Archive for the Nest Vintage Modern: the store Category
It’s been awhile since I showed you a little preview of what you’d find if you strolled around the shop. So this evening before closing up for the day, I took some fresh pics.
This afternoon I was heading into the shop. I had heard from Sara that our AC wasn’t working and it’s been really hot lately. The furniture has recently caught quite a bit of traction and has been moving at such a clip that we’ve been working to keep up with replenishing the stock. (NOT complaining about that AT ALL.) So I knew we had work to do and was not really digging the idea of doing it in a 90 degree store. -Oh, and we’d be doing this with a 4 year old who’s been on a real tear lately.
When I got through the door, Sara ran up to me and said, “Close your eyes!” So I did (and tried really hard not to peek) and she put this in my hands:
Funny how all those silly little things just pop right out of your head when something like this is placed in your paws! I mean, holy cow.
We work so hard. We’ve been working hard for years. Before there was the store in La Grange, there was a store in Brookfield and before that were flea and antique markets, and before that was the website. Our accountant rolled his eyes when I told him I was opening a store of this nature. We had so many people comment on the initial news articles about how foolish it was to go and open a business in this economy, how nobody needs what we sell. But I knew how determination and hard work can occasionally work in our favor. (Determination and hard work occasionally come dressed up as stubborn and foolish waste of time.)
Sara and I get to do what we love, so it doesn’t feel much like work. Which is why I guess it’s easy to become workaholics. -Because we’re doing what is fun to us. On weekends we go to flea markets and pay retail for what we could have in our own shop for wholesale. Ridiculous! But it’s fun. And thank goodness for the 15 year interactive design career I left and all the skills I got to walk away with. I don’t think we’d be able to promote ourselves nearly this much if we were paying an agency. So that’s a blessing.
God I love my husband so much right now. He’s been so helpful and so supportive. He’s never batted an eye when I’ve asked for help with a delivery or moving stuff into the shop. And he dealt with a wife who was making a great living who said she was going to chuck it and open a vintage home decor shop.
What a nut.
So I’m looking at this piece of paper that says to me that while we’ve had our heads down, working hard to curate what we think are cute and affordable things for people to enjoy in their homes, someone noticed and like it. That’s so awesome. How lucky we are. Just absolutely blessed.
Thank you. (thank you thank you thank you.)
Alana, Sara, Madison, & Cher
Nest Vintage Modern
Proud to be Suburban Life 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards ”Best Home Decor Store” in the Chicago ‘burbs.
WOOHOO!! People! It’s official!!!! We will be selling our wares at The Country Living Fair next month. I’ve wanted to go for years but something always came up. This year we’ve been invited to be guests of Sisters on the Fly. To be invited as a vendor is an amazing privilege and we are beyond honored to be in such fabulous company.
I’m going to be geeking out over the Fabulous Beekman Boys, and it’s always a joy to see our sweet friend Cari Cucksey, but there are going to be lots of other honored guests of the Fair as well. And the vendors…the VENDORS! How am I supposed to go back home with any cash in my pocket with such amazing wares around?
I’m so excited I can’t stop giggling.
We will be set up with my amazing sisters from Sisters on the Fly, so look for us over there and check out the gorgeous vintage trailers they’ll be showcasing.
SEE YA NEXT MONTH AT THE COUNTRY LIVING FAIR IN OHIO!!!
Click here for more info on attending the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, September 13-15, 2013.
The Cotton Candy Road Trip author to tell tales of vintage amusement parks this Saturday in La Grange
This coming Saturday (8/10/2013) at 8pm, join author Pam Turlow as she takes us along on her tour of 40 vintage American amusement parks.
“It’s a little like ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, except with roller coasters.” smiles Pam Turlow, author of the part memoir, part travelogue and part serendipitous journey into the spiritual realm, The Cotton Candy Road Trip. The book traces her travels to over forty vintage amusement parks across the United States with humor, gentleness, and a sense of playful wonder.
The Cotton Candy Road Trip takes place over a two-year period, coinciding with her father’s decline of health, and her own soul searching for meaning beyond monetary confines.
The book is written in diary style, with chapters numbered for each park visit. The Appendices include Pam’s Top Five List of my favorite parks, a list of favorite foodstuffs found at the parks, and more.
Join Pam at Nest Vintage Modern in La Grange for an intimate, magical evening taking a fun stroll down the path of vintage American amusement history. Stories to be told, traded, and treasured. What a great way to spend a late summer evening. Free to all.
Nest is located at 26 S. La Grange Rd. in the heart of downtown La Grange, IL.
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We have a website that has sort of served us fairly well for the past few years, but we outgrew the way the eCommerce portion was built.
We’ve also read and heard your feedback about how you like to shop online and as a result, we are working on building up a new site with a new shopping section. We’re loading in all the favorite old products and a bunch of new ones.
We hope you like the new site and are excited to share it with you as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your feedback and being such wonderful customers!
It’s finally warm here in the Chicago area and for me that means it’s Flea Market Season! ::happy dance::
And for you, that means we brought in a collection that we’re fondly dubbing “French Flea”. Everything in the French Flea has a feeling of some wonderful found object in a Parisian flea market.
We’re in Louvre!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nest Vintage Modern Lands in La Grange
The sky is the limit for 2 area women with a soft spot for modern vintage style.
After 3 years as an eCommerce storefront and a year as a brick and mortar in nearby Brookfield, Nest Vintage Modern has made the next big step and moved to downtown La Grange, Illinois. They opened their doors on May 4th and will be open between now and the grand opening on Saturday, May 18th. That’s when things will be at full speed.
Nest Vintage Modern specializes in locally and regionally-procured goods made in small batches. “We prefer to deal with other small businesses whenever we can. It’s a major part of our core values as a business.”, says Waters-Piper. “As a result, we’ve developed not only a very special collection of products, but some great friendships. Our vendors feel like family to us.”
Home furnishings in the shop range from the early 1900’s through the mid-1960’s. There’s something for everyone who enjoys vintage home decor.
Emmick laughs, “A stroll through Nest frequently evokes comments like, ‘Oh! My grandmother had one of these!’ or ‘I haven’t seen one of those since I was a child.’ Or even, ‘I used to own those! They’re vintage now??’ We hear any combination of those every day.”
Most pieces in the shop have been revived and refinished by Emmick and Waters-Piper using environmentally-conscious low VOC Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. They often run free demonstrations on weekends for DIY types.
New to La Grange, but somewhat seasoned, Nest has been profiled multiple times on Martha Stewart Radio and has earned a following of over 22,000 fans on Facebook. They were recently featured at the Midwest RePurposed Market in Ann Arbor hosted by HGTV’s Cari Cucksey of “Cash and Cari”.
Nest Vintage Modern is located at 26 S. La Grange Road at the corner of Calendar Court in downtown La Grange, IL. They specialize in vintage home decor, furnishings, and new gift ware, bath & body goods, accessories, and jewelry meant to appeal to compliment the vintage aesthetic. They also sell the complete Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and products and will be continuing to offer furniture painting classes by certified Annie Sloan instructors at the new La Grange location.
About Nest Vintage Modern:
Nest is located at 26 S. La Grange Rd. in the heart of downtown La Grange, IL . They’re open from 11-7 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday and Saturday they are open until 9, then noon-4 on Sundays. Most of the new gift ware, jewelry, and purses are available at www.nestvintagemodern.com, vintage furniture and paints are only available in-store.
Contact for Further Information
Alana Waters-Piper, Owner
Location: 26 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL
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