KALIDA — At Uptown Interior Designs, owner Sandy Westrick prides herself in offering unique items you won’t find at larger retail chains.
Located at 102 W. Main St., Uptown Interior Designs sells furniture, flooring and accent pieces such as lamps, shelving, mirrors, wall art and more. Along with home decor items, she’s recently expanded her offerings to include jewelry, clothing, purses and other accessories.
“I try to provide pieces that are unique,” Westrick said. “I don’t want it to be something you can find in Kohl’s or Walmart or wherever. I want it to be unique to the store.”
To provide these items for her customers, Westrick searches near and far. A few times a year, she travels to AmericasMart in Atlanta, looking for vendors who are selling the unique items she desires. It’s through these trips that Westrick has built up a collection of vendors from across the United States and the globe.
“I have lots of vendors, so chances are I can find what they’re looking for, even if I don’t have it in the store right now,” she said.
Though Westrick said these items can sometimes be expensive, she tries to keep her customers’ price range in mind. In her store, she said she has products for the modest shopper on a budget and for the ones who don’t care as much about what they pay.
“I try to always provide the type of product that still looks to be great quality, but the price is good for them,” she said. “I also go to the other end of the spectrum where merchandise is high-end or expensive. But if I’ve ever ordered something that was really pricey, it was well worth it because the quality was second-to-none.”
Westrick describes her product line as traditional, contemporary and “everything in between.” She said her most popular items fall in the transitional category, which contains both traditional and contemporary elements.
“If you saw a scale and you have traditional on one side and contemporary on the other, transitional is that middle bubble in between the two,” she said. “It’s simple, pleasing to the eye, and not over-the-top.”
In addition to owning her own storefront, Westrick provides in-home interior design services. When someone has a “decorating dilemma,” as Westrick calls it, she will make a home visit to get a sense of what the homeowners are looking for. She then takes pictures of the interior of the home, and creates a design plan that she presents to the family.
Though she enjoys owning a storefront, she said home visits are her favorite thing to do.
“That’s when I feel like I’m most creative,” she said. “Knowing that I can guide them through that and get them to a finished project is just awesome.”
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