Monday, March 18, 2013

A Visit to Robyn Story Designs and Boutique



About a week ago, sister Lynn and I had the pleasure of visiting

9249 Lazy Lane, Tampa Florida 33614
Phone: (813) 931-9307
Email: rstorydesigns@aol.com
Blog: robynstorydesigns.blogspot.com



From the moment we stepped inside we were enthralled with all that this sophisticated and elegant shop had to offer.

 There were rooms of lovely furnishings, unique jewelry,
 fashion accessories and decorative home accessories ...
... all arranged in artful and creative vignettes.


Truly, there was something for everyone.

Lynn and I picked up some pretty papers and a gift or two.
I also bought a copy of the book Vintage by Nina
which I am enjoying.


The most gorgeous Bella Notte linens were on display.
Oh, I wish I was in a position to buy a load of these beauties!


There were vintage items mixed in with new home decor.


Those velvets...so luxurious!



There were lovely original oil paintings and other art work
 and many vignettes included gorgeous silk flower arrangements.


In fact, there were rooms full of high quality, realistic
 and beautifully colored silk flowers...
...every kind imaginable.


They are known for their custom floral designs.


Robyn Story Designs is a stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk paints.
They also carry Artisan Enhancements by Aloha Coatings.
This product line included Transfer Gel, Easy Crackle, Crackle Tex,
 Leaf & Foil Size, Fine Stone, Pearl Plaster and Clear Topcoat.


Robyn, herself, was there and took the time to demonstrate
 the application of many of the products.
 She shared many of her tried and true techniques and tips.

I bought several Annie Sloan brushes and a few tins of the
Gilders Paste which is a wax based medium
 that comes in many colors and is used to highlight.

     I can't wait to try it with my Annie Sloan Chalk paints
 on some new projects at home.
 I plan on doing quite a bit of painting this spring!
Let's hope I follow through on those plans!

Additionally they carry Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paints
 which I have not tried yet but hear good things about too!



The spring time vignettes in this wonderful boutique
 were full of charming bunnies! 
I love bunnies. :)


There was an abundance of lighting choices
 and some fabulous chandeliers that took my breath away.




Robyn couldn't have been friendlier or more gracious.
She really was generous with her time,
 her design knowledge and her painting tips. 
Other staff members were friendly and attentive too!



Everywhere we looked, there was inspiration...
...creativity and artful ideas were in each arrangement.

If needed, professional design services are offered. 



I enjoyed our visit here so much and am grateful to my sister Lynn who, after meeting Robyn at last November's Fancy Flea in Lakeland...sought out the boutique in Tampa.
She knew I would love it and brought me back!

As an added and delightful bonus we also met Becky
 from the blog One Shabby Old House
 who just happened to stop in as we were leaving!

By the way...
...the next Fancy Flea in downtown Lakeland, FL
 will be April 6th from 9 to 4.
I highly recommend it!

I will be heading north on Wednesday...
...it is the first day of spring so New York....take note!
Looking forward to seeing my family and friends, spring flowers and of course, my very own Mr. Flea!

Oh!...and a very Happy Birthday today to my son Dan!
...the best son ever!

Dad is doing well...thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
We are truly grateful for your well wishes.
Hoping things are good for YOU! 
:)

13 comments:

Divine Theatre said...

It's a WONDERLAND!!!!
Thanks for bringing us along!

xo

Andie

Vintage Home said...

wow thanks for sharing your trip with us! fabulous faux flowers! have a great week!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a beautiful place to shop:) So pretty!!!!!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

P.S. ET is open!!!!!

Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful shop!

Jann said...

A scrumptious feast for the eyes and soul! Thank you for sharing!

okcamp said...

I so wish we had a shop like that where I live. Thanks for the pictures.
Diane

Theresa said...

So much beauty. I would love to shop there. Have a blessed day dear friend. Hugs

Rhonda said...

You brought back how very much fun I had when I visited Robyn's lovely store when I was visiting a niece in Clearwater a little over a year ago. I think my mouth stayed in the 'open' position the whole time - I don't know that there is a prettier store anywhere! Wish I was closer so I could visit more often.
Robyn and Lori were so nice - they have a way of making you feel special for sure.
Rhonda

Mystica said...

Thank you for beautiful photos

martinisfor2 said...

Counting the days to Fancy Flea my second fav to Rennigers extravaganzas!!!

All I can say is ROAD TRIP to Tampa and Altamont Springs! I live near the Disney area and remember places like this in Connecticut. Can you list some others in the central FL'ish area for me?

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

What a lovely store!

Maison Beldecor said...

Hi dear Laura,
hope you are fine... the store pictures are so great this was surely a lovely visit.
Wishing you and your family lovely Easter days...
Greetings from a very very cold Germany
Bine

Karen Albert said...

Laura how exciting to visit Robyn's boutique. She has so many treasures! I am looking forward to using the pearl plaster soon!
xoxo
Karena
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