Day Trip to Earlham For Home Decor

RJ Home in Earlham (about 30 minutes west of Des Moines) opens its two downtown storefronts this weekend. Home decor enthusiasts will find lots to love at the sale. Photo: Courtesy of RJ Home.

Looking for an affordable home refresh for summer? RJ Home’s two stores in Earlham (135 N. Chestnut Ave. and 135 S. Chestnut Ave.) are loaded with curated accessories, textiles, table toppers and furniture to update your space. We promise you’ll be tempted to pull out the plastic.

The business is open one weekend a month; hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

On our May trip, we were tempted by oversize log side tables, slabs of reclaimed wood for shelves, brown wineglasses and decorative planters for our indoor botanicals. The two shops are just a few minutes’ walk apart. Learn more on their website.

While in town, plan on breakfast or lunch at Beans & Beignets. In addition to cafe au lait or a cold brew, you’ll find traditional breakfast options such as pancakes or egg scrambles; lunch includes a variety of salads and sandwiches. And as the name suggests, the downtown restaurant also dishes beignets. Order a traditional version or try the treat topped with cinnamon sugar or lemon.

Next door, Flourish Mercantile and Florals tempts with more home decor, kitchenware and creative floral arrangements.

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