The Lovely Life
Life, Love and the Pursuit of Plus Sized Fashion
How you got started?
As long as I can remember I have loved making old things new and creating. Whether it was interiors, refurbishing furniture, etc- creating beautiful things has always been my passion. (I started painting furniture in the nineties before it was cool!) But it was always mainly just a hobby until 2012 my passion became a career. Then, in April of 2018 I went out on my own and started The Plumb Line.
I get asked a lot about how I came up with the name. It was actually a name I came up with for a business project back in college.
Zechariah 4:10 says, "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line..."
noun: a line with a plumb attached to it, used for finding the depth of water or determining the vertical on an upright surface. A plumb line is objective. It measures depth and uprightness. In ancient times it was used to ensure one’s work was true and straight.
This is everything that I desire for my business.
What sets you apart from others in your industry?
I believe from the bottom of my heart that EVERYONE deserves a home that they think is beautiful and that they feel comfortable in, so I do my very best to work with any budget. You don't have to be wealthy to hire an interior designer. In most cases people end up saving time, money, and their sanity by hiring a designer.
from cheap to chic
As soon as you walk in the door of Lovely Lines Boutique, you assume we spent a lot of pennies at an antique store somewhere. Don’t be fooled; we can decorate on a dime and it is something that we LOVE to do!
Our first piece we knew would end up in the store was my great-grandmother’s Duncan Phyfe couch. It sat in her formal living room all my childhood, where we opened Christmas gifts and gathered for Easter. It had an ornate patterned brown fabric for as far back as I can remember. When she passed, I knew that was the one piece I wanted to keep forever! When I found out I was having a baby boy in 2014, I decided to have it recovered in a blue and white pinstripe fabric. The couch sat in his nursery from his birth on Halloween 2014 to March 2018 when the store opened. Many sleepless nights were spent on that couch with Grayson. I’ve been asked a few times if I’d consider selling it and nope! Never. It has more memories for me than any scrapbook ever could.
We knew we wanted an industrial look for the store, so the metal piping for racks and tin wall accents made sense! That might be what we spent the most on other than our rug, which was a bargain buy on Wayfair and matches EVERYTHING so if our colors change, our rug doesn’t have to!
Tip: Fall in love with your main item and use it as your foundation piece. For us it was actually the rug, but you can use anything...curtains, a piece of furniture, a pillow etc and then find things in its color family to build the rest of your look with (or in our case, paint everything you can get your hands on to go with your color flow. Fact: throw pattern caution to the wind and be brave! As long as your colors stay in the same fam, patterns can mix and not match! Look around our store...different patterns on patterns LOL! K, back to our story haha.
Our chandelier was a facebook marketplace find. Drove about 40 minutes south for a $100 chandelier, that probably cost $500 new. Yes, please! Another marketplace find was our two pedestal tables. I found the individual through marketplace, but ended up that it was an item for sale at Old Garage Antiques in Concord.
We bought a few random pieces from local antique/junk stores. The dining room table painted grey, the half chairs (which we painted orselves) and even the square table with knotted legs from True South in Mooresville – the best little random find store around, which has since closed. (Insert sad face.) We also found a few fun pieces at Refunked Junk in North Kannapolis.
When we realized we had a huge, new store to fill up, we acquired our fabulous victorian set of furniture through a trade. Yes, trade. No shame in our game. Photography services paid for this incredible set. Our mens’ section suddenly expanded! LOL.
Then another on sale Wayfair rug and Facebook Marketplace coffee table to complete our seating area near the dressing room.
The vanity? Oh, that was given to us by friend who had no use for it, along with some other little tables. It came to us in a dark brown and ended up as this bright focal point!
The black and white photos behind our register? Our inspiration. Erica’s grandmother, Sally and my great-grandparents, Evelyn and Jesse. The randomness surrounding them? Hobby Lobby sale finds! Perfect little gallery accent wall.
So now you’re thinking how in the world does all that look together? Like a hot mess? Maybe. But we call it eclectic. Maybe victorian-industrial chic. LOL. Totally made that up. But it’s unique and it works for us!
Couch Recovering – Sean White of Discount Furniture & Fabrics, now located in Copperfield (THE B.E.S.T.)
Metal piping & tin – Lowe’s
Rugs – Wayfair.com
Randoms — Hobby Lobby
Local stores: Refunked Junk, Old Garage in Concord.
Stay faithful & lovely,