Saturday, March 26, 2016

You Need This Place

I opened Vivid Hue Home ten months ago.  Initially it was to satisfy my dream of owning a gift shop and to be able to curate colorful and beautiful items for the home.  I love home decor.  I love shopping.  I love finding unique products.

I've realized that this initiative has become much more for me.  I have met tremendous people during this journey.  My customers have become regulars, and friends.  They are no longer anonymous faces that just come to buy greeting cards.  My support staff has become part of the VHH team.   They don't just price merchandise and sell pillows; they are often my sounding board for business and personal endeavors.

The other day, I was at the shop working with AC, my 'right hand woman."  We were arranging new inventory of gurgling fish pitchers into a colorful display when I received a troubling personal call.  I hung up the phone,  fought back tears and took a deep breath.  In an attempt to delay the stinging reality of the news I'd just received, I turned back to AC,  in auto pilot mode,  "okay, so the tangerine needs to go next to the coral.  How bout the oatmeal next to the kiwi green?"  She understood what I was doing and looked back at me with sympathy and simply said, "You need this place."

I didn't realize it until this point.  But, it's so true.

I don't share my life on social media on a deeply personal level.  Partly because we are all facing "something" and what makes my road more difficult than anyone else's?   Also partly because I have an obligation to preserve and protect my family's privacy.  But, in an effort to protect that privacy, it can often feel like our family is isolated and living in a secret world.

I have a seven year old that is trying to navigate through life with sensory processing disorder (among other diagnoses).  Her nervous system has to work harder to interpret senses and turn them into appropriate responses.  For her, if she doesn't keep her body regulated and calm, she risks violent tantrums and episodes.  She has to work much harder than most people for her body to stay regulated and respond in a typical, appropriate manor.   Together, we have tried to empower her with a toolbox of techniques to accomplish this task, including behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, social skill building, and her growing maturity as she gets older.

My daughter's diagnosis is her own but she is not 'in this' alone.  As her parents, EG and I are responsible to nurture, support, protect and provide resources for her so that she can grow in to a healthy and happy young woman.   When she is disregulated, our entire family is impacted.  Sometimes it gets messy.

So while Vivid Hue is just a gift shop filled with colorful fun products, it is also my sanctuary.

It's a place where I can let my mind wander for a smidge.   My mind is never far from my daughter (and my entire family), but it's nice to have an outlet where I get to focus on making pretty bows and helping a customer decide between a turquoise gurgle pitcher or the coral one.

I need this place.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vivid Hue Tours NY Now 2016

Last week I attended the NY Now 2016 Show to scope out spring and summer products for Vivid Hue.  It's the ultimate market for home decor, lifestyle and gifts in the Northeast.  My sister, Brett, flew up from Atlanta to help me scout and shop and have some fun in the process.

We shopped from Saturday to Tuesday scouring all of the products that vendors have to offer, many days starting at 930am and closing the market down at 6pm.  There are homemade greeting cards, crafty handmade items created by designers, high end furniture, latest trends in home decor, unique gifts, candles and more.  It can be overwhelming with so much eye candy in one location.  

If you follow Vivid Hue on Instagram, then you've already seen some of the goodies.  If not, sit back and take a peek at our venture at the market!

Cotton & Quill and Dunes and Duchess shared a fabulous booth!  VHH Clients have seen the Cotton & Quill line at Vivid Hue Home.  They are custom designed textiles created by Mary Catherine Folmar from Alabama.  Her designs are unique and exquisite.   I am loving the tassels!  Her styles are available in custom pillows, fabric and now wallpaper (stay tuned).

This spring, I'm completely into pagoda's and bamboo!  Of course, there were plenty of fabulous lanterns and pagodas at the market! 

And I loved seeing all of the cheetah patterns presented in wonderfully feminine ways!

I spent quite a few hours at one paper product booth creating a design vignette of paper products!  
  I've always carried a great assortment of cocktail napkins at Vivid Hue and, this spring,  I'm going to feature a few additional selections for dinner and dessert plates and napkins.  Of course, true to Vivid Hue fashion, I will have plenty of textiles and prints for you to mix and match between, depending upon how daring you're willing to be.  

Here's a photo download of some of the other fabulous things we spotted while shopping!

Sensory overload!

These are socks! 

Phew!  Hope that wasn't too much of a photo dump!  And can you believe that these are only a portion of the products we saw!   Needless to say, I'm excited to get some of these items into the shop for the spring.  You can keep tabs here.  

Thanks for checking it out.  Do you have a favorite that you spotted above? 


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