Most of y'all have probably heard of the store Wisteria here. According to its website, it is "An eclectic collection of home and garden accessories from around the world…new and vintage furniture, mirrors, linens, lighting, gifts, and so much more."
Wisteria was founded by Andrew Newsom, the son of the former editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine's Lisa Newsom. Andrew began selling his wares by advertising in the magazine and then publishing a small catalog. As his business grew, so did the size of his catalogs. Online sales soon followed, and the rest is history.
While I'm sure that most of its revenue is derived from its online sales, Wisteria has a retail store in Dallas (company headquarters) and does a brisk business.
According to its Facebook page, the 20,000 square foot store is "stocked not only with merchandise from the Wisteria catalog, but also with hundreds of one of a kind antiques, textiles, and rarities. The team of Wisteria buyers travels throughout Asia, India, Europe, South and North America looking for unusual objects."
This is where I come in. Since I'm lucky enough to live in Big D, I can always do a little retail therapy by heading over to the Wisteria store. It's a marvelous place, and I rarely leave empty-handed. I was there yesterday and took a few pics.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Wisteria has its "Flea Market" in the back part of the store. Clearance, overstocked and "Objet de Ding" items are discounted. It's a treasure trove; you never know what you'll find, but you can bet it will be a bargain.
As I mentioned earlier, I go to Wisteria when I need a little retail therapy. I bought these Chinese vase prints a few years ago. Although the frames look red in the photo, they're really a burled walnut.
I love the way they look in my breakfast room with my hutch full of blue and white porcelain.
If you read my last post about my dining room here, you'll see the glass risers that I put under my mercury-glass lamps to make them taller. Yep, they're from Wisteria and come in three sizes.
In an effort to amp up and modernize my design aesthetic, I decided to go out on a limb and buy this acrylic "ghost table" at Wisteria.
Do you know how hard it is to photograph anything that is clear? I finally had to place poor Bitsy on top of the table so that it would at least show up. She was none too happy about her perch and got down as soon as she could.
I love these porcelain eggs. If you look closely, you can see a little green bunny amongst all of the blue and white. Just in time for Easter vignettes.
And finally, the following photos are of a gorgeous display that was at the front of the store. Truly a beautiful and colorful feast for the eyes.
I highly recommend that if you're ever in Dallas near Love Field Airport, you make the effort to visit this wonderful store. And if you see someone lurking around with a Nikon hanging around her neck and looking furtively over her shoulder, it's probably me. Actually, the employees at Wisteria were very accommodating and made every effort to help me take my photos. When I told one man that I was taking photographs of Wisteria for my blog, he looked at me quizzically. I think that he felt sorry for me. "Yes, dear, of course you are. I'm sure it's lovely."
So that's my Wisteria story. Hope y'all have a good week!