I remember fondly the first time I walked into the shop. I believe my exact words to Colette were, “You have done exactly what I would have done with this building, and you have my car!” (I was referring to her 1959 Corvette.) Who knew that in less than a year I would be back begging her for a job, and my amazing adventure with Station 8 would begin!
When I think back on those first few months and what the shop was like (very shabby chic), I am amazed at how it has changed! Although we still love the Shabby Chic look, and the beautiful pastel colors that come along with it, we have become so much more! Who would have guessed that in a few short years we would go from all things floral, to covering everything in burlap, to this new wonderful zig-zag pattern called chevron! We have pulled old fabric off of settee’s to achieve a “deconstructed” look, and have embraced all things industrial. I can’t begin to describe how my heart flutters every time I come across a rusty metal old work bench, or a locker unit on wheels…sigh
Those aren’t the only transitions we have made at the shop. We have gone from many vendors to a few core vendors that share our vision, and goals for the shop, and who love vintage as much as we do! We also went from sourcing all of our merchandise locally to going on these amazing adventures called “buying trips”! It all started with me saying something like “hey wouldn’t it be fun to get out of town and go on a buying trip”; less than a month later we were hitting the road! Since then we have been on more than 20 buying trips, ranging from New York to California, and many points in-between. As a matter of fact, Colette is on one now! She has never been afraid to dream big, and make things happen! It is part of what makes Station 8 so wonderful, and my job such a blast!
Part of following our dreams is always keeping current with the markets trends. Our shop is always transitioning from one look to another (one of the things our customers always comment on, and love about the shop). We devour any new design books we can get our hands on, looking for new inspiration! I’m always surprised where inspiration can come from. Some of our inspiration comes from fashion trends, and we all know how often they change! Currently we have a set of beautiful dining chairs that have an amazing cheetah print back on them! Like they say “every woman should have some animal print in their wardrobe”, so why not in your home as well! I personally am inspired by color, coming from a family of house painters; it comes somewhat naturally for me. At the shop we anxiously await the Pantone Color of the Year to be disclosed, and then scour the store looking for items we might have in that color! Then we find ways to incorporate the color into our current vignettes, and of course encourage our customers to freshen their homes, or wardrobes, with this color. This year’s color is Marsala, a very rich wine color. I can picture this color being used in a Boho/gypsy like room, where there is a lot of jewel tones and texture, like velvet throws, or in a more traditional home with Victorian influence. The options are endless!
How will your home transition this year? Will you add a touch of Marsala to your décor? How about your wardrobe? Here at Station 8 our journey to become a better version of ourselves is always ongoing! Looking for some inspiration? Come in and see what’s new!
On behalf of Team 8,
Rachel Kelly, Shop Manager
The Shops at Station 8