We moved the custom cabinet that i had built into the shop several years ago from the old shop into the new Whistling Elk shop…this piece is 8′ high and 17′ long…
This was another important part of my store opening plan – i wanted this piece to move with me because i use it every day to sell custom cabinetry and furniture.
It’s a major sales tool for my interior design business.
It is a great showcase for our picture frames and all my design books! Plus since it has 17′ of cabinets under the bookcase it provides much needed storage space.
My cabinetmaker took the built in apart, he and his helper carried the components over to the new shop (20 ft) and then they reassembled it! The whole process took him 4 hours! So not only can he build beautiful pieces – but he can move them and they still look Beautiful – that’s pretty amazing if you ask me!
We re-created our clock wall in the new shop and now it greets you as you walk in the front door.
It is surrounded by our beautiful custom draperies.
It was part of my store opening plan for the new Whistlng Elk to have this room say “we do interior design, window treatments, color consultations” – it is a very pretty room so i think we were successful!
the window treatments for the Paris Boudoir windows are almost complete…i have a few touches to add to the cornice boxes…but that is a surprise!
Last night I hung readymade (!!) sheers which i trimmed with a 5″ bullion fringe and the drapes which are a beautiful striped silk trimmed with a ball tassel beaded fringe…i must have fiddled with them for an hour to get a look i liked…i got in these pretty little crown buckles and they look fabulous on the cord that i used to hold the drapes back…in the picture i have them scotch taped on (sorry bout that) – after i decided i liked it i attached them better!!!
My mom sewed all the pillow cases for the bedding…she does a beautiful job! These are all Fabricut fabrics and the pillows are all filled with a 90/10 down fill – very nice and squishy! The beaded tassel fring is Robert Allen and the bullion fringe is from Brimar. The little tassel at the top right corner is Trimland.
Under our beautiful casual swag (also made by my mom, Pat) I hung an shaped mirror that has a very vintage feeling.
Old shutters and doors look fabulous to me…whether you just lean them somewhere or nail them to the wall – like i did in my bedroom! (I’m all for easy installation). These are just “leanin” in the shop right now!
They are such a great color…very shabby chic and rustic (actually the more beat up they are the better i like them) These could work in a formal setting too. Just love their ambience and style.
These would be swell in the Paris Boudoir or the Paris Apartment in our new “Little Paris”….but sigh…we wont be open til September…and they are here now.
Yesterday we brought some beautiful mirrors onto the shop floor (I should say lugged as they were very heavy…the detail is amazing though! Always worth the trouble!
The picture above is a catalog picture so we snapped a few other photos after depositing it in its new home in the shop. The iron top is so pretty – very simple yet elegant.
This one doesnt look that great in the catalog photo yet in person its beautiful and it would make a great leaner mirror at 73″ high. The picture below is the same mirror where we leaned it in the shop.
The mirror below is one that truly has presence…the frame is so wide and the ornamentation so regal.
Here it is in the shop – leaning at 60″ high it reflects everything around it!
Ok i know this one seems small after all those big ones but it really is a beauty too.
I cant wait to put this one in the Paris Boudoir on the little skirted Dressing table.
We didnt get this one but i included it cause its a favorite and it will probably be here again soon!
Mirrors truly make a room more beautiful and we love making a design statement with them.
A friend was incredulous that i was starting a new business in these turbulent times. It got me thinking….and reminiscing. When i started my first business i really had absolutely no idea what i was getting into (i didnt actually know that at the time…it hit me later when i realized how lucky i was to still be in business). What i do know is that i did follow my heart….and i had a lot of luck!
It took a year of planning and a lot of courage to actually quit my job and head out into the unknown land of no paycheck…and it took an act of fate. That act of fate was a simple thing – a budget revision…but just one too many. I remember marching into the boss’ office and giving two weeks notice. It was a good decision.
At the time it was like opening a door…
A beautiful door to open…
That was 22 years ago and it occurs to me now that i have never looked back. The first business took a full year to plan – this new one took shape almost instantaneously. Oh, my! As to the economic climate….i look at this new business as a way forward, like hedging a bet. The current business will be the incubator but then they will work in conjunction with each other quite nicely.
Just got the new biz card…its so exciting!
So I am wrapped up in details as i posted recently but i know that in my mind they are already worked out.
But, i am ready to walk thru another beautiful door….
I find myself thinking incessantly about all the details that i have to oversee to accomplish the opening of the new shop, and planning like crazy – writing orders, making timelines, overseeing each piece of the project so no detail gets lost in the shuffle…here are some favorite details of mine.
These two doors are attached to a great console cabinet. This is a such a pretty stenciled door – i am trying to figure out how to remove it and put it in the new space.
Love the boiserie style molding on the walls!
Source: Veranda Magazine April 2011
Crowning detail on a 9′ bookcase.
Love the way this armoire is painted…completely makes it amazing.
Source: Joanna Innes The New Paint Magic
Love the lacey look of the orchids.
An old shutter nailed to the wall is a great backdrop for this corner.
This vanity is very pretty with a soft muted gold painted molding.
Oh just love this old chandelier and the beaded shades give it just the right touch.
The lionhead gives this old looking urn just a little something more.
Sweet tray of trinkets.
A simple stencil makes this lampshade more special.
This pretty beadingis attached to the most amazing lamp shade.