“A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antione de Sainte-Exupery
BEFORE | RIGHT ENTRY TO MOTOR AVENUE STORE
Once we started the first phase of our studio makeover, we couldn’t help but continue into the front of our retail store. Now that we had turned the front half of our studio into a shop-able design space, we decided to showcase some of our interior design into the retail portion as well. The results have been tremendous! We have gained several new interior clients, increased our retail space and sales, and have started quickly moving our one of a kind vintage pieces. Think of that! Instead of having so many of our treasures pushed onto shelves, or stored in my garage, we can now showcase furniture and home accessories in vignettes and change things up each time we sell a piece of re-invented furniture.
Three shelving units of product were moved into the newly opened studio, (which was previously work and storage space for us), and replaced with an oversized fabric wall installation. Yes, there it is again, Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon in Aquamarine, one of my all time fave patterns available as fabric and wallpaper. The range of colors and the modern twist on classic asian designs, open the possibilities for almost any accoutrements. Now we had room for some of our custom upholstery. A small vintage sofa formerly covered in a jacquard fabric becomes sleek and chic in a natural Belgian linen. The center pillow was made from Moroccan silk velvet fabric I snatched up in New York. A pair of vintage Hollywood Regency glass and brass lamps sit atop handcarved tree stumps. A mirror hand encrusted with green limpet shells that we made right here in our studio completed the space.
Golden nail heads give an updated look to this bright and funky fabric.
Wrapping supplies and pillows stacked on shelves were functional but not very pleasing to the eye.
The shelves from the front of the store flank a vintage bamboo console, dressed with a burled wood door- turned-mirror reflecting some of our vintage oil paintings from the opposite wall. An exquisite pair of antique gilded cloisonee navy butterfly lamps are given new life with crisp white linen shades. The capiz inlaid dining table I had lacquered in black sold within the first week we put it in the new space!
Built in wall shelves which once housed our office supplies became the perfect cubbies for large selection of embroidered pillows. Our local customers are loving our new changes as much as we are. Stop by and see us and check out our constantly evolving re-invented store and studio!