About Us

 

Teresa Olson
Hello!
Welcome to Olson House,
I’m so glad you have discovered our cozy little world.  

I’m Teresa Olson, owner of Olson House. This shop is my pride & joy. Olson House was formed in one of those seasons of life when I wanted to create something true to who I was and what I believed in. I am a certified Interior Designer (ASID, WRID), dreamer, animal-lover and proud Scandinavian who values supportive community and a sustainable lifestyle.

 

  

What you will find at Olson House:

 Consciously Crafted Products

Olson House is a boutique shop offering curated home decor, gifts and lifestyle products in Milwaukee's Shorewood neighborhood and online. We are a space for local like-minded artists & creators to showcase their work, paired with Scandinavian products to support our dream to help you create serenity in your life through well-designed products.

In the ’80s and ’90s, everything became so mass produced and disposable. Now I think consumers are looking for unique, timeless, well-made goods that not only look beautiful, but are functional and sustainable. Olson House carries product featuring the Scandinavian aesthetic with simple lines, geometric shapes, modern yet warm tones and organic textures. We guarantee that our collection of products are consciously crafted. 

 Thoughtful Interiors

Olson House offers professional interior design services. I believe that good design should be sustainable and environmentally friendly. It’s my goal to go beyond just a pretty room. I always ask, “What is this made of? Is this healthy?” while selecting the product for our store and with my interior design clients. If you are interested in reading more about our interior design services, visit our Interior Design page, here.

Why I opened Olson House:

After working for 14 years in corporate interior design and taking what I had learned of the retail business at Exclusive Company, I opened Olson House (the name being an homage to my family) in 2015 with a mission to provide an outlet for curated local & Scandinavian home furnishings and sustainable interior design to Milwaukee. I began with carrying a small selection of local artists and Scandinavian brands in the store & online. Since then, I have worked with more than 25 local makers and expanded to carrying 22 Nordic product lines. I choose to stock like-minded local makers and Nordic brands that are timeless, sustainable and transparent. The partnerships I have cultivated since opening Olson House have fostered my love for thoughtful design and a vibrant, supportive community. 

As a business owner, I believe it it my responsibility and mission to give back to the community and to support education, the environment and women's empowerment. With the help of partnerships and the hard-working team at Olson House, I strive to support this mission in the products and services we provide.

From our friends:

  •  “For a long time I’d been trying to figure out my style, in terms of home design. I like bits of a lot of different styles, but it wasn’t until I discovered Olson House that I realized how much modern Scandinavian design speaks to me — especially through the lens of owner Teresa Olson. I love the shop’s blend of Nordic and ‘local.’ Everything Teresa carries in her store has the attributes that are important to me — quality, beauty and functionality. They’re pieces I know I will have forever. And Teresa is this patient guide who makes the shopping experience so enjoyable. I have special-ordered a few pieces of furniture and treasure them in my home.” - Ann Christenson, Olson House customer

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