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Shop Stories: Peacock & Co

Shop Stories: Peacock & Co / Little Bison Studio


Shop Name, Location, Types of Goods Sold:
Peacock & Co / Long Beach, CA / Handmade and Botanical Wares

Tell us a little bit about how Peacock & Co came to be. I was working as a Manager for Barnes & Noble Booksellers for many years and one day I decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a career in Events. Shortly after leaving Barnes & Noble and working in the Wedding Industry, I met Kimberly Latham (Owner, Anneise)  She had a shop and was working to bring fresh ideas and events to her neighborhood. We started working together on events. After working with Kimberly and spending a lot of time with her. It didn’t take long to realize that I wanted a shop of my own. I have always had a passion for Interiors. I started collecting pieces, taught myself Macrame and put together a plan. That was when Peacock & Co was born. Kimberly and I started talking about opening a shop together, and eventually decided that Peacock & Co should join Anneise in their 320 sq ft storefront. Kimberly and I are all about the Tiny Living movement and share a love for minimalism, so sharing a tiny shop was a no brainer. We have done so much to maximize our space and it works beautifully.

Describe your space. We are two brands in one space. One side is Peacock & Co and the other side is Anneise. We are split down the middle of the shop. Our space has a lot of warm tones, wood and plants. You won’t find any bold colors in the shop other than maybe black.

Do you have a favorite part of the shop + why? My favorite part of the shop is probably the exterior. It took my shop-mate and I a year to design our exterior. Being a shared shop, we wanted to be able to convey that without confusing people and while still being able to keep a minimal design and capturing both of our brand aesthetics. Waiting it out really helped me practice patience and having patience is crucial when you are a small business owner.

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Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from botany, neutral tones and minimal design. Caroline Gomez is someone who inspires me a lot. She wears many hats from Art director, Designer to Photographer and she does it all so well. Her color palette is perfection and her photography has a beautiful simplicity. Music is also a huge inspiration. It guides my productivity a lot of the time, no matter what I am doing.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. I create a lot of the pieces that are carried in the shop. It can create a little pressure at times, but it also holds me accountable to constantly be creating and to stay on a timeline. But it definitely can be a challenge!  My biggest achievement has been how much I have learned to use my hands to create. I love it when my customers ask me “Who made this?” and I get to say “ I did.”

Name 3 pieces that define you and your space. I can’t really narrow down 3 pieces that define me and my space but 3 things that define my work and my brand would be Plants, Natural Fibers and Wood.

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Biggest splurge and your biggest steal:
My biggest splurge for the shop has probably been all of the money I have spent on plants while learning about them. I have learned a lot! I only carry plants in the shop that I can keep alive, so you know you are getting some pretty easy going plant buddies. The biggest steal was probably all of our shelving fixtures which are mostly Ikea hacks and simple wood boxes that we spent a day making.

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your space? One of my go-to places would have to be the hardware store. I spend a lot of time at the hardware store! I particularly love my local Ace Hardware store. It runs like a mom and pop shop and I love the staff!

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? I see myself designing more. Maybe some plant and landscape design but I would also love to design interiors. I hope to have a full design studio someday.

Any Advice? My advice to anyone starting out would be to start small. Don’t start your business getting yourself into debt. That’s the beauty of the times we are living in, there are so many platforms to pop-up and sell!

Shop Stories: Fresh Tangerine

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Shop Name, Location, Type of Goods Sold: Fresh Tangerine / Seattle, WA / Handmade Jewelry

Tell us a little bit about how Fresh Tangerine came to be. I was working at a day job that I didn’t really like, and I was really wanting to go back to France and travel more. I also couldn’t really see myself working in a corporate office job, and I knew I had to find a way to have a flexible job that would allow me to travel. I originally started Fresh Tangerine with the idea that it would be a side job to supplement a teaching income in France. I bought a bunch of supplies, signed up for some local craft shows in Portland, and spent every night and weekend designing, making jewelry, and trying to establish my brand. After the holidays, I was approached by CRAVE (a guide book that features female owned businesses in different cities.) I spent another 9 months working full time and spending all of my free time on my business. In August 2011, I was able to quit my day job to work on Fresh Tangerine full time.

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Talk about your style. These days I’m all about being comfortable both in what I wear and the space that I’m in. My go-to outfit is a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a loose blazer. My team likes to tell me that I’m the master of the “casual blazer.” I tried to make the studio feel warm and welcoming, so that when you come to work or to visit, you feel like you’re coming home.

