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Sanctuary {Austin}

July 7, 2008

I was so pleased when Hanna Curran from Sanctuary in Austin, Texas wrote to me over the weekend. Sanctuary is a new boutique dedicated to timeless, beautiful, and unique gifts — mostly collected from emerging designers from around the world. Hanna believes in the beauty of simplicity and that objects should be indulgent, functional and affordable.

Sanctuary {Austin}
One very encouraging point Hanna made was when she mentioned how many of her ideas for Sanctuary came from reading decor8. It’s always so exciting to hear from readers and to learn about the projects that you are working on that involve doing what you love. I receive so many emails from readers who have either set up shop, started their own blog, left a job that they hated to pursue their own business… All of these goals take guts to set and achieve but you are all making it happen on a constant basis! I can’t help but feel proud of each one of you and how we come together through blogs to help motivate one another to action.

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All of the blogs out there in our great community help to contribute to the progress people are making as they work towards their dreams. And not all these dreams include shop ownership, some write in showing a chair they’ve reupholstered or an art wall they’ve created using prints discovered on their favorite blogs. It makes my day to read emails like this, that’s why I try to share what readers are doing from time to time, such as Hanna’s new shop in Austin. Congratulations Hanna on your gorgeous new store!

(images from sanctuary)


  • Reply marthadotcom July 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    *swoon* That store is lovely! Even more reason to make that trip to Austin that I’ve been talking about doing for years.

  • Reply Jeanie Nelson July 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Holly, Thanks so much for your encouraging and supportive words. They are very timely since just this past weekend I finally began my own design-inspiration blog, Yes, it is true for me also that much of my inspiration comes from your blog (I visit it every day). And yes, the store in Austin is lovely! The more I hear about it, the more I realize Austin is a cool place for design.

  • Reply Miss Sanctuary July 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    As the proud owner of Sanctuary, I am thrilled to be on this fabulous blog. Everyone out there… Go for it. Its scary but worth it!

    The botanical sculpture is by an awesome Austin Artist named Lauren. You can get more info at

  • Reply Kristin July 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Sanctuary is such a wonderful store, a gem tucked away behind Breed and Co in Westlake. The name fits the store so well…sanctuary. You feel calmness spilling over you as soon as you walk through the door.

  • Reply Catherine July 9, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Those vases are divine. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anonymous July 24, 2008 at 4:18 am

    congrats hanna the store looks so beautiful. love to you and eddie from us in oz cathy xx

  • Reply Clareabelle August 6, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Pics look fab Han! And great write up! We are VERY proud of you and can’t wait to come shop in our favorite new shop – not so sure about shipping to Ireland though!

    Clare – your fav sis in law xxxxxxxxx

  • Reply Cammy September 14, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I hope this is helpful even though it may pass off as negative at first. But I think a better shop idea would be to have colours and design in such a way that the potential customer can’t get an ‘easy overview’ of product range just at a brief glance. Some people don’t like the style of products ‘at a glance’ that are shown and would easily pass by. So a better way to lure them into ‘biting the bait’ and coming in is to divert attention and create curisioty by using colour and space more effectively. (I’m not saying that the presentation in pics is tasteless – I am merely making an objective comment on practical presentation ploys.)

  • Reply Clare February 28, 2009 at 5:50 am

    As a shopper I can honestly say that I like to see everything on display! If its not where I can see it I’m not interested! And I am a very experienced shopper! But hey each to their own I guess :) If everyone thought the same the world would be a VERY boring place! Keep up the good work Sanctuary!

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