I consider myself lucky to live close to the home of L.L.Bean. For locals and out-of-staters alike, it's a total Maine icon. Bean's campus in Freeport includes the flagship store, a hunting and fishing store, and a home store, as well as a nearby ski and bike store and an outlet store. They do all kinds of fun stuff at their campus at all times of the year, including fireworks on the Fourth of July, free outdoor summer concerts and my favorite, a giant Christmas tree!
L.L.Bean also has a little bit of everything. You can buy a hunting rifle, a sleeping bag, a leather couch and a sundress. You might think their home items would all scream hunting lodge (I mean, there is a giant hunting boot outside their store!), but actually their selection is pretty diverse. I got their home catalog recently and found a few things I'm totally loving (all photos from the L.L.Bean website):
This clock is kind of retro-looking and would be totally fun for a guest room.
This throw looks so cozy, and the plaid is traditional while the colors are cool and contemporary.
I sooo want a couple of these chairs for our sitting area off the kitchen. They are petite but just right for sitting, sipping cocoa and catching up with friends.
If we had space for this coffee table in our living room, I'd totally snag it. It's both rustic and modern at the same time.
I'm not usually a fan of plaid sheets, but I just love the color of these ones. And their flannel sheets are to-die-for soft and warm.
If I could get one of these town-line signs with the name of my hometown on it, I totally would. One of these would add some a little whimsy to a light and airy living room.
Okay, this isn't a home item, but I gotta throw in this awesome tent -- that's big enough to practically be a home! This tent has a spacious sleeping area that even the hubs, at 6'2", can stand up in, as well as a separate screened-in sitting area that's super handy for storing your stuff or for getting out of the sun or rain. L.L.Bean tents are totally worth the money, because they hold up to everything.
I can't end this post without showing off something I actually bought at L.L.Bean recently. I popped into the outlet store the other weekend and found these fabulous zip-up Bean boots. There was only one pair, and these were my size -- it was fate!
Warning -- awkward foot self-portrait...
These babies are super-duper warm, thanks to their shearling lining. The website says they're ideal for temperatures from 25 degrees to 10 below. They keep my toes nice and toasty while I'm driving to work.
I swear, they are so cushy and cozy, it feels like your feet are totally wrapped in one of those memory foam pillows. Plus, they're made here in Maine.
And since I got them at the outlet store, they were $135 instead of $199. Score!
*Disclaimer: L.L.Bean did not compensate me for or in any way endorse this post. I just like their stuff!