She and I touched base and arranged for me to visit her home the Saturday of Labor Day weekend where she and her husband and I chatted in a space that “echoed with empty”. As she put it, “it was easier to see possibilities when there were no impediments.” Good thinking – and thinking was required because the L-shaped area was challenging. There were options, but not many, and as we explored them, we negated most and agreed on one that made the best sense, space wise, for a sizable family in a limited space ranch style home.
The husband happily deferred to the wife in product selection after giving us some input and we headed to Uniquely Natalie to see what treasures we could find. And did we! Oh – did I mention the “decorating fairy”? I often allude to it with my clients and customers. Sometimes it sits on my shoulder and the stars align. Everything I had been thinking about in my shop to present to her were items she had seen and loved on her first visit without me. And did I tell you she was smart – and decisive? In Uniquely Natalie you have to be or that very thing you were “thinking” about purchasing will be happily ensconced in someone else’s home. In less than an hour, armed with measurements and a safety net (me), she purchased a lovely Drexel Heritage dining room set, an Ethan Allen hutch/server, two display vitrines, a pair of Kravet chairs and foot stool, an entry foyer mirror, a crystal and brass chandelier, area rugs for the dining room and “great room”, a grandfather clock and end tables and a cocktail table! The cost amounted to about half her expected budget, enough for me to send her off to my friend Alan’s lovely Huntington furniture store, “Classic Galleries”, to purchase a perfect floor sample sectional that I had found.
I don’t know which one of us was more pumped and excited as I contacted my best mover, Ben, to deliver everything the following Saturday when the sofa would arrive. An instant lovely home in one week! Unbelievable – and for some, impossible, but not for this savvy couple. How did the stars align and the decorating fairy emerge? The wife did her homework. She did look before she leapt – and she wasn’t doing it without professional advice. The husband, an established contractor, had good instincts and the good sense to trust a very smart wife. They both were ready financially and emotionally to make a major change after many years.
Most of all, they understood that quality doesn’t have to come with a high price tag if you are a good shopper and that something cheap is not a bargain. Perhaps that is why Uniquely Natalie has made me so happy (if not rich). Our customers are wonderful people who appreciate fine furnishings as well as value and our consigners know we want to find a good home for the lovely things they no longer want.
Are you ready for the decorating fairy? In a world which seems to be heading more toward “disposable” every day (both people and things), maybe it’s time to appreciate the value of “long lasting” and “timeless”.