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Amy Nicklaus, 28, opened Rustic Roots on Mother’s Day.

A country-chic boutique Rustic Roots offers handmade, homemade home decor Story By Kacie Klinge & Photos By Alex T. Paschal For Dixon Living


f you’re one of the many people who indulge in HGTV’s popular series “Fixer Upper” there’s a new store in town you may want to check out. Rustic Roots Home and Decor opened over Mother’s Day weekend at 734 N. Galena Ave., next to Weeds, Florals, Designs and Decor. Owner Amy Nicklaus, 28, creates, designs and revamps each item herself, for that special, personalized look. After months of creating and selling her work out of her home, she decided it was time to have a space where she could create and sell. Her quaint shop filled with dozens of handmade signs, revamped pieces of furni-

Find your Rustic Roots

For now, Rustic Roots Home and Decor, 734 N. Galena Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday the first and third week of the month. Find in on Facebook, go to or call 815-994-2536 for more information or to check out and sign up for upcoming workshops. ture, and various knick knacks. Nicklaus defines her style as country chic, with a modern twist. “This is popular right now, it’s in style,” she said. “I specialize in handmade signs, but I also do tables, kid’s tables, benches … just about anything.”

She gets a lot of inspiration from “Fixer Upper” – she and host Joanna Gaines have similar styles. In fact, the walls of her store are lined with white ship lap – a Gaines trademark. Continued on page 31

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