How can it already be the last day of March? This year is flying by but we all know what April 1st means. Tickets go on sale to the Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show! This is no April fool; starting tomorrow you can purchase both Early Bird and General Admission tickets. There may even be a special Early Bird discount for those that purchase in the next week!
Let’s kick off the spring show season with our first Dealer Spotlight. Our Dealer Spotlight series will showcase some of our fantastic dealers through candid interviews leading up to the spring show on April 30-May 1.
Today we introduce you to Victoria Stoehr of Victoria Stoehr Designs. Learn how she caught the antiquing bug, what inspires her most, and what sets her designs apart.
We hear antiquing may run in your blood. Tell us how it all started.
I come from a long line of treasure seekers! My parents sold antiques. I recall standing at farm auctions and estate sales in northern Illinois with them as a young girl. Those were long, but fun, Midwest days. However, I swore that when I grew up I would never have any of that old stuff in my home! Funny how things turn out!
At what moment did you know that you had caught the antiquing bug?
In college, I moved to Chicago to get my degree in design. I loaded up my U-Haul, not just with art supplies but also with the comforts of times past. Looking back, I laugh at all the things I brought for one tiny room.
I knew at that point that not only was it a specific look that I was trying to achieve; it was also about being inspired by my surroundings. From there, I moved to the west coast and started to frequent an abundance of area flea markets and auctions. The rest was history.
How long have you been designing vintage pieces?
I have been designing and selling vintage comfortable elegance pieces for 16 years now. I love what I do!
What inspires your designs the most?
I am inspired by textures found in nature and time worn pieces. I typically love original finishes and authentic chipped paint. I also like to mix in a bit of industrial but not too much!
What sets your displays apart from other dealers?
I believe all designers and dealers have a "look" that is uniquely theirs. My design background gives me the ability to create imaginative displays. I gravitate towards a tone-on-tone, neutral look mixed with medium and light-toned woods. I love beds and lots of pillows. I love fun upholstery and I am crazy about chandeliers. In recent years I’ve loved Bohemian-style pieces, selling vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and beautiful handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry by Everett & Ash.
You can learn more about Victoria Stoehr Designs and shop her online boutique by visiting www.victoriastoehrdesigns.com. You can also follow Victoria Stoehr Designs on Facebook, Blogger, Instagram and Pinterest. Be sure to stop by the Victoria Stoehr Designs booth at the spring show to view all of her comfortable elegance jewelry, clothing and home styling pieces.