Do you have a favorite part of your shop + why? I love how open the studio is and that people can visit, shop, and see how everything is made.

Where does your inspiration come from? Everywhere! I love to travel, and I try to incorporate my experiences and what I’ve seen into my designs. I’m a very visual person, so I try to always keep an inspiration board.

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Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. The best and hardest thing was quitting my day job. I started my business and worked full time at my day for almost a year. I woke up after my last day of work feeling both excited/free and terrified. Another great moment was when I was in a shop that carried my jewelry for the first time. I was definitely that person taking pictures of their work in the store.

One of the most challenging things I’ve done is hire employees. It’s difficult to come to the realization that you can’t do everything yourself. It’s even harder to actually stop and let people help you. I’m still learning how to be a good boss and leader, and I’m so grateful for my awesome team. They’ve helped grow Fresh Tangerine into something that I love even more.

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. I think that the gallery wall is the perfect reflection of me and my space. It has art from friends and people I’ve met, dreamcatchers that I’ve made, photos from Fresh Tangerine shoots, and lots of gold and hearts.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: The biggest steal is probably the green velvet couch that I got from a vintage shop in Portland. There’s not really one item that I splurged on….maybe someday!

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your space? I usually get my basic items from Ikea. They have simple designs, and the price is right. Sometimes I’ll try to change pieces so that they look more custom. I like to accessorize with vintage pieces, things I’ve collected from traveling, and items from other handmade or small businesses. I’m obsessed with ceramics right now and my favorite ring dishes are from The Object Enthusiast and The Pursuits of Happiness.

Any advice? Trust your gut. I know that everyone says this, but it’s so true. I overthink things all the time, and can talk myself out of pretty much anything. I think the best decisions I’ve made have been the ones where I’ve listened to and trusted that voice that was telling me to do something.

At Home with Lisa Wagner

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Talk about your style. Industrial Vintage Modern with a touch of Rustic. Ha! Not quite sure how to describe my current style. I’ve always appreciated that vintage flair, whether it’s a part of an outfit, the décor in a home, or the car driving down the street. It brings personality and a little history into the everyday norm. So it makes sense that I enjoy incorporating those touches in my own home. I’m a sucker for unique chairs, that “one-of-a-kind” kitchen plate, old books that have been read countless times because they’re just that good. And maps. Just maps. Enough said. I’m also a big fan of clean lines and earthy tones broken up with something natural, like an untreated piece of wood or a cool branch that we found on one of our hikes with the kids. And then there’s the industrial appreciation. If it could be pictured hanging from the walls of an old factory or found in some sort of workshop, then I’ll take it!

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I think I have favorite spaces in each room of the house. Just depends on the time of day, I guess. However the white couch in the family room is currently one of my favorite places to sit. There’s a beam of sunlight that hits it perfectly for a good long while during the early afternoon. Usually the house is quiet during those hours and if I play my cards right, you will often find me basking in the sunlight there with a good book in hand.

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Where does your inspiration come from? A lot of things inspire me. Nature, different cultures, artwork, music, other people, industry. I’m a sucker for thrift stores, antique malls, hole-in-the-wall sorts of places. I could get lost in those for hours…days…weekends. Other people’s junk can definitely inspire me. A pretty pink cabinet that now sits in my daughter’s room was once a dirty dark green object on the side of the road with a missing hinge and a door hanging off. Nothing that a little TLC and a coat of paint can’t take care of! I’ve always been a “collector.” I’ve had many odd collections throughout my life (my mom could give you some interesting examples…but we’ll leave it at that). So “treasure hunting” is something that I truly enjoy. This home has treasures that came from the rafters of an old barn, junkyards and from the middle of the woods. And I do realize I’m passing this trait onto my kids…which is a blessing and a curse. I find piles of rocks, acorns, and even jawbones from dead carcasses in corners of their room with strict instructions not to touch them. (I secretly love it and hope it never stops.)

