Chalk Paint™ Inspiration – Paris Grey

This month’s Chalk Paint™ Inspiration is Paris Grey!

Paris Grey

Paris Grey is inspired by the painted furniture found in elegant French châteaux or old Swedish manor houses. It’s a light dove grey, a cool colour with definite blue undertones, which makes it a perfect partner for Pure White, as in the piece below. By comparison, the yellow undertone of Old White doesn’t work quite so well.

Paris Grey & White Cabinet

This has to be one of my favourite shades, a silvery colour that works beautifully in coastal, Hamptons or french provincial style homes. The mirror below was one of my most popular pieces; highlighting the details in pure white gave it a soft feminine character and showed of those flourishes!

Paris Grey Collage 2

Paris Grey is our colour of the month! Signup for the Paisley Vintage monthly newsletter and you’ll receive 10% off a tin of Paris Grey until July 31.

If you’d like to check out more of this series, check out the links below.

Antoinette

Aubusson Blue

Duck Egg

Emperor’s Silk

Louis Blue

Old Ochre

Paloma

Provence

Pure White

Catherine xxx

 

 

We’re Moving!

I’ve got great news – we’re moving! I’m so excited by the next stage in the Paisley Vintage adventure, and can’t wait to get into the new space. This is what she looks like now, our new home away from home – 13A Stella Street Long Jetty.

Stella STreet

We’re not going far – only two streets away in fact! But the new shop is a little bigger, a lot brighter, and has a separate space for classes. There’s also a lovely big shed… which I have some exciting plans for! I can’t say too much yet, but if you love a good rummage, then stay tuned!

Our last day of trading in Pacific Street will be Saturday July 2. We will then be closed, relocating all our wonderful goodies (and bringing in lots of new things too!) and reopening on Saturday July 9. During the time we are closed if you need something specific please call me on 0407 458 950 and make an appointment. I will be running between shops but very happy to oblige!

All our contact details remain the same, just in a shiny new location. Hope you’ll come visit and check out our new space!

Catherine xxx

 

 

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Supporting Small Business

A few weeks ago a fellow small business owner posted the quote below – a well known and loved retailer was very sadly closing her doors for the last time.

Shop small

Small business is hard. Paisley Vintage is a one woman show and while living out this dream is amazing, it’s also scary and a lot of hard work. When you take the leap and open a bricks and mortar store there are weeks when your wings falter and you feel your stomach drop. You hear that a business you thought was successful is trying to trade out of disaster, or worse still, closing. And you worry that you might be on the same path.

Small businesses need the support of their community. It’s vital. As part of the Long Jetty strip I’ve found a creative community of small businesses that are rejuvenating a once very sad and tired area. The founding businesses such as Beautiful Garbage, The Glass Onion and The Sound Exchange brought people back to the area, and laid the ground work for businesses like mine to begin. And even more than that, they make an important contribution to the area; providing employment, improving real estate values and creating community.

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So when you can, please support a small business. Keep them in mind when you’re ready to make a purchase. Big or small. Winter is a notoriously difficult time for retailers, so if you can make a purchase, shop local and shop small. Every time you buy from a independent store you’re helping a family, contributing to a community and supporting the local economy.

But making a purchase isn’t the only way you can show your support. There are other ways you can support them to, all of which are appreciated. Here’s how –

  • If you use social media, like Facebook or Instagram, make sure you go and like their pages, and visit them regularly.

 

  • Both Facebook and Instagram work on an algorithm, meaning that not every post your favourite businesses share will end up in your feed. Why? Well, businesses are ‘encouraged’ to pay for that privilege, for every one of their likers to see their posts, and believe me, that isn’t always in our budget. While that might be doable for Woolworths, your local small business isn’t quite working on the same marketing budget! So when you do see posts for small businesses, like them! Or better yet, leave a comment and let them know what you think. Or you could even share the post with your friends.

 

  • Does the small business have a blog (like this one)? When you’ve got five minutes hop on over and have a read. If you can leave a comment, do!

 

  • If you’re on Facebook, leave a small business a review. A 5 star rating means that small business will rate higher in Facebook’s algorithms. There are other pages and sites where you can leave customer experience reviews, go ahead and give your favourite a shout out!

 

  • Tell your friends. Speak positively about those small businesses you love and take your friends to visit.

 

  • See an opportunity for a small business? Tell them!! I regularly get messages from people who have seen great furniture in op-shops, or have heard of of someone selling items that would be perfect for Paisley Vintage. I appreciate each and every one of those referrals, even if it goes no where. The fact that those people were kind enough to think of me and my small business is wonderful.

 

I love my business and feel so grateful that I’m able to do what I love, and share it with others. I appreciate all the support you’ve shown me to date, and hope you will continue to do so. I have some exciting news to share in the next week or so, so please stay tuned!

Catherine

PS – If you haven’t already done so, sign up for the Paisley Vintage monthly newsletter over on the sidebar.

 

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