The Good, the Bad and the Dirty Decorating Words

Inside Glam Vintage & Moderne

Inside Glam Vintage & Moderne, Port Hope, On

Imagine having customers who have “bought in” to your complete concept or design.  They get the vision created specifically for them including specific fabrics for upholstery, coordinating paint colours and drapery, area rugs, lighting, and furniture.  As a show of good faith they have solidified the deal with a deposit i.e. $$ .

 Drapery, Area Rugs and Furniture at Glam Vintage & Moderne

A Glimpse at Interior Decorator Richard Cadoret’s Drapery, Area Rugs and Furniture at Glam Vintage & Moderne

The only things completely in the decorator’s control are paint colour, and items currently in the decorator’s inventory.  Backorder is a very bad word suppliers use to tell decorators that the item will be delayed.  Usually a guesstimated delivery date is provided.

The dirtiest of all words are “this item has been discontinued“.    The savvy decorator needs to convince the client that there are indeed better options and that the original vision is actually better with the new substituted product.

I am currently trying to convince myself that the 6 beautiful backordered chrome pendant lights (that I didn’t order immediately but rather delayed ordering until I needed them) are not actually really what I wanted and that there exists something better that is available now.  I am my worst (and only) client.  I need a professional….oh Richard?

Sidewalk Shopping 101

Most people (especially women) don’t think they require a course in shopping but I beg to differ.  Please pay attention to this sage advice as I started in retail a long long time ago… when people actually looked at clocks to determine “the time”.

sidewalk-sale-saint-laurent1) Most retailers buy discounted merchandise FOR the sale. This stuff never saw the inside of the store it’s sitting in front of.  It is being unloaded and the price you are paying is all that it’s worth.  You can tell this is what happened when you see a load of one particular item… run don’t walk.

2) The significant savings are on the “one offs” or even say “few of”.  These are the items that retailers might not want anymore because they don’t work with their new purchases or simply to clear floorspace for the new season’s version of the item.

Whistler Ottoman Bed

Whistler Ottoman Bed still available 55% off at Glam Vintage & Moderne

3)  Step inside the retailers door for the best deals.  Quite often the sale continues throughout the store and precious and larger items with significant discounts which are often too cumbersome to move are all but ignored by the shopper who picks through piles of identical items on the sidewalk.

Lady's Writing Desk

Vintage Writing Laptop Desk still available at 60% off at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Here are a some of the real deals missed by the shoppers who have not graduated from this course.

Striped Accent Chair 50% off at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Striped Accent Chair 50% off still available at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Wedding Blues

It’s odd that the institution of marriage has lasted this long when everyone knows most marriages are not going to work.  Despite this,  most of us get the dreaded wedding invitation around this time of year and have no idea what to buy.  Cash is always an alternative but how much?  You don’t want to look cheap but you’ve heard rumour that $100 is the new normal for shower presents.

Upcycled Glass Candleholders

Upcycled Glass Candleholders at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Upcycled Glass Candleholder at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Upcycled Glass Candleholder at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Enter the handmade glass candleholder.  This says everything you want it to say.

It’s about gifting something old, something new, something borrowed and maybe even something blue?

Consider upcycled glass finds fused together by local artist Gundi and repurposed for romance …with an indeterminable price tag because every one is unique.

Glass Objets

Upcycled Glass Objets d’art at Glam Vintage & Moderne

What Men Want

Fathers Day is tomorrow and many of us are still searching for that perfect present…the one that shows how much you care because you hit the nail right on the head.  Many of us think power tools are the answer.  Others say it with a bottle of booze or cologne.  I’m with Maslow, I think what most men really want are to have their basic needs fulfilled.  Among these needs are breathing, food, water, sex and sleep.   To most men breathing comes naturally and a BBQ is imminent.

Battery Operated Candles

Reallite Battery Operated Candles at Glam Vintage & Moderne

To ensure ALL of your Dad’s or husband’s basic needs are met,  how about a  little mood inducing worry-free candlelight?

Bedding at Glam Spring 13

Upholstered Headboard and Bradshaw Bedding at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Or

Richard and niece Charosomewhere to catch a few Z’s after the BBQ?

Rainy Day Mood Enhancer

Inside Glam Vintage & Moderne

Inside Glam Vintage & Moderne, Port Hope

Glam Vintage & Moderne’s store interior is truly eye-candy. Since it doesn’t look like we are going to be doing much patio lounging this summer, I suggest you familiarize yourself with this cozy indoor space.

Glam's Drapery, Cabinetry and Rugs

Glam’ Vintage & Moderne’s Drapery, Cabinetry and Rugs

Snuggle up on a sofa and chose from over 2000 fabrics for your new drapery, couch or chairs. Bring pictures and get a free in store consultation from Richard and meet the staff Catherine & Alissa.

glam staffAnd you thought you’d have to waste more time looking at on-line shoe sites again today.