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. I wouldn’t call it an achievement just yet, as I have eons of things to learn and work on, but I believe homeschooling would fall into this category. This is our first year at it, and it is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done…and also one of the coolest. Every day there is something so rewarding that takes place…and yet I’ve never slept harder at night then I have this year. Some days there are tears…but those can be both happy and sad. What a gift to have my kids home with me all day long. Truly this is such a blessing and it’s a dream come true. Thank you, God. But my kids are with me all. day. long. (insert “deer in headlights” eyes.) This year, more than ever before, I’ve learned how much I have to work on. I’m still [very much] being molded and refined and I’m thankful for this journey in so many countless ways…even if it means the house is usually in disarray and there are flow charts hanging on my walls. :)

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Wood – my dad is quite a talented wood worker. He has created so many beautiful carvings and different pieces out of wood (among many other things). The smell of woodchips will forever remind me of my dad and his workshop. That’s why I think wood…especially in it’s natural state…makes my heart very happy. Chairs – I love me some unique chairs. They’re usually just the right size to bring a little character to a corner of a room. Books – in my humble, and admittedly nerdy opinion, a room is made so much cooler when there are piles of stacked books.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our counter tops and stools were a splurge. But well worth it, I think. And all the wood in our kitchen/dinning room was a steal. Literally these were collected for a small fee from barns that were being taken down. Those beautiful Wisconsin farms keep on giving. :)

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? As mentioned earlier, a lot of things in our home come gently used. Craigslist has been a great resource, among rummage sales and thrift stores. There’s so much you can do to give those used things a fresh new look. West Elem, Urban Outfitters, Ikea and Etsy have also been great places to get unique things for a fair price.

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? I love to use nature. We’ve collected pinecones and strung them from twine to adorn a window. We’ve spray painted them with glitter paint to add some sparkle to a bookshelf. We’ve collected a handful of cool sticks and feathers and painted the tips silver. We’ve gathered armloads of driftwood to make one-of-a-kind birdhouses. It can be that easy. And plants are such a great way to bring colorful life into your home. They’re easy and effortless.

Any advice? When we moved into this house (about 2 years ago) I tried hard to not put anything on my walls or shelves that didn’t mean something to me. I think sometimes we think we need to fill each and every space in our home. That’s simply not true. An entire wall in my living room was blank for over a year because I didn’t have anything that could fill it well…that meant something to me…that wasn’t just filling an empty space. Sometimes it’s worth waiting for that perfect piece that you happen to find when you aren’t even looking for it!

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At Home with Malia Chang

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Talk about your style: I am so grateful to have someone who completely trusts my judgment and gives me free-range to decorate and adorn our apartment. We love a mid-century vibe with pops of bohemian touches scattered about. Pairing pieces with clean lines and edges like you’d find in a mid-century style with delicate, flowing bohemian characteristics gives a nice contrast between bold and gentle. It kind of reflects our personalities!

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I love our living room. It has a little corner fireplace with a nook that I can’t seem to stop fussing over. I find myself placing pieces we adore like favorite geodes, the Crosley, salt lamp, and etc., this way and that, arraigning and re-arranging. It’s therapeutic. So many times I will sit on our couch and just stare at what we’ve created.

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Where does your inspiration come from? Antique shops, dreams of Paris, the colors and florals of the seasons, Pinterest, books, the sky, nature, cosmos, a bold glass of red wine, you name it.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. For our very first place, I think we’ve done well with creating something uniquely us. We do have a guest room that stands mostly for storage, but we been meaning to go through all of the boxes soon. We are getting married in July and wedding planning is always high on the to-do list!

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Our gallery wall, the triangle natural dream catcher I handmade, and our string of old photos of our families.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our biggest splurge would have to be our mid-century dining table set. We found it on Craigslist and fell in love. It is perfect for our little apartment, but came with three extension pieces that will be put to use when we have a house and a growing family! Biggest steal is the framed art piece in the dining room — it is actually wrapping paper of the monuments in Paris in an Ikea frame! Art on a budget!

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Urban Outfitters for unique statement pieces and we are also firm Ikea believers. And there’s not much I love more than thrifting and antiquing. When I can, I love to make things with my hands.

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? Perfect timing for this question! It always feels so good to admire a piece and know you put it together with your own hands. I just love our triangle dream catcher and knowing I tied it together, I dyed the cotton string, I adorned it with pretty things from nature, makes my heart swell with pride. It’s timeless. It’ll be one of those forever pieces we’ll weave through our family for generations.

Any advice? When you move in to your first place, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want things perfect and just-so. Next thing you’ll know, everything is changing and so is your style. So think of your home as an art piece you’re constantly changing…and adding and removing and enjoy it at every stage.

Wishlist 19: Earthy Tones

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As we officially dive into spring and embracing the warmer temperatures, earthy warm tones have been really drawing me in as of late. Recently I picked out a few fun statement items above that I thought fit well together. Lately I have been in a constant battle with deciding on a color palette for our living space. Right now we have a lot of black, grey, and cream with a few pops of mustard + teal tones here and there, so these soft, muted elements might be just the right thing to balance everything out.

