Throughout my life, I've been kind of a free-spirit.
I’ve worked in various professions: theatre, music, and once as a Fabric Librarian for Brunschwig & Fils (a major turning point in my love for French textiles and fabrics). Having a desire to know more about the world and the people who inhabit it, I moved around a lot - New York, DC, Nashville, Los Angeles, Boulder, just to name a few places. All of that life experience led to the opening of the shop and gallery in 1997 with my husband Robert. Together we have dealt with all the ups and downs, but have ultimately created a business that we love.
For me, owning a retail shop has been a chance to create my own colorful world, fill it with beautiful objects, fine art, accessories and gifts, infuse the air with divine scents, and hope that whoever walks in the door will be transported a bit. I want customers' first experience to be one filled with joy and unexpected delights. (Can you tell I spent a little time in the theatre?)
For me, the shop is a little stage of sorts. The joy is in searching for the props, scenery, and costumes. Inspiration came from the many Parisian shops I visited on the Left Bank of Paris where little boutiques are filled with everything from soaps to tablecloths, from scarves to glassware. I try to create an experience where people can not only enjoy beauty, art and design, but also have the opportunity to take something home with them and make it part of their life. That little, beautiful thing that they purchased in my shop is something they will put in their home, something they will hang on their wall, something they will use, and hopefully something they will love (a romantic notion, yes, but a joyful objective for a shop owner). Why do anything if you can't have joy while doing it?