A living room can have a sofa from the 1940’s, a chair and ottoman from the 1960’s and end tables from the 1970’s. All of these disjointed looks can be pulled together with fabric and color choices. Choose accent pillows in prints you love, and replicate the colors throughout the room. One of the most overlooked areas that easily brings a look together is in your choice of lampshades. There are so many beautifully colored and patterned lampshades from which to choose and that will add unity to your living room. Create even more continuity by repeating the dominant colors in the fabrics with your tabletop pieces, candles, art work and rug. Keeping to a maximum of three to four colors will unify the diverse decades as well. Mixing and matching eclectic pieces is what gives your home a personal feel and reveals your family’s distinctive personality. Enjoy the diversity and have fun in knowing your home is as unique as you! We look forward to helping you with any projects you may have!
Creating With Station 8: Say “I Do” to Spring!
Every year here at the shop we like to throw a little party in honor of spring. We call it our “Spring Open House”; we do this because we know everyone (including 8 Girls) is tired of looking out the window and seeing dingy snow. Gardeners are itching to get their fingers in the dirt, runners are looking forward to running without slipping on ice, and here at Station 8 we are bringing in new spring merchandise while we’re still shoveling snow. This year many of our new spring goodies were purchased with wedding season and other celebrations in mind, because we know what you need to make your celebration fabulous!
Having just planned my own wedding in November, I know how overwhelming it can be! I remember thinking: I just want simple. I believe in living simply, living in the moment, and I wanted to enjoy the journey, most brides do. It was very simple and I decided to focus more on the ceremony and less on the surroundings. Reflecting back on my experience has reminded me that one of our focuses for the shop this year is “Edit your look”. Brides are attempting simplicity through using “Vintage” items of significance
Adding elements of antique heirlooms, salvaged columns, or vintage birdcages add a perfectly imperfectness to your look, and that is what vintage is all about. Using vintage linens, upcycled mason jars, or vintage silver, are all creative ways to use vintage items to keep your wedding simple. Not only will these items make your wedding dazzling, but will also make beautiful accent pieces for your home for years to come!
Here at Station 8 we have helped brides create their perfect day in serval ways:
Visual inspiration: We are experts in putting together “looks” here at Station 8. The shop is a treasure trove of ideas, and vintage inspiration. Come in and be inspired! We would love to help you get your “look” together. We can help you find the perfect elements to keep your day simply beautiful!
And for those of you who are not planning a wedding or other special occasion, we have a very unique selection of vintage and new gifts for the many events you will be attending!
So whether you’re a bride, or an attendee of a special occasion, Station 8 is here to help!
You won’t want to miss our “Spring Open House” Saturday, April 23rd, 9-5 where we will be launching our curated , edited spring looks.
On Behalf of Team 8
Winter is here! Brisk temperatures, lightly falling snow, and a picturesque white landscape, tis the season! I love all the layers of winter. Layers of wool sweaters, wool blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves galore! My closet is full of them! So take it from someone who is always cold; here are my 8 ways to stay cozy this December!
Sweaters: Vintage wool ones are my favorites, but any good cable knit, or merino wool will do! I like to layer them under vintage blazers.
Mittens/gloves: Every girl knows you need multiple pairs for different outfits/conditions. The latest trend in these are texting gloves, fingerless so you can keep your hands warm and still use your phone. Every stocking is going to need a pair of these this Christmas!
Hats: Another stylish way to keep yourself warm. Hats have become very popular for women in recent years. My favorites are newsies, and you can get these short billed hats in warm woven’s, as well as canvas summer styles, so they’re not only fashionable, but also keep you toasty warm.
Scarves: Not only do they keep you warm they are so “in” right now we can’t keep them in-stock! Scarves are truly considered a fashion must have in the cold weather, and we can show you multiple ways to tie them!
Vests/Jackets: From Down-filled to wool pea coats, you can’t live in Montana without having a closet full of different weights of jackets. Layer your vintage vest over your jacket to be both on trend and snuggly!
