is to provide you with quality home décor that will enhance your living spaces with fresh style and a unique look. Every product I produce is created with passion and a quality that I would be proud to have in my own home. I love to share my enthusiasm for hand-crafted home décor with you and I sincerely hope you find something you would love to add to your home and enjoy it for years to come.
What started as outlets for my creative passions grew and changed. And grew and changed. And now, here I am–
Working as a medical writer for 15 years was a job I loved, but I had small kids at home and traveling to Boston and Japan ad nauseam got pretty old, pretty fast. When my daughter was 11 and just before my son was born in 1986, I opened a painting and teaching studio where I sold antiques, taught decorative painting and stenciling, and I loved it beyond measure. I began decorative painting in 1979 and I really loved to paint old things & make them beautiful again. But a year later, a full time job, a shop, and a baby? What was I thinking? Something had to go (before my mind did) so I sold the shop and stuck with the corporate grind.
In 1992, I opened an antiques shop with a friend. I really loved the retail aspect of personally interacting with customers who shared my passions. So, I was working a full-time job, raising a teenager and two pre-schoolers (my youngest daughter came along in 1988) and sharing shop duties on the weekends - I was squeaking by on little sleep and refinishing antiques whenever I wasn’t working. I sure know how to stretch myself thin! Eventually, I took the plunge and quit that writing job to pursue what I truly loved and convinced myself that through hard work and perseverance, it would all be okay.
In 1999, I decided I needed a web site. So, I put my nose to the grind stone, learned html programming and built my first site. I now design web sites for other small businesses, artists, and non-profits. Through that first web site, I met a woman who became a very good friend. We shared a passion for painting and antiques. One day I mentioned to her that I would love to learn to hook rugs to go with the antiques in my house. Lo and behold – she said she was a rug hooker! So in my typical fashion, I dove right into another venture (which became another passion) and by the end of the following year, I was hooking, designing, and selling hooked rugs on my second web site, Folk ‘n’ Fiber.
In 2009, after both of my parents passed, I moved back to my little childhood home on North Ridge Road. I remember sitting on this front porch with a drawing pad and pencil way back in the day. That’s where the name Vintage on the Ridge came from - we always fondly called our street ‘The Ridge.’ I think they would both be happy that I am still pursuing my passions here.
Looking back: writing, painting, dealing antiques, designing web sites, and hooking rugs have pretty much been my entire adult life – CREATIVITY is obviously what I need to live! I have ventured down a lot of creative avenues, but one common thread remains – to do it all well, with passion, making quality goods that I would put in my own home.
Today, I still enjoy all of my passions, and I look forward to offering you some great antiques & vintage goods, as well as painted signs and furniture. I have always decorated my home with primitives and antiques, but I am seriously in love with all the farmhouse décor these days, which fortunately mixes right in with my antiques. You will find much of that style in my offerings, too.
My kids are all grown with families of their own now, so I have all the time in the world to make you beautiful things! Let me create something beautiful for your home!
What style do you love? What are your passions? Are you focusing on them?
I hope you are able to do what you love - it never feels like work.
“Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.” —Terri Guillemets