During the winter months last year, long before I ever had the impulsive moment to open a shop I had struck up a friendship with Steve of An Urban Cottage blog. Steve is from Massachusetts too, and he lives in an antique Greek Revival that he has been rehabbing one room at a time. Steve's home/blog has captured the eye of Better Homes and Gardens~and his stylish rehabbed home can be found in the latest issue of Cottage Style!
Anyway, back when we were both just blogging about our houses, we got to chatting about the idea of sharing a shop where he would sell his manly industrial stuff and I would have my shabby chic french stuff.
Steve's living room~
You can see how different our personal styles are!
So while Steve and I imagined a collaborative effort
we knew that combining these two decorative points of view
just might capture a broad array of shoppers.
Of course it was kind of pie in the sky kind of fun talk
but I could imagine it in my mind's eye.
And maybe because of those brief discussions that
is how Maison Decor came to be~a set of split personality stores!
One is loaded with the rustic industrial antiques that are
more masculine in nature, while the other favors pastels,
and pale grey painted furniture with
a big pink french provincial couch for ambience!
Anyway, I opened the first store with the shabby cottage style
and then came the second store that embodied
hipster vintage urban decor.
As I got busier with the store openings and daily running
of the new venture we kind of lost touch~until recently
when he reached out to me offering me a very nice old chest of drawers.
Did I want it for my stores?
Heck yeah! So while I have yet to arrange for pickup,
Steve popped in the Boston shop this past weekend
and wrote a review.
It was great reading his take on the Maison Decor experience,
and see what "mantique" he purchased to take
home to his now famous Cambridge home.
Read about Steve's trip to my store here.
Then check out Steves rehab post on his home here.