Monday, November 22, 2010

Custom Valances for the Shop

This is the back room of our store...there are no windows at all so it's a bit dark.  We get a tiny bit of light coming through the doorways that open to the main, front room of the shop.  
I wanted the area to have a home-like feel so custom valances were made by Green Onion Designs to go over the doorways.  Heidi is the owner of this store and made me these gorgeous Trumpet Valances in a fabric called Guilliano.  It reminds me so much of my Spode Byron dishes (my previous post features these) with pastoral, country life scenes, thatched cottages and the overall color scheme. 

I was waiting for the valances to arrive before painting this wall. I already had the gold colored paint on hand and it turns out it was a perfect match for the valances. 
I've been in such a state of 'hurry' the past few weeks that I forgot to take any before pictures of this wall, but suffice it to say, it looked much like the other 'before' pics of walls I've shown you around the shop.  

The valances arrived about four days after I'd decided on the fabric and style I wanted.  I've never had anything custom finished so fast.  Heidi will create from your fabric or the stock she has.  I was so impressed as these came fully board mounted and ready to hang. All of the hardware was included so it was just a matter of the installation which was super easy...especially since I sweet talked hubby into doing this for me! ;-)

(Shawn installing the valances)

Once the valances were installed, I began hanging plates on the wall.  I have so much brown transferware and red transferware so I decided to do the wall with a combination of both, on either side of the massive carved mirror.
 The French table seats 10's huge, and the top is one solid leaves!!!  Growing up, this is the size of table we had in our breakfast nook at home.  I have 6 brothers and a sister so we definitely utilized a big table. With six kids of our own, Shawn and I would love to have had room for a table like this at home. 
I'm a little anxious to dress it up with a Christmas setting.

Under each plate arrangement is a rounded front, mahogany wall corbel

This is the same kind of corbel / shelf I flipped upside down and hung curtains from to form a little canopy, framing in this seating area in my shop.

I love these teacup & saucer display stands.  I have several for sale in my shop and use them to display lots of cups, saucers and cream soup bowls with saucers too. 
I like displaying flatware in pitchers to show off the pretty handles.  This is one I'm carrying in the store as a special order.

I wish I could've gotten better quality photos with my camera but I'm not that good at photography and don't have the best camera either.  I'm happy with how this wall is coming along so far though.
In between the two Rococo commodes, just under the mirror I placed a pretty Sheraton plant stand and topped it with a red transferware tureen.  The bottom holds a thin vase filled with pheasant feathers, pine brances and red berries.

I'm joining the following parties:

The Shabby Chic Cottage
French Country Cottage
 Color Outside the Lines
Between Naps on the Porch
Freckled Laundry 
Funky Junk Interiors 
Tabletop Tuesday
The Girl Creative


  1. They look really pretty and I love all your plates too !

  2. Beautiful, Nancy ... so warm & inviting.

    Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  3. Nancy I love your home!! The colors you chose are kinda of like the style I am choosing in our new house. I love all your dishes and how you displayed them.

  4. Hi Nancy, Your shop is beautiful and the valances are perfect over the doors. The transferware on the walls, tables...Gorgeous!

  5. Nancy, your valances are beautiful. I love the print and the style -- so appropriate for your shop. I was also studying how you arranged the red and brown transferware over the commodes. I just love that look.

  6. Just absolutely beautiful! You really know how to put up a display! I love the valances; they are fabulous!

  7. I love what you have done in your store to make it so much like shopping in a home. That mirror is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for your sweet words about my puny little "collection" of dishes. Your shop is so stunning, the new fabric is perfect. It looks as much like a comfortable home as a store. Did you intend to show up as "no reply" when you leave comments? I was going to reply by e-mail. Blessings, Kim

  9. This is such a stunning post, Nancy! The table is piece?! OH I would love it! The mirror is really something, too...all your beautiful transferware...and the valance is perfect! I love the fabric! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Once again simply stunning and so beautiful!!! Love the fabric on the new valences, it is all so warm and inviting.....wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving....hugs...cleo

  11. That is a beautiful shop! And I luv all the vignettes and the mirror is also beautiful. Thank You for sharing.....Julian

  12. Your shop is wonderful and your new valances are beautiful! I would have wanted to keep thoses at home. I love that great big table there too! I wish I had space for that one as well. You have done such a great job on decorating your shoop. Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. This transferware junkie is always so happy to visit you. Love your shop. Wish it was close to me! Jane F.

  14. your shop is wonderful!!! The valances are really pretty. I love your decorating style. I'd want one of everything!

  15. Hi lovely lady, I love your valances over the doors for the Vintage look, and your dishe's on the wall , YOU have a Beautiful Collection of Dishe's ~~~~ Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescapes for two. You have a Great Thanksgiving Day~~ And come back to my BLOG. On Wednesday for my Thanksgiving Tablescapes.~~~~

  16. What a beautiful shop with beautiful things.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    O, and I use free Photo Scape to enhance my photos. You can lighten, brighten, darken, resize, focus, ooo, so many things. It is priceless to me...I use it on all my photos.

  17. It is all just so gorgeous!!!

  18. Those valances make a world of difference don't they Nancy? I think they look perfect over the doors to create a window feeling to the room. Everything is lovely keep up the hard work!

  19. I love the valance, Nancy! It's perfect for the spots. You are so good in displaying all your pretty stuff on your gorgeous furniture....Christine

  20. How could anyone come into your shop and narrow a purchase down to just one, or two, or a few things? The selections are (wonderfully) overwhelming!

  21. I would so LOVE to visit your gorgeous store! everything looks so stunning.

  22. Beautiful valances, Nancy. I'd love to be able to visit your shop. All those dishes! What a wonderland!!

    Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


  23. The valances are just stunning!!! Love them, and I have absolutely drooled over every picture and all the fabulous inspiration and eye candy. Gorgeous. Thanks for linking to TTT and have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty


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