Out on a Whim

The Gift of Uncommon Experiences

The Gift of Uncommon Experiences

Stop giving half-assed gifts for mother's day, when pairing up some uncommon experiences away from the busyness is not that hard. The moms make things happen for all of us. So make something happen for them.

Therapeutic Shopping

Field Report No. 20150709AH

Topic: Out on a Whim

Conditions: Curated 



COMMENTS: The methodology applied by the contributing craftspeople at this neighborhood boutique combine to create an aggregate greater than the sum of its parts. Meaning that the charm and beauty of this place is far greater by having all parties in a shared space rather than each one operating individually. This idea saturates the therapeutic collection of decor available at Out on a Whim. 

KEY FEATURES: Well curated, good lighting, great design. 

RECOMMENDATIONS: Wedding rentals from OOAW (arches, decor, props, etc.) are a great way to add character to your event. 

Inspiration for All

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

Inn Season

COMMENTS: A while back I learned that you can drop by any old time (a phone call first is best on account of 

A Walking Tour

Comments: Spent some time on foot in downtown Wenatchee yesterday. They're a friendly bunch--the downtowners. 

History's Workbench

History's Workbench

A question posed to Dustin Spencer, owner of Vermilyea Pelle. Dustin crafts stunning leather goods from sustainable old world materials using tools and methods pulled from a rich history.