The locals and my staff know that Wednesday night creative magic happens after hours at Black-eyed Susan. It's a test of creative moxie, as there are many weeks that we stay until the wee hours of the morning, locking the door well after midnight.
For the most part, Ann and I spend the first few minutes ooh-ing and ahh-ing abut the new merchandise and what we think we need for our own personal stash...then reality sets in and we see the long road ahead. Sneelock (if you are a new follower, you will come to know this as an affectional name for my darling husband Fred) has a standing appointment for Wednesday night hanging, moving and manpower support.
For months, I've been wanting to document our late night ventures.I'm going to try to give you the first peek at what we do each week. Some weeks may have to be the night after report, depending on the lateness of the hour.
Tonight we made some fresh changes with new additions. It's really as if little magic elves come in after the staff leaves and brings a new look to the retail floor. All in all, Thursday is always a good day for a visit to the store. I can guarantee you an inspiring look.
Fred spent the first part of the night unpacking and assembling this great new work table. Potting table, island, or studio addition...it is a great piece with a cool metal top. Durable, beautiful and darned heavy! What a project. I'm not sure how in the world he did it, but look at my new addition! After wrestling with this 72" table and getting it turned right side up, I talked Sneelock into hanging this three light industrial style pendant "for show".
Then Ann and I went to work putting the visual inspiration into place!
A mix of succulents, exotic foliage, cloched objects,and interesting containers was used in our mix. That's a tiny glass ladybug you can see! $1.00 each, there are 50 scattered about the store. So cute. One of my favorite new purchases is a selection of staghorn ferns. You can see them in the large cloche. Organic influences are everywhere, and I had great fun at market making the selections.
Here's a closeup of the table, legs, base and top. Wow, I love it!
Zoom of glass ladybug!
These burlap printed placemats just came in. Oh. My. Chevron design...so cool.
Here is another graphic print. Note the wooden bowl with moss and sprouting bulb. Ahhhhhhh.
We placed this new rolling bookcase in the front orange room. Who can deny that orange and aqua are such good colors to play off each other?! A selection of assorted cloches, pottery, frames and succulents found homes on the shelves. What a fresh feeling!
Ann placed one of the ladybugs under glass on this moss mound with great glee! Great idea.
We parted ways a bit before midnight. Good thing visual merchandising has its rewards!
I'll try to give you a report on each Wednesday night favorite find. Call or come in for more information. As for me, enough creative stimulation for one night. I'm heading to bed.