Saturday, January 31, 2009

Maison D Objet - Paris

I think I am getting the hang of this blog thing. I just share any thoughts, ideas, pictures, whatever, whenever on my blog and hope that I can give as much inspiration as I get.

On that note...I was in Paris this past weekend for a quick 4 days. I had an opportunity to go to the MAISON D OBJET show, which is THE gift show of France. WOW! There were plenty of fabulous ideas to covet - talk about EYE CANDY! I wanted to buy a lot of wonderful furniture and crazy cool accessories and bring them back to my shop - three.home - but, as we all know, buying is not happening so much right now, and that applies to us shop owners as well. I did meet a lot of very talented, creative artists and exchanged business cards so when the retail climate shifts I will be ready to fill the shop with unique, FRENCH treasures.

I had 1 day to wander through St. Germain, an area much like SOHO in NYC, I think. My overall sense in Paris was on high sensory stimulation everywhere I looked. From people at the show, vendors and buyers both, the quaint little boutiques that I found, performers on the METRO, the tiny tables people sat at outside at cafes tightly clustered around a heater drinking espresso. Perhaps this is my perspective alone, coming from Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Be that as it may, every person wearing every and any fashion statement seemed exciting to me - interesting somehow. It was cold there, so most were wearing layers - coats, hats, gloves - but I still saw so much.

Of course, I am so inspired by people who stretch outside the comfort zone and express their individuality. It just seemed to me like everyone in Paris was wearing one or more garments that reflected a personal style all their own, ergo, I was continually inspired. It all looked fabulous in some way or another.
Another bit of excitement for me; I am introducing some new merchandise next week. I will be selling a very specialized, one-of-a kind, line of clothing by Cynthia Phelps. She takes wonderful vintage pieces and re-tools each one to enhance its original beauty. The result is a truly unique addition to your wardrobe. I think Cynthia and her vision for frocks works perfectly with three.home.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Stop By

If you haven't been to my shop - three.home - in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, you should stop by next time you are in the neighborhood. I always have truly unique treasures. People who do come in are somewhat regulars and they tend to scarf up those fabulous, never-to-be-found-again pieces, so don't be surprised if you find something in one of my photos that isn't in the shop anymore. But, rest assured, there will be something that catches your eye.

I will look forward to seeing you soon.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

First bit of free advice from me:

I found this guy...who has a know the story. But his industrial finds are really cool and local to Cleveland. I have several different pieces in my shop for sale. He usually leaves whatever paint is on there, unless it needs to be roughed up a bit. Then he oils and waxes every inch of the pieces so all the loose stuff comes off and it has a bit of a finish or protective coating. Almost shiny. You really have to use some imagination to incorporate one of these extremely rough looking pieces in your home. But the results are unique, warm, creative, and unexpected. If you want your home to reflect these qualities, here is a place to start.


This is my first experience with blogs. I have read some, although not too many. Everywhere I turn blogs seem to be the place to be. comes three.home (hopefully).

More to follow....