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There’s a hip, earthy, industrial vibe to many of the home-furnishings options at Bird’s Nest Furniture in Jackson Township. The vast, 10,000-square-foot store has numerous pieces, many imported from India, that utilize recycled metal and exotic woods.

Bird's Nest Furniture
Bird’s Nest Furniture
There’s a hip, earthy, industrial vibe to many of the home-furnishings options at Bird’s Nest Furniture in Jackson Township. The vast, 10,000-square-foot store has numerous pieces, many imported from India, that utilize recycled metal and exotic woods.

There are folk-art fish made from scrap metal, ornamental letters fashioned from bicycle chains, cupboards and chests with weathered-paint finishes, suspended light fixtures of rusted metal, and a coffee table that’s a repurposed old metal rain barrel with a teak top.

For 21 years, Cottage Draperies & Interiors has been in business in Perry Township offering home decor accents and women’s fashion accessories. Yet the boutique, which resembles a house both inside and out, never has attracted a lot of street traffic.

“People drive by too fast,” says owner Ann Mavrakis, who operates an interior design firm from the shop. “Most of our customers have been coming here for years.”

Cottage Draperies & Interiors
Cottage Draperies & Interiors

What those who do venture inside will discover is a selection of elegant and uncommon pieces—lamps, trunks, tables, jewelry—hand-chosen by Mavrakis.

“You won’t come in here and find 12 of one item,” she said. “They’re mostly one of a kind.”
Elemental Arts, in downtown Canton, serves primarily as a showroom for the living room, dining room and bedroom furniture of local designer John Strauss, which is marketed nationally.

But recently, Strauss has been adding more and more accent pieces—in wood, glass and metal—by area artisans into the mix, giving the place a more retail presence.

WHERE TO BUY
Bird’s Nest Furniture, 4718 Everhard Rd. NW, Jackson Twp., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday though Saturday, 330-499-6378, birdsnestfurniture.com.

Cottage Draperies & Interiors, 1743 Whipple Ave. NW, Perry Twp., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, call 330-477-1983 for appointment, cottagedraperies.com.

Elemental Arts, 236 Walnut Ave. NE, Canton, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 330-704-8140, straussfurniture.com.