Thursday, January 29, 2009

To paint or not to paint..that is the question!

Well I finally finished painting the store and re-arranging some of the display furniture. I must say that I do love the new color. It reminds me of chocolate milk and looks great with all the cream I have in the store. It can be hard choosing a new paint color, but I feel sometimes you just have to go for it and use your instincts. If you don't like it, it's only paint, you can always change it again. It amazes me how a little paint can change the whole look of a room or even furniture. So if your tired of the same old same old, then paint'll be happy you did!
Below are some pictures so you can see how it all turned out.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bonne Année (Happy New Year) ......

Well 2008 has come to an end and a new year has begun. Thanks so much to all of my loyal customers who helped make this past year such a great success! I look forward to your continued patronage in 2009. As with any new year we can expect changes and new challenges. I personally like changes, it keeps things interesting. So to start the year off I have decided to make some minor changes to my store. In mid January I will be closing the store for approx. one week to renovate. I will be changing the wall paint color as well as reorganizing the store lay-out and display areas. I'm excited about this new look which will be more elegant French Chateau Chic than French Country Provencal.
(My inspiration picture)
The look will be softer with more muted neutral tones such as cream, beige, grey and black with punches of seasonal color here and there. I have always loved this look and therefore look forward to the transformation......hope my customers do to!! When I'm done I'll post some pictures, so stay tuned.....

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

(established July/2008)