Sunday, February 28, 2010
Look for these exciting pin/clips to be seen at our new location soon! 5222 York Road Holicong, Pa 18928.
Pin them in your hair, on your cashmere sweater, or boyfriend jacket...way too cute! I'll be first in line.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Each morning when I leave for work and every evening when I return from work, this is what I see. Snow, snow, and more snow. Ugh.
Piles and piles of snow
I'm trying to give you a good idea of the vast amount of snow that surrounds my mailbox!
But, when I get out of my car and walk through the door at Black-eyed Susan, this is what I see! The first promise of Spring. Glitter bunnies, pale pastels...ribbons and eggs. Check out this darling glass cloche with a bird atop!
Pale pink hyacinths. So pretty.
Worlds best pet- pale pink bunny prop. Butter, mint and taupe ribboned bunnie figures.
All things egg-related! Bulbs herald the upcoming season of blooms.
Soft pastel eggs in robin egg, mint and pearly taupe. Smooth and cool.
Check out these cool glass display cubes that just came in. I filled them with assorted nests, straw, plates, platters, and eggs. Take one home and put your favorite seasonal collectible on display. Very cool.
Come take home a chocolate bunny.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Step One. Color pallet. The color was really dictated by existing carpet and chairs which the Dr. hoped to salvage. I agreed and came up with two of my favorite colors, SW Halcyon Green and SW Tassel. (Not strangers to my loyal followers!) To my surprise and glee, the Dr.'s partner's wife decided early in the game that the old chairs had to go! I didn't fight it one bit. We selected these dark stained chairs with a rep print (like a man's tie) in rusty gold, accented by a tiny spec of the aqua. Durable, sustainable, cute!
Our great painter/paperhanger, Mike of Perfect Hangups, started right in taking down the hideous and aging wallcovering....drat, no photo! Mike had the "night shift" this time around! Work began at closing on a Friday night and continued through the weekend. Several more nights followed until the work was completed. *Note my signature black doors! The Dr. gave me some resistance on this, but succumbed to the pressure of future "visits" from me with the same repeated critiques.
After Mike finished the painting, Sneelock and I went in to do the final installation. Art, magazine racks, chairs delivered, new blind installed, accessories and several plants later...voila! Finished.
Great view of the two colors and a favorite piece of art. Small corner table and a new lamp grounded the addition of a new plasma TV, a request from the staff. I enjoyed it myself, watching the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Sweet.
Closeup of one of my favorite pieces of art---the New York Skyline, which marries the two colors and makes perfect sense. I admit that I hung this piece of art quite a bit higher than I would normally do, all in the name of sensibility...I'm not known for this! All things considered, I knew that it just wouldn't do for patients to bump their heads on the oversized and deep frame.
It's a bit difficult to perceive the ledge above this art. Let me just tell you that prior to this collection of charger, vessels, monstera leaves and large apple scuptures, there were bushes of the worst quality ivy plants held in place with phonebooks! Yes, once again I can't believe that I had no photos of that!!
Here is a great shot of the deep window sill that I had painted black, along with the window molding. This favorite woven blind combines rich wood tones and black. Beautiful. Another city scape in the perfect colors and the addition of some wrought iron magazine racks complete the room.
A broader view of the same wall with the addition of two architectural pieces of art, once again echoing the colors of the room and accented in black frames. The vertical lines of the two pieces help balance the room as well.
I love this little touch of whimsy. Two doves perch on a high beam overlooking the new digs
One more overview of a perfect waiting room.
Project completed. Door locked for the weekend. I'm just wondering what the conversation will be like next time I go for a colonoscopy...right before going under!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Yes, I do remember saying something like, "well, what is the worst thing that could happen? We would have to expand again! ". And that is exactly what happened within the last year. While I have been happy to be on site in the retail store (with my smaller office taking up the back room), we have just outgrown the space!
So, after 12 years in downtown Yardley and 4 prior years in Lower Makefield, I am once again looking at "the night shift". I will be spending my after hours packing, sorting, organizing and overseeing the preparations for the new location.
My list looks something like this: (random thoughts not prioritized yet!)
1. Plan moving sale
2. Call vendors with open purchase orders to change ship-to address
3. Finalize paint colors for new location
4. Hire painter (Sneelock and I may be part of the team...)
5. Design sale banners and coming soon temp signs
6. Change the windows in the Yardley storefront one last time (tear-y eyed)
7. Quick trip to Naples, Fl for new design project
8. Initiate all immediate work to be done for our bedroom design/Princeton Designer House
9. Continue work on the current 10 design projects in progress...oh, dear!
10. Begin packing design library for move
11. Move shelving from basement stockroom and reassemble in new stockroom
12. Move all seasonal inventory as soon as possible
13. Schedule needed trip to High Point Market for design research
14. Release purchase orders for new merchandise/new location
15. Phone lines installed new location
16. Computer lines installed new location
17. Update Web design to reflect new location and contact numbers
18. Merchandise Yardley store for moving sale
19. Organize email blitz and assign for moving info/dates/sales/grand opening
20. Contract electrician for additional lighting new store
21. Move fixtures and furniture/office furniture and files to new location
22. Do my magic in the new location (merchandising and creating the new look).
23. Plan Grand Opening
24. Schedule 3 hours sleep each night
25. Attend Princeton Jr. League Designer House Opening Gala
26. Have Princeton room completed by 04/15 EEK!
27. Plan daily early morning workout
28. Dinner for Sneelock at least twice a week
29. Schedule at least 4 Dr. appointments (annual checkups)
30. Assemble favorite 12 ft work table in new design studio!!! (Look back to see how sad I was when I had to put it into storage one year ago).
31. Clone Sneelock
And with that, I think I have to stop my list. One day at a time, one hour at a time...one night at a time. Yes, I think "the night shift" is inevitable. But this will be the last time. As my father would say, "I might believe you, but there are thousands who wouldn't". Really, the last time. The rewards will be great. Almost 4 times the space! Close to home. Historic building. Great parking. So you see, it really is too good to pass up. (I hope I remember that at 2:00a.m.)