Dustin’s epic 10 day road trip is where our dreams of the boutique’s interior become reality. Historically, our sourcing trips have directed the interior concepts heavily. You never know what you are going to find on the road! Dustin explored our old haunts (and some new) sourcing fixtures and furniture for our “modern midwest” interior. He hit all the antique malls, estate sales, salvage yards, and junk shops from Seattle to Dylan, Montana to find the key pieces to anchor our concept. The cities he sourced in: Ellensburg, WA, Yakima, WA, Pendelton, OR, Baker City, OR, Boise, ID, Salt Lake City, UT, Buffalo, WY, Sheridan, WY, Billings, MT, Dillon, MT then back home through Arco, ID, Boise, ID, Baker City, OR, and back to Seattle, WA. Our road-trips have been a constant source of inspiration and so much fun over the years. For the first five years of our business we did every road trip together but this time I had to stay home and hold down the fort. I will never forget some of the memories we have made lurking around small towns hunting for treasures.
Dustin representing the great state of Oregon.
Baker City, OR is one of our favorite places in the country. Our fathers grew up on a ranch in a tiny (pop 375) town called Halfway in Pine Valley Oregon about 60 miles from Baker City. Baker was the closest “big” city to Halfway and our dads would travel there multiple times a year for products and services that could not be found in Halfway. Conversely, Baker City is, of course, small to Dustin and I and we have had lots of fun hanging with the locals at Stockman’s, the tavern in town.
Descending into Pendetlon, Oregon home of the famous Pendelton Round-Up and Pendelton Wollen Mills.
During our initial concepting for the current interior we dreamt of some sort of treatment for the walls – maybe old barn wood or a fence?? We wanted the installation to be less thematic and more about a color pallet/texture than literal props. We loved the idea of the colors of wheat fields and big sky country. In true Dustin form, he found the most amazing fence (Rancher: “Why do you want my old fence?” Dustin: “I just do. How much?”). I didn’t realize how beautiful a fence could be until I saw this one! It is HUGE, over 10 feet tall and rounded (cool!). The aged wood gives a warm, rugged, masculine and organic feeling to the space. It was on the walls for only one day and we got offers to buy it!
Loading up the fence that lines the walls of our boutique in Baker City, OR
Dustin drove the 10 foot fence from Baker City to Seattle in the Toyota.
Welcome to UTAH!
Beautiful rag rug found in our favorite antique mall in Boise, ID. Did I mention it fits the space perfectly?
Trucker Nelson and his haul.
The wild, wild west! (Sheridan, WY)
Dustin logged almost exactly 3,000 miles in the Hitchcock Madrona mobile (our Toyota Tacoma) to bring a little bit of the country to the boutique. If you haven’t seen the current installation come visit!