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Go Back To Bed

Sometimes even the simplest things, like getting the mail, can slowly dissipate from your everyday routine. Remembering to incorporate this near effortless task at the shop has been somewhat of a challenge for me. It is really not that bad. I am being a bit dramatic, but checking the mail on a regular basis IS on my list for 2014’s new year’s resolutions. Believe! I bring this up because Jaclyn checked the mail today (since I had forgotten to do so) and we had received the Spring 2014 catalog from John Robshaw Textiles!

On a cold, quiet day like today, Robshaw’s rich color choices and bold patterns were just what I needed to get inspired. His bedding, in particular, can make even the most enthusiastic morning person want to crawl back under the covers. The Celi Bedding is neutral in color but powerful in pattern. The Nikolo Bedding has a sweet quality showcased in magenta and coral. Both of these collections could be the perfect backdrop for any of our John Robshaw decorative pillows that we have at the shop! Shown below.

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Clockwise from top left: John Robshaw Puffer Pillow, Poppy Indigo Pillow, Tambu Abaca Pillow. All of which are available for purchase at the shop. Happy new year!

Featured image via John Robshaw

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Lumberjack Fantasies

Baby, it’s cold outside. This single digit temperature streak we are experiencing right now in the Midwest has caused all of us to daydream in flannel and fur. To be clear, I am not complaining one bit. In fact, I am fully embracing the “Brawny Man” mentality. My home currently smells of evergreen and is thick with layers of plaid and woodland inspired holiday decor. If you are searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for him or you desire to add some “Lumberjack Chic” to your home and wardrobe, our featured picks will be sure to please.

VintagePendletonAdLove this vintage Pendleton ad. “His & Hers” matching plaid robes for Christmas morning? Yes, please! Image via Pinterest.

FallonPlaidInspirationThis may be the epitome of “Lumberjack Chic” and all of which is on Fallon’s wishlist right now.

JCrewScarfThe go-to accessory this season! Vintage or new, a plaid wool scarf (this one from J. Crew) will transform an ordinary ensemble into a rugged one.

FilsonShirtFilson’s Alaskan Guide Shirt is best worn for hunting, shooting, or sipping hot cocoa while gazing at Christmas lights on The Plaza. Made of 100% cotton with a stylish, flattering fit.

JcrewIPhoneCaseWhat better way to showcase your smartphone than in wood grain? Don’t worry. This iPhone case from J. Crew is made of rubber so splinters will not be an issue.

PendletonThrowPendleton’s Yakima Camp Blanket was designed to meet the rigorous demands of the wilderness. I like to think it was designed to keep my toes warm as I watch White Christmas with the family.

StanleyOne of my favorite collections to gift during the holidays. I grew up watching my dad tote around his Stanley thermos in the classic green, but the company has since expanded their color options.

LumberjackSoapThe cedar wood oil in this soap is extracted from actual tree bark and makes a fantastic stocking stuffer for the bearded, axe-wielding men in your life.

Plaid Deer AntlersSarah Ives, the owner of Upscale Downhome, dresses up vintage deer antler mounts with a touch of plaid to each. She is a part-time teacher with a passion for design and a downright winner in my mind.

wood_knivesI imagine that our boxed set of Stag Horn Steak Knives would make a meat-eating man, or woman, very happy this Christmas.

TattersallRugThe Tattersall Collection from Dash & Albert available at the shop would be the ultimate woodsy addition to an entryway or kitchen floor.

silver_candlestickWe can’t get enough of our Polished Antler Candlesticks that are currently featured in the shop. If this isn’t “Lumberjack Chic”, then what is?

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Interior designer, Scot Meacham Wood has an area of his home designed entirely for entertaining. What does he use most? Tartan and tons of texture.

Happy Holidays!

 

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On Sale Now…Dwell Studio

We are getting ready to receive a new shipment of Dwell Studio bedding and pillows! This line is particularly coveted by me because of the high style and moderate price point. The founder, Christiane Lemieux, is always setting new design trends and I love following her to see what she is up to.

Since our new shipment will be in soon, some of our current inventory is on sale:

 Draper Stripe Amethyst Throw: Was $165, now $99
 Vintage Blossom Throw: Was $355, now $213
Peacock Citrine Queen Duvet set: Was $310, now $217
Hurry in, these won’t last long!
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Coveted Home: Before and After Story

Our new space needed a little work before we could open the doors. While it was habitable enough for some, there left much to be desired by me in terms of style and character. If you ever visited Urban Dwellings Design, my former store that was located in the historic River Market of KC, then you know we had “built in” charm there. The tall ceilings, exposed brick walls and concrete floors were loved by all. I too loved these qualities but came to realize they were actually detracting from our merchandise (not a good thing when you are trying to run a retail business). Nearly everyone who entered our downtown shop had the same reaction: “Oh wow, cool space.” I never got comfortable with people saying that–while it was true, it was a bummer because I had invested a lot of money into beautiful furniture and home accessories, and yet people were unanimously commenting on the space.
With this in mind as I set out on the search of a new location, I kept an eye out for a more blank canvas and knew the store would sport white walls wherever we went. The following photos showcase how we transformed a boring suburban location with no charm and lots of dated and dirty fixtures into a bright and chic shop where everyone that enters now says “Oh wow, I love everything in here!”

 

 Before: shot from the rear of the store, looking at front door
The space had lots of box fluorescent lights, dirty ceiling tiles, wall slats to hang clothing racks on, gray rubber baseboard, and ugly laminate wood floors.

 

 After: shot from the rear of the store looking at the front door
 Although I wanted to take out all of the fluorescent box lighting my electrician objected. The space does not get very much natural light and the track lights are more for highlighting settings and merchandise, not overall lighting. I was able to eliminate all but about 4 of the box lights. The ceiling tiles got painted Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, a dark charcoal that really makes the lower ceilings recede. I had the walls stripped and the dry wall repaired and painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.  Over-sized wood baseboard painted in Black Beauty (Ben Moore) replaced the horrid institutional feeling rubber stuff. As for the floors we really lucked out. A little bit of downtown got to make an appearance as we peeled back the laminate to reveal concrete underneath. All it needed was a good scraping, cleaning and shiny epoxy coat.
Before: Taken from the front door.

 

 

After: Taken from the front door

 

 

 Before: Bathroom
I trust you can see why this would not work, I will not even bother describing except that the laminate floor was seriously grimy.

 

 

After: Bathroom
All the doors inside as well as the front door got painted Oregano by Benjamin Moore. The same black baseboard was installed with a large black tile and matching black grout. A snazzy new Kohler toilet replaced the 20 year old looking previous one. The real stunner is the wallpaper. A brand new print from Schumacher called Queen of Spain caught our eye in the catalog and was immediately the winner.
After: Bathroom
A new marble top vanity from Lowes and our mirror from the old shop complete the bathroom renovation.
Before: Future fabric wall/design consult meeting space
After: Fabric wall and design consultation meeting space

 

 Our custom sales counter was built with what our previous counter lacked: drawers and options for organizing sales materials, bags and tissue paper. The counter itself is a Cambria white quartz installed by Trendstone. The base of the cabinet was painted with a faux metallic finish by Jason Newton whom I use for all my faux finish needs with clients–he is amazing!

 

I love this setting! Amanda found the taxidermy head from a dealer in the West Bottoms. The blend of the modern leather Martin sofa from MG+BW with the rustic vine ottoman and Aoudad head is pretty awesome if you ask me.
Our new location provides exactly what we were lacking downtown–high traffic and increased visibility and exposure in the community. The interior provides a perfect backdrop to showcase all the amazing lines that we Covet!

-Jaclyn