Tuesday, May 2, 2017

VHH Expands Store in Historic District

Pinch me.  The last two months have been a whirl wind.  Lots of hard work but also lots of wonderful support and appreciation for our Vivid Hue brand.  I haven't had a minute to stop and post about our recent move.  I promise I will share before, after and opening photos!  But for now, here is a fabulous article that appeared in our Hartford Courant last week about Vivid Hue Home.  I'm so thankful for the exposure!

Click here to read the entire article.
Photo Credit: Shelia Casey

Tidbits from the article are below: 
Heather Grahling wants those stepping into Vivid Hue Home to find a coastal southern sanctuary in central Connecticut.
"I purposely have a very kind of nautical, beachy, Palm Beach-y style," said Grahling, a 44-year-old mother of two and Farmington resident. "We're in the middle of Connecticut, which is nowhere near a coast, but I like the idea of you walking in here and seeing palm trees on the wallpaper and the bright, fun, kind of beachy colors."
The new location, at 769 Farmington Ave., is roughly two-and-a-half times as large as the 700-square-foot cottage Grahling started out in.

There isn't a nook or cranny in the store that has been left untouched. Each room is vibrantly decorated and features similarly-themed merchandise. The main space boasts tropical palm leaf wallpaper accents of coral, leopard print and various shades of green. Around the corner is a rack lined with beachy tunic tops and coastal paintings.
"I always have a motto of [I won't] buy anything that I don't personally like," Grahling said. "That's always kind of my litmus test. If I'm drawn to it and it's something that I would just go crazy over having in my own house or giving a friend, then that's a good test of something I want to bring into the store."

"For me, it's just that validation that people like the products that I have as much as I do and hearing that excitement," Grahling said. "That is so gratifying for me, for people to want more of Vivid Hue."
While she does currently make some sales via her Instagram account, Grahling said she hopes to eventually expand Vivid Hue into an online shop and possibly launch additional locations.
Please read the article in it's entirety here!    Thank you to Jordan Otero Sisson for such great words about Vivid Hue.  
Photos of our new space will follow soon.  If you're super eager for a peek at the store sooner, visit our Instagram page, where we update daily!  

Friday, March 24, 2017

We're Moving and Growing!

If ya'll follow our insta page then you already know this news, but for those of you that don't,  we're moving our shop location 2 doors down into a space that is 3 times larger!

This larger space became available last fall and I eagerly toured the multiple rooms with big eyes and visions of what this could become for Vivid Hue Home.  However, I have also been trying to grow the business in a fiscally responsible manner and I decided to wait things out until after the holidays to make my decision.  I took an "if it's meant to be" approach.  And, in February, when the space was still available, I worked some numbers.  Brainstormed the possibilities.  And then, I jumped on it.

It's mine!

In the last month, life at Vivid Hue Home has been quite the world wind.  We kept our existing shop open while preparing renovations in the new space.  Every single day, contractors were entering the new space like a revolving door to perform one project or another.  Our raw space....lots of work to be done!

raw space

The electrician hung new pendant lights.  The painter saturated the walls with our Vivid Hue color choices and even added some palm to our walls.
finlay room becomes blue

My parents were a huge help and drove up from Northern Virginia for a week to help hang shelves and prep the space!
our new cash counter!
We power washed the front of the building and even painted, of course! 

New Door (before the final paint coats)

Navy Trim

Bad photo but gives you an idea of the direction we are taking for the front of the store...and just think, there's even MORE that we have planned for the front. 
Our entire team has been painting props, drilling screws into holes, steam cleaning products and more!  Here, Annie paints our props in Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy to match our window trims.

This gives you a sneak peak into the color inspiration for one of our rooms....but that's all you'll get out of me for now.

During week 3 of this process, we decided that we could no longer juggle keeping the old space open while also trying to prepare the new space.  Slowly, our pendant lights, our custom drapery and our faux wall were all getting removed from the shop and it was looking quite pitiful.  We closed the shop temporarily so we can move full steam ahead in getting the new space ready for the April 1st reopening!

The above is a photo of our first Vivid Hue Home shop when the faux wall paper wall was installed....and below, is what the space looks like now that the faux wall has been removed and the original knotty pine walls have been exposed again.  This is how the space appeared when I first rented it 2 years ago and it's bittersweet to see it return to this state.

But, it's also extremely exciting that in one week, we will be sharing our new and improved (and bigger) space with EVERYONE.  Here is a sneak peek of what's to come in our new location, 769 Farmington Ave, Farmington CT  06032.

New Space, Finley Room
Please check back and hop over to our instagram to see our progress.  
We look forward to opening to the public on Saturday April 1st, 2017.  


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

VHH Dream Dressing Room

It's the new year and while many people are focused on giving themselves a little personal renovation (shedding holiday weight or eating more healthily), I find myself brainstorming about how to make-over unfinished areas of my home.

Recently, I spent some time brainstorming about a little space that I have between my bedroom and master bathroom.  Calling it a "dressing room" would be an over-statement as it's mostly a walk-in closet with a small hallway that bridges the two rooms together.

Still, I decided to have some fun in creating my dream dressing space:

Vivid Hue Home Dream Dressing Room

Vivid Hue Home Dream Dressing Room by vividhuehome featuring outdoor home decor

Remember, this is ME we're talking about.   I mix colors and patterns and styles all up in a blender and see how they end up.  For me, decorating is about taking a risk and having fun.  Decor is ever-changing, always evolving and so, why not approach decorating in a playful way?   

Here are my essentials for a Dream Dressing Room:  

1. Color: I am obsessed with the color coral this season.   Soon, the shop will be filled with lacquered coral lamps, leopard and coral pillows and table accessories in, you guessed it, coral!  So it was a no brainer to start with the coral wallpaper as a background.  

2. Seating.  I must have a space that can hold all of my discarded clothing during a fashion crisis, right?  And of course, it's nice to have a sitting spot for putting on shoes.  

3. Vanity Space.   Sure, there may be a vanity in my bathroom, but it's nice to create a feminine space where I can sit to apply makeup or jewelry.  A unique dresser is great for giving the space a little more interest (and nicely storing jewelry, makeup, handbags or other fashion accessories).  

4. Lighting.  Good lighting is CRITICAL for a dressing area.  I recommend sconces for vanity dressing and pendant lights!  And keep in mind, if the lights aren't helping you achieve your ultimate best look...it's time to get those lights on a dimmer--or get a new light.   (Remember, this is a dream space which allows me to fantasize that I *always* look darn good when I leave the house) 

I've had a fun time planning my dream dressing space.  Below is source information:  

Visual Comfort bronze lamp

Gallery porthole mirror
$87 - very.co.uk

Orange home decor

Outdoor home decor

Anthropologie velvet furniture

Selamat campaign dresser

Handmade furniture


This weekend I'm heading to the NY NOW Gift Show.  (Here are some of my finds from last year).   Be sure to follow our Vivid Hue Home instagram for real time updates from the show!



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