Friday, July 23, 2010

Project day: My Biggest Project Yet


Well, this is what I have got myself into. A blank canvas. An empty shop. Yes, I am opening up my own store in Brisbane. It is located in bustling Oxford Street at Bulimba. I have been negotiating for about a month and today I got the keys. And here it is......completely empty! I am standing here right now inside, staring at the walls. What to do next? So this is by far my biggest project yet. I am nervous and excited at the same time. I think champagne is in order. Right now!
Have a great weekend....I will be cleaning and painting. Simone xx

101 comments:

  1. Best of luck on your new venture, and congratulations!

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  2. Wow!!! How exciting for you! Bulimba is just gorgeous, I grew up around there! Is Ann's secondhand store still there? I know the family. Good luck with it all, it certainly would be a great spot for you!

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  3. I am SO excited for you Simone, what a great time you have ahead of you. I love the blank canvas...it's perfect to work with, lots of options.

    My very best,
    xoxo Dj

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  4. Wow Simone, that is super exciting. I wish you every success and more :)

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  5. Hi Simone, I've been reading your blog for quite some time now and I am sure this empty shop will look like heaven when it is over :) Wish you the best! regards, Ebru from Istanbul Turkey

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  6. Wonderful!!! Congratulations!

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  7. Congratulations! I'm having a champagne too tonight :-)
    Oxford Street is one of my fave places to visit in Brisbane!
    Cheers!

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  8. Wonderful news Simone! I look forward to hearing more about your big venture :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  9. Biggest congratulations to you Simone. Wishing you all the very very best, Exciting times ahead for you!

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  10. Congrats Simone!
    now make your dream come true a Reality!!!
    bring on the Champagne!!!
    warm sandy hugs!!
    Loui♥

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  11. it's such a lovely blank canvas!
    i can't even imagine what you
    will make it look like!
    congrats on having your own shop..
    that is one of my dreams some day also!
    only mine will be a muffin shop : )

    and i plan on visiting Australia someday..
    and when i do so..i will have to come
    check out your cute shop!

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  12. Hi Simone, wonderful news! I'll have to pop in some time. Take a deep breath and power ahead. Hope you still have time to BLOG.

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  13. Wow, congratulations, how exciting! Will it be a Beach Vintage store? Enjoy the bubbly :)
    xx Karen

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  14. Simone this is exciting....CONGRATULATIONS and CHAMPAGNE is definitely called for xx

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  15. Hooley Dooley!!!!
    How exiting!!!!
    The very best of luck with everything.
    Cannot wait to see what you do with it all :)
    Irene x

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  16. That is an awesome blank canvas! Congratulations!!!

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  17. You are full of surprises. Good luck with your new baby, Simone. I am sure it will be a winner with you behind the wheel. Enjoy your weekend. xx

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  18. Oh it's beautiful. I can't wait to see it full of all your pretties! ... and Oxford St!.. the best address in town! A-M xx

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  19. Hi simone....that IS very exciting news indeed...

    You will have a wonderful time stocking it up to look beautiful..
    (having had a gift shop myself in melbourne for 10 yrs!!)..in fact off to the gift fair next weekend in melbourne to see what i can buy !!..
    may run into you!!~~

    Cannot wait to see it all put together..

    xx andrea

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  20. Ooooh, congratulations! Good luck to you!

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  21. AMAZING! Can't wait to see what you sell and what you do! This is so great - and interesting! xxx

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  22. Congratulations Simone that is exciting news. Now I have another lovely shop to visit and cannot wait. Look forward to your journey. Sandy x

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  23. That's so exciting!! I wish you all the luck with your new shop, ENJOY!

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  24. Oh wow, how exciting - congratulations Simone!

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  25. Congratulations and go for it!

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  26. Congratulation Simone!! I wish you the best with this proyect. Kisses, Ana

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  27. Good luck... can't wait to see the next pics!

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  28. Oh, how very exciting. I'll be sure to come and visit when you open!

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  29. You brave girl! I applaude you for pursuing your dreams, may they all come true!

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  30. Oh wow, I'm excited for you! The space looks amazing. Can't wait to see what you do with it. My mummy is hoping to open a little shop in a village in Norfolk, England. I think you might inspire us to go that extra mile & create something magical. Good luck & enjoy the champagne xx

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  31. How wonderful and well done for following your dreams. What exciting times. Can't wait to see what you do with the store. If its anything like the wonderful creativity you share on your blog, it will be amazing. When do you open? What will you sell? Can't wait to hear more.

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  32. Congratulations Simone!! Thats fantastic news and I wish you luck with your new venture.

