Six years ago this month The Red Velvet Shoe opened the doors to it's virtual vintage boutique. If you read this blog, you know my dream is to, someday, unlock the doors to a brick & mortar store-front in addition to our online boutique. You also know that all along I've been sneaking things into the house & past husband that I could someday use in said shop. Sadly, I had to let some beautiful things that didn't fall into the "sneak-past-husband" category go, but even so, my collection of "Someday Shop Stuff" grew into a collection that was becoming difficult to hide. When I overheard him muttering "clean that basement out...DUMPSTER..." I knew my days were numbered and I had to do something STAT.
After a great day setting up shop at Urban Vintage Bazaar on 21 April , I decided since much of my inventory was already packed up and out of my workspace, it was the perfect time to give The Red Velvet Shoe a major facelift. My workspace & shop are in my basement, and although it's a finished basement, it wasn't exactly my dream office & workspace, to say the least. Not knowing remotely when I would be in a position to use all my treasures in an actual store front, I decided to use them in the space I have and make it my dream office, workspace & boutique...that was a month ago yesterday, and while not 100% complete, I decided it was high time to show you what I've been doing for the past month:
Welcome to The Red Velvet Shoe ~ Boutique
The dressing room...
The sitting area...
The "Gothic Amethyst" fireplace doubling as a bar...(click Here to see the before photo)
My worktable & reference library.
My desk & sewing table.
The crystals to the 1930s Lightolier Chandelier prior to cleaning...
and after....my favorite piece in the entire shop!