Wednesday, 3 March 2010

I'll Show you Mine Wednesday

Hi this is Ruth from Nice Day Designs, today is a slight deviation on the 'I'll show you mine Wednesday' of photos of our studios, as it is a look into a retail space I sell in. This week I went down to Kilkenny and dressed and organised a new shop that is selling my customised clothes and accessories. It's called Roisins Beauty Salon (as there is a salon upstairs) and it's in the picturesque village of Inistioge. So here is a wee peek at the shop and what I did with the window dressing.
The key was to try and get a bright and colourful boutique feel on a small budget. I used lots of material and netting, and some inexpensive hat boxes which I covered with nice brightly coloured paper. Luckily the shop had a great purple door and window before I arrived, and a good blank canvas of white wall on the interior. I used netting and some wicker baskets on the fireplace to add a splash of colour. I got the baskets in a pound shop, and added to the blue polka dot fabric afterwards to make them a little funkier. They are great for displaying accessories, and I think they would work just as well for displaying knick knacks on a market stall-for all of you market people out there.

I added the faux curtain to the back of the shop by thumtacking the material in place, I love how it brings more colour into the back of the shop. Ideally I would like to paint the doors either white or the same purple as the front door, but there just wasn't time. Eventually I would like to add a painting on canvas over the firplace, based on photographs of one of my models. I will also be sending Roisin some more fashion illustration to decorate the shop. I think it adds to the look of the place, and if someone wants to buy them even better! So fingers crossed all the hard work pays off! If you are in the area of Kilkenny I would recommend a visit, it's a beautiful little village and it's only a 20 minute drive from the city.

15 comments:

  1. I hadn't realized that she opened it just to sell your stuff. That is outstanding Ruth! Well done!!

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  2. Ruth, this is amazing! And the shop looks very stylish and inviting. Congratulations!

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  3. the colors are sooooo lovely! congratulations!

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  4. Hi Ruth, what a fantastic colourful space you have created - and very inventive on such a small budget. Just shows what a bit of creativity can do. Best of luck for lots and lots of sales, Carol :)

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  5. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! Yep I'm a big fan of colour and I wanted to bring that out in the shop

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  6. Very cool. Congratulation on getting a selling space. I love that curtain. I've been to Inistoige for the Woodstock Festival. Such an enchanting area. I was prancing about like a lunatic faery all evening!

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  7. wish you all the best with the shop Ruth :D

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  8. Wow, that shop looks stunning! Well done!
    Good luck for the sales! I'd say, try to get the tourists down from Kilkenny in the summer :)

    I'll definitely drop in if I am ever down that way!

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  9. Hey Ruth
    great selling space and very inviting for customers... well done girl, hope it goes really well for you
    cheers
    Mo

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  10. Well done, Ruth! What a great showcase for your lovely creations:)

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  11. Edana, lol that's so funny, it's a bit oh a hippy village alright. I'm looking forward to visiting during the Summer.

    Agai thanks everyone!

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  12. You did an amazing job Ruth!!! my favourite has to be the andy pandy stripe curtain - so fresh and fun! ;)

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  13. Fantastic job with the resources you had.

    Great purple door! It's definitely something to build on in terms of design colour.

    I agree with TanyaMac - love the stripe curtain!

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  14. Ah all my best wishes with the new shop :) It's soo soo nice :) I love it :)Congratulations!

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