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  33. Dear Simone, I wish all your dreams come true! Be happy and live all the blessed moments that happen to you. Kisses all the way from Brazil up to Brisbane!! Bela.

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  34. Congratulations Simone! Wishing all the very best for your new adventure!

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  35. oooooooooooh goodluck with it. Look forward to seeing the finished job. You must be so excited and butterflies doing sommersaults. Hope the champagne helps to settle them .Sinead

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  36. Great Simone I am so pleased for you I wish you all the luck,it looks so clean and fresh can't wait to see more xx jeanette

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  37. Oh My! Yay for you! Such exciting news. Now I guess I will need to plan a little interstate trip at some stage so I can come and visit.
    I am sure your new venture will be a fabulous success!

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  38. I admire you ... good luck. You are an inspiration!

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  39. Wow Simone, how fantastic! Good luck with all the preparation, can't wait to see what comes next xo

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  40. Congratulations!!!!!! What an exciting and possibility filled development! I'm so happy for you, though I'm also jealous that I won't be in Australia anytime soon...

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  41. WoW...Congratulations!! That is so exciting...a big dream I am sure! Good Luck In all that comes about!
    Daisy~

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  42. OMG
    OMG
    OMG
    How exciting!
    Congratulations!
    I so very thrilled for you!

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  43. Ahhhh - how very EXCITING. Congratulations. I'm just giddy for you. It looks like a wonderful space. Perfect white backdrop to showcase your items. Can't wait to see it all finished. Setting up displays in a shop is one of my favorite things to do. Years ago, whenever I would fill in for my mom at her antique shop, she would always return to find I had rearranged the entire store - fun!

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  44. Congratulations! Sounds exciting

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  45. Wow how exciting! I hope I get to come visit your shop someday. The possibilities are endless!

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  46. Congratulations Simone you must be thrilled and terrified at the same time!
    This is a wonderful opportunity for you though and I wish you only the highest success and happiness in this new venture!
    Have fun this weekend...
    Tina xo

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  47. This sounds like a great adventure! and to do it from the ground up, omg... I know it will be stunning.

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  48. um, WOW! this is SOOOOO exciting Simone! Can't wait to see what you do with the space - please ensure you keep us updated! love lots and happy weekend xx

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  49. that is so exciting - it looks fab! Good luck!

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  50. Congratulations!!!! What an exciting venture!
    wishing you all the best from Toronto Canada
    xoxox

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  51. Sure wish I could come visit when it's all ready. I just know it is going to be fantastic.

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  52. ...OH WOW brave lady!...congradulations ...can't wait to see the pictures of your new adventure!...and when my daughter travels to Australia in Sept she will take a picture of herself out front!

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  53. Wow! Congratulations. This IS a big project.
    Have fun! I know you'll do well.

    Have a super weekend.

    Melinda

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  54. Oh, congratulations!!! A dream come true! I know that in no time this blank canvas will be completely breathtaking with your creative redo! It will be fun for sure. Celebrating with you!

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  55. Wow this is great! I can't wait to see what you do with this. I wish I were in your town, I bet it'll be a marvelous shop to spend an afternoon discovering!

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  56. dear simonne!!!!! this is a beautifull news!!!!!congratulations!!!!!!! with all your wishes.all your style and all your heart your shop is going to be GREATTTTT!!! l send you an enormous kiss and a very happy weekend!!!!!!besosssss!!

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  57. OMG, that is SO exciting!!!!! I am sure you will do brilliantly!!!

    Congratulations and good luck, I can't wait to hear more :)

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  58. Oh wow, congratulations! This even looks amazing although it's empty :) Can't wait to see all the wonderful things you'll be filling the racks with!

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  59. big big congratulations. fill it with all that you are and it will be wonderful :)

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  60. Wow Simone Congratulations! Enjoy the painting & organising your shelves with all your goodies what fun :)))

    It looks a lovley shop good luck!!!

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  61. Well, at least you have a clean, new, beautiful space to work with! Can't wait to see how it turns out! ♥

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  62. Clink..clink...cheers to your new store! That is so exciting! Can't wait to see what you have done with the space! Happy weekend to you! xxoo :)

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  63. Wow! That's so exciting! I'm trying to open a needlework shop in my area and I know it's alot of work and planning. Have fun!

