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Tucked away in West Lake Hills, Sanctuary is one shop that lives up to its name. The soothing white walls and pale hardwood floors reflect the simple and fresh tone of the shop, which is stocked with fluffy robes, scented candles, colorful stationery, and an assortment of goods handpicked by owner Hanna Curran.A number of local designers and lines, including jewelry from Catherine Nicole and Laura Elizabeth, items from botanical culture creators LD Design, and selections from Rae Cosmetics, are featured on Sanctuary’s shelves. Also sold are T-shirts with delicate nature scenes from the locally based Victrola Design and planters from Austin Outdoor Studio. “It’s always nice to carry local artists,” says Curran, whose upbeat and welcoming presence adds to the shop’s warmth. Finely made dishes and bowls, Vosges chocolates, and bath accessories also fill the store, which has the comfortable and calm feel of a day spa. Thus far, the bright Flowie Style tote bags are popular items at Sanctuary, as are the small blue, green, and clear Loft bottles. The Paper Orchid stationery line is a personal favorite of Curran’s, though she says everything in the store is something she would appreciate receiving or enjoy wearing. Certainly Sanctuary offers a variety of items, from delicate necklaces and bold earrings to nesting bowls and bright postcards with thought-provoking messages, like “When is the last time when you did something for the first time?” “I’ve got gifts from $10 to $350,” Curran says. “There’s a real range. I didn’t want to leave anything out.” Gardening gloves, wide-brimmed hats, and various herbs in a can are good gifts for those with a green thumb, and the K. Hall Designs lavender lotions and bath products and funky Tray 6 umbrellas are gifts that are appropriate for any occasion. Also an ideal source for bridal shower and wedding gifts, Sanctuary carries a line of bridal items, like the “I Do” slippers designed by famed Hollywood wedding planner Mindy Weiss. Curran, an Austin native who was a schoolteacher before opening Sanctuary earlier this year, says she has enjoyed every bit of the process of creating the shop, from painting the walls to selecting the merchandise. “There is so much stuff out there. I tried to pick things that I like,” she says, adding that she peruses everything from the blog Design Sponge to magazines like the New Yorker, Domino, and Better Homes and Gardens for inspiration and ideas. “Just picking things I like—that is what has worked and kept it cohesive,” she says. “I walk in and feel like I am at home.” Or in a sanctuary.