August 16, 2013

I'm Officially A Window Dresser.....Dressing The Antique Store Window

My stint as a window dresser   

I got the window at Orange Tree Antiques dressed today and it went so quick!  It only took me about 20 minutes.  I did a trial run and set it all up in my living room, so I knew exactly how I wanted it to look.
  

OH MY GOSH...Has anyone ever tried to photograph a store window?  It was so difficult, I had to go back at night because the glare was so bad during the day













Having a Shabby French window display is unique for Orange Tree Antiques.  I don't know if I've ever told you that I am the ONLY shabby vendor in the mall.  


The mall has has been open for 17 successful years.  This is due in part to the fact that the owner does not allow multiple vendors of the same venue.  So, there is only one book vendor, one vintage clothes vendor, one shabby vendor (ME), etc.  This means there is something for everyone because of the diverse array of products.

Next month Orange Tree Antiques is doubling in size.  They have leased the space next door and they are breaking through the wall.   




I'm in the store window for a 6 week rotation, then it will be another vendors turn.  I'll share the Before and After pictures of my window projects in my next post.

  Now, I don't think it's super duper great but, I think it looks OK for a newbie window dresser.......And having this much fun...Priceless!  

  

Happy Creating
Carol



55 comments:

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Great job Carol! Do you get extra credit for doing it? I have always thought window dressing would be fun! ♥

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You did a great job, Carol! I love all the pieces you put in the window. Does doing the window display boost sales for the vendor who does the display {during that time period}?

Teresa said...

Why would the owner want for more than one - OF THE BEST! - of each?!?!
Seems good business manner to me...

I always think that window dressing is something that happens throughout the night and done by Elfs and Fairies. The entire concept elludes me... but I knew you could do this so amazing!!!
Turned out wonderful, as usual. It's one of those Store Windows that I take more time enjoying than buying the items - which are craved and wished upon for so long that I just want to enter and have it ahahahah. But such a store Window is meant to be savoured.

Well done!!! Makes one want to live in it and that's the point right?!

Loving it,
Teresa

Betty Sneeringer said...

Organizing, planning and rehearsing all paid off for you!! Looks great. I bet you will need to replace sold items on a regular basis in your six weeks. I am planning to drive down to see it. Wow! The store is growing! I will need to allow all day instead of half a day when I come.

Betty

Dee said...

Beautiful display - love it all!!

Graceful Rose said...

Carol, you did a great job! It looks fabulous.

Kathy said...

It turned out beautiful and no one would guess its your first time out! I'm looking forward to the project pictures, including those white flowers.
I am intrigued about how the mall owner limits it. A well curated mall is always a bonus (no stacks of tablets and tube socks, thank you very much!) but I am surprised she can find enough vendors that specialize. For instance, if there is a vendor that specializes in furniture, does it mean they can't bring in painted furniture because it would be competing with your furniture?

Laurie said...

I think its beautiful.! I wish I could be there in person,

Marilyn said...

Who can ask for more? Having a great time while making a great display!

NanaDiana said...

Oh, Carol-You did GOOD-very, very good! It looks amazing. You will get more and more inspired with each time you are featured. Blessings- xo Diana

Amy Jo said...

Carol,

I love your window!! I love that lamp with the lace... I may ride over and try and get it.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Desiree Siegel said...

I'm betting you will be restocking that window daily! It's fantastic!! You are certainly gifted.

Spittin-Toad said...

Nicely done!! I pinned it to my "Lovely Displays" board.
Denise

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

As always.... you are so inspiring! Love it all!!!
Thanks for sharing with us.

Cranberry Morning said...

Lovely blog! I found you via Lavender Dreamer. Beautiful header. I'm following you via GFC and Feedly. Love all the pretty arrangements.

SavannahGranny said...

Carol, I think your window looks fantastic. Love the hat box and I read the post with the arbor. It looks great in the window and I really like the hangers. I should try to do some of those. My daughter will be down in Oct. maybe we can do those then.
Hugs, Ginger

Karen said...

What a beautiful window display. It's just as good if not better than the Anthro. windows! you'll be a hard act to follow.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

What fun! You did a great job for your first time. I think it's a great idea for the shop owner to allow vendors to show their wares in the shop windows like this. And I've never been in a shop where there is only one vendor per certain venue. Interesting. Keeps the competition down though! ;)

Melody Shingler said...

I love the shabby white display with bright accents of black. Very eye-catching! I hope the mall does booming business during your tenure in the window.

Debbie said...

Well, just as your little booth stands out among the throng, this window does too. It would definitely draw me in if I were walking by.

I think I need to head back in that direction to roam about the double sized mall.

(And they added a whole new section to DW since I was there last, too. Two birds with one stone if I could swing it!)

boopnut said...

I love your window display. The all white with splashes of black is so chic. I don't know how I found you on here, but glad I did!
Deb

Bente said...

Love the window. So very pretty.

Hugs

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Your window turned out fabulous! I am fascinated by those white flowers.

I am in an antique mall, as well and like you, I am the only shabby vendor.
♥ Jil

Terradactyl said...

