Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oy Vey!! Q&A!! Tuesday!! and Finishing Amy's Shop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to the 7th question part of OY VEY!! Q&A!! Tuesday.

This is how it works.....
On the first Tuesday of the month
You ask some design questions,
and I answer them for FREE!!!!
Just remember-----
(Just sayin')
So ask your question at the end of this blog post.

I can't believe how much fun I've had helping Amy at her new shop
 Maison Decor.....
I love working when I'm not getting paid.
It takes all the pressure off me.
No bad attitudes.....
No client wondering about any hidden agenda.....
Just the 
pure joy
of design.

remember this space?
it used to look like this....

When I first started helping our fair heroine (Amy)....
she had the paint cans tucked in the corner of the shop on a black industrial type shelf.
I felt it looked like her supply area, and that no one would realize it was featuring the paints, even though there was the chalk board sign hanging on the corner.....

I had just seen the most recent episode of
Bethenny Ever After
(And while we're at it.... WHAT'S WITH TERESSA!!!!! Is she one of the stupidest people on the boob tube????)
(But I LOVE Caroline Manzo!!!!!)
OK where was I?????
Oh yeah!!!!

When she was working with the designers on her new condo, they wanted to put the booze in an armoire, hidden away.
She pointed out that 
booze bought that condo.
she wanted a shrine to booze!!!!
So, I says to Amy, says I....
"We need to set up a shrine to Annie Sloane Paint! "Cuz that's what you're selling. Don't stick it in the corner. Make it a central element in the shop!!!!"
So Amy had the 
absolutely brilliant idea....
of bringing in her cupboard from her house that she had in her workroom.
And she set it just by the front window, so now folks walking by on the street can see 
Annie Sloane Chalk Paint!!!!

Amy had had her drapery panels that she sells, hanging on this wall.
I felt that it wasn't clear that they were new and folks could order as many as they wanted.
The extra panels were in baskets on the floor.
I was too stupid to look down.
So I did't see them.
I wanted to make it obvious even for the intellectually impaired
(like me)
that these were new and you could buy multiples....
Amy already had a valance treatment hung over the bricked up window that she had uncovered when she first started working on her new store.
I wanted to set up a better display, 
and she had the idea to take down the valance
(since she wasn't selling it)
and hang the drapery panels there!!!!!
I know, I know, I've already shown this picture, but 
The love seat creates a perfect space to display the wire baskets holding the drapery panels.
NOW IT'S OBVIOUS (even to someone like me) that she's selling new ready to go window treatments!!!!!

So here's the view down her shop.....
and here's a view up her shop....
And this is the view looking in the window...
(I had to go out in the rain to get this shot, I am an intrepid styler!!!!)
Amy sells some wonderful vintage looking folders.
I looked at the package 
So I opened one up and set it in this terrific wooden box she had...

The front window on the other side of the shop needed some work.
Amy had had it set up with a table and chairs and place settings.
we fixed that.
I took the table cloth off the table and arranged some more of her pretty linens.....
Then we moved the angel wings to the front, as they are big sellers, and should get top billing
(plus they look great with the bunny!!!!)

I moved Amy's work space to the back wall, and we hid it by placing an antique display piece across the isle.
This way, when someone looks into the store, they don't see a messy area, but 

Now this is the view looking in the other window....
(ignore the ladder on the right, that's not supposed to be there....)

I'm not crazy about this sofa, 
Amy knows that.
it will make a great area to display the pillows she's going to sew out of all her vintage fabrics!

Just on a random note....
how cute are these tins!!!!!
And finally.....
We set up a flea market area for the really well priced one of a kind items.....
So, if you're in the area...
go see her shop, it's 

Now for this months Q&A

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Nutbird said...

I think you are a merchant at heart! You could go around to other shops and do the same thing, but I think a lot of people are going to learn from these posts. That green sofa fabric looks like it is in good condition, but wouldn't it be fun to paint the upholstery? Love your style. Ann

Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Betsy,
I been following since awhile. I don't know if you answer a question from outside The US. If so, let me know coz I don't want to bother you if your answer is only domestic.

I love the way you revamp the place and the furnitures. Your one of a kind. Drooling with your style.

Happy mid-week.

Greetings from Sweden,

Nita Stacy said...

The store looks great now. Oh...I wish I was close enough to pop by....even a day long drive. I love how the paint is featured now and the curtains. I think those curtains are fabulous. Everything looks great. Amy is lucky to have you as a friend to help her with this endeavor. I'm so glad you are there for her.

