What’s Going On in There?

A SNEAK PEEK INTO OUR NEW GREAT BARRINGTON STORE!

The word is out, Hammertown is so excited to be relocating our Great Barrington store into the Foster’s Hardware building (15 Bridge Street, across from the Co-Op) in town! You may have noticed the papered-over windows and “coming soon” posters as you drive to the Co-op. Many people are asking “what’s going on behind those blocked windows” and we thought we would remove at least some of the mystery by giving you a taste of what it takes to create a Hammertown store from the ground up!!

 

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1. After the space was emptied we got to work deciding what paint color would adorn our walls and trim. Sounds simple, right? Well, as anyone who has done this before knows, it is never as easy as it seems, especially with many opinions in the mix. Luckily for us, Farrow and Ball edits their chart and does a lot of the preliminary work for us.

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Here’s where we started. Those fluorescent lights had to go and we needed to lighten the space up with new paint colors.

 

We knew we wanted light colored walls and knew we had to paint swatches along the walls in different locations. It is always amazing to me how different a color can look depending on the light and surroundings.

 

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After much back and forth and some good humor, we settled on Ammonite, a lovely pale color that to us, mimicked the color of old plaster walls. We felt it would add to the vintage charm of the space and look amazing next to the darker color, Downpipe, which we had already chosen for the large built-in shelving and window unit.  For the smaller, side room, we chose Charlston Grey to give the space a cozier, bedroom feel.

 

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2. Meanwhile, we had to start thinking early on about layout. There are a lot of sofas and chairs and we needed to make sure we can fit them all in the space. So, amidst the decisions about wall color and lighting, we wanted to take into consideration the flow of the shop. Our GB team is quick to get things moving and immediately bought a large pad of graph paper in order to make scale models of the space and tiny versions of all the furnishings we stock and sell (see below).

These are the pieces that will form the base layer or our store’s interior design. Right now we are still playing around with ideas and trying to find space for the many furniture frames we carry.

We will keep you posted on our progress but hope you will come see for yourself when we open sometime in early June!!

 

Saskia’s new office in the front window! Saskia and Olivia are working their tails off. Getting the new store ready and clearing out our old store. Only 4 more shopping days in our old space, btw.

Saskia’s new “office” in the front window!

 

And a BIG SHOUT OUT to GB Managers Saskia Larraz and Olivia Runge who are working their tails off getting the new store ready while clearing out our old store.  By the way…Only 2 more weekends to shop in our old space!

A FEW MORE PHOTOS!

 

1 Comment

  • SANDRA A ROSSI says:

    THANKS FOR SHARING. WENT TO FACE HAVE 2 WEEKS AGO AND SAW YOU UNLOADING. CANT WAIT TO SEE THE NEW SPACE.

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