Oct 24, 2013
In 2004, this was the house that I rented to build the business that I named Bally Eden.
Before I moved in, it was an insurance agency.
The walls were wood-paneled and the floors had carpet glued to them.
I completely renovated the space and it went from scary to very very lovely.
This was in my entry hall. All this woodwork was that dark stain and had never been painted before.
After the renovation, I said that Hell must be made of painting miles and miles of woodwork.
Having worked for the fabulously too talented Pama at Moonvine,
I love florals otherwise known as silks. These are not low rent flowers.
And Feather Wreaths, ahh.
Are you catching my Victoriana theme? Or old lady parlor? Grandma chic?
I may have had a candy dish at the front counter. And Irish music playing.
That’s the front counter through the dutch door.
The wicker table was the first big piece I remember selling. I know who to as well.
The boot became an image for my shop. I loved that mirror.
Before I had my line of Bally Eden bath products, I carried this toile line.
I can almost smell the floral/citrus scent.
I installed a giant padded pinnable board in the linens room to display the doilies and hankies.
This room also housed the vintage clothing.
I decorated the dresser. The jewelry boxes are from Two’s Company.
And the dresser contained bath soap pedals, potpourri, hankies, and bath confetti.
Welcome to the retro kitchen.
The lemonade urn was from Two’s Company but everything else is vintage.
Either collected from yard sales or flea markets or the auction.
We took the plaster off the brick chimney to expose it just like at our house.
I sold aprons for $6 each. I enjoyed people’s nostalgic stories of their family’s womenfolk and their aprons.
This was the men’s rustic corner. I still have a few of those cigar boxes.
Anything else that was leftover was sold at one of two yard sales or shipped off to auction.
These darling felt Americana ornaments and key chains were my first order at the Atlanta Gift Show for my new shop.
This is me behind my counter framing a picture.
I still have that picture above my vanity. You can see it in a recent Instagram selfie.
And we return back to the entry hall. Those encyclopedias on the floor I’m using
for my paper wreaths for the butterflies.
And that hall starburst coat rack was a project my husband took on after buying it at an auction.
Bally Eden was truly a co-venture for Mark and I. He worked hard there for me.
Chatting up little old ladies on Saturdays.
And working on whatever project I got in my head.
I miss it dearly but I am so happy to have these pictures after all.
Next up is the Television commercial made by some people in the television business my husband knew.
Oct 23, 2013
Do you remember the movie Out of Africa? “I had a farm in Africa”, Meryl Streep’s voice says somberly at
the very beginning in that foreboding way that you know she no longer does and you’ll find out why…
…I had a shop in Denton. I named it Bally Eden. Baillie is Gaelic for ‘at the mouth of’ or ‘source of’
Towns on rivers can have this first name. And my house is on the Choptank River.
And Eden is from Edenton which was my town’s name before it got shortened to Denton.
At the source of Eden is how I thought of it.
I opened the shop in 2004 in a lovely little house a block up the street from my own home.
I filled it full of antiques, cards, vintage doilies and aprons,
flowers, and new gifts that fit the theme. I decorated thematically so there was a linens/sewing/children’s room
and a rustic/boys area.
And of course a kitchen.
When Eamon was born, he was my little shop baby. People came to see him too .
I began a short-lived Farmer’s Market that year while I was pregnant. And helped set up a
downtown business association.
My sister did a spectacular job designing this beautiful brochure shopping guide.
And when the economy tanked in 2006, I knew I could not justify taking food out of my little boy’s mouth.
And we closed Bally Eden on the coldest day in January of 2007.
My first-born, my shop, was put to sleep. My hopes and my opportunities to play with display were gone.
A tragedy to me. I all but buried all the shop pictures.
But this month was an opportunity to resurrect my visual past. And to commemorate the effort and beauty that I created at Bally Eden.
Thanks for your compassion through the years you people that remember.
Next post up is the tour of the shop with pictures from the day we opened. And after that, the television commercial.
Please take a moment, if you haven’t already, to vote for me so you can see me wear a victory crown and tutu.
Oct 22, 2013
Even though I would never call myself a graphic artist, seems I keep attempting to design logos . You’ve probably have already seen the one at the top of my Shalavee website.
After attempting to get the domain name of Chez La Vie, I had to settle for Shalavee (same pronunciation). Even Shalavie was taken. And that’s when I designed the little house around the letters.I am in love with it. Just as I am with all creations.
But the very first logo I designed was for my shop, Bally Eden. You’ll hear and see all about my shop here tomorrow. My sister is to thank for the graphic artist work to get all my logos to a happy useable place.
This last one was for the local Culinary School project for which I sat on the board. There was a need for a fresh new logo and I set myself to the task. Never realizing that logos are hard to accomplish by committee.
Here are a few of my raw sketches and the many forms this project logo took until I found the right one.
May I say again that I do not do graphic design on a computer. So the most frustrating part is to have to find someone to help me out in this capacity. Especially when we’re talking about a non-profit project. Eee-yikes. I had many talented hands lay themselves onto this logo. My happy ending was that the committee voted to approve the logo and we were done.
Now if I can only get it up on a sign now, I’d be so very happy to drive by and see it in front of the building being renovated to host this auspicious and necessary program.
Next up, Bally Eden is revealed. And if you can take a moment to vote for my blog by clicking once on the badge to the right in the sidebar and clicking the word vote, I’d be so overjoyed. I’m a little behind here. I am aiming for phoenix status. Rising from the ashes.