Friday, January 31, 2014

Into the Home: Mari

This story was originally posted on the Freedom Reconstructed blog that Karen and I work on together.
It features a story of one of our customers who came to the store in hopes that we may assist in giving her home the same warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you enter Freedom Clothing Collective

Mari, our customer ,who also lives in the neighbourhood came in a few days before Christmas looking for gifts for her friends and family but, as we discovered later, also for herself. She mentioned how she loved the store and the comfy cozy feeling of it and how she would love to replicate it in her home and asked for assistance in helping her create that same vibe. We told her when she was ready we were 100% on board.


A few days later, Mari came back determined to take home items that would help her transform her already beautiful house into a space that her family will find playful and inviting. She came in on the day Karen was in and the two of them made a nice selection of things to help her start the process.



Next thing we knew, there were initial pictures of Mari's home transformation in our inbox. There were mirrors, chalkboards and frames on the walls. She even painted a shelf to store her kids' shoes and helmets a bright yellow to match the mirror she got in our store. We loved the direction she was going in and helped her out with some more suggestions.

One day later a new batch of pictures arrived with the prooof of Mari's hard work. We were thoroughly impressed. Within 24 hours Mari turned her blank walls into colorful display of art.
And here is the proof.....


colourful stairway to heaven!
bright happy groupings! 
A friendly welcome in, check your lipstick, and put away your outside gear!
House entrance with nice large practical hooks for all the kids coats, plants, ingoing and outgoing mail,
with yellow door!
Love this shot! It shows art work and an up cycled shelf from Freedom as well as
Mari's embroidery hoop display in the dining room and sweet birdcage incorporation.
soft tonal hues in the dinning room via her embroidery hoop display
inspired by a wall area we have at the store Mari recreated her own version
Mari was sweet enough to let me roam around her beautifully curated house and I could not help but take as many pics as possible. She told me wonderful stories about all the different pieces she's collected over the years. From a laborious quilt she made while pregnant to her grandfathers paper cranes that are each imbued with a personal wish or prayer.

Mari is clearly a lover of animals as you can see they are scattered throughout her house
via pillow or statue, print or drawing  
Mari went wonderfully overboard over chalkboards that she painted
one whole wall in the kitchen with chalkboard paint! Yay!
Lulu showing us how to get on the bunk bed in Oli's room
just stunning!
A little girl's dream bedroom - LOOK at that storage wall!
Her grandpa sent her cranes each year which are incorporated into these charming mobiles
 and scattered throughout the house.
Even her craft and sewing table is sweet and friendly!
Lulu and Pepper followed me around making sure I gave them pets every few seconds and here they are chilling out while I take pics of the bedroom. Nothing makes a space a home like sweet loveable pet companions!
We want to give a BIG thank you to Mari for letting us into and sharing stories of her stunning home! What an inspiration.

If you have a similar dilemma and would like us to share our two cents with you, we are here to listen.
a happy warm home :)

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