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shop design files: window dressing with ribbon

07/17/2012 20 Comments

shop design files: window dressing with ribbon

07/17/2012 20 Comments

One of my favorite things about our new shop is how colorful and creative it is! It inspires me to think outside the box, and come up with fun design ideas for the space.

Summer is a slow season for us, and we had several big moving expenses — dismantling and relocating the walk-in cooler, for one — so we’re trying to be really smart about our spending, especially when it comes to decorating. Armed with Pinterest inspiration, some spray paint, a glue gun, and supplies we have hanging around the shop, we’re DIY-ing up a storm to make our new space feel like home. While you may not have a flower shop to decorate, I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects we’ve tackled that you may be able to use in your own spaces. Starting with a super easy ribbon curtain I used to jazz up one of our window displays.

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I have a slight obsession with window displays. I could spend all day perusing photos of Anthropologie storefronts {does anyone do it better?!} If the eyes are the windows to a person’s soul, a shop’s windows are equally compelling. They’re the first impression someone receives of your business, and set the tone for what a customer can expect to find inside. I want our windows to send a message that we’re creative, professional, approachable, and fun!

The inspiration for this project came from The Glamourai. When she posted photos of the window displays she styled for Cynthia Vincent earlier this season, I pinned this image immediately and made a mental note that I. must. have. ribbon. curtains. I finally got around to it today.

Source: theglamourai.com via Keira on Pinterest

Fortunately for me, ribbon is a well-stocked staple in a flower shop. We have a lot of it around here. In fact, I didn’t realize just how much until I hauled it all out of the boxes from the move. (This is one of two wall racks, and there’s more stored in the back.) I figured we wouldn’t miss a few yards…

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I started by measuring the space in the window I wanted to fill. I didn’t want all of the ribbons to be perfectly symmetrical, so I chose different colors, widths, and textures and cut them to various lengths that fit my measurements.

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I bought a yardstick last week that I planned to spray paint and use as the “curtain rod,” but later found this cardboard tube lying around that was even better. I’ll have to use that yardstick for something else.

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Here’s where things get tough. I wrapped one end of the ribbon around the tube. And secured it with a staple. Repeat. Whew!

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If you’re less lazy or impatient, you could probably glue the ribbons, or get fancy and secure them with cute colorful brads. I figured people wouldn’t notice the staples from a distance.

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We have great exposed ceilings in the new shop, with tracks that make suspending things super easy. I hung the lightweight ribbon curtain with clear fishing line, and once it was centered and straight, trimmed each ribbon to clean things up.

Voilà! 

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Side note: In case you ever wondered, our flower shop’s name is pronounced Lass-uh-ter. It was the last name of the family that originally started the business more than 50 years ago! In all those decades, it’s been owned by three families, the last of which is ours :)

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Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  • MeghTWJ 07/24/2012 at 8:14 pm

    LOVE all that pretty ribbon!! Wish I had it all on hand always!
    Cheers!
    Megh
    http://prettyworthy.com/

  • Kelsey Williams 07/19/2012 at 8:52 pm

    good job! i love it!

  • clairashley 07/19/2012 at 5:37 pm

    I really like how this turned out! Great idea!

  • AubreyMoore 07/18/2012 at 10:26 pm

    The DIY turned out amazing! I loved how your using the inspiring pictures from pintrest to get you ideas! Good luck :)
    -A

  • Jupe 07/18/2012 at 12:17 pm

    This is such fab idea…if you used pretty ribbons and lots of them, it would even make fun house decor.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

    • keiralennox 07/18/2012 at 1:52 pm

      I thought so, too! It would be great for a wall piece.

  • Nicole 07/18/2012 at 9:32 am

    I adore ribbon walls! I had one in college :)
    I the next month I need to brainstorm an event with you for WHYPG… I’ll be in touch.

    • keiralennox 07/18/2012 at 10:12 am

      Let’s do it! Perhaps over wine. I’m always much more creative with a little vino ;-)

  • polkadottango 07/17/2012 at 11:07 pm

    Love it! My mom made one of these in different shades of white and iridescence, for my wedding. So beautiful in the wind!

  • briannacarson 07/17/2012 at 7:19 pm

    Wow, that looks fantastic! Way to go, you fearless DIYer :)

  • Stacey 07/17/2012 at 6:43 pm

    I love that your flower shop retained the original family name! My grandfather’s family had a similar sounding last name, just spelled slightly different – Lassiter.

  • cuckoo 07/17/2012 at 6:24 pm

    Bright and Cheery!

  • Anne 07/17/2012 at 5:44 pm

    Love it! Definitely would make me want to stop in if I walked by this window on the street…

  • Amy @ Beads & Brass 07/17/2012 at 5:25 pm

    Looks great!

  • Beth 07/17/2012 at 4:42 pm

    That is so sweet, and it looks really effective, what a great idea to add a personal feel to the window display!
    xox

  • rhiannon 07/17/2012 at 4:37 pm

    wow! that looks so adorable, i really love it!

    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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