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  64. Wow this is such a fantastic and exciting time for you !!! Mummy Ma Designs dreams of this too one day . My Dad grew up in Balmoral up in Dilkera Street, perhaps I shall visit your shop one day when Im in Brisbane.
    Good Luck with it all Im sure you will do well

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  65. Hey Simone, will have to come down and Che k it out can,t waiT to see what you do cheers katherine

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  66. Huge congratulations Simone!!! I knew it would happen. You're style is sensational. This blank canvas will be "you" in no time at all! Bulimba is a great spot too. I used to sail at the 18 footers over 30 years ago!! I had coffee in Bulimba a few years ago and was blown away at how much it had changed. Good luck. Looking forward to the transformation! Pruxxx

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  67. Congratulations! How exciting. I hope all goes well for you. I'll be sure to drop in whenever I'm next in Brisbane.
    Have a great weekend. Happy Opening!
    Carmel

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  68. Congratulations on opening your new store! How excited you must be. I'm green with envy as this has always been a dream of mine too - someday! Good luck with everything and I hope you'll share photos of your progress in setting everything up.
    xo
    jeanne

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  69. Good Girl..!..go for it big and bright.

    Cheers!...to your success.

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  70. CONGRATULATIONS!

    what a brave step! you will be wonderful as a shop owner with your amazing taste, style and talent. champagne is in order!

    wishing you lots of sweet success!!!

    xo
    elyse

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  71. wow congratulations - definitely will need to plan a trip to Bulimba then. Mel xx

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  72. Hi Simone-

    I am so excited for you. I work in display and it looks like a light and airy space - just right for your style. I can wait to hear all about it.
    My best - Diane

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  73. Hi Simone, just want to wish you the best of luck on this new venture.. it must be so exciting for you. I would love to have my own full size shop one day. Looking forward to seeing more pics once it's fully stocked. Have fun... Maryann

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  74. Congratulations!!! So wonderful! Best of luck & hope we still hear from you now & then!!

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  75. Oh Simone..that is AWESOME NEWS...congratulations I am so excited and nervous for you too....I have no doubt it is going to look absolutely amazing..decked out with all your gorgeous vintage finds and your special creative touch...fantastic..cant wait to see the finished results...good luck lovely....so so happy for you..xo

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  76. So great to find your blog,, i love it!
    Congrats on your new store!

    my best
    xoxo
    Edyta
    http://edytaandco.blogspot.com/

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  77. Unbelievably exciting news. I wish you all the luck in the world!!!

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  79. OMG Simone, what MASSIVE news!!!
    Oh yes, crack open the champers and cheers to yor success. It's so exciting!

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  80. Good luck in the coming weeks, spend every minute wisely while you are setting up shop and most importantly - Have fun! Cant wait to see it and shop! Congratulations x

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  81. Congratulations!!!
    I'm sure it'll be a huge success just like your fantastic blog! Remember to spend equal amounts of time drinking champagne as you do painting and cleaning! All the very best in your exciting new venture!

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  82. pop! fizzzzz ... raising my glass and toasting your new venture

    (p.s. I do hope you will be posting during and after photos as well)

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  83. Hi I grew up in Smallman Street (just off Oxford Street)It's amazing the little village it has become. In my day there was maybe a pub and a fish and chip shop.
    I think that you will do really well. I now live on the Sunshine Coast but still have a lot of friends in the area so I will difinitely come and have a look at your new store. Is it near the cinemas?
    Well done, Enjoy the journey.

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  84. Many congratulations Simone. I wish you wonderful success. That looks like quite a space to showcase your wares.

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  85. A huge toast to you my friend..I am so excited for your adventure..it will be nothing short of amazing. I want to come visit now!

    Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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  86. Congrats on the new store...can you believe it!
    I am so glad I am a local (well almost). Maybe I can hitch a ride up with Sandy. I'm sure we could keep you in business;o)
    Angex

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  87. Hi Simone, wow what a big move. I wish you every success. I can't wait to hear more about it and to visit in the near future!

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  88. how exciting!!......congrats!! :)

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  89. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! How exciting!!!! I can't wait to hear AND see more, more, more!!!

    m ^..^

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  90. simone.. this is going to be sooooooo cool!! I want to visit and work in your shop.
    Best of luck to you.

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  91. Wow. How neat is that! I bet it is going to look awesome!!

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  92. Wow, congrats Simone. Such a dream!

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  93. how exciting!? congrats! I can't wait to see photos of the prettiness you create.

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  94. Your shop already looks amazing. Can't wait to see what you fill it up with. great lighting and shelves.. The decorating is the best part!! Have fun..Hugs Chrisy's Cottage

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  95. Ahh! I am in the middle of negotiating with a landlord but am so scared of taking the plunge! Congratulations to you Simone!!! Can't wait to follow your progress and learn :)

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