Welcome to Willow & Twine! We feature Interior Design Services, as well as an online boutique with home decor, gifts and chalk paint in Plain City, Ohio! My name is Mackenzie Whitaker, wife to my wonderful husband Nate, and momma to two beautiful kiddos, Taegan and Knox. The idea of Willow & Twine began on a shopping trip with friends and blossomed from there when I got serious and realized this really was my dream.
The Willow & Twine brick and mortar opened June 1, 2017. When deciding where to open the store, there wasn’t a question in my mind that it had to be in Plain City! My family has a rich history in Plain City (my grandpa created the town crest, I mean how cool is that?), I grew up here and now it is the place we call home and are raising our children. I love that Plain City has a small, supportive community feel, but is still close to Columbus, Dublin and other central Ohio communities. Plain City is a true hidden gem, and there is no other place I could imagine opening Willow & Twine! In the beginning of August, 2020, I made the extremely hard decision to close the store front. The shutdown require for Covid-19 affected so many small business, and my little dream was not immune. It broke my heart to see my blood, sweat and tears come to a close, but I am determined to not let it be the end of Willow & Twine. I have transitioned my merchandise to an online boutique filled with gifts, home decor, Eight7Three candles, and chalk paint, as well as focusing on my Interior Design clients.
I haven’t always had a love of all things décor…flash back to high school when I had a very ugly and depressing plaid bedspread! Once I got married and we purchased our first house, I realized that decorating was my happy place; it was relaxing. Over the years, my personal décor style has definitely changed, but my all time favorite is mixing the old with new! I loved taking an old hutch my grandmother had in her garage, cleaning it up and painting it to now be my favorite piece in my whole house! While I have always loved the store front, my passion is Interior Design! I love taking a room and making it into a functional and beautiful space that families will be excited to spend time in.
The ups and downs of Willow & Twine hasn’t always been easy, but I truly have the most amazing support system a gal could ask for! My family (from my momma painting furniture, to my sister creating ALL things marketing related, to my husband doing anything I throw at him) has been top-notch! I appreciate all my friends spreading the word about my online boutique, or sharing my design services and offering to help in any way, as well as the community members that have been so supportive. My heart is happy!