Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'm Opening a Real Store!!

Its a dream come true for me, to open a retail location~
its an evolution of the blog and all the wonderful things
that I have found in blogland that has taken me to this place in time.
The little foggy sketch (I'll share a clearer rendering soon)
is how I imagine the shop to appear after I found a store front for rent.
This is the store front I found for Maison Decor the shop!
The last 22 years I have had my own interior decorating business
that began as a custom drapery business and expanded to 
helping my shop at home clients pick out paint colors 
for walls and accessories and furniture for their homes.
I had always dreamed of having a cute little decorating store~
as I imagine many of you have (or an antique shop)...
so this latest adventure will become a new series on my blog.
I will tell you how this came to become a reality for me,
and you will come along with me for the ride...
All the fun stuff, like fixing up a shop,
and buying things to put inside of it~
and the not so fun stuff of going to the planning board,
or making sure you have the financial end of it squared up.
 I am OVER the moon on this next phase of my life!!!
What I can share now is that it will be a French Home Decor shop~!
(But I bet you might have guessed that....ha!)
I went to auction last Saturday and found some pieces
like this enormous bust of Napoleon himself~
he will be a prop in my shop, I think he is just perfect!
I saw this piece in the auction cataloque 
and just had to have it for the shop.
Its an antique "side by side" with a curved glass door
 on the left and a drop down desk on the right~
Here I am at the auction preview snapping a pic of it..
I was keeping my fingers crossed that I wouldn't have to pay too much...
and when the bidding started, it was between me and another guy,
who happened to be an antique dealer...I almost quit,
but held on and this baby will be headed to the shop soon!!
A wonderful oak pew bench will be coming to the shop as well~
I see it painted and outfitted with tons of pillows!
I bought a big lot of Irish Linen~a total score~!
This was another special piece I wanted~
a Victorian Hall tree with outstanding details.
I had to call in the troops to help me get this stuff home~
hubby and Colin, my 20 year old did the job
with 4 truck loads~and we still have to go back this week to 
get two more loads!
This antique cement garden statue is supposed to have come from the 
Hearst Castle in San Simeon!  It weighs two thousand pounds.
A darling french maiden carrying a sheaf of wheat.
I want to have a garden section in my shop too~
So buckle up and come along for the ride~
I hope you will find this adventure almost as exciting as I do!
If you have ever dreamed of having a shop like I did,
this is gonna be a blog series for you!!!

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79 comments:

  1. LOL! Love Napoleon in your passenger seat ~ seatbelt and all, Amy! Just don't try driving in the HOV lane with him! : )

    Congratulations on this new venture! I am very excited for you! I am at a phase where I would love to open a booth, but yes, a shop was always a "wouldn't that be great" dream. You are getting some great things already. I can't wait to follow you along on this journey. Much success!

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  2. How wonderfully exciting Amy! It will be fun going along on this adventure with you. Best wishes sent your way!

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  3. Amy!
    What a wonderful time of year to be working on your new shop. So fresh and full of sunshine. I will be one of your first customers and finally get to meet you! I'm hoping you will still be offering your beautiful sketches because I was planning on commissioning you to render a sketch of my sister's victorian.
    So excited for you. I'm definitely ready to come along for the ride, it will be fun to peek into the creation of a lovely french decor shop.
    XO My Best

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  4. Again so excited for you Amy and I love that Nepoleon is along for the ride! you crack me up!:)

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  5. Morning Amy,

    I see a road trip in my future!!!!!

    Love your guy strapped into the front seat. I am so happy for you and I know you will make this venture a huge success. You will be a destination shop and I see customers coming from near and far just to take in all the beauty and creativity.

    Love the art rendering...so chic.

    Congrats and I will absolutely be following this series.

    your friend,
    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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  6. Congratulations, Amy! What exciting news for you. I'm sure you'll be taking us along for the ride as you transform your space!

    xo
    Claudia

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  7. Congratulations and how exciting! Can not wait to see how it all comes together!

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  8. How exciting!!! I know it will be awesome, you have great taste.
    Feel free to come advertise this, I would LOVE for you to come link this up at my linky party "Cowgirl Up!", going on right now. Link up once, appear on 4 blogs.
    Hugs,
    ♥Linsey

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  9. Amy this is beyond exciting!!!!! A match made in decorating heaven. You and an antique store go together like milk and cookies...I am so excited for you and love your finds already. When do you hope to actually open? I see big things heading your way......congratulations!!!!!!!

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  10. Congrats, Amy! How wonderful. Can't wait to see this series.

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  11. Congratulations, Amy! I'm so happy and very excited for you! I'm so ready to come along in this journey. Your new pieces are amazing! Love the antique "side by side" desk.
    Best Wishes!
    ~Wendy

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  12. I'm jumping up and down in my seat for you, Amy. Congrats on your new venture, and series. You are definitely off to a great start with your wonderful finds. Can't wait to see what's next.

