So, here it is! The story behind the name of our store: Where Roses Bloom…
It’s been over a year now that our business has been open and ideas have been flowing. A wonderful, inspiring year full of many hopes and desires for the future. We’d like to take the time to share with you how Where Roses Bloom developed into a vintage-inspired boutique.
Bethany and I were first introduced by her Aunt Megan a few years ago. Before Bethany had even moved to Tennessee, Megan had sent me a few emails saying that I should get to know Bethany, that she liked the same things I did and we’d be fast friends. It couldn’t have turned out to be more true. Bethany and I first met in a Bible study group in Murfreesboro and our friendship quickly developed. We quickly realized that we both shared a love for vintage pieces that held stories and a love for things that were truly unique and eclectic. We spent our weekends going to antique stores, flea markets and making crafts. We couldn’t get enough of it! After talking about our own personal dreams and hopes for the future, we both realized that we wanted to own a store, and when we put our ideas together, Where Roses Bloom developed.
The story of how we came up with the name Where Roses Bloom is pretty special too. Once we realized that our passions were quickly developing into something tangible, we started talking a lot about how we could put our ideas and thoughts into action. I went on a trip to NYC with friends and the whole time, Bethany and I were texting back and forth about inspiration and knowing that it was time to get the ball rolling on our venture. The night after I flew back into town, we met up at Starbucks, pens in hands, and began brainstorming. What could we call this store of our collectibles? We both knew that we wanted it to be something extremely unique and whimsical. We brainstormed for hours, pairing words up with each other, but nothing seemed to go together. And we had one thing in common- both of our names contained ‘rose’ which we tried to incorporate into our store’s name. Then Bethany had a wonderufl idea. She pitched the idea of using “a world where roses bloom”, a lyric from a favorite song, “La Vie En Rose”. Amazing! The idea seemed so perfect- a store that talked about a beautiful place filled with blooming ideas and things. After talking a bit more, we decided to shorten the name to “Where Roses Bloom” and voila!, our store started.
The store name holds so much meaning for us. Not only does it incorporate our names, but at the time we lived on Rosemont Avenue where all of our ideas came to life for the very first time. We’re so happy with the name of our store and always joke about people will hopefully one day say, “I’m going to Where Roses Bloom.”
And if you have a moment, check out the song by Louis Armstrong that inspired it all here.
I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner! Only a few more weeks before things get spooky and kids get crazy over candy. While decorating for Halloween this year, I tried to take a different approach and instead of pulling out a knife to carve my pumpkins.
I grabbed a few acrylic paints and a paint brush (& a few friends for company), went to the park, and spent the afternoon creating colorful patterned pumpkins. The great thing about painting a pumpkin is you don’t have to stress over your paint job being perfect!It was a lot less messy & took a lot less time to paint them instead of carving them. Plus, with paint, they can last a whole lot longer because you’re not cutting into the pumpkin!
I definitely plan on painting my pumpkins next year too, and I am already dreaming up some pretty crazy ideas!
Just a few months ago, I moved into a new house. It has been so fun to try and be truly creative with decor for each of the rooms. One thing that I fell in love with when I first walked into the home were the huge oversized windows. I knew that they would be a great source of natural lighting in the studio and bedroom, but I didn’t realize just how hard it would be to find curtains that I liked to cover them during the day. After thinking a couple of days, I finally decided to use my curtains from the old house, but change them up just a bit.
I’ve always been such a lover of song lyrics, so I decided this was my perfect opportunity to put a few in my room. I chose to paint the lyrics to “I Can See Clearly Now” because of the optimistic words that fill the song; having those lyrics be the words that fill my room when the sun shines through excites me!
The cost of supplies is extremely less than $15, such an inexpensive makeover!
Because I used a sponge brush instead of a paint brush, my brush strokes tended to stay rather large and created a big text across my curtains. If you wish to have a much smaller sized font, I would suggest using a very fine-tipped paintbrush. I chose to do only two coats of paint to create a more of a graffitied look to my curtains. The more coats you paint, the smaller amount of light that will show through the painted letters which will create a more solid looking letter.
I think my favorite thing about the curtains is that during the day, the paint seems to be a rich grass green because of the lighting, and then at night, the color changes to a sea foam green. Funny how light changes things, huh?
I hope you give these curtains a try & they bring you a room full of happiness. My dog Rubie seems to like them a lot, too. 🙂
Last weekend, we snuck away for a few days to visit our friend Chip at his home in Asheville. It was so thrilling to take in the ever-changing fall leaves & experiencing the unique tastes of this one-of-a-kind city. Asheville truly is a place of its own- from the organic restaurants to the retro dance floors- we just couldn’t take all of it in over the weekend!
Just to name a few of the great places we visited- The Admiral, Ultimate Icecream, The Junction, and last but not least, the breathtaking mountains of the Blue Mountain Ridge.
We both decided that getaway trips like the one we experienced definitely need to happen more often. Who lives somewhere cool & wants two visitors? 🙂