Shopping home decor stores is seriously one of my favorite hobbies....like some people like to run long distances, or decoupage...
On the rare occasions I find myself with a few hours all to myself, my mind instantly begins thinking about where I can go to check out some great home accessories (when really I should be folding laundry, but who wants to do THAT in their free time?).
Like our favorite magazines, retail home stores have also had a tough time in this economy. So if I may, I would like to turn this otherwise shallow post, into a "teachable moment" (if only for a moment). So here it goes, - run ladies, to your nearest home decor store and BUY something. And let me just say, I am not talking Home Goods and TJ Marshalls, I am talking Suzy's boutique from down the street. Suzy needs your biz.
Ok, off my soap box!
We have a lovely home decor store in Minneapolis called Victory. Victory's owner is a self taught interior designer (hmmm.....I DO think they are the best, no one can teach you style and instinct, you either got it or you don't) and fills her shop with luxury pillows, European vintage pieces (think gorgeous settee's), and small decorative objects and collectibles. she also has fabulous lighting!
I visited Victory this week, can you tell?
I thought I would take you along, cause couldn't we all use a little inspiration. Victory is full of inspiring vignettes.
And because Victory appeals to a high-end design client, I mostly go there just for inspiration, cause this chick isn't a high-end design client....nope, I am not.
But, I have a few carefully chosen pieces from this store in my cottage, cause this chick DOES believe in mixing high-end with flea market finds, and mass-retail goods (think Pottery Barn, Home Goods, TJ Marshalls)....it's truly what makes my cottage unique.