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I have big dreams and little dreams, partially thanks to Ted Turner and Oprah’s Master Class. I once heard Ted talking about the importance of having big dreams–dreams so big they seem impossible, so that you always have something to keep working towards. He shared how his father’s dream was to own a big house, have 100 acres and be a millionaire, and then shortly after he returned from the war he had everything he wanted. I’m clearly paraphrasing here, but Ted said he felt like his father became stuck because he, essentially, didn’t know how to recalibrate and aim for greater because he’d initially aimed too low and quickly achieved his biggest dreams. I’ve heard people talk about these “big hairy audacious goals” (or whatever else you want to call them) but never really understood why they were important until I heard Ted’s story. So today, I’m giving you a peek at my little (big) dream…
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I’ve wanted this for awhile now, a cute brick & mortar store for all of my goodies so I can expand my empire and show others that vintage furniture is actually quite fun, oftentimes much moreso than new finds. I fell in love with a newly renovated restaurant in Downtown Decatur (No. 246) that has an awesome black brick facade that I wouldn’t mind duplicating either. Makes me think of something like this…

and it would be great if I had a great picture window (or two!) so I could do intriguing window displays …

House of Honey via
and I’d travel the world and fill it with goodies from my stash…
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and i’d do cute little random vignettes around the shop like this…

but they’d be like idea labs, to guide people in how to pair items that they might normally shy away from.  And then maybe the rest of the store would look like this…

except with epoxy’d white, grey, or black concrete floors. And of course there’d be a design area, a place to showcase fabrics & finishes & trim…
kinda like this, but much wider and with a table and chairs where people can work their design magic solo (if they choose), rest their feet and eat my tasty snacks. And then I’d have a back office and design studio for my employees and I where I’d meet with (and design for) private clients…
and of course, inspiration will be abound.
So tell me, what’s your dream??

30 Comments on MY DREAMS

  1. charmaine
    May 3, 2012 at 7:19 am (4 years ago)

    Oh my Dayka, this is my dream too! I wish you lived closer.

  2. LiveLaughDecorate
    May 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Man, that is a well thought out dream! Love how you’ve laid out a template for said aspirations. Dreaming too of an amazing design space to get my work done (would rather a home office that has it’s own entrance so clients can come by without sauntering through the house). Space would be kid friendly for my little man to run around and play. Also dreaming to see my brand in home design stores with a kids collection included. Thanks for setting us off on this tangent today. Hadn’t expressed those dreams publicly ’til today.

    May 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Hell of a dream girl…..and it can definitely come true!

  4. Niki McNeill
    May 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love it!! You’re closer than you think… And u can’t wait to see it come to fruition :-)

  5. Kim@Chattafabulous
    May 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm (4 years ago)

    My dream is very similar to yours. I’m quietly keeping my eyes open to find a little place of my own – hopefully within the next year. So many things to consider – the dreaming is fun but the “business” side of things can be a little overwhelming – and something I don’t enjoy . Keep working toward your goal and it will happen!

  6. Jessie
    May 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm (4 years ago)

    That is my dream too. I would love to scout fabulous pieces around the world for my store. Plus, do consulting work within the store, I think that would be wonderful.

    I hope you dream come true for you!

    Have a lovely weekend!


  7. Dayka
    May 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm (4 years ago)

    @charmaine: no worries, you’ll just have to come down and visit! :)

    @nicole: you’re onto something–I would also love to have a workshop at home with a separate entrance where I could entertain clients if i need be. if nothing else, i could DEFINITELY use one for my refinishing. i think having a detached structure would also be great to help with work/life balance!

    @sherry: thanks, sherry! of course i’ll want to see your face there and we may have to call that sister of yours so her delicious restaurant can cater some events. :)

    @niki: thanks, doll. and i just KNOW you’ll be there, too. :)

  8. dressmyroom
    May 9, 2012 at 10:13 am (4 years ago)

    We really have the same dream:) If you were to check my pinterest board you would find some of the same pin’s for my store (glad we are in different states- Ha!). I’ve been journaling my ideas for the shop and haven’t blogged them. Thanks for sharing!

  9. dressmyroom
    May 9, 2012 at 10:15 am (4 years ago)

    We have the same dream! If you were you visit my pinterest page you would find some of the same pins (glad we are in different states-ha!) I’m been journaling my ideas as of late and they haven’t made it to my blog. Thanks for sharing!

  10. SSharetta Marcus
    May 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Dayka! I love it! I have similar dreams of a quaint little vintage shop for all my treasures

  11. Sharetta
    May 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Dayka, I love it! I have a similar dreamof a quaint little vintage shop for all of my treasures!

  12. Miya @ Design Indulgences
    May 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm (4 years ago)

    LOVE this post. I can totally envision everything you said. I want to one day own a home remodeling company where I can partner with my brother who is my contractor on projects. We’ve already done our parents rec room, kitchen and bath remodels and I really love the process of tearing down to may new. I would want an army of talented people like lighting techs, painters, etc along with other talented designers. That’s my dream.

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