It looks great! The only thing I would say for next time is to maybe add some more tall things like the arbor because they really separate what is in the window from what is behind it in the store. All of your items on the arbor really "pop" since you are only seeing your items and not other booths. I really like the whole set up though, it looks rad!!! Seriously nice job!

Cynthia said...

Carol,

You did such a great job!! I really could everything on display , for sure!!

Cynthia

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh Girl
you did good

I like the black hat box vignette

Cheryl Buehler said...

It loves lovely, very inviting, makes me want to come in and shop.

P.S. Love your blog :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love your window!!! That would draw me right into the store :)

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

How fun!! What are the flowers made of? Really eye-catching! If I could have a dream job . . . it would be window dressing or home staging :) Great job!

Karan Mell said...

love it, next time home I know where I'm going, again!! Glad to see they are expanding and it is one of the best antique places around there!

karan
primsandroses.com
"Old Orlando"

Sylvia said...

Outstanding Carol, you have the knack for creating beautiful things and vignettes.

Sylvia

Ann said...

Such a nice display. Love the flowers.

lynn said...

i think it looks fabulous, carol! love that everyone gets a chance at window dressing. happy weekend!

Marlynne said...

I think it's outstanding! It's sure to increase both interest and sales in your booth! Good Job! Mmarlynne

Iprefervintage said...

The display turned out very nice. The large flowers are a clever touch. Are they made of paper?

Createology said...

Carol this is absolutely DREAMY! You should be very proud of your window dressing expertise. I hope you are able to calculate how much additional sales you get because of your window display. Smart owners not to duplicate vendor's merchandise. Priceless indeed dear!

A Paris Flea said...

Hey Carol, You did a fantastic job on the window...those flowers are way cool.

happiness~~~Mickie

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I'd say you're a natural! Looks great, and I know it would definitley drag me in to see what's inside, that's for sure! Congrats, I'm sure it will bring you lots of business!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Carol, you did a marvelous job with your window display! You have yet another job skill to add to your lengthy "shabby" resume.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think it looks fabulous and so inviting. Good idea to photograph the window at night, it makes everything pop. Your display is so attractive and will no doubt lure the shoppers into the store.

Barbara said...

Looks wonderful! I'll bet you had loads of fun designing and setting it up...I know I would have!

Connie said...

Hi Carol, your window display is lovely. That had to be so much fun! I remember back in the 70's when a dear friend of mine got a job doing the windows in a dress shop downtown . . . I was happy for her . . . but jealous at the same time. I know jealousy is a bad thing, but sometimes it just pops up. When the store ex-spans, you'll probably have even more people walking through, get ready for a huge holiday of sales. Your things are so beautiful at you'll be selling and replacing like mad.
Have a lovely weekend,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Looks great! I'd love to see more of the inside as well...how great for your antique mall to be EXPANDING when business has been so slow these past few years. Way to go!

June said...

It looks absolutely amazing Carol!!!!

Claudia Tyler said...

Just as I thought... outstanding! I knew you would be great at it and love doing it. What a blast!

June said...

How beautiful! I love that you incorporated your dress forms into the display. The pearls, hat box, lattice backdrop, large flowers, and wonderful painted pieces.... love it all!

Nora Miller said...

What a beautiful job, Carol! I love the trellis and the giant flowers really grab your attention. It sounds like the Orange Tree people know how to run their business and I hope they do well with the expansion.

Sue

Donna said...

I think you did a fabulous job! It would certainly entice me to come in to browse and shop! And that's what it's all about - a teaser to get people's interest. You had different levels of height and texture. As long as you think of it as a 3-dimensional canvas, you can't go wrong!

Now a tip about those reflections... If you have a digital camera that can take filters, please get a polarizing filter. This kind of filter rotates and you select how much or how little polarization effect you want. It will cut down those reflections dramatically. The only downside is that it eats up more light, so it will require a shallower depth of field and/or slower speed. If you are using a point and shoot camera, just take your polarizing sunglasses off your face and put an eyepiece over the camera lens.

20 North Ora said...

Carol - Your window looks fantastic! You did a great job! Did you make the big flowers? Cute, cute, cute!

Judy

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ohh I think it's super duper ! I'm the only shabby in my mall too.
(())

Mary Ellen said...

love the window display Carol! My space is part of a window display and I never can get a good picture with all the glare going on!

Love the huge flowers too!

bee blessed
mary

Sisters Treasures said...

Carol, I agree with all the posts above, your display is gorgeous! I haven't been in an antique mall where we've had the opportunity to dress a window. I know that is hard work but also fun.
I wish I had written my blog post on vignettes after your post because I would most definitely have included this vignette in my post.
Great job as always.
Betsy

anniegaprons said...

I think it's "super duper great", my friend. You did a wonderful job.
oooxx

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Interesting..only one shabby. Sounds like a good plan to me.

Little Miss Maggie said...

You did a great job on your window display. It's not an easy thing to do. I love that you get to be the only shabby vendor. Your store has a great policy. I wish them luck on their expansion.