Take Heart is an idiom that translates, “to be confident or courageous.”

Opening Take Heart has been a dream I have had for many years and pursuing this dream has taken courage on my part, as most worthwhile things do.

In addition to courage, the support of others has been invaluable. I am grateful my mother, Kathleen, moved to Austin and is a welcome addition to Take Heart. You will typically be greeted by one of us when you visit the shop.

Take Heart is a boutique located in thriving East Austin. The shop represents my love of well designed modern, handmade, and vintage objects for the home and person.

We strive to offer offer a thoughtfully edited selection of home decor, accessories, gifts, and art that are accessible to all.

The shop showcases designers, artists, and artisans from far and near, giving customers the opportunity to touch and feel hard to find products, that are more commonly found on specialty retail websites.

Our hope is that Take Heart will inspire creativity and invite one to take time to appreciate life’s beautiful details.

With much excitement, we look forward to seeing you at Take Heart, where you will always find objects to inspire, encourage, and remember.

• Nina lives with her two dogs, named Walter (holds down the fort at home) and Willie Mae (best shop dog in photo below), in East Austin.

Nina Gordon of Take Heart Shop in East Austin