August 12, 2013

Getting Ready To Dress The Antique Mall Window

Now I think I'm a window dresser!  

I have a booth at Orange Tree Antiques Mall in Winter Park Florida.  The owner had a great idea to rotate vendors for 6 week stints to decorate the storefront window...Guess whose turn it is?!

Here's a sneak peek:


I'll be doing the window this weekend and I'm in overdrive getting ready.  The window is 9X2, so it's pretty good size.

The back drop for one side of the window is my old garden arbor, it was totally rotted.  Note to self, wood in Florida, doesn't last long


I got a new vinyl arbor, but never threw the old one out.  I washed it up, scrubbed it down with a wire brush, cut the rotted legs off and used door hinges to hook them together.   


Now I have my arbor as a back drop for one side of the window


 I want to keep the colors black, white, and neutrals

The Paris Flea Market sign was stenciled on a piece of old siding


I found these wooden hangers at the thrift, painted them black, laid a piece of lace over them, and sprayed over the lace with white paint


I've made a bunch of the big white flowers to fill in here and there.  I'll show you how I made them in a future post, just incase you need big paper flowers for something?!


So, this is just a sneak peek, I'm working on many more pieces 


I've been so excited about this, but have no experience, so I'm hoping the window looks as good as it does in my head.  I'll be back soon with pictures of the whole completed window and we'll figure out together if I have a future in window dressing lol!

Happy Creating!
Carol

44 comments:

Judi Morris said...

It certainly is eye catching and would draw me in there in a heartbeat! I happen to think you are a window dresser too LOL! All so creative and super inspiring, as always! Great job Carol ~ Judi

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

What a great opportunity to show your talent. The peek in your post is enticing.
Joy

NanaDiana said...

It looks great. How fun that it is your turn to make a statement. It's a GREAT one! xo Diana ps. You are sure right about wood in Florida- if the humidity doesn't get it the termites do!

debi said...

How exciting! It's going to be beautiful, just like everything else you do.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Looks like you are really enjoying doing the window. I am sure with all your talent that you will be doing a super duper job!! Nancy

marda said...

It's going to look fabulous. Love the color theme too. Wow.. what you did with those hangers!! Good luck, have fun.

nsolady said...

Hi Carol, it looks awesome. I am a newbie to the mall space world, and I got to do the windows for our brand new Antique Mall in Lincoln City. It is challenging to say the least, how many trips did you do going outside and back in and moving things over two inches and then rechecking??? heehee. I am so glad that I found your blog, you have been such an inspiration to me.

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'd say you definitely have a career ahead of you in window dressing! It was my favourite part of store keeping. I'm pretty sure I will need big paper flowers some day, so don't forget to do the tutorial on them!

Marilyn said...

It is already looking fabulous! You'll be attracting lots of shoppers with YOUR display.♥♫

Debbie said...

Well, since I have been to your little booth and seen your display pizzazz in person, I'm not surprised that you took to window dressing so easily. I love what you picked, and it does reflect what they will see inside. Can't decide if my favorite thing is the backdrop (so glad you saved it) or those hangers.

It's probably just the whole look. Great, great job!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Love the Old World Parisian look! Lesson: don't throw out rotting old furniture or house parts. They just might end up as charming window, party, or wedding props!

Laurie said...

well I think it looks amazing!

Little Miss Maggie said...

You're so talented. I bet your window is going to be fabulous. Can't wait to see the end result. Love that dress form.

Amy Jo said...

It is going to look gorgeous!

Blessings,
Amy Jo

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh how exciting!!! Love how it looks so far! And love your colors too! Good thing you kept your old arbor! Very charming, happy Tuesday! xo Holly

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I JUST know that your window will be AWESOME!!! Can't wait to see the all done! It will be FUN for you!
Warmly,
deb

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

What fun! It looks brilliant already. It's great to hang onto old stuff sometime "just in case" like that arbor. It's perfect!

Claudia Tyler said...

Awesome! When I had my shop, decorating the windows was the most fun thing I did! You go girl! Can't wait to see the end result.

stefanie said...

how fun!!! you are so talented, its going to be gorgeous!!!!!

mizdarlin said...

It looks great so far, but as a former window 'dresser' may I respectfully suggest two things?..one, that you keep it as uncluttered as possible without looking minimalist..and two, that you have one 'wow' thing in either a pop of bright colour, or multicoloured, and the contrast will be wonderful and eye-catching..
Have fun!

Kay said...

I can't wait to see what you do with the window the sneak peak is wonderful!!!

Cynthia said...

Carol, I can't wait to see the whole window. You are doing an amazing job. Love the use of the lattice. I also really love that French sign and the dress form.

Cynthia

Simply Lokal said...

It's going to be amazing; and I LOVE those hangers! - Revis

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your resume is getting longer and longer. Love the pretty display you put together and chippy lattice. Never throw anything out, lol.

Kathy said...

If this is any indication then, yes indeed you do! I love how it is looking. The chippy lattice was inspired and the hangers are great. I hope there will more photos when it is on display.

boopnut said...

Oh, you are very creative! Love the hangers!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Oh that would be fun to decorate! And you will have a beautiful window because you already know how to decorate your booth to pull people in and you ahve a great eye.

lynn said...

you're a natural at this, carol! love the chippy arbor for the bkgd:)

Melody Shingler said...

Oh! I love how your project has started out. That gorgeous arbor is the scene-stealer, no doubt. (I sure hope Ms. Pareé Mannequin doesn't get jealous...) :D
I can't wait to see your completed display!

sissie said...

Looks fabulous Carol! I'm sure it's going to draw lots of shoppers inside.

hugs
Sissie

Createology said...

You dear do not need experience as your creative talent prepares you for being able to do anything and make it amazing. I love the look you are doing. Tres Chic Mon Ami! What a great idea and opportunity to be showcased for 6 weeks. I believe it should result in additional sales for you. Bonne Nuit...

sandy said...

It's looking great! What a great idea to rotate decorating the window! I' m assuming you get to feature your own items for sale then. Creative hangers!

Sisters Treasures said...

Carol, I'm just catching up on blog reading and I have to say, I love the Paris theme window display! The old trellis is awesome... I'd buy it if I was there! :)
Everything looks wonderful, can't wait to see the rest!
Betsy

Marlynne said...

How Fun! Your doing great! Those Hangers are terrific!

SavannahGranny said...

Love your window and great use of the old arbor. I always love your mannequins. I too, love the hangers. I am going to pin. xo Ginger

Iprefervintage said...

I'm sure your display will look great. You are very artistic.

I'm going to steel your idea for the wood hangers.

Karan Mell said...

I LOVE the hangers!! Great idea.

karan

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Debbiedoos said...

So darling Carol, it is going to be awesome!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Love your window. What a great idea to have vendors do a window!

Jane said...

Looking good!!! I love the old arbor and think it makes a perfect backdrop!!
Jane

DJAjewels said...

A beautiful window display Carol. It would entice me to come in and look!
Irene

Terry Mann said...

Can't wait to see the end result.
The Paris flea market sign reminds me of our visit there, thanks.

hopeandjoyhome said...

Looks great Carol! Cool hangers..I usually check at estate sales for wooden hangers to stamp or paint (or use as is..they are expensive in the stores!) Making displays is the thing I miss most about my former store.

Cindy Wescott Smith said...

PERFECT! and Beautiful Continue to post pics of your booth. I have a booth also and you are a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing!