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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