This Summer I started to volunteer for Saint Vincent de Paul charity shop in Trim. I work there as a volunteer staff but they gave me also the opportunity to do the window displays. I go there whenever I have time and there’s a need to change the exposition. This job gives me a lot of satisfaction and nurtures my creativity. I never know what I will have in store so there’s a lot of improvisation and staging. So far I have done three displays and I had no experience with visual merchandising so I hope you will like it.
This was my first display ever- baby themed
Inspiration for this window came from the large painting we wanted to show. We didn’t have space in the shop to display it properly (by the way the painting was sold very quickly). The window was supposed to show men’s clothes but I always introduce a bit of interior design.
This one was difficult as it seemed that we didn’t have too many interesting things in the shop. I usually get the men’s window which is a little bit harder but I think it went well. It’s Halloween themed but really subtle and elegant (I even heard the comment that “we’re becoming very posh now” which is a good thing).
My aim is to show that people can find really interesting and good things in charity shops and by buying them they help others and the environment. Don’t be afraid pop in and take a look and if you have things in good condition- donate.
Thank you for reading my post.
Photos by Gosha Galuszka
Colour has a big impact in interior
When decorating a house, colour and light have the most dramatic influence on how it will turn out. No wonder people are afraid of making this decision. We also have different ideas when talking about colour. How to define blue for example? For one person it can be the colour of the sky on the sunny day and for someone else it can be colour from the Van Gogh paintings or duck egg blue on Shabby Chic dresser.
While choosing the colour may seem easy it is not that straight forward.
How often did you buy a paint, the colour looked grey in store but when you painted your kitchen it turned out blue or pink? In fact the exact same paint looks great in your friend’s house. So why is this happening? What affects the appearance of colour in interiors and how to avoid making costly mistakes?
Colour is a broad subject so I decided to create a series of posts regarding choosing a perfect colour scheme. In this post I will give you few practical tips on how to choose the perfect tone. When deciding on the paint colour:
1. Always buy a real paint tester. Most of colour samples are printed so the actual colour from the tin can be different. Consider that on beautiful photographs of the rooms in manufacturers catalogues the paint appears differently. It also looks different on each screen (we all remember the dress
2. Paint the A 4 sheet paper with the colour you want to use and check in different areas and corners of the room. This will also prevent from interacting between your current paint and the tester.
3. Test the tone the time of the day when you will be using the room the most. Close the blinds and turn on the lights in bedrooms to check how it will look in artificial light.
4. Don’t use few colour testers beside each other unless they will be used together. This is important because these colours will influence each other.
This four tips will allow you to make wise and faster decisions and by using them you will avoid disappointments later. This is just a tip of the iceberg as it comes to choosing the colour. When deciding on your colour scheme you need to consider few other factors like what’s already in the room or the environment outside the window (unless you don’t have the window… but I hope you do).
I will go more into detail in my few next posts so if you want to know more please follow my blog. If you have some questions or have any ideas what would you like to read about leave me a comment below.
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