September 14, 2012
First things first, I really need to say a HUGE thank you to every single person who has encouraged me along the way in the crazy adventure that I’ve embarked on! Your positive comments have meant so much to me and have truly kept me going over the past few weeks. Spruce Collective opens tomorrow and all of our hard work for the new shop is about to be revealed! I can’t help but feel so lucky/blessed/humbled by the support system of family and friends that I have behind me. So. Beyond. Grateful. As any parent knows, September and back-to-school are crazy enough as it is and I honestly could never have put as much time into the new store as I have without “my village” so thank you, thank you, Thank You! Although we’re bound to have a few hiccups over the weekend, our plan is to just roll with it and enjoy the ride. We’ll be having a grand opening at the end of the month and will hopefully have any kinks ironed out before then! I really must get some rest (it’s 1:30am as I’m typing, again!) but I thought I’d share some motivational thoughts before I hit the hay…
I’ll be back early next week to share some pictures of our opening day and to share with you some of the local artisans who will be joining us at Spruce Collective. Wish me luck and have a wonderful weekend! Oh, and thanks again for all of your kind words, messages, emails and comments…they mean so much to me :)
September 13, 2012
Hello to you and I am so sorry that I was MIA yesterday! This week has been crazy (to put it mildly) and I’ve been trying hard to stay afloat. I’ve been pulling far too many late nights and think I’ll need a much better under-eye concealer before the shop opens on Saturday morning! Speaking of shops, I was invited some time ago to the grand opening of West Elm Vancouver, a store that has been eagerly anticipated by many! Despite the hectic week at hand, I just couldn’t miss out on yesterday’s afternoon shop tour and even headed back for a wee bit of the evening cocktail party. I sooo needed the little respite and managed to tie in some important pick-ups for Spruce earlier in the day so it was a win-win! The new West Elm store is truly stunning and is filled to the brim with inspiring vignettes but come take a look for yourself…
I don’t think my iPhone pics quite do it justice, but there was eye candy everywhere! Creative director Vanessa Holden guided a small group of us through the store and I left feeling very impressed by the chain’s philosophy of providing pieces that can be layered into existing decor and reach far beyond the “cookie cutter” look of other large retail stores. Their goal isn’t for homeowners to come and buy a certain look, they want to educate and guide customers in the expression of their own personal style. I especially love that West Elm now features a select number of Etsy artisans, like one of my favourites, Heather Dahl (Dahlhaus will be coming soon to Spruce Collective too, by the way!). What an amazing boost of confidence and exposure for small local artisans and entrepreneurs! And the company is thinking of the bigger picture too, supporting many international craftspeople in South Africa, India and worldwide. The global textures and patterns layer so well with the clean lines seen elsewhere in the store, wouldn’t you agree?
I love all of the generous open shelves and how the stylists have colour coded much of the product throughout the store. And Fall really is the best time for merchandising, don’t you think? All of the warm rusts combined with green and blue…well, you’ll see very soon that the Spruce girls have been feeling the same way! And those sea glass coloured bottles…sigh…love them! The store is located at 2947 Granville Street,Vancouver BC and opens tomorrow, Friday, September 13th and regular store hours are 10-9 (Mon – Thu), 10 – 8 (Fri), 10-7 (Sat + Sun).
I so enjoyed getting a sneak peek at the newest West Elm location and felt very thrilled to be included! Although, I didn’t stay nearly long enough to get any shopping done this time, I’ll be a regular visitor from now on! And how is your week going? Any big plans for the weekend? I really would love to hear. I’ve felt somewhat insulated with all of my shop thoughts these days and can’t wait to get our big projects finished so that we can open the doors to the public and I can turn at least a little bit of my focus to other creative projects . Stay tuned :)
September 10, 2012
The weekend was just as busy as I’d anticipated, possibly even more so, but our to-do list for the new store is slowly getting shorter. I think that I can actually say that we’ll be ready to open the doors on Saturday! And yes, I have had many doubtful moments along the way :) You can see a little sneak peek of the fun we had this weekend setting up over at Spruce Collective, if you’re curious, and I cannot wait to share the final reveal with you all
far too very soon! Now, I must scurry off but I’ll leave you with some pics of this gorgeous gallery renovation in Antwerp, Belgium….
Designed by the Belgian firm Lens*Ass, this home combines a dwelling with gallery space for designer Valerie Traan. I am in love with that wall of windows which seamlessly brings the outdoors in! And the bright bursts of colour are pretty fantastic as well. What are you up to this week? Is it a busy one or are you getting back into the groove of things and settling into Fall? I’ll be back to chat with you on Wednesday :)
September 7, 2012
Well, I won’t deny it…I’m wiped! I’m no stranger to pulling things together under pressure but, as I shared with Rachel in a phone chat this week, opening a store is like organizing a market on some major steroids! And it’s semi-permanent so keeping the big picture in mind makes things a whole lot trickier than a one-weekend event. And, we’re on a tight budget and an even tighter timeline at this point. So actually, even with 4 other dedicated partners, there’s no comparison! Setting up shop is not for the faint of heart but, despite the fact that we’re all beyond exhausted, it’s all of the creative projects that we’re tackling that are keeping us going. The shop is looking gorgeous (sorry to brag!) and its pretty amazing to watch it all come together as a combination of our styles and tastes…it’s as if we’ve all been shopping with the same colour schemes in mind for months! The forecast is for heat and sunshine this weekend and odds are pretty good that I’ll be painting something or entering inventory at Spruce, although pics like these make me want to play hooky and enjoy a quiet coffee or two…
What do your plans hold for the weekend? Off to enjoy our mini heat wave or catching up around the house? Whatever your plans may be, enjoy :)
September 5, 2012
September is officially here and the kids are settling into their first full day of school today. I think parents nationwide are sharing a collective sigh of relief! We had a great summer but, by last week, I think we’d all had enough family fun for a while…at least in such large doses! I’m really looking forward into getting into somewhat of a routine and being able to spend solid chunks of time focussed on our new shop without feeling like I’m taking away from play time with the kids. Our opening date is soooo very close and we still have a number of little details to wrap up. One of the perks of partnering up with such an amazing group of girls has been the abundance of creative ideas between us! We could very well get carried away but so far its been beyond exciting to watch each little suggestion or idea blossom into a feature unique to our shop. We’ve all been taking plenty of before pics of the space itself and all of the “field trips” in between and I can’t wait to share them with you, after we open our doors to the public. Until then, I’ll share some other inspiring and crafty pics to get your creative DIY juices flowing…
Do you have any Fall projects on the go or are there any you’ve been dying to get started on? Please share because I’d love to hear! It’s always so satisfying to get even small little creative tasks accomplished, isn’t it? And they’re always so much easier to dig into when the kidlets are happily off to school :)