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Style & Substance: Natural Wonders


When it comes to their home furnishings and accessories business, Mike and Kat Liebschwager keep it all in the family. Not only is their shop, Ruth & Ollie, named for their respective grandmothers, but it now carries handcrafted wooden housewares made by Kat's dad, David Modisett.

Modisett, who lives in Texas, turns reclaimed woods like mesquite, oak and pecan into sleek, organic lamps, bowls and wine-bottle stoppers. "He never knows what it's going to become when he starts to turn the wood," says Kat. "It just becomes whatever it becomes."

The result is objects with clean lines and lots of character courtesy of wormholes, bark imperfections and all-natural color. Wine-bottle stoppers start at $25, bowls run from $35 to $475 and lamps run from $195 to $349.

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