Elegant Salvage furniture to open in Chicago Park
July 22, 2013
Chicago Park will acquire some added elegance with the opening of a new furniture store Saturday.
Elegant Salvage at 16282 Mt. Olive Road in Chicago Park is a furniture and home decor store that will feature repurposed and repainted antiques and art.
"I've got four or five different styles of premium painted furniture, and I really think people will think it's exciting and fun," said owner Jeri Dean. "There isn't another store in town like it."
The furniture has a mid-century aesthetic, with pieces from the '50s, '60s and '70s. The store also offers a garden section with "beautiful garden benches, some whimsical furniture and glassware," Dean said, in addition to oversized vintage portraits.
The pieces were salvaged from flea markets and repurpose stores that were repainted and fixed up to evoke a functional vintage feel.
"We just all redid them, repurposed them and put things together people maybe wouldn't have thought of," Dean said.
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The furniture is not the only repurposed part of the business. The whole building was formerly Bryant Cabinet Shop and underwent several renovations, with the help of Dean's husband, Ron.
"We bought it from a falling-over building and restored it to new," Dean said. "We refurbished it from the ground up."
The building was originally a fruit-packing shed that the Narrow Gauge Railroad passed by, Dean said.
"I enjoy taking a piece of furniture and making it fun and exciting, rebuilding it, repainting it and putting more personality to the piece," she said. "It's not your boring furniture."
The store carries some colorful items like a pink hutch, aqua-colored cabinet and other pieces with natural wood finishes, Dean said, painted by locals Susan Escano, Carmen Mateo and Sylvia Faber.
"A lot of the painters I have in here are known in our area as premier furniture painters," Dean said. "Everybody is super-local. I think it's fun to buy local and buy things that are made here by the people who have lived in and helped our area grow."
The close proximity to the wine trail is also something Dean would like to include in her pieces.
"We'd like to make it a destination spot for shopping and getting unique finds," she said. "I'd like to add in some wine-inspired art or pieces. That would be fun."
After living in Grass Valley all her life and raising six kids, Dean said she is looking forward to the business' opening.
"It's time for me to find something to do that is really fun."
For information, contact Elegant Salvage at 530-272-6500.
To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4230.
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