Anonymous said...

You've worked magic in your friend Amy's store. I would be drawn in, even if I was just walking by. YOU are a great friend!

Amy Chalmers said...

Betsy~its a pleasure to walk in my shop now! And listen to this~someone came in and is considering buying the entire glass fronted cabinet complete with all the silver accessories just because you styled it so fabulously~!~woohoo!

Etcetorize said...

The store looks wonderful! If only I were closer.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

The store looks fabulous! You and Amy make a great team!

Lori said...

I did ask a Q&A a while back. I trudged along without you, because I wuv Amy and you were helping her so. I hope you like what I did anyway.



nancy said...

What is the best way to anchor small rugs ("scatter rugs"). I'm not into skateboarding! Thanks

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Not a question, but a comment, since this is in the "Post a Comment" box...
Love your blog but - that small font is hard to read for some of us over 50, just sayin'

Anonymous said...

Hi Betsy! Oh, you sure did help Amy create some magic in her wonderful shop. Love your ideas and ow you made sense of so many of her thingys!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You certainly put the "Betsy" touch in Amy's shop....Amy's shop now dazzles with gorgeous items that say, "buy me".....thanks to your expertise and overwhelming sense of design....I am sure you two had so much fun decorating and re-styling her shop...you are a great friend!...and how can you not love Amy!....

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

WOW!!! You really worked your magic!!! The shop looks awesome. I wish I was close by, I would definitely come in, I saw several things I loved! XO, Pinky

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

The shop looks wonderful. I love the way you and Amy work together.

Patricia said...

Dear Betsy,
Here's a proposition for another service you can provide to your devoted fans:
You come into our homes for a couple of hours and move and change things around to your hearts desire. You do not mince words! You tell us when something stinks! You tell us what to paint, what to slipcover and what to throw in the trash.

Now, please go meet with your accountant and let us know how much you would charge. (keeping in mind we are your devoted fans!).

Small details like travel etc., can be discussed later. Each homeowner is responsible for securing media coverage and letting everyone know that STAR designer Betsy Speert will be in town.
..... Oh what a dream!

Olivia said...

You made such a difference to Amy's shop, it's amazing what good styling can do. Great job!!! I just wish I wasn't over 1000 miles away so I could come visit :(

Rooms by Ann said...

You really did an amazing job. LOOk's wonderful.

fixitfaerie said...

You absolutely crack me up! I saw you on Amy's blog, but, I had no idea who you were....(I live in So. Calif.) you know, where all the uncouth people live lol. I really like what you did with the shop. And I love Bethanny and Caroline.......but, Teresa OMG, I can't stand her, I mute her out. Well anyways, I have always done my own decorating and have decorator friends get angry with me for hiring someone else. lol oh well, that's it, I'm on my 4th house and hopefully my last, and no, I am not dying. (at least that I know of) Paula Lusk

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

That store looks amazing! I want to come shop! Where is it located? I looked. . . did I miss it?

Cynthia said...

More and more perfect eveytime I see it I love the displays and the sofa is fantastic. Love everything in there.


Unknown said...

New linky follower, love the curtains! Would love if you followed back at I Heart Pears

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Wow, love your design. I have been enjoying your blog for a couple months. Glad I found you.

pipigirl said...

i have a question. im getting ready to put house on market. i have a fireplace and the stone takes up a whole wall. it is black. my wall colors as of now are pale ice gray. it is a faux stone type material. it is ALL BLACK with some white speckling. what i would like to know is, do you think it would be ok to paint this stone white. this does fill a wall and i would like to make the appearance of the room larger. any suggestions would be helpful. so very happy to find your blog.... sipgirl3@gmail.com

Emreen said...

Wow ! Beautifully organized... The space looks so neat and attractive now... Oh! I love those angel wings on the wall..!!

Roeshel said...

Beautiful! Even looking at pictures is like a dream come true treasure hunt. It makes me want to be there in person! Love it!

The Charm of Home said...

You created a great shop here! Love all of the changes! Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Kathy said...

Betsy! Love your enthusiasm - it comes through in your post and in your displays - the ASCP now looks fabulous! Amy's store looks very, very inviting! Love all the changes!
Delightsome post! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

very merry vintage style said...

So gorgeous! Love all your touches--what a beautiful makeover. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

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