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  13. Congratulations! That is so exciting for you and I can't wait to read more. This is a dream of mine as well - best of luck!!

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  14. Congratulations Amy!! I am excited for you and am looking forward to following along on your journey!!

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  15. CONGRATS Amy, how exciting! I am so happy for you and can't wait to come along on the ride!

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  16. This will be so much fun, coming along for the ride! I know it will be work, but we're all rooting for you!!! YAY!!

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  17. Wow. How exciting. Goold luck and I hope you have big fat fun.

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  18. WOW! Exciting news Amy! I'm so happy for you, and will plan to visit the store since you're a local gal. Be sure to let us know where & when. I love your sketch and ideas (and those fab auction treasures)!
    Best of luck to you,
    Susan

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  19. Congrats Amy!!! This is so exciting! Happy planning and SHOPPING! :)

    Donna

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  20. I'm so happy for you Amy!! I am thrilled to be coming along with you.

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  21. Congratulations Amy!! How exciting! What town will your new shop be in? We'll have to pop over!!

    best,
    joan

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  22. OH AMY!!! How exciting!! Something MANY of us dream of, I'm sure! Now your amazing artistic talents can be REALLY showcased! It will be simply wonderful! Can't wait to see real pictures!!
    Blessings, Lorraine

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  23. Amy, this is so exciting!! It's perfect for you. I've actually kind of wondered why you never had your own shop, and now you do! I can't wait to come visit you in it when it opens :)
    Stacy

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  24. Amy,
    I am so excited for you!!!!!What an amazing thing to be able to have your own shop.I have been in a shop with others.But never owned my own.Someday when things are ready.It really is timing isn't it.I love the pieces you already have.Can't wait to see it all come together.
    Anne

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  25. Amy, this is such GREAT news! Such a perfect venture! I know you will be an over the moon success!!!

    Congrats!

    Lou Cinda

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  26. Very excited for you Amy! I can't wait to see the process on how you fix up and put your shop together!

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  27. OMG Amy!!!!!!!I am sooo excited for you!!!! This is such fantastic news and I know you are going to be a complete success. Conratulations to you and I can't wait to hear more about it!!!!
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  28. That is SO exciting! I know you must be very very busy getting it all put together. I look forward to following along with you on this new journey.

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  29. Congratulations!! I am sure it will be fabulous:)
    ~Cheryl

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  30. LOVE Napoleon strapped in! And, your dreams coming true.

    xoxo

    Sandy

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  31. I feel like I did things backwards! I had a store long before I blogged, but closed it down when we moved too far away for travel.

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  32. Awesome! I'm so happy for you Amy. Can't wait to hear of all the adventures. This is just perfect for you. I know it's going to be a great success with all of your talents. Hooray!

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  33. congratulations, amy!

    i know it will be a smashing success. what a dream come true!

    michele

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  34. I am so excited to be coming along and seeing how your shop takes shape.
    You have bought some really amazing pieces already.
    xxx

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  35. Congratulations!! How exciting. This would be a dream come true for me, reselling beautiful vintage items. I just don't have the know-how to run a retail business. Good for you!

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  36. Oh Amy best of luck! You will do great I just know you will!

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  37. This is so exciting for you!! Thank you for taking us on the ride with you! It will be a wonderful adventure for all of us. With your taste and style it will be an amazing store. Can't wait!

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  38. Congratulations Amy! Can't wait to hear more and check out the shop when you're open! A friend is opening a yarn shop in my area and we've been having a lot of fun planning the store design. Great news!

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  39. Congratulations! I know you must be so excited. I know it will be a huge success!!!

    xo,
    RJ

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  40. I really love that Napolean! He is fabulous. Looks like you got great things. Very exciting to watch you create this store. Wish I could be there opening day.

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  41. Hi Amy, I am so excited for you and can't wait to see your dream come to life! take care, Maryann

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  42. Wow Amy!!!! Congratulations on your new store. I'm so happy for you. I know it's going to be a real success.
    I love all of your auction goodies. Sure wish I could find great stuff like that. Napoleon is perfect.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  43. How exciting, Amy!
    I'm so happy for you!
    I know your store will be wonderful.
    It will be fun to see how everything progresses.
    xxoo

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  44. I'm thrilled for you Amy! I'm assuming it's local to where you live so that means...it'll be local to where I live!! YIPPEE :)

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  45. How wonderful Amy, congrats on your dream coming true.

    Anne

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  46. WOWWWW!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Amy!!!! I am soooo thrilled for you!!! I can SO see you having your own sweet little French shop filled with your treasures! I can hardly wait to take this ride with you on your new adventure! Please tell me that it's in Michigan.... lolol! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  47. Amy, fasten your seat belt! You're in for a fun ride!!

