getting a new couch from across the country, not all of us have the luxury of new, new, new. 

Here in the Greater Merrimack Valley, you’re sure to find cool, local items that will help you reset your space.  

Mill No. 5 

Mill No. 5
Visitors enter through iron gates on their way to the fashionable cafe, theater and shopping at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Biz, Seifer)

Curation250

Located in the fabulous Mill No. 5, Curation250 should be your first stop. With art prints by local and global artists, you’re bound to find unique art and art prints that will cover those bare walls. Curation 250 is part exhibit and part shop, so get some DIY inspiration by seeing eye-catching art.

A Little Bazaar

A Little Bazaar is a marketplace that sells “handmade goods, peculiar finds & vintage commodities” by local creators.” Each Saturday, you can find various vendors with a ton of great merchandise. Sometimes there’s a theme for that day’s bazaar and so on those days especially you might find something truly unique. 

Hive and Forge

Hive and Forge has one location located at Mill No. 5 in Lowell, their other location is in downtown Salem. No matter which one you visit, you’ll find an eclectic collection from local makers, creators, and curators. You’re sure to find some new items for your home unlike any other. 

One of these local curators is Serpentine Books and their antiquarian and collectible books. So if you’ve been thinking of starting your leather bound book collection, this is your sign. 

 

Crafty Yankee

an exterior image of the Crafty Yankee storefront
Photo Credit: The Crafty Yankee Facebook

When you’re done at Mill No. 5, head over to the Crafty Yankee in Lexington. Update your home with fresh new scents like the Ella B candle named after Lexington. The signature scent carries notes of citrus, grapefruit, and evergreen. Among the other notable homeware goodies, you can also treat yourself (and any lucky guests) to a gift set of Beekman’s Honeyed Grapefruit Goats Milk Body Cream and Bar Soap. You’ll be so excited to stay home and enjoy the luxury you won’t want to leave. 

 

Canal Street Antique Mall 

Canal Street Antiques Building Exterior

Now if you’re looking for furniture, you’ll want to head over to the Canal Street Antique Mall. As they state on their website, you’ll want to “take your time, wander, browse over 40,000 square feet in two beautiful Old Mill buildings of furniture, antiques, collectibles and treasures.”  From furniture like antique tables to even salvaged historic doors, you can find almost anything to add to your home that’s full of character and charm. 

Sykes the Florist and Greenhouses

a photo inside the Sykes Greenhouse in Lowell that shows rows of greenery and pink flowers
Photo Credit: Sykes the Florist and Greenhouse

A plant can really make a house a home and a bouquet of flowers can change the energy in a room. If you’re a plant parent, you’re probably so excited to add another plant baby to your collection. Visit Sykes the Florist and Greenhouses in Lowell. This family-run florist and greenhouse has continued for three generations. As the only greenhouse left in Lowell, shopping locally for your new plants and flower bouquets has never been more important.

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