Mugs: A winter day is not complete without a nice hot beverage! Handmade pottery, or I’ll often see one of the shop girls walking through the shop with a vintage mug in hand, with her favorite, tea, coffee, or in my case hot cocoa, in it! A selection of mugs is a winter must have, and they also make great gifts.
A good book: Being a Montana girl (and a book hoarder) there’s nothing I like better on a blustery winter evening than cuddling up on the sofa in front of the fireplace with a good book. I tend to get sentimental in the winter and read, or re-read the classics. If you’re in need of a little sunshine to brighten a dreary winter day, we have amazing Glacier National Park books written by local authors such as George Ostrom, and Blake Passmore that are full of beautiful photography of the park, and it’s never too soon to start planning summer hiking excursions!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
On Behalf of Team 8,
The Shops at Station 8
I love to stroll thru the historic housing districts of every town/city I visit just to see all the beautiful homes. All the different architectural styles that can be represented in one old neighborhood amaze me! The history and creativity of the designs inspire me. Inspiration I use in creating some of the ideas behind the displays in the shop! They make me think about what went into the planning, design decisions, and functionality of the choices they made based on their lifestyle during that time period. In all the different styles throughout the years I have yet to find one that inspires me as much as the Arts and Crafts style. A beautiful Bungalow makes me swoon! It is one of my goals in life to own one of these beauties. I am so inspired by this design, and its effect on the décor of that time, that I would like to share with you all the history of the Arts and Crafts movement (and one special house in particular).
The Arts and Craft movement began in England in the 1860’s. William Morris, John Ruskin and Philip Webb are credited with its conception. The idea was born out of disgust with the industrial revolution and mass production. The theory was designed to emphasize craftsmanship, and handiwork, which also made it more expensive.
It arrived here in America in the late 1890’s, and continued to be popular through the 1930’s. The first Arts and Crafts exhibition happened in Boston in April of 1897, it showcased the work of 160 craftsmen (half of which were women), and featured over 1000 objects. From there the Society of Arts and Crafts was born in June of that same year. This movement coincided with the decline of the Victorian “over decorated” era, and focused on simpler lines and functional pieces. It promoted hand crafted items, and homes that were made out of local wood, glass, stone, and metal work.
It also coincided with the growth of the American middle class, and the switch from homes that were designed for a society that housed servants, to the era where women did their own cooking, cleaning, and child care. The designs of the Craftsman house brought the kitchens into the heart of the home, and made changes such as doing away with the butler’s pantry in exchange for dining areas with built-in cabinetry, and the birth of the breakfast nook. Other characteristics of these homes are; dark wood wainscoting, and moldings, built-in cabinets, or shelving, open floor plans, exposed roof brackets, stone exterior chimneys, stone porch supports, porches with tapered, or square column’s, numerous windows (some with stained or leaded glass), and beamed ceilings.
Gustav Stickley is responsible for coining the phrase “Craftsman”. His simply designed furniture inspired the movement in America in the early 20th century, and he published the first edition of Craftsman Magazine in 1901. Not only did he design furniture, but also homes. He designed plans for both that could be purchased and encouraged the everyday person to make their own!
Unlike the English, Americans embraced industrialization, and saw the machine as a tool to help them improve life. Companies like Sears and Robuck produced furniture modeled after Gustav Stickley’s, designs. And Bungalow and foursquare kit homes could be purchased making the Bungalow a popular, and affordable house for the middle class.
I happen to have a very good example of one of these lovely homes in Colette’s house! Built in 1910, and then moved, and lovingly restored by Colette and her husband, this house is a beautiful representation of this era, and I am proud to share some photos of its craftsman qualities!
I hope you enjoyed this look at the Arts and Crafts era . As always you can find many items from this era at the shop! Hope to see you soon!
