F&C 1-Question Interview:
How did you first fall in love with antiques/upcycled decor?
About a decade ago I found myself attracted to the design and high-end style found at Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Ballard designs and began to challenge myself to create the same look with found and re-purposed items.
In '07 I started to sell my finds--along with two other partners--at the antique mall in Cashmere, WA. We quickly outgrew that space and expanded several times before I opened my first retail shop, Inspirations at Home in 2008. My first grandson was born in September of 2009 and although I love my time at the shop, I wanted more “grandma time" and so relocated Inspirations back to the Antique Mall in Cashmere by the end of that year.
It's been an exciting journey, and I wouldn't be where I am today without the support and time from so many individuals. My husband, Martin, is my fix-it guy, collector and furniture expert. My son, Roman, helps with the heavy stuff and builds the most beautiful farm tables! I often seek advice from my daughter, Megan, on current trends and colors. She knows her stuff. My sister-in-law, LaPerria, and shopping companion encouraged me from the beginning, and even suggested my current location years before I was ready. I could not run this business alone, and my four employees are among the best to help run the show and manage our 50+ vendors/consignors. They truly have an eye for design and are passionate about creating beauty. It's been a team effort and will continue that way, as we all try to hold Out On A Whim up to its motto by offering 'simple and inspiring decor for your home.'
-Kara Velazquez, Out on a Whim