The biggest challenge in opening a pop-up shop was having only six weeks to transform the contemporary-styled space which was formerly a fashion accessories boutique into an inviting home decor store without making ANY permanent changes.
Starting with this console table I had made from reclaimed barn wood. One of the top planks still has a little bit of red paint. It's amazing. Our contractor found this (pulley?) wheel under our house about a month ago. I thought it added just a little industrial chic-ness.
The cubes are one of my favorite pieces, probably since they took so many iterations to get just right. Plus, I love the vintage grain sack and denim together. They are sturdy enough for a linebacker, yet are surrounded on all sides with a slight cushion, so they work as an ottoman, under a console, at the foot of the bed, in kids' rooms and can be tumbled around for additional seating. I can also get them in other fabrics, leather and hide.
Right after signing the lease, I placed an ad on Craigslist and got over 80 resumes. I interviewed only one person and hired her on the spot. Lisa was such a huge help, lending her tech skills, positive attitude, thorough research of signs, fabric, etc and most of all creativity. I love this flower receptacle idea. She put a tall cylinder vase inside a wire waste basket and filled around it with moss. It looks so pretty with the big yellow sunflowers.
Last summer, months before the store idea came up, I stumbled uponthese fabulous 'his and hers' wingback chairs at an estate sale. The representative told me they are from the Aptos estate of Clark Gable, who sold his fully furnished mansion to the current owner. The sofa (see below) is also from the same estate.
"Hers' was transformed with gorgeous new linen fabric, refinished legs and nailhead trim.
I thought the 'his' version would look handsome in a chocolate velvet pinstripe fabric with a fat welt.
Another great vintage find was this chair – I actually have four. I didn't like the dark reddish antique-y varnish and the grannyish rose carvings. When I asked my wood refinisher to cut them off, strip the wood and leave it unfinished, he thought I was cuh-razy.
He doesn't think that anymore. Absolutely stunning.
I have made no secret of my crush on chesterfield sofa's. So when I discovered this big guy at the same estate sale as the wingback I knew he was coming home with me.
The solid wood frame and horse hair cushioning indicated the high quality and age of this piece. It needed some new springs, and was recovered in divine charcoal gray velvet. He's back to his original debonaire condition.
The pillows are made from vintage linen fabric that I bought in Paris this summer. They look equally beautiful on light colored fabrics like white cotton duck slipcovers.
This antique Riddling Rack is from France. I believe the original purpose was to store champagne as it fermented, because the angle of the bottle was just right to allow bubbles to form properly. It's a great garden piece as it is, or my favorite way is taking the two pieces apart and hanging them on dining room walls. If they're mounted a few inches out from the wall they can store wine bottles and also serve as wall art.
Stacks of Belgian linen and velvet pillows.
Ruffled linen pillows in fig, olive and crimson/flax. Can be ordered in any size and configuration.
This awesome door is from an old barn in Petaluma, CA.
One of the new pieces is this metal and wood top coffee table. The small company I ordered it from offers many wood finish and metal options, as well as the ability to customize sizes.
This console table is from the same company. It would be stunning in an entry with a gilt framed mirror above, or a more rustic look with a wicker basket underneath for shoes, soccer gear, etc. I ordered it in a desk size for someone yesterday.
And vintage wooden lamps that I blogged about here. I adore them so much, I'm on the fence about parting with them…
The two black and white images below are the work of another Marin County artist – photographer Stuart Schwartz. They were taken inside the kitchen of a restaurant in Italy. They would be the perfect wall art for a restaurant.
If you are interested in any of the pieces in the store, please feel free to email me and I'd be happy to provide more photos, specifications, etc.
The store is open Tu-Sat from 10-4 until Nov. 10th. Please come by and say hello!