Monday, March 4, 2013

My New Little Shop Space






Somewhat suddenly, and a year and a half after closing up shop, we have dusted off the signs and taken a little shop space once again. And I do mean little. During the break we visited all the children and grandchildren all over the country, twice! After years of shop keeping, being at leisure felt so long overdue.We have kept an "undressed" booth space in a large antiques mall all during that time, but now it's time for the fun again.



We are fortunate to be part of a primo vintage shop perfectly suited for us at Vintage Market & Design in Albuquerque. A five by ten space is not much bigger than a window display, but is plenty of room for putting together some entertaining seasonal vignettes. Pure bliss for a compulsive arranger! 




We barely have our foot in the door so what you see here is bare bones. But I feel the old excitement again like when I started out nine years ago. I keep saying "we" because I couldn't do it without Mr. Cottage taking the other end of the bench and wielding a paintbrush now and then, and the occasional muscle and skill of my ever willing and talented boys. 











It's been fun to pull out some of the old store fixtures that were stored away like this beautiful vintage iron clothes rack. The decorative lattice overhead was a perfect fit too! The space was otherwise beautifully designed and ready to go.





A vintage Hartmann suitcase cradles a few shop lovelies inside.









I wanted to show you Edward and Huy's space opening right off of mine so that you could see how compatible our styles are. They are the shop owners, and have fantastic design talent. Just look at this wonderfully instinctive arrangement of space and color in an area that is still being put together. I think it's perfect just the way it is!  




These next two shots show basically the whole space. Pretty doable. Let the fun begin!









I also learned today that Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique gave a nice plug to Cabin & Cottage in her beautiful new online magazine Simply Shabbilicious. Thanks so much Kerryanne! Be sure to check it out! Many of our fav shabby blogs are in this gorgeous issue. You won't want to miss it!

Thanks so much for tuning in!

Jacqueline




44 comments:

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline, The Captain has gone to bed and I just tuned in and your post was the first to come up. I don't think I've ever been first to comment to you, you always have so many loyal followers ahead of me. Anyway, congratulations on your 'new' shop. It looks to be just about the manageable size. You already have so many pretties installed. We used to have a shop in an antique coop many years ago and I do miss it. Lots of work but fun too. I will live vicariously through you as I do with most of your posts and you'd better get to ironing!!..Happy Monday..Judy

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh J, I'm so excited for you, it looks fabulous. I know that you are having a thrill again with your new space. good for you, now I just wish I was close enough to shop, I want it all!!!

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

All the very best on your new little shop Jacqueline. It looks really gorgeous. I saw you in Kerryanne's mag today. It's a lovely magazine. x

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my gosh how awesome!

This is going to be so dandy, yay yay yay! Love your stuff already.

Bonne chance, mes amis!

Bella said...

Hi J,
Well I am excited to see your beautiful sign hanging again! I have missed all the peeks into your lovely shop vignettes... though honestly, I don't know how you can bear to part with some of your treasures! That vintage clothing rack, stunning!! It's a great new space and looking good!!
Hugs,
Bella

SizzleandZoom said...

Wow-another beautiful surprise! I love your vintage white frames. Wish I were there to shop.

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Wishing you all the best Jaqueline.
I am sure when finished it will look splendid.

iris said...

tout m' a l' air bien
tentant dommage que je sois si
loin de vous
je vous souhaite un très bon
succès pour cette boutique Shabby
j' irais voir le magazine
Art Boutique Shabby
très bonne journée
tendresse
edith (iris) France

sissie said...

Your small space makes a big impact when it comes to prettiness!! Love it and I wish you many sales!!

hugs
Sissie

Nantucket Daffodil said...

This is lovely, and also a dream of mine!

Lavender Cottage said...

Looks very nice and even though the space is small, I'm sure you'll sell lots because do the quality, not quantity.
Judith

Celestina Marie said...

Love your new space. I want to come shop!! Makes me miss my old shabby booth space. Wishing you lots of fun and many sales.
Thanks for the link to the amazing magazine.
Happy arrangeing~
Celestina Marie Design

Vintage Gal said...

Your space is just beautiful. Have fun in your little new old adventure. Enjoy yourself~!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Looks pretty , so great to be doing what you are passionate about.... Enjoy your new again venture...

Ironstone and Pine said...

Jacqueline, it looks perfect! And I love the natural light from the window.........so wish i lived close enough to be a frequent shopper!!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Congratulations on getting in the the shop business again! I love your little spot and know you will have fun playing with new things to add to it. The piece of architectural salvage hanging above your alcove is what I've been thinking about for my kitchen/dining room. I need to get searching in my area for something. Enjoy!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Your new shop is wonderful! I worked in retail for over twenty years. It has never left my heart. I can understand why you wanted to
jump back in to it!