Shop Stories: Pigment

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Shop Name, Location, Type of Goods Sold: Pigment / San Diego, CA / Lifestyle Store

Tell us a little bit about how Pigment came to be. Pigment began as a gallery for artwork. Initially, there was a studio in back and gallery space in the front. Over time our art installations were complimented by a sofa, a side table and, eventually, fully developed vignettes. Design savvy gifts followed shortly after and an affinity for merchandising fully emerged.

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Talk about your style. Style-wise, both merchandising and buying for Pigment is about graphic contrast and thoughtful color combos. It’s funny; my fashion sense is quite plain–jeans and a wife beater. The uniform, as I like to call it. With the shop, however, I’m all about color and pattern. I love planes of simple negative space balanced by small areas of vibrant spot color. Add pattern and I’m in heaven.

Simple Southern California architecture from San Diego architects, such as Irving Gill, helped shape my design sensibilities. As part of an architecture class in college I studied his work. One home in particular had large stucco walls with simple arches. At the right time of day, shadows from wind swept palm fronds divided the negative space. The temperature of the cool blue shadows against the warm wall was so beautiful to me. The magic of such simple choices and the interaction of the static building with the shifting organic shapes really left an impression on me. It influenced my artwork (I’m a painter too) and it definitely influences the shop.

On a less sophisticated note, I’m a product of the 70’s and 80’s and I’m still in love with old OP graphics. All that ombre shifting is right in my wheelhouse. I teach Color Theory at the local colleges and my color fixation plays a big role in the look of Pigment. With color, inspiration is all around at all times. I’m drawn to the subtleties of one color, the breadth of one color between temperature extremes, but also the contrast between two opposing hues as well. Color moments that whisper and draw you in and others that yell at you and grab your attention from afar, both stop me in my tracks on a regular basis. I can definitely say I’m color obsessed.

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Do you have a favorite part of your shop + why? With merchandising, I geek out on every section of the store, so narrowing down one fav’ is really hard. I don’t have a favorite spot, but I have a favorite time to work.   The magic of merchandising happens while the store is closed. I love the early morning hours before the shop opens. The anticipation of customers and the challenge to impress really keeps me going.

The Plant Lab is a crowd pleaser for sure. Inspired by the terrarium craze we created a spot in store where you can build your own. It’s a go-to for gifting and a place for adults and kiddos alike. Colored sands, mosses and rocks line the walls in a rainbow of color.  We were literally thinking about a candy shop when looking for bins to hold all the sands and such. Just like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, we want it to feel like a wonderland. Customers can DIY or order up from one of our associates.

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Where does your inspiration come from? Inspiration comes in many forms. As I mentioned above, color is number one. From nature to the city streets and the pages of a magazine, it’s everywhere at all times and little moments of color inspiration are constant. I also love vintage picking–buying, collecting, foraging. My vintage compulsion is one part treasure hunter and one part genealogist. I always feel a connection to the items I buy, like an object found from my own past. The preoccupation isn’t a rational one. I’ve even been moved to tears over old photos at the swap meet. I guess it’s easy to appreciate how fleeting life is when you see someone’s everything in boxes at a garage sale.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Business-wise, opening and running the store, doubling our size and moving locations over seven years was the undertaking of our lives and, between my husband and I, is also our biggest business achievement. Every year that we stay in business puts us one year further from the statistical failure of a five-year window. Which leads, of course, to the biggest challenge: keeping it going. Keeping the quality strong in the shop and morale high among our staff takes constant effort. There’s no relaxing and basking, it’s constant work. There’s just more pressure now.

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. I’ve been looking at this question for a week now. I’m trying to put my finger on why it’s such a hard one for me. People are constantly trying to understand what we do, what we are, what we sell. On the one hand, I’m eager to answer the question and help to establish our identity. On the other hand, I don’t want to limit what we are and put the shop in a proverbial box either. This may not be what you were looking for, but here’s my best attempt to answer.

Paint Brushes: Pigment’s focus was initially on local artisan vendors and the sale of their work, including my own (I’m a painter). Art is the backbone of the business. While we’ve grown well beyond a gallery, sales of art is Pigment’s foundation and our relationship to handmade wares and the artists & artisans who make them continues to guide our aesthetic as a whole.

Our towering Fig Tree: Aesthetically speaking, at Pigment plants in general soften an otherwise more industrial space. The matriarch of our collection, a huge fig tree that reaches up in to the rafters, dwarfs teeny tiny succulent counterparts. Like people, they each have a personality and temperament. You can cruise through and checkout the different specimen for inspiration or role your sleeves up and get your hands dirty at the Plant Lab, our in-store terrarium bar. The green element and our Plant Lab in particular set us apart from other stores.

