Keep Your Treasures in Motion

draw the viewers eye by creating a sense of motion within each scene
Rearranging a few items, and adding a couple more, changes the whole look of the cozy corner. One item leads you to the next.

Let’s Define Motion

The key to moving products is to keep your Treasures in Motion. The dictionary describes motion as, “the action or process of moving or being moved.”

Sometimes this means you move treasures from one shop to another. Most times, it is simply a matter of managing your space.

Visit your shop space every few days, tidy up things and rearrange items to keep them in a position that makes them visible. Present treasures prominently. Rearranging your items keeps the space fresh.

Decorating as Art

Motion is not always the physical act of moving. Sometimes you must convey it visually. Movement within the context of art is, “A principle of design used to create the look and feeling of action and to guide the viewer’s eye throughout the work of art.”

Keep this in mind as you stage your shop space. Create vignettes that draw the viewers eyes from one item or collection to another. In this context, your goal is “guide the viewer’s eye” throughout your universe of treasures for maximum impact.

Make an Impression

Frequent shoppers notice a space hasn’t changed since their last visit. This is relevant because this projects the impression that your space is stagnant. Moving waters do not grow stagnant. The same holds true for shop space. Keep things moving and no one will ever accuse you of stagnating.

Your job is to convey the impression that you are offering treasures that fly off the shelves. Make it happen.

I recently spoke with a customer who mentioned that she had seen a unique lamp in my space yesterday. She came back for it today. I informed her that it was sold. Dealers in collectibles are not offering commodity products. If you see something you like, you had better snatch it, because my goal is to keep Treasures in Motion.

Happy hunting!

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How I Decorate for Fall

How I decorate for Fall
Let the Nesting begin! Autumnal decor is beginning to evolve in the cottage.

Decorate for Fall – My Favorite Season

I typically decorate for a season, not a holiday. So I decorate for Fall as a whole. The Fall Season is not about just Halloween in Suzanne’s Cottage. It is about harvests of pumpkins and gourds, colorful foliage, brisk mornings, shorter days, and longer cozy evenings.

This photo is a recent shot of one corner of my living room. I tried to get a decent picture with nothing more than natural light. No easy feat with bright light streaming through the window, especially using an old iPhone.

If I had to choose three key elements for my decor, I’d opt for texture, color and shapes. All these work synergistically to create the mood of the room.

Texture

This room features a wide variety of textures, beginning with the focal point of the room, the fireplace. The cracked old oak mantle caps the stone face of the hearth. Some textures are rough, some are smooth.

If you sit and look around the room you will see stone, various woods, textiles of cotton, wool and fleece. There are old shed antlers, baskets of various materials. Braided rugs and carpets cover the floor. These textures convey a sense of warmth.

Color

Autumn colors are easy to define. If you need a clue, step outside, or look out the window. Summer brilliance is fading into a palette of golds, browns, and orange. Bright greens are now subdued to darker hues. Think earth tones.  As the sun is lower in the sky, day light is softer. Night lights create a warm glow across the colors and textures.

Shapes

Shapes are also quite varied. Artifacts include decoys, books, game boards, crockery jugs, lamps, and the baskets and antlers I mentioned earlier.

Groupings

Groupings can be used for decorations as well as furnishings. For decorations, consider grouping like items in a vignette. A table top may display old toys or games. A wall display may be a cluster of framed items, such as photos, or maps, or documents.

Grouping of furniture is key to creating a cozy environment, whether it is savoring solitude, curled up on a love seat with a lap blanket and a good novel, or engaging in warm conversation with friends. I have a chair in each corner of the room, each with it’s own table and lamp. Sitting in any chair in the room provides a totally different perspective of the room. It’s interesting and it’s fun.

Summary

The joy of decorating is the opportunity to create a unique space that conveys things about you and your style. Personally, my goal is create a style of a rustic cottage, that encourages people to relax and enjoy lakeside living. In this featured room, all four seats face the center of the room. This creates the atmosphere for conversation. As mentioned above, every seat in the room provides a vastly different view of decorating vignettes.

I also make sure there are plenty of blankets and pillows for snuggling up with a book or a cat. I’d love to know about your favorite fall decorating. Drop a comment below.

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Autumn 2016 = New Shop Space

Dat One at Artful Home
Day One – I just opened new shop space in Artful Home in Acton, Massachusetts.

Intro

My favorite season is Autumn. And I’m not talking about some generic autumn. No, I’m talking about Autumn in New England! After a long hot summer, we’re enjoying cool nights and brisk mornings. Autumn seems to be a catalyst for stimulating our nesting instinct. For me, Autumn also means New Shop Space!

I love creating cozy living room vignettes in my shops, and my new space in Acton, Massachusetts is no exception. Today was moving day – I loaded up a couple carloads of treasures and moved them to my corner at Artful Home.

I’m on the list for a couple shops in New Hampshire, closer to home. This Acton location is the closest shop I’ve ever had. Typically my New Hampshire shops have been over an hour away, making shop upkeep a half-day project at best. The Acton shop is only twenty minutes away from home.

Future Plans

Tomorrow, I’ll be bringing a few more items to dress up the walls. This will help pull the space together and it will maximize the use of the space by “going vertical”.

At this time, I have space in two shops. My goal is to have a presence in three shops, with diverse audiences, all within 30 minutes of home. I expect I will achieve this by the end of the year.

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