Thursday, February 3, 2011

{the begining}

I was going through all my old posts and I have a ton that I took off my blog and just saved as drafts.  I had forgotten about some of these pieces.  These were the pieces that started Decor Createur.  So I thought it would be kinda fun to give you the history of Decor Createur and how it got started. 

 
{48"x48" tin tile.  1st and last one I made this big}
It was amazing though


It all started when I fell in love with the tin tile. I was seeing antique tin tiles in all the little home decor boutiques but they were way out of my price range. I really wanted some but just couldn't justify spending so much on one. I was bound and determined to find some, so I searched online and found where I could buy new raw tin tiles for so much cheaper. All I had to do is paint them my self. Done deal.. I ordered my the pieces I wanted and when I got them painted them to coordinate with my living room. They were awesome! Everyone that came over was in love and wanted their own too. Then they turned into super Saturday projects for my ward and then they started spreading like a wild fire.


At first I didn't think about selling them, but then I was introduced to the tin cornice shelf. I wanted to figure out how to make them and make a business out of it. I ordered several pieces for shelves, and tons of tin tiles.  When I got all my pieces in I went back home {where I live now} to my dads {carpenter in the past} and had him show me how to build a shelf. 
Then I had to come up with a name.  I made me a list of names that described what I did.  There was some pretty cheesy ones.  None of them I was really pleased with.  Back then every thing written in french was super popular, so I got on a translating website and started typing in the names I had on my list.  There were two that really stood out to me.  1. Lotta Bella {beautiful tin}, and 2. Decor Createur {creative decor}.  I liked them both and couldn't decide.  I started thinking out side the box.  Was I just going to be making shelves forever?  Ive always wanted my own shop with a wide variety of home accessories.  That's when I decided on Decor Createur. 




{bulletin board}


{huge chunky tin frame}



{tin frame}

{bad pic, but this is seriously the cutest shelf.  It hangs so cute in my nieces bedroom to ;)}


I started out selling my pieces at "in home boutiques". Then people started talking and spreading my name. Then it started spreading out of state into Utah.  I was discovering more styles to make and with trial and error, my shelves took on a whole new and better look. 
Sadly my little family and I ended up moving back home due to the economy and my business slowed down tremendously. I then started considering selling on Etsy. Then one day I got a phone call..  It was my favorite, and the most amazing home decor shop/boutique.. Designer Blvd. They wanted to buy my shelves and sell them in their store.. I seriously was jumping around the house and squealing like a little girl. I had a perma grin for weeks. 

They were selling my shelves like crazy.  They were having me do custom orders for their design jobs.  Well they still are :)  I was so so busy.  My Etsy shop got put on hold.  I was so busy building shelves and being a mom, I just didn't have time to take on one more thing.  But I made it a goal to still open one in the future.  In 2010 I made it my goal to have an Etsy shop up and going at least by the end of the year.  Well it was Dec 31 when I opened my shop, but hey, I still did it.  
 I just have to say I love what I do. I don't know if to many people can say they love their job, but I do... I am so excited that my pieces are being sold all over the country now and I can't wait for it to grow into something so much bigger.


Jenn

1 comment:

Trisha said...

Congrats for getting your shop started! It was my goal to start mine this summer & its been alot of fun :)
Just found your blog & looking forward to reading more!

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