The process of creating for me is just that, a process… It begins with fashion. Fashion magazines, online blog and posts and any news of runway trends is my “go to” place for inspirational displays in my shop! I cant’ seem to escape my fashion merchandising background as it continues to play a huge part of my life even today in owning a vintage home decor business. I can barely wait to get my hands on the monthly publications and find inspiration for shop displays from the photos! I pay attention to details like colors, patterns, fabrics and combinations used in styling the outfits shown. I tear out the most intriguing pages, pin them on my huge six foot inspiration board (made from antique door trim) and the magic begins for what I want to create for the next season’s shop looks! Last season, ruffled petticoats and girly looks were seen in fashion, which translated to my layering actual vintage petticoats on bistro tables instead of using an ordinary tablecloth. We even hung petticoats over chandeliers like a lampshade!
Just as I find inspiration from fashion, I am intrigued and inspired by hearing the story on each piece that comes into the shop. These previously loved pieces give me ideas for displaying them in new ways as learning their provenance fuels my imagination. After hearing the story, I am able to interpret it and help write the next chapter in its life by displaying it in a new manner. The fun continues in sharing its life story with my customers and in turn, hearing how they envision it becoming a part of their life story. A vintage piece can be timeless and made relevant to today if done in a respectful way to its history, and with a bit of finesse and imagination, giving it a new life in moving its story onward.
I personally curate each piece that I carry in my shop; whether it is from one of my exciting buying trips, or a piece that is presented for consignment, or in welcoming in a new artisan. It is important to me that I have this thoughtful approach as I want to ensure that the most unusual and hard to find items are represented in my shop, as well as having the current looks in home fashions. I show vintage pieces in a stylish manner that gives value to its place in time right now. You’ll be surprised in the impact you can make with a simple color scheme taken from the pages of fashion; radiant orchid and navy add pizazz to a hundred year old dining table and chairs! The shop is filled with combinations that show an heirloom piece displayed in a manner that brings them up to date with a current color scheme, or combining accent pieces that give a treasured piece a fresh page in its timeless story!
Come in for a visit and share a story with me of one of your favorite pieces. Perhaps you’ll find new inspiration, allowing a new chapter to be written!
All the best, Colette, Shop Girl
Owner, The Shops at Station 8