Pursuing Vintage Brick & Mortar

Yes, yes, it is true!  I’m finally writing a blog post!  And even MORE exciting is that I am about to start a new adventure – opening a brick and mortar Pursuing Vintage boutique!  I have dreamed for quite awhile of owning a boutique, and it is finally happening.  To say I’m over the moon is an understatement!

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I’ve found the perfect little spot to showcase my curated vintage home decor pieces.  It is located in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC in a little “City” called City of Falls Church.  It is a charming town, going through a growth spurt.  The boutique is just down the road from the popular weekend farmer’s market, and right off the main downtown strip.  There are many stores and restaurants within walking distance.  In other words, it is PERFECT!

The boutique is located in a historic house that has recently been renovated by an upscale evening gown and bridal shop, Zoya’s Atelier.  Zoya’s is run by a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law team that have just been a dream to work with.  I am honored to be next to such talented ladies!

The space has amazing light, which is so important to my work.  I will be continuing to sell online and increase the inventory offered online (see keep an eye out!).  But there will be much more offered in the boutique!  I will have some furniture pieces, a lot of art, pillows, candles, and other home goods.  I’m thrilled to be offering Mira Jean Designs pillows, candles by Heritage & Belle, and art by the talented Charleston, South Caroline artist, Kerry Steele.

The boutique is open the second weekend of every month (starting this weekend! March 10-12!) and by appointment.  If you are a designer looking for that perfect piece, let me know and you can stop over at your convenience!

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If you’re in the area, please stop by!  Stay up-to-date with Pursuing Vintage by signing up for the newsletter.  You’ll get updates on The Latest new finds, plus get subscriber-only discounts!  You can also keep up with me on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for reading.  I’ve missed you all!

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Vintage: Just Like a Day at the Spa!

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I ran across this little article & video on MSN this morning and just had to share!  OF COURSE nothing beats a day at the spa, but it is kind of funny to think shopping for vintage decor could possibly have a similar calming effect!

“When the economy tanked, the vintage trend really took off. And it wasn’t just because secondhand stuff is cheaper. NBC News reports that new research forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Psychology finds that the appeal of vintage isn’t just aesthetic or financial — it’s psychological, as well. The researchers say we find vintage goods reassuring when facing an uncertain future. Because vintage items are from another era, they make us think of the past. When we incorporate them into our homes and our lives, we bring them into the present and, implicitly, into the future– based on the assumption that they’ll continue to be used. The researchers found that handling or even thinking about owning a vintage item put people in this frame of mind. The researchers say this frame of mind is calming and gets us to turn away from a “threat condition” mindset.”  See the full video here.

With all the vintage shopping I do, I should be cool as a cucumber!  What about you? Do you think there is truth to this study?  If you feel like testing it out, make a stop at The Pursuing Vintage Shop!  It is stocked full of reassuring and calming vintage items!

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“Designer’s Best Bids” Window Design

I had the most fun opportunity this week!  Weschler’s Auctioneers in downtown Washington, DC asked me to design their front window!  They’re hosting a series called “Designer’s Best Bids”, and the task sounded simple: use items from the upcoming auction to create a space.  I honestly credit my college theatre scene design classes, where I would wait until the night before and design a set in a few hours on nothing but caffeine and youth.  I had neither going into this task, but the limited time sure had my adrenaline going!

I started by doing a walk-through and snapping pics of anything I thought I might want to use.  Weschler’s has SO many amazing items up for auction that it could have been easy to get overwhelmed.

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I feel this is where my creative capital lays – seeing the potential in a piece.  I knew right away that this blue chaise would be part of my vignette, and I was drawn to the Chinoiserie corner chair and the Albini rattan pouf.  I also found a great secretary desk that I knew would be fun to style.

Here’s a view of the space in the beginning.  It’s about 10′ by 5′.  I was really wanting to make that brass bar cart part of my scene, but  in the end it just wasn’t right.

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Here’s the final view!  I’m so thrilled with how it turned out!

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This experience was so fun, and everyone at Weschler’s was so nice (thanks for all your help, Megan)!  If you’re downtown DC at 9th and E St NW, please stop by and check out Weschler’s window!  And definitely check out their auction schedule – they have weekly auctions and more!

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