MY DREAMS

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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 ...

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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??