With its serene textured walls accented by 140-year-old brick, and stucco and wooden beams paired with high-quality, handcrafted furniture and decor, Artesanos Design Collection has attracted the attention of locals and visitors alike. Located at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 7th Street in historic downtown Durango, this eye-catching home furnishings and décor boutique has become a mecca for fans of “mountain modern” home design over the past thirty years.
When local owners Jen and Rich Brown purchased the business in 2002, they knew they wanted to create a warm and inviting space that reflected the Southwestern landscape we all know and love, and they have done just that. Between the live-edge hardwood dining tables, shelves stocked with handwoven organic textiles, hand-blown glassware, pendant lighting, and hand-forged copper and iron tables and mirrors, it is easy to see the modern organic-meets-artisinal fusion.
“Interweaving our natural surroundings with our interiors can really be what makes a space feel like a home and to do so in a sustainable way is what we’re after.” Jen says. “We have worked hard to cultivate direct and fair-trade relationships with our suppliers and local artisans over the years in order to supply unique, high-quality, long-lasting furnishings to our customers. Our namesake is ‘artisan, handmade’ and that’s really a huge component of what we want to emphasize in our brick and mortar.”
It’s easy to see why Artesanos has received multiple awards since its start. The business places a priority on enduring style and durable, high-quality materials with an affordable price tag. As a result, the shop is a cornucopia of functional yet artisanal handmade customized sofas and sectionals, accent chairs, dining table and chair sets and worldly decor that can stand the test of time. Nestled one block up from the Strater Hotel on historic Main Ave., the 7,500-square-foot space has quickly grown into one of the Four Corners’ most covetable home furnishings and decor stores, attracting prospective homeowners, builders, residents, non-residents, realtors, and interior designers bent on finding unique pieces at a variety of price points.
Jen mentions, “It’s really a collaboration. We work with all budgets and types of clientele, discussing your ideas one room at a time with your preferences, lifestyle and use of home in mind. Do you have children? How about pets? Do you like to entertain large groups? Whatever the details, we have an amazing team who are eager to help you make decisions based on your distinct mode of living. Our customers appreciate our complimentary in-home design consultation services as a way to assure we are achieving the aesthetic that they desire in their home.”
Whether you step foot into their brick and mortar or shop them online, Artesanos offers seasonal sales and nationally competitive pricing that make investment pieces approachable. And if a piece just isn’t quite right after you take it home, the team is quick to offer returns and exchanges until you find exactly what you’re looking for. The tranquil, laidback setting and friendly staff at Artesanos only further invite customers to linger at leisure, which is highly encouraged.
“We want to make Artesanos feel comfortable when you walk in; a place to escape the fast-paced culture that seems to consume our day-to-day lives. A place to call home!”
Whether you live within the rocky peaks of the San Juans or are just dreaming of a home with a mountain aesthetic, elevate your living with a visit to this historic home furnishings and decor shop. You’ll be sure to find all your home design needs right here at Artesanos.