Thank you for shopping “small”

Shop Small.

What does it mean to “shop small”?

Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is one of my favorite days of the year.  Yes, I’m a small business owner, and Small Business Saturday is a great day for the little guys, but it means so much more than just the bottom line.

Small Business Saturday is about taking a deep breath and enjoying the people and places around you. It’s the coffee shop, the pizza spot, and your favorite shop that makes up what you call home. Shopping small preserves local character. It’s what makes your town different from the next, the friendly face – excited to meet your family in from out of town.

Shopping small supports local charities, schools and programs. Studies show on average locally owned businesses give three times more than corporate chains. See a shop with windows papered with posters of the local high school play, soccer team or church craft bazaar? Those are signs of support in lieu of a sale.

When you shop local, you’re money stays local. Neighbors are employed, and profits funnel back to your community. Studies show on average, $68 of every $100 spent stays in your local economy.

Finally, shopping small supports hard work and a dream. Choosing to shop or dine with a neighbor is a pat on the back, or the little nudge they need to keep going or maybe take that leap to grow.

Today was a fun day…a reminder to think big, and shop small. Thank you!

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Decorating With Evergreens

Dealing with the post-storm mess outside? If your yard looks like mine, it’s covered with sticks, branches, leaves, and maybe the neighbor’s BBQ cover? That was quite a windstorm we experienced here in the Pacific Northwest this past week! I hope all of you are safe and your electricity has been restored. (shout-out to PUD – thank you!)

Charles was out of town on business during all the excitement, so the boys and I headed out to clean up some of the wreckage and find our driveway once again. But in my typical distracted style, I found myself finding all kinds of great uses for all of the beautiful evergreens! “Wait! that’s a good one, put it on the pile!” Soon the boys were holding up each branch for a thumbs up or down before it headed for the yard waste or my “holiday evergreen stash”.

So before you get too hasty in your clean up, be sure and save a little stash of your own. The possibilities are endless, but here are just a few I came across to get you inspired!

The timing couldn’t be more perfect to swap out sad looking remains of your summer annuals. Easiest project ever! Just stuff and tuck a variety of evergreens, sticks and pinecones! This beautiful arrangement and step by step instructions can be found on the beautiful blog The Art of Doing Stuff 

Outdoor Planter

Add a little winter touch to your front door by filling a basket or any container with greens. This birch basket would be lovely on a porch or right by the fireplace. Spotted this one on Lush Home

Evergreen Basket

Adding evergreens can be as simple as popping in a few sprigs in a votive or surrounding a pillar candle or lantern for extra texture and color.

candle greens collagePhotos via Pinterest

I love this idea of just a touch on the top of photo frames from Remodelaholic.com

Evergreen Photo Collage

And of course, don’t forget the evergreen wreath!

Small Evergreen Wreath

Photo by BHG.com

Now get out there and clean up! 🙂

 

 

German Glass Glitter is here!

German Glass Glitter, German Glass Glitter…I must have said those three words fifty times at our BEACH GLASS holiday event last week! It’s funny how words come in and out of your life. Right now it’s “NO!” (due to Allie our new puppy) and “German Glass Glitter” because of all of the gorgeous sparkle currently at the shop.

What is German Glass Glitter? Well, it isn’t your finely shredded tinsel my friends! Y’know… the kind that sticks to your face for several days forcing you to defend exactly how you are spending your spare time? German glass glitter is actually crushed glass that give the most beautiful reflective sparkle. Silver coated with actual silver, German glass glitter ages over time to a beautifully aged patina. I can’t get enough of the stuff! Armed with an old paint or sponge brush and some good old fashioned Elmer’s glue, nothing is off limits!

Here are some examples currently at BEACH GLASS by K.Miller Interiors, and why I will continue to say “German Glass Glitter” throughout this holiday season.

Pinecones are one of my favorites…

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

Just about anything wood, the B & G on our BEACH GLASS Christmas tree are made from MDF and boy do they shine!

German Glass Glitter Letters

German Glass Glitter Letters

The gorgeous reindeer, twig star garlands, and gift boxes are all hand crafted from Sherri’s Designs using german glass glitter and mica flakes.