On behalf of Team 8
I love the internet, and not only for Pinterest… but also because anytime I want a little information on something interesting that has come into the shop it’s just a click away. Part of the intrigue of our business is that so many of the pieces we carry have a past life. Whether it’s a very fine antique piece, or something that has been repurposed, I’m always intrigued by the history of the things you can find in our shop. For example I overheard a conversation awhile back about a Hudson’s Bay blanket we currently have on display so I decided to look into it, and this is what I found…A very brief history of the Hudson’s Bay blanket.
The Hudson’s Bay Company was founded on May 2nd 1670. The original full name of the company is The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson’s Bay. It played an impressive role in the urban development of western Canada, having fur trading posts from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and from St. Lawrence to the Arctic. The company itself has a long and varied history, not only in the fur trading industry, but it also has a history in the real estate business, and the oil business.
The Hudson’s Bay point blanket was first introduced into the fur trade in 1870. The concept of the points blanket was invented by the French in the middle of the 18th century. Each point is indicated by an indigo stripe of 4-5.5 inches long woven into the side of the blanket, with half points being half as long. It is used to identify the size of the finished blanket, not the amount of furs to be traded for it as is commonly believed. The company started out with 500 pairs of blankets, 100 of each size starting at 1 point and graduating up by half points with the largest being 3 points. A pair of one point blankets measured at 2 feet, 8 inches wide by 8 feet long, and quickly became a very popular item among the native tribes.
The most common colors are the white blanket with the stripes of green, red, yellow, and indigo (what most people think of when they think of Hudson’s Bay). They were also made in solid colors of indigo, scarlet, green and light blue. In 1929 they made a line of pastel tones, with darker tone-on-tone bars. In the 1930’s they added imperial tones to meet the needs of modern interior design schemes. All the wool for these blankets is a blend of varieties from England and New Zealand. They are designed to be warm, soft, and water-resistant.
These blankets are a time-honored tradition of the oldest company in North America, and are still produced today. I’m so excited to have an authentic piece of this company’s history in our store! Come in and take a look.
On Behalf of Team 8
8 Ways To Use A Vintage Suitcase
One of my very favorite things to buy for the shop is vintage suitcases! I love the versatility, look, and function of these pieces. So here are my top 8 ideas for how to use vintage suitcases!
2. A picnic basket: Fill it with a picnic blanket/table cloth, glasses, plates and cutlery and you’re ready for a picnic any time! Throw in a bottle of wine, and it makes a great wedding gift!
3. Under the bed storage: About a year ago I threw out all of my flat rubber maid tubs and replaced them with vintage suitcases. I love the way they look peeking out from under my bed. They can be used to store your out of season clothing, craft supplies, or your kid’s school projects you can’t part with.
4. Bed side/end table: Add legs to your favorite vintage suitcase, or stack two or three of them to make an inexpensive bed side or end table. Still great for storage, and just the right size for a lamp, a landing spot for the book you’re reading, or the t.v. remote.
5. Very in vogue shelf for your wall: One of the most creative things we have done at the shop with a suitcase is making a shelf out of it! Attach a set of brackets to your wall and then drill thru the bottom of the suitcase to attach securely to the brackets. I love this unique way to display your goodies!
6. Dress up case: What a fun way to store your little princesses dresses, or your little guys super hero costumes. Slides easily under their bed, and (my favorite) helps teach children about repurposing at a young age.
7. Pet bed: Just open it up and add a favorite pet blanket or cut a piece of foam to fit and you have the perfect, stylish spot for your pet to nap.
8. Traveling office: A smaller suitcase is the perfect size to carry your laptop and anything else you might need to take your office on the road. Looks good and adds a solid layer of protection for all of today’s technology must haves.
On behalf of Team 8
The Shops at Station 8
Friendships can start in many different ways. For example they can start as children and last your whole life. They can start over a common interest (junking for example), or they can start with a girl looking for a different job!
Who doesn’t’ love a new vintage shop in their town? So despite the fact that I was in the middle of building a house, and had all of my belongings in storage I couldn’t resist the pull of a new shop to browse through; not only that, parked in the parking lot was my coveted car (1959 corvette). I absolutely had to see what was going on, and meet the person who owned “my” car.