You have such a wonderful eye for design and merchandising, Jacqueline.

I offer well wishes and success for you on this new venture!
~Lynne
w/L.

Bernideen said...

Your stall looks wonderful - and I would surely stop and peruse if I were going through! I love the total shabby chic look.

Anne said...

Beautiful! Love your space and you styled it so well too! Wish I lived closer I would LOVE to shop there!Congratulations on your feature too!
xx
Anne

Patty Wiles said...

Congratulations on your new shop Jacqueline and the plug in the magazine! So pretty and truly Shabbilicious!

Cynthia said...

Congrats on the new space!! Everything pictured is so lovely and great about the shout out in the magazine.

Cynthia

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, congratulations on your re-entry into a shop space. I know it will be a huge success with all your beautiful treasures. If I get to Santa Fe this summer a trip to Albuquerque will definitely be on my list. And the magazine plug is well deserved. I'm not familiar with Simply Shabbilicious. Will look for a copy.
Enjoy your little shop space and have fun with all the vignettes that are floating around in that creative mind of yours.

Brandon Woline said...

Oh how fun! What a great little space...with a window! Can't wait to see what else you do with it.

Olga said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting.

Stephanie Ruby Feldman said...

Lovely and exciting! Wish I could find such shops near me ( that do not cost an arm and a leg to purchase something in). Anyway, CONGRATS! and the very best of luck!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Well you know what they say... it's not the size of the shop it's what you do with it... and Jacqueline I know you will wow everyone who enters the vintage market. Your space looks truly amazing.

Thank you sweets for the magazine shout out ♥

Mari Crea said...

Lovely shop
Have a nice day
Mari

Maggie Ann said...

You have a golden touch....a gift we all enjoy when seeing your artistic creations.

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Congratulations, dear friend!!!
How exciting to be, once again, part of the "business world"!!!
Your booth is exquisite...all pale and sweetness!!!I know this is going to be a successful adventure, as well as enjoyable!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Merlesworld said...

Good luck with your new venture.
Merle......

Cindy said...

Ohhh my gosh! I love your space! Your signs are to die for, and i'm pretty sure i would kill for that lamp with the pink shade. It might be a small space, but it is amazing. You maxed it out with pure charm. The lattice entry is beyond wonderful too... like crazy wonderful!

Cindy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh what fun!!! I am so happy for you and your spot looks FABULOUS! Good luck, looks like you are in a great mall!

Carol

chateau chic said...

Oh how I'd love to be able to come shop in your space, Jacqueline! I know it will be full of wonderful charming vintage goodness!
Mary Alice

Mary E.Dadds said...

I am certain your little space will be one noone can pass by.
I never knew much about your other shop except for the picture at the end of your Blog which gave me a hint there was one.But the picture was lovely in itself.
It alone made me wish I were there.
If I am ever lucky enough to be in that area I would love to stop by your new space.

Curtains in My Tree said...

What made my heart beat hard and fast was seeing the iron clothes rack.
That won't last long, I can see that in my studio with old prom dresses on it LOL
Or maybe full of mink coats
or maybe lots of lace curtains hanging from it on white hangers

wendy said...

my goodness, everything is displayed so beautifuly.
My best friends son and wife will be moving to Albuquerque in a couple of months.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Jacqueline, how nice to have a space. I really need to get one, too. I have so much stuff to sell and you know I love to arrange stuff like you, too.

Haworth said...

Congratulations, Jacqueline! How wonderful that you have this space to show your wonderful talents for tableaux and collecting. I wish you all the very best and much happiness in this resumed venture!

Marlis said...

Congrats on the new shop! Oh I wish you sweet success and many happy hours doing that which you love! xo marlis

Custom Comforts said...

You can tell by your post how excited you are about your shop space. It will be fun to see what you display there and of course at your lovely home.
I can only keep up with your posts from work as my home computer still gives me the "at risk" notice. I'll try to check in more often from here, even though I should be working :)
Cindy

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh how exciting!!
Can't wait to see all your store displays!

Sweet Auburn Life said...

You little store looks so cute, pity I'm in Ireland! Wishing you all the best with your venture...
Sal

Laurie Ritchey said...

I just read your last two posts, and I want to visit the shop - heck, I wanna move into the shop! Everything looks beautiful. Good luck and have fun (but it looks like you're already having fun). laurie

Carol Cook said...

I just read about your shop space. Oh, we definitely need to visit. It is 58 days (who's counting) until I retire. I think a road trip in fall is in order.

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