Take Heart: Modern, Handmade, Vintage

Store Profile

  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Specialty: A new East Austin boutique offering thoughtful home decor, accessories, gifts and art.
  • Price range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Website: takeheartshop.com

Store History

  • Founded: 2011
  • Founded by: Nina Burke Gordon
  • Headquarters: East Austin, Austin, Texas

Take Heart is an idiom that translates, “to be confident or courageous.” Opening Take Heart has been a dream I have had for many years and pursuing this dream has taken courage on my part, as most worthwhile things do. Take Heart is a boutique located in thriving East Austin. The shop represents my love of well designed modern, handmade, and vintage objects for the home and person. We strive to offer offer a thoughtfully edited selection of home decor, accessories, gifts, and art that are accessible to all. The shop showcases designers, artists, and artisans from far and near, giving customers the opportunity to touch and feel hard to find products, that are more commonly found on specialty retail websites. Our hope is that Take Heart will inspire creativity and invite one to take time to appreciate life’s beautiful details. With much excitement, we look forward to seeing you at Take Heart, where you will always find objects to inspire, encourage, and remember.

With the holiday season here, you better believe we're gonna be keeping our eye out for stores, near and far, that will carry gifts we'll want to give to loved ones. A new clean, adorable and warm shop for gifts and more has opened up on the East Side of Austin, and we're mega excited.

Opened by Nina Burke Gordon just a few months ago, Take Heart is poised to become a favorite spot for Austinites looking for thoughtful gifts, home decor and items for the person that are a heady mix of vintage, modern, handmade, local and more.

Housed in a gorgeous retail space in the modern building built by local architects Bercy Chen, the shop isn't just filled with lovely items, it's lovely, too. The shelving and storage units for Take Heart were built by Nina's husband, local Austin woodworker Brian David Johnson, who also has some items in the shop.

You'll find everything from great tabletop decor to cards, soaps, jewelry, vases and more, all curated by Nina's sharp design eye. All together the place is refreshing, sweet, subtle and enjoyable.

Images: Deborah Cannon

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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.