As many of you know, I held a town wide Christmas themed open house alongside the rest of the artisans in my little hometown. This was the first attempt at turning Funky Junque Interiors into a reality.
A year ago, my home underwent major renos and still needs loads of tweaks. However, I had to put down the undone tiles and funk it up decor wise so I was able to show what I was capable of. The response on not having it ‘all done’ actually was of benefit! They have something to see the next time, as well as it felt homey, not so perfect and intimidating. Cool!
Coming down the driveway, this simple little vignette greeted guests. The chair and table are always out in that spot, just generally more off to the side and simply themed. The table held brochures in a tray this round.
Staying true to funky form, I used a children’s easel for a sign. The lettering I designed and output (I do vehicle graphics and signs for a living) was simply stuck right on top of the metal portion of the easel. The metal was an interesting yet light enough contrast to the black. It worked well, was unique and looked good with what I had going on. I may paint the unit, but with the willow furniture, I think the woodsy look worked.
Once entering, you came to the antique ironing board with the draw box. Whimsical snow was drifted on the board and scattered a bit on the floor like it was newly fallen.
For a draw, I am giving away a $50 Home Depot gift certificate as well as some consultations. The bucket was full! And I have yet to do the draws and call backs. This is a wonderful way to touch base with those that you know viewed your home.
The little tree behind the ironing board had a very simplistically decorated pencil tree. A gift certificate sign hung prominently for a gift idea encourager.
From the tree hung one single lantern filled with snow. I also stuck a mini light inside along the top so the lantern appears lit. It was a cute and simple effect!
Brochures from the show were displayed on the front entry dresser.
The horsegate entry delighted all!
As the weather is totally unpredictable in these parts, waterproof standard type signage was scattered along the roadside. One on the main road, one leading them onto my road, and this one on my driveway. All three were different, but similar to this.
It was quite the surreal experience to have my blog life drift into my reality! And the response was incredibly fun to watch unfold! The biggest hit was the white trash bedroom, as it pushes decorator limits way out there. The playroom gathered a few ohhhhs and ahhhhs as well. Signs were scattered everywhere to help illustrate what I still had in mind to come, as well as explaining what something use to be.
For the tours, I invited them inside, and briefly explained that 1 year ago, the home underwent major renos, and as my funds were expended in that area alone, I became very creative with refurbished elements, hence, the entire house contents were derived from thrift store finds and the like. Proving, you don’t have to spend a mint decorating! A little creativity with special finds can make any interior sing.
The first show day was Friday and was very quiet. I got some baking, laundry and blog reading in. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable day, house spotless, instrumental Christmas music playing and enjoying new found company and offering them tours. Saturday was a very busy day and my son was also home with me. He really enjoyed the activity and put the staging in the rooms to life for guests.
I met one new friend from a neighboring town. She came all the way out because she followed my blog! And she pointed out a couple of lamps that I had that she also had her eye on at a local thrift but just missed out on… because I got them first! LOL!! It was so awesome to meet you Lisa! Sorry I have your lamps. 🙂 I tried to give her one but she wouldn’t have any of that nonsense. Such a sweetie!
It’s now time to do the draws and contact the fortunate winners and do some follow ups. I believe the show to be a success, displaying what I’m able to do. There was interest from a few on my rates and for a followup call.
Next show, I’ll be displaying a new furniture line I have in mind to develop (it’s already started) and will have actual items to sell. I simply couldn’t get the house ready AND product ready to go in time for this show. But I think still being a part of the artesian tour has introduced what I have to offer at the very least.
I’ll continue to work on the house for the next show in spring, , further develop design services, keep fueling the Funky Junque portfolio blog, as well as continue to create the product line. And will continue to share with YOU what I develop and and am so very passionate about!
Never a dull moment at Funky Junque Headquarters! Thank-you for your show interest! More photo shoots of finished rooms to come!