Don’t forget about the person that loves you the most in this world next week. We’ve got lots of fun and pretty things for her.
happy mother’s day to all those amazing mums out there from the Personify team
We are three weeks into our new space and starting to feel settled and SO HAPPY. I wanted to post some pictures for those of you who are out of town or haven’t had a chance to come in.
Our wall shelves are filled with some of our favorite makers’ work and home goods.
The view from our front doors (the left side).
The other side of the shop (right side).
Our spring clothes … they’re just too good. We get new things in weekly, and sometimes daily. Please let me know if there’s something you see here that you don’t see on our online shop – we ship all over.
I also wanted to give you guys an update on our Lakemont shop. If you’re subscribed to our newsletter you already know this (if you’re not – subscribe here) . BUT after many conversations, thoughts, and prayers we have made the decision to focus our energies to our new Duluth location and not reopen Personify in Lakemont. This was a very difficult decision for us as we’ve invested SO MUCH the past three years in this lovely little town and have met many many wonderful people. It was the best decision for our family and we are excited about the future of Personify.
If you’re a Lakemont customer please please please do not be a stranger. We miss you guys already and want to hear from you! Let me know how we can keep you stocked on all your fave Personify goodies.
In case you missed our big news, we are opening a second Personify location in the lovely historic Downtown Duluth this spring! Yay! We can’t believe it’s *actually* (read: finally) happening. We want to thank the many of you that have already shared your excitement. We are working hard to get open ASAP!Tammy & I (Maddie) wanted to each share on a personal level some of the things we are most excited about and how we landed at our Duluth spot.
Read our thoughts below and stay tuned for more updates as we get ready to open soon soon soon.
I never dreamed that the Personify Girls would end up in my own back yard! How good is God?
I remember many years ago jogging with Maddie in a stroller through the streets of Downtown Duluth loving my home town and dreaming, thinking and praying of what it could be, never thinking that one day she would be running Personify Shop right next to the old City Hall. What a joy it is for me to participate in supporting my daughter’s dream and watching her exercise her gifts and abilities, just as I have tried to do with many other young people throughout my life.
It’s been a real joy for me to personalize my home and my life, with treasures new and old both with flea finds and fine pieces and it’s our hope to share both ends of the spectrum with you in the near future. How fun it is to create a beautiful life that is uniquely yours?!
My prayer is that we would be a blessing to many and that our family, including our three dogs (come and meet them!) would thrive in Duluth.
I am equally surprised, and yet also thrilled, that Downtown Duluth is where the flagship Personify has landed.
We fell head over heels with our building the moment we saw it. After about a year of looking and a few dead ends, we were cautious about getting our hopes up but in our hearts just knew this is where we needed to be.
Mom and I are itching to get started and can’t wait for you to see all the new goods we are bringing in. We are so lucky we get to do this together!
I am the most excited about the everyday joys of having a brick & mortar: meeting new people, sharing the things that we find, helping you pick out that perfect gift, cleaning, tagging, getting in shipments, chatting with the neighbors…just all of it.
I’m also excited about the community we will be a part of. There are so many new businesses coming into Parson’s Alley: Noona, Simply Done Donuts, Good Word Pub (from the Brick Store Pub), and more, along with the amazing current residents like the Chocolatierie, Dreamland BBQ, Pure, the Farmhouse, Crave Pie, Old 4th Ward Pizza, Peace Love and Decorating, Eddie Owen at the Red Clay Theater, Piatto, 2 Smith Art Galleryand more.
My all-time favorite part of the business, though, is the hunt for unique treasures for you and your home. I know you’re going to love our modern + whimsical goods. Thanks for being along for the ride.Cheers, friends!
I’m very excited to share this Artist Series with you today coming from Portland, Oregon. Quill and Fox is a whimsical card and stationary line created by Yas Imamura that evokes a sense of nostalgia, coming from Yas’ love for quaint illustrations. These designs fit in perfectly in the shop, from their colorful nature to the hand done imprint on the illustrations. When I first saw her work, I knew we had to have it in the shop.
Enjoy our interview with Yas below!
How did you get started with Quill and Fox?
It began when I designed my own wedding invites, and started taking commission work for announcement cards. I started with just a small line of cards that reflect my passion for children’s book art as well as my affinity for nature and gardening.
