Home Depot

Your home improvement projects begin with the best intentions and end when your need for a broom gets co-opted by the desire for a new handbag.

Don’t be foiled again. Check out Dish clothing boutique’s new housewares selection — and stop treating your pad like a redheaded stepchild.

As you walk into the loft at the Berkeley location, a lovely mural of homes and trees by local artist Marina Luz puts you in that nesting mood. You’ll want to liven up a bare mantle with Jonathan Adler vases, cover up a naked window with Les Indiennes’ hand-blocked cotton curtains, and cheer up a lonely corner with a lavish pouf from Matta.

But it’s more than home lust here: Knit sock monkeys from Blabla and cheeky tees from Harajuku Lovers (Gwen Stefani’s baby line) set biological clocks in motion. And just in time for the giving season, you’ll find Herman Yu cards and calendars, delicate hand-etched shot glasses from Japan, and organic linen sprays from Fruits & Passion.

Because, you know, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Dish Home, 2981 College Avenue, between Ashby Avenue and Webster Street, Berkeley (510-540-4784).