Extraordinaire

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Austin residents looking for the best gift ideas for the holidays (or just great-looking accessories for their home) need look no further than the brightly painted and densely decorated Extraordinaire store, located near Whole Foods.

The senses are filled with great sights and smells as soon you enter Extraordinaire, French for "extraordinary." Tucked away in a shopping center near downtown, Extraordinaire more than holds it own with the other surrounding home design stores, like Nest Modern and West Elm. Primarily offering a wide array of accessories for the home, we're always delighted by the range of options, prices and styles.

Shelves of Alessi, Fornasetti, Artel Glass and more take up residence beside a brightly painted and lit green corner of the store, creating an accessory central. Carefully arranged and edited tablescapes offer fine teas, dinnerware, gorgeous ceramics, colorful linens, candles, lamps, books, cards and more. And should you work up an appetite after perusing all the gorgeous wares, know that their old-fashioned glass display case full of gourmet chocolates (some local) are too tasty and adorable to pass up.

From the last-minute birthday gift, to the thoughtful wedding present to wanting to give the gift of clever home design to friends and family for the holidays, Extraordinaire is the perfect local option for Austin residents!

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.