hello all! So, we opened the shoppe this weekend... Saturday was the first day we opened. Not everything we envisioned was quite finished, but we opened anyhow... when will it ever really be finished? In 2 days, it has already changed a bit. But, it has changed A LOT from the original state it was in... remember the tiny photo?
And, here it is as of Saturday...
(keep in mind you will see rogue hammers and juice cups and trucks in the middle of the floor)
We didn't do anything to the exterior... it is a old building, but has been updated with vinyl siding and shutters
We did paint the door black and add some little decorative touches. I am wanting to add a cute decal with our hours and maybe a light under this little portico.
Mr. Hughes put together some really cool framed heraldry prints from the late 1800s.
A month or so ago, we found a paper roller at a great price... they can be so expensive. We snatched it up and I am so glad we did. I made some cupcakes (golden with salted caramel icing) to share with our very first guests.
I painted the walls greyish blue... it was a pleasant surprise. On the swatch card, it didn't look blue at all. The floors are a slightly darker grey. Under the carpet there was lovely stained linoleum tile... 2 layers in fact. Over hardwood. The way it was attached made it nearly impossible for us to remove the tile by ourselves. Since we are renting and doing this on a budget, we decided that painting the floor was the best plan. I am pretty pleased with the result. It is MUCH better than the yucky tile.
I painted several pieces for the shoppe and for the booths last week. One of the best parts about the shoppe is that it nearly split in half. So, I was able to paint custom orders along with all of the furniture for the shoppe and a few pieces for the booths.... seriously, like I had A LOT back there. It is of course, a bit messy and not cute at all. But, very useful.
Mr. Hughes is going to have some ready made chalk art here and also take custom orders as well.
I made some more burlap shades and did a few new designs in linen and canvas as well.
Mr. Hughes built me an awesome counter from a dining table base I painted and an old barn door. He is also going to do me a little design on the chalk area behind the desk.
We also took down the fluorescent light fixtures and replaced them with some great pendants.
I am planning on adding a light fixture to the pendant shades and a few burlap shades once my lamp parts get here.
We hung up a little piece of fencing to display the flower pins.
Mr Hughes found that great ledger and typewriter. The little red truck is baby hughes'... not for sale!
My little Jeep business card holder on a really chippy counter
Mr. Hughes came up with this design when he purchased a lot of vintage cameras... we have all kinds.
So that is what we were able to get photos of the other day. We still have more to take and a few more things to finish. We have a photo booth planned with a vintage Land camera... the photos are incredible. The Mr. also hung up a bunch more stuff on the walls today and I sorted and priced some more vintage things. We are planning on putting out a bit of Christmas next week.
This was just our opening.... we plan to have a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting in the future. It has been exhausting at times, but we had so much fun putting it together.
If you are in the area and would like to come visit, the address is:
309 Hardin Alley
Spring Hill, TN
We are open
Monday- Wednesday by Appointment
Thursday- Saturday 10-5
I will be back soon with more photos and gasp... Christmas stuff for our house and the shoppe!
bye for now!