Imperfect and natural. I’ve been adding more watercolor paints in my work and less gouache to show these even more so, especially with how watercolor glazes over each layer and doesn’t dry flat colored like gouache. I love showing the paint strokes in my process and finished work.
[Editor’s Note: I love this picture of the original drawing of the You’re Out of this World Card. Love the peak into how much work goes into each design.]
Having my own time and being my own boss! I also love the freedom to pursue a creative endeavor.
Not being able to switch off work because it’s always around me.
Branding and presentation is just as crucial as your craft (but definitely work on the latter first), especially in a visually curated environment of social media.
6. My favorite party question: If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick? Andrew, my dog…..and Michelle Obama.
Ben and I and a friend went to see Lake Street Dive at the Buckhead Theater on Saturday. I was too excited to sleep. If you’ve come into the store the last year, you’ve heard me playing Lake Street Dive. I could listen to their music endlessly, as everyone in my family knows all too well. All the great things about them: they’ve got great vintage style, the lyrics are quirky & clever, their lead singer is a woman (yas queen), the vocals are so unique, Rachael Price (lead) is a babe who also has incredible hair, and of course, the music.
They were even better in person. Rachael’s voice is so clear and loud.
I’m obsessed with their new song Side Pony. Also, can we talk about the bassist’s nail color? Come on!
Check out our “best of” playlist below. I could put every single song on there but I refrained because then it wouldn’t be a “best of.”
Yay! It’s time for another before and after furniture post.
1. The Find:
We found this dresser and thought it was very unique and had great detail, like the curved front and the flower drawer pulls, but the wood was in bad shape on the top, on the legs, and on the bottom. So, we decided it needed a paint job.
2. Picking out a paint color:
We’ve been on a green kick lately so we knew it was going to be green. I pulled a couple of images that I loved with some green.
We were looking for a bright green that was way over on the blue side, rather than the yellow side. I love the pops of green in these spaces, which was the goal for the dresser.
Here’s the one we landed on:
Kilkenny Green from the HGTV Sherwin Williams paint collection. Kilkenny is a city in Ireland. The paint guy asked me twice if I was Irish. I said no, I just like green.
3. The painting:
We sanded the piece with a belt sander and then primed it. We let it dry then rolled on the paint with a foam roller (supposed to be the smoothest) and brushed on the front. We let that dry for about 3 hours and then painted one more coat. And VOILA; I give you the finished piece:
It turned out even better than we expected and I LOVE the green color.
Here are the flower pull details that we fell in love with:
Here’s the piece all decked out in merchandise at the shop:
Come by to see it at the shop or call us at 706-782-0388 for more details.
I’m starting a new blog series called Creative Friends! Now I can show you what my awesome creative friends are doing.
First up is Holly Von Lanken. She’s a wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographer based out of Atlanta. She’s a good friend and amazing photographer. We had her come shoot the shop last fall and the pictures were insanely beautiful. Check out her interview below.
1. How did you get started with what you do?
I got my first DSLR camera right after I graduated college in 2011. Mostly, I just took pictures for fun. Eventually, one of my friends got engaged and suggested that I take their engagement photos. I absolutely loved taking photos for other people because I saw how much joy it brought them. I slowly started honing my craft and learning from others and toying with the idea of photography as a business. I learned a lot from fellow creatives and took the opportunities that came.
2. How would you describe your aesthetic?
My style is very clean, organic and natural. I want to photograph life the way it is, while also being beautiful and timeless with a nod to the days of film.
3.What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?
My favorite thing about being a photographer is really getting to know people. When you’re with someone and their entire crazy family on their wedding day, you get to know them really well. I like getting to share those moments with them and hopefully be a calming and joyful presence.
4. What’s your least favorite?
5. Business advice?
Make your business legit from the get go. If you’re going to advertise yourself and you intend to make a profit, you need a business license. You will look and feel more confident to potential clients, plus there’s some added liability protection.
6.What’s your favorite thing at Personify Shop?
Oh man. So hard to choose! I love all the Pendleton products and those P.F. Candles smell so good.
7. My favorite party question: If you could hang out with any three people this Friday night, who would you pick?
Monica, Chandler, Ross, Joey, Rachel, and Phoebe (Ok that was 6… but you can’t split them up!)
8. How do you know the ladies at Personify Shop?
I went to UGA with Maddie where we were both involved in Campus Outreach.