I remember walking into the shop and standing in awe of the beautiful display that greeted me. While standing there, possibly drooling, I was warmly welcomed by a smiling Colette. I quickly gathered my wit’s about me, and proceeded to beg for a job. She kindly pointed to a chalkboard that stated she was hiring part time sales people, and we promptly set up an interview! Little did I know that I had just met, not only my new boss, but someone who would become a very dear friend to me. When I told her I wanted to be her when I grew up, and she replied “I’ll teach you everything you need to know” I knew I had found the place I was supposed to be!
We, as they say, hit it off immediately! Within the first couple of months we embarked on our first buying trip! Talk about brave…to head off on an overnight excursion with someone you have only known for a little over a month! She could have been a crazy driver and I could have literally been putting my life in her hands; I could have been a party animal who insisted on partying in the hotel bar at night, we were taking a chance on each other, and it turned out marvelously!
On that first trip we found out that we had more in common than we originally thought , Colette is a fantastic driver, and I’m definitely not a party animal, we can both shop until we drop, and are the only other person we know who can keep up with the other one. More importantly we discovered that we had the same vision for the shop. We have the same work ethic, share the same ideals, have the same level of taste, and the same aesthetics. All of this allows us to have a blast doing what we do because it makes working together so easy! For one of us to describe a display that we have in our mind, and the other one to be able to see it in their mind the way we do is truly a gift. On any given day we’re able to communicate using only hand gestures, we always joke around about having the same brain, and we’re not entirely sure we’re not psychically connected! We’ve known from the beginning how rare and special it is that we can be both employer/employee, and very good friends.
I have been so fortunate for the past 6 years to, not only to be in a business that I am passionate about, but blessed to work for someone who I truly enjoy learning from. Because at the end of the day we all know it’s not about the “stuff” in our lives, but the people.
On behalf of Team 8
Rachel Kelly, Shop Manager
The Shops at Station 8
I strive to be a woman of influence, and perhaps the reason why is due to the many women who have been a positive influence to me. Many times I reflect back to what I have learned through the years and how fortunate I have been throughout my years in school and in my career as well.
I was fortunate to know what I wanted to do at an early age, and my passion for business, fashion and merchandising called to me very early on. I recall so many wonderful teachers that made a good impression on me from elementary school on through high school, but it was at the University of Montana that I really connected with the most amazing professors. One in particular truly resonated with me; she was demanding, strict, detailed, compassionate and understanding! She knew all of the current fashion trends, was an expert seamstress, made all of her chic clothes, and was passionate about teaching her all-girl class the joys of making one’s own wardrobe, selecting fabrics and finding one’s style.
She was encouraging and supportive. She allowed me to dream my dreams of making a living in the fashion industry and taught me so many life lessons. I recall working in the sewing lab late on evening ripping out a seam yet again because it wasn’t perfect and my instructor walked in, looked at my work and told me to go home – it was good enough! I still use this example to this day with my employees and share with them that if they have done their best and put in the effort, then that is all that I can ask and it is good enough for me! I hope that I am passing on her many examples she set for me.
Part of my joy in working with fabrics and fine materials came from my textile class taught by this same professor. I learned how to tell the fiber content just by touching a fabric and I still experience the simple pleasure in guessing the blend of any fabric I touch, no matter what it is!
I love fine fabrics and natural blends and enjoy working with fabrics in my shop: window treatments, pillows, slipcovers, and I especially love the vintage fabrics! Whenever I am out shopping I am drawn to fabrics and inevitably go through the racks of clothing, just feeling the fabric. I especially enjoy looking through antique shops in my travels and always head to the vintage linens first, as they just draw me in.
Just recently, while in Tuscon, I discovered a quaint shop with racks and racks filled with antique tablecloths that made me swoon, so of course my shop is filled with antique linens, blankets and other textiles that I simply can’t resist!
I am so very grateful to all those who had such a positive impact on my life and hope that I inspire others to be their best!
All the best,
Colette Gross, Owner
The Shops at Station 8