A Stroller: We are family owned and operated and the growth of our store has paralleled our growing family. We have a pup, named Cash, and two daughters too. The shop and all of our events are family & pet friendly. I want Pigment to be a magical place for adults and kids alike and often draw on my own nostalgia for the items that we feature.

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Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Splurge: Once a year we have a Tillandsia Trunk Show. It’s a time when we feature unusual specimen. They can be pricey, but oh are they beautiful! Be forewarned, there’s a certain pressure that comes with the purchase though. You become a steward of that specimen and the pressure to care for it properly is huge! Steal: Succulents, succulents, succulents! The largest growers in the nation are in our backyard, which means our prices are amazing. Even among our So-Cal counterparts, our prices are the best. Plugs start at a $1 each.

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your space? When it comes to buying, I feel comfortable walking in to a fancy showroom and pouring over every item in the space. I can also turn around and sift through every dusty box at an estate sale. I go into it with a vision and a goal–no forum is too high or too low for me.

My buying style, I learned early on, is pretty unconventional too. I break every rule and order primarily based on what I like and would buy myself. I am often saying no to things that I could sell. I want to love every item and the space as a whole.

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Talk about your style. I love Scandinavian minimal design with a side of industrial.

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? The living room probably takes the cake for my favorite room. It’s completely redone from how it looked when we moved in. It went from beige paint+ carpet to white walls + hardwood floors, with the touch of an MCM couch and our DIY floating sideboard & picture ledge. It’s my Friday nightspot.

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Where does your inspiration come from? I’m a constant admirer of the simplicity from My Scandinavian Home + the daring/fun DIY from Vintage Revivals.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Our kitchen remodel has to be our crowning achievement so far. We took out a whole wall, cabinets and the built in stove hood to make an open kitchen with our DIY concrete island boldly standing in the middle.

Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Our concrete island, the floating sideboard, and my office. It’s a little serious business mixed with an easy going + swanky flare.

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Biggest splurge and biggest steal: That’s a hard one. There are the dull $$ spent on putting new floors in and the general – wood for remodeling/projects adds up like crazy – but let’s go with the fun facts: Our mid century modern couch was a Craiglist find that felt like a bit of a stretch, but was EXACTLY what I was looking for; while the Eames chair (from Amazon) was almost completely paid for with all the Amazon points we saved up over 2.5 years!

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Ikea + Lowes have helped us make or build much of the home we love. Though I’m known to find fantastic knick-knacks at Target + Marshalls!

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? My DIY tip is to look at what you have, big or small, and see if you can repaint it to fit your needs before demoing or throwing it out. Our bathroom did NOT look like that before. But I didn’t have to do any demolition or heavy spending to get it to the bright and cheery state it is currently in!

Any advice? Create a home you feel rested in + enjoy. No style is impossible to achieve if you declutter your space and try your hand at some inexpensive DIY!

Tiny Heirloom

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Tell us a little bit about Tiny Heirloom and how it all started. Three years ago, Tyson, our CEO and his brother in law, Jason, COO, decided to start building tiny homes on a very small scale. About halfway through building one, they decided to make it into an actual business. From there, they began customizing the features to be more luxury based and create the feel of a real home in each one they created. Jason’s brother and now CFO, Zach, soon joined the team and all of their wives started contributing as to make this a family operation. As of last week, I joined the team, as Chief Administrative Officer, and we have a few other guys on the team as builders. We are all friends and have been for sometime and so this business is a fun way for us to live life together and grow something from the ground up.

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What makes your homes different?​​ Our homes are unique in the fact that we are creating luxury homes, not just tiny homes. We felt like we wanted to create a space that allowed people to minimize but still helped them feel like they were at home. Also, we feel like the heart behind our company is really important. We value caring for our clients and our homes as if they were family. So, we care for our clients by flying them out to see their homes, taking them to dinner and adding personal touches like anniversary care packages.

Where does your inspiration come from when working on a Tiny Heirloom home? For each of the houses, a lot of the inspiration comes from the wives of our builders. They would take ideas to them and get a lot of insight from their wives in which way to go. For our business, it comes from a desire to revolution the ‘American dream’. The mission of the company is to bring a high quality home but not in an excessive way. To provide comfort and the warmth of a home, while still living minimally.