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  48. Woohoo!!!! I may have to come visit my Paper Source compadres in Massachusetts and entice them to join me at your Grand Opening!

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  49. Ha! What a fun passenger in that last photo :) Amy, This is wonderful news and I'm know you will be a wildly successful as you are very passionate about your work. I can't wait to see all your sweet finds as you move along!

    leslie

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  50. This is amazing and exciting, and so so perfect. Of course you should have your own shop! Duh! I already see things i would want to buy in all that loot you showed in this post. I love your Napoleon bust, it's a perfect start to your Frenchy shop. And your sketch of the shop is Fabulous... i can totally see it all coming together... I can't tell you how much i'm gonna enjoy coming along for the ride and seeing you in your element. This is going to be soooo fun... i'm so excited for you, i only wish i lived closer so i could be there to see it all, and shop in your new place!!!

    Cindy

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  51. Oh what fun! I am so excited to live vicariously!! I can not wait to hear about every step!

    Carol

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  52. Wow Amy! This will be so fun to follow this adventure with you! Wish I lived closer so I could visit it when it is done! Congratulations and good luck to you!

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  53. Congratulations! I am so excited for you!! Yes, I have wanted to have a shop since I was a teenager. Maybe someday. Can't wait to see it!

    Deborah

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  54. I am so excited for you I can hardly stand it! That is fantastic. I love your drawing. It will be fun to follow your journey. Amazing stuff you've been finding. Sending good vibes your way for a successful store!
    Of all the blogs I follow you are one of the most inspiring. I love your style and I love how you can tell you truly love what you do.

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  55. Congratulations & good luck! I love watching what you do & sharing your adventures. Thanks so much.
    Best wishes!

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  56. Congratulations & good luck! I love watching what you do & sharing your adventures. Thanks so much.
    Best wishes!

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  57. Congratulations & good luck! I love watching what you do & sharing your adventures. Thanks so much.
    Best wishes!

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  58. wow, im so happy for you amy. congrats and i know youll have great success. and you deserve it. shop looks to be a PERFECT SPOT in line with your intentions. i wish you all the best. you are going to be soooo busy. just take care of yourself. i hope you can sleep at night. i certainly wouldnt be able to. i was that way when i first opened my booth in a shop. enjoy. best of luck to you. susy

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  59. Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you and for those of us who will be following your story as it unfolds!

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  60. Congratulations Amy!!!! This is such exciting news!!!! :)

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  61. Great news! and of course you will be stocking and selling Annie Sloan paint!

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  62. Oh, what fun- congratulations! I can't wait to see your shop all done up. I know it'll be gorgeous.

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  63. Bravo Amy ! What wonderful news ! I wish you all the success you deserve. Those pieces you bought are wonderful, I'm sure your store will be outstanding ! Oh...you must be soooo busy right now . You can be sure if I lived closer I would visit your store.
    I'm looking forward to more photos of the unfolding of your store !

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  64. I don't know how the heck I missed this yesterday. I left you a message on today's post- xo Diana

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  65. Hi Amy,
    How exciting for you, what a dream come true. I am sure you will be a success!

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  66. Wow Amy! Congratulations!!!!! Welcome to the world of following your passion and then on the flip side.....never having enough time to getting "it" all done!!!! It will be exciting to watch the evolution of your new place and your journey. Hoping you will still be able to post as often as you do now. PS I am already loving all that you have teased us with! When is the GRAND OPENING??? PSS I cannot wait to see what you do on the outside of your storefront!!!!

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  67. To be able to realize one's dreams is the pinnacle of happiness. Congrats on your upcoming store!

    Bonne Chance Mon Ami!

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  68. Oh Amy, this is fabulous and I know your are over the moon. I will follow along, I think this will be as much fun for your followers as for you. I know I will be enjoying and learning a lot along the way. I love the sketch and look forward to more from you. I know you will be a great.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  69. Congratulations Amy!! This is so exciting, I want details! When are you opening? Where is it located? I can't wait to come visit!

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  70. Wonderful news...Make sure you let us know the address once it is up and running so we can visit...I love Boston area and it will make a nice weekend for me to visit from NYC.

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  71. So excited for you! I've been actively searching for a space for my store, as well. It's a tough one! I'll be anxiously watching this series and hopefully gleaning some good advice!

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  72. Congratulations! What an exciting venture - wishing you all the best!

    xoxo

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  73. How exciting, Amy! I wish you much success and happiness in your new venture. Hugs, Sherry

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  74. I'm so excited for you!!! If I ever make it to Boston I'll look you up.

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  75. Whoop Whoop!! I'm following you every step of the way...it's looking beautiful so far , of course!!

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  76. Okay, I'm SO excited for you!! That day was quite inspiring for all of us, I think. I've got some adventures coming up myself. Can't wait to read all about yours!!
    :-)

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