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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.