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With hibernation on the brain, we ventured into Homesoul, a new and cozy-looking addition to the Lincoln Square shopping scene.

The home accessories boutique, which was opened last fall by longtime neighborhood resident Dana Weed, is filled with a high-low mix of interesting finds that reflect a rustic-casual aesthetic. There are sturdy chairs and other reclaimed-wood furniture pieces from Missouri-based HomePort and bins filled with cheerful, colorful rugs from Dash & Albert (which are stocked in a foyer-friendly 2x3-foot size but can be ordered larger).

Many offerings also make great gifts--for instance, help a stressed-out coworker relax with a zen Buddha Board that lets her paint on a surface with water that later evaporates and disappears ($12 to $35). For kids, there are dishes made from potatoes (really) by Spuds, and Homesoul?s entire selection of lovely holiday goods is currently 40 percent off.

Our favorite Homesoul discoveries are Jardin de Rochelle?s pretty flower-shaped porcelain diffusers, which come in scents like dahlia, narcissus and primrose ($42). What better to discover in January than a whiff of spring?

Homesoul, 4526 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-654-1583 or

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