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The New Bismarck Store {Before. Between. After}

By December 14, 2014 2 Comments

So once upon a time we opened our second store in Bismarck, North Dakota.

It was July 29th, 2013 to be exact.

The day was filled with excitement, wine, new babies and falling in love with a central North Dakota town also known as the State Capital.


Our new store was nestled alongside a long standing business on the edge of town called House of Color.  A well known, lovely business that was known for its amazing flooring offerings, paint department, ownership and lovely staff.  They welcomed us with open arms and treated us like family.  But like all children we yearned for a chance to spread our wings and head downtown into the big city.  To play and run with the other boutiques.

With the help of a few new “Downtown” friends, we found a new home nestled in the heart of this growing and exciting city.  So the journey began….

What began as a 30 day plan turned into a 94 day plan.  Construction is a funny thing… it moves at its own pace.  There are many ups and downs. Speaking of downs?

Did I mention we wrecked the front of my Yukon during one of the 100 trips to Bismarck to work on the store.  And by “we”…I mean Scott.
Not that I’m pointing fingers or anything.

(Note: Nobody was hurt. It is just a car.  We are laughing…now)

Did I mention they went through the ditch….through a fence…and into a field.
When Scott does something he always has to add some extra flare.

He is such a showoff!!


Almost a year to the date of this little boo boo too. (Read about here…later)


Remember this last January?

I don’t mean to point it out.  But I’m TOTALLY going to point it out.

When this happened, it was a man driving too  (right Bryan).  Carrie and I have driven that interstate hundreds of times and NEVER even a scratch.

My point is.

Boys are bad drivers.

Just Kidding.  (Totally Not Kidding)

Construction is Hard. That is my point…but we got there and we are so excited.

(Tired and Excited)

You ready to see the Before & Afters?

We thought you would never ask Maria….

This is how the front started.


The first thing to go was the big sign facade. AND YOU KNOW WHAT WE FOUND?


Old ugly windows, but windows none-the-less.

It took a while but we finally got here. The space for the new windows was all framed out and waiting.

We even like the look of the plywood windows better than the old facade.

We are weird like that.


It was a very windy day.  And Carrie was drunk.  (Just Kidding)



Then a short NINETY FOUR days later from when we started, we got here…

Wait for it….Wait for it…



Sexy Right?  I KNOW.  I KNOW.  We squeal each time we look at them.  And by “we” I mean Scott.

Let’s take a closer look.

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I love the sunset and the car lights.  It feels so romantic.


Here is a night shot. (Do you notice anything?)


A rare appearance by Tate.  Who seems to be very gangsta at the moment.

Speaking of Tate.  Here he is with Scott on the very first day of demo in the new space.


Look closely he hiding is the corner on the ladder. He is very shy.

This was day one of demo on appropriately Labor Day.  True story, the four of us spent Monday, Sept 1st, Labor Day…laboring.

We are very literal like that.


The first ceiling came down quickly.   Carrie checked her phone.


The second ceiling was next.  Carrie checked her phone.

She is very sneaky like that.

But little did she know there was a THIRD ceiling.

Missing is the photo of Carrie poking at it with a stick trying to get it down.

It was very effective.

Not so much.

Here is a look at the third ceiling and the west wall Before.


Here is a look at it now.


Did you notice the brick wall.  We squealed like little girls when we found it.  And by ‘we’ I mean Scott.

The process of getting the plaster off was no joke.  So we didn’t even take pictures of it, because it hurts our eyes to even think about it.

Here is the south wall before.


And After…Shazaam!  


We planked the other walls that didn’t have brick with pine and then painted them white with Pure White Chalk Paint®.  No wax was needed. The paint soaked into the raw boards nicely and we left them unsealed for a rustic look.  This is a simple update you can do in any room to give it a rustic clean fresh look.  We have used this look in many rooms we have done in both stores and our offices. We refer to it as shiplap. Shiplap was introduced to us by our friends Chip and Joanna Gaines on the hit show Fixer Upper on HGTV.  We are BFF’s.  Totally. For Reals.

Where was I? Oh yes…

And the east wall before.


And After..


To give you an appreciation of how ugly the ceiling was.  (It was pretty once) we don’t want to offend this sweet old building. Take a look at these old ceiling shots.





Then feast your eyes on this!


The room and ceiling is unrecognizable.  I had to keep looking at the old pictures just to remember what it once was.  We’ve come a long way baby.


We took out three old ceilings.  Left the plumbing exposed. Ran the wiring conduit on the outside of the pine ceiling and hung rustic mason jar lights. (that yes are available to purchase)

It might have been hot, dirty and exhausting on that first day of September but it was all worth it in the end.  Things usually are.

It aligns with my philosophy of “Get Going, Get Out There…and Get Dirty.”
Ok, I just made that up… but still, I believe it.

We had a soft opening this past Monday and a Grand Re-Opening on Thursday.  I’m so very proud of what we have accomplished in Bismarck.  It would not have been possible without these lovely ladies.

Left to Right:  Carrie our Creative Director, some lady in a blue shirt and Kelsey the Bismarck store Manager.

And this guy…

Left to Right:  Scott…still Scott…

Our very amazing Marketing and Events Director, & Carpenter/Painter/GuyWhoWreckedTheYukon

(not that I’m keeping track)

If you see any of these lovely people be sure to give them a high five if you like the new store.  They made it all happen.

The new store location in Bismarck is 413 East Broadway, just around the corner or down the street from Peacock Alley, Kittsona, Lillian’s, One World, Moe’s, Lot 2029, Westley’s and many more fabulous attractions.  You could spend all day shopping in downtown Bismarck.

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10am to 6pm, Sat – 10am to 5pm, Sun-Closed

Come see us.  We would love to show you around.

In Love with Windows,


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  • Jodee Bock says:

    Love. Just Love. And Peace. Totally Peace. And a whole wide world of success and fun (as if you really need me to say that). That is all. Bismarck is lucky to have you spreading your selves all over their downtown. May goats gather wherever you are. <3.

  • Jerry says:

    Maria this is so beautiful! You are amazing! I hope I can come to one of your stores one day! Best of luck in your new adventure! Jerry

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