Sherri's Designs

 

By now you have read “German Glass Glitter” more times than you thought you ever would, so you are probably asking, where can I get my hands on this glittery goodness?

No fret my friends, I have bottled some magic just for you! I blended my favorite fine and course grit glitters to create the perfect blend for just about any project. Fine enough to get the coverage you need, but enough of the chunky stuff for that extra sparkle!

BEACH GLASS German Glass Glitter Blend

BEACH GLASS German Glass Glitter Blend

Come on in and get your hands on some while it lasts!

german glass glitter, german glass glitter 🙂

 

We’re making room at BEACH GLASS!

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END OF SEASON SALE!

10-75% Off Storewide*!

BEACH GLASS is getting the shop ready for a new season and that means HUGE SAVINGS for you! Everything in the shop is marked down at least 10%* with many seasonal items marked down even more, up to 75% off!

Home decor 10-75% off!

Select handbags 30% off!

Solares recycled glass jewelry 20% off!

Scarves 30% off!

Havaianas flip flops 40% off!

Select Paint Colors 75% off

We need to make room for exciting fall products on their way!  We’re marking things down now, so head to the shop soon for some great savings!

*Kim Caron jewelry & Consignments excluded from sale

website launch!

I am thrilled to announce the new website for BEACHGLASS by: K.Miller Interiors! I can’t be more excited about having this new tool to help share and grow my business.  It will serve as a great resource to learn more about what’s new at the shop, what events we have in the works, new pieces and products, and of course, helpful tips and information about Vintage Market & Design furniture paint! The site also includes a link to my long-neglected blog…moved over from beachglassblonde.com, so I’m eager to pick up writing again and have everything connect together! You will also find links to our pages on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

A huge thank you to the Reni and the team at Bliss and Tell Branding Company for their patience and hard work in creating a site that so perfectly represents BEACHGLASS!

So be sure and subscribe to the new blog and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

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my favorite plant

If you have followed my blog for awhile you most likely know that I’m not much of a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants. I do okay outside, but I have a tendency to torture any plant I try to keep indoors. I completely admit to the fact it’s my fault…I stuff them places where I think they look good from a design perspective – completely ignoring their “care” instructions. You may recall the unfortunate Christmas poinsettia from last year.

Needs lots of sunlight? But I really like the way it brightens up this dark corner.

Water regularly? That’s a little tough when it’s placed 9 feet off the floor on top of that empty shelf that needed something green.

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first day

BEACHGLASS

Today was my first official day open at BEACHGLASS! I had an amazing Launch Party on Wednesday night to celebrate my new venture with friends and family, but today it was official.

It was a perfect day. I opened the doors at 9am to a fun couple visiting Mukilteo from Austin, TX and my last sale was to a another group visiting from Florida. Who knew Mukilteo in October was the tourist hot spot? 🙂 I assured all of them that there really were mountains out there behind the fog….geesh, we have to be the only place where people shout “look! the mountains are out!!”

I had a steady flow of locals all day and some great friends popped in… it really was so much fun! It felt good to have all of the “grunt work” of getting the shop ready to open behind me and just enjoy helping customers throughout the day. I was even able to squeeze in a little time to post some pictures on my Facebook page and place some much needed orders to replenish what flew out the door on Wednesday night.

Today was just what I hoped for…this is one happy girl.A board

Meet “Rucker”, the round table

As I started filling in the shop it was obvious I needed a round display table for the center of the space. I have this amazing industrial cart in my garage that is just begging for a cool round reclaimed top, but I just don’t have the time right now to track it down. It would be crazy cool…but it will have to wait patiently for the proper makeover.

But when I was down at Home Inspirations to start to pack up to move my space, I was chatting with another vendor friend that I needed a round table. A customer overheard and offered to sell me hers. “It’s solid, round …but it’s oak and really needs to be painted” was how she described it. Hmmm…I may just be able to do that!

We arranged the deal and on moving day swung by her place on Rucker Ave and picked it up. It was the perfect size, but she was right…it was that yellow colored OAK – that was just screaming for a makeover.

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