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Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Biggest achievement would be the large amount of attention and affirmation we have gotten after only launched four months ago. This company started out of a fun, family project and has resulted in greater response than we could have imagined. Our challenges would include being on the forefront of a new hero of home building. It is difficult working with banks and insurance. There isn’t a formula or particular ‘way’ to go about this, so it has been challenging figuring out which avenues to go down to support our clients the best we can.

How long does the whole process take from start to finish?​ The process takes about 4 months, sometimes shorter.

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Is there a custom base package + what does it include?​ Our base price at Heirloom consists of an 18’ unit that is over 8’ wide with solar, top-of-the-line appliances, home automation, and all of the finishes of a luxury custom home. During design, we create a unique floor plan based on your desires and needs accompanied by a 3D model to help give you that relative perspective of your future living space! We also will ship your unit to you anywhere in the Continental US for free! Also included is a trip to Portland to meet the Heirloom team, see your unit in production, eat at local restaurants and stay a few nights in a tiny home. After the delivery we send out custom gift baskets based on your interests and what’s local to Oregon! All this for only $65,000.

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At Home with Anna Smith

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Talk about your style. My style has changed a lot in the past two years since I became a homeowner, and my current home is a reflection of that growth. I began with heavy, dark furniture (most of which were hand-me-downs and have slowly been replacing those pieces with mid- century finds. I love everything with an organic or handcrafted feel—especially Danish furniture, warm wood tones, and craft pottery. I want the rooms in my home to feel warm, relaxing, and casual, and the kid spaces to be whimsical and fun.

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? Our living room is by far my favorite, for several reasons. It has the largest and only original window left in the house, with beautiful wooden panes. I also feel like this room is the closest reflection of my style…and that blue velvet couch? Pure awesome.

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Where does your inspiration come from? Most of my inspiration comes from the spaces I see online and in magazines. I’ve learned design through imitation—like when painters practice their art by painting the Masters first. I think people hear the word “imitate” and cringe, but if you find a space you love, it helps to analyze why you love it and use those pieces or that color palette as starting points in your own home.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Honestly, the biggest challenge I’ve faced in the past few years is switching careers and throwing myself into the design field without a degree in interior design. After I started Annabode I quickly realized I didn’t want to be a decorative arts historian, stuck in a museum for the rest of my life. I wanted to be out there, designing. But I had no experience other than my trial-and-error decorating of my own home, and didn’t think I could make it anywhere without going back to school. Luckily I have a very supportive fiancé who encouraged me to go for it, which brings me to… My greatest achievement: getting hired as an interior designer by the company I work for (Decorilla.com), without that degree. I design homes for clients all over the country now, and can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be doing something I’m passionate about!

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. The three pieces that define my style and home would be my vintage mid-century dining table, the blue velvet sofa, and the mid-century slat bench. I’ll keep them forever!

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our biggest splurge would have to be our sofa, which is from West Elm. I waited three months for that baby to be delivered, only to discover that West Elm had cancelled my order and the original style was discontinued. I chose another in the same fabric, and since have come to love it more than the first. Technically it was too large for our space, but I was too distraught over that lost sofa to care! Our biggest steal would have to be the mirror that hangs over it. It came from a beautiful Art Deco vanity and was only $10 on Craigslist.

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Craigslist, Goodwill, Ikea, West Elm, CB2, and Crate & Barrel are all great staples. But I really love supporting artists and crafters on Etsy whenever possible.

Do you have any DIY tips to share? Invest in the right tools! I’ve made so many things with the wrong ones and regretted it—picture me trying to cut straight lines with a jigsaw, or sanding an entire table by hand. It’s the worst.

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Any advice? If I had to leave you with one piece of advice, it would be: add plants! Bringing greenery into your space is one of the most cost-effective ways to totally transform a room. And with succulents as popular as they are now, you don’t need a green thumb to keep them thriving (my plants survive in spite of, not because of, me). Snake plants, philodendrons, jade plants, and cacti all look amazing and basically take care of themselves.

Wishlist 18: Geometric

wishlist 18: geometric

Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already! Pretty soon winter will have come + gone (with little to no complaint from me)! Since this time of the year has me hunkered down indoors, I’ve been really concentrating on our apartment and organization. I’ve been itching to get rid of a few older things from our closets, furniture that needs updating, and items that we really just don’t use anymore. As we do away with the old, that’s where the excitement of picking out new goods come into play. Above are a few fun, geometric pieces that I have had my eye on – I really enjoy simplicity with touches of character! You can shop all of the items I’ve picked out via the links below: