Doing the research for my own wedding, I found a growing (and did I mention awesome?) trend – vintage rentals. When I found Kimi Chassie from Peanut’s Gallery at the 2015 Central Oregon Wedding and Events Show, I was immediately attracted to her beautiful pieces and the way she combined them to make the perfect set-up. Not only does Kimi have great style, but she’s also just a really good person. She’s easy to work with, collaborative and goes above and beyond to make a client’s vision come to life. It was fun to learn a little bit more about her.
1) How did you get started doing this?
I have always loved to decorate, which included repurposing furniture or other finds to stay on a budget, and add character to my living spaces. I have worked in the health field for many years, but my passion for an artistic outlet had been nagging at me for some time.
I lost my mom to cancer close to three years ago, now. Once I started to emerge from the grief, I realized life is too short to not have a passion for what you are doing. So, I went for it!
2) Where do you find your inspiration?
Walking through antique stores, flea markets, and I will admit, Pinterest! I find lots of ideas online. Now I always have an eye out for vintage pieces. I see them everywhere. Old movies, new movies, photography….. the timelessness of these things is pretty impressive.
The striking way vintage things look in an outdoor setting, or inside of a rustic structure like the venues we have here is inspiring. Giving new life to old things also motivates me greatly.
3) Where do you find such unique items?
Along with local businesses carrying antiques, I have discovered a large community of people in the Central Oregon area that are inspired by similar things. So many peoplehave been willing to share their pieces with me. Everyone I have met has been very supportive of what I am doing.
4) How does your pricing work?
I price my inventory based on my investment in the piece, and factor in how much more it will cost to maintain them. I try to find furniture with the original upholstery, which makes them imperfect. They need to be cleaned occasionally, and will encounter some wear. Most of my clients prefer the more distressed or rustic items which seems to work well in my business plan for now.
Eventually I would love to grow my business into more exquisite antiques and upholstered pieces, but this will of course come as a cost to my bottom line as well as my clients. I Hope to slowly work those items in.
5) What about brides who don’t have the decorator gene? Can you help them figure out how to style their event?
I will walk through with my clients the look they are trying to achieve. We talk about what will work best within their venue, and what will be the most functional. Some clients need a little more hand holding than others, but honestly, most have already been “pinning” or perusing sites and magazines and have a look in mind. And, fortunately for me, this is how a lot of brides have found me!
6) What is your favorite part about working in the Central Oregon wedding industry?
Everyone I have met has been more than willing to collaborate and work together. It was very scary to dive in to a foreign realm, and I have been so pleasantly surprised by people’s positive response.
I am excited to enhance the wedding industry here by adding a purely local resource for my product.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this little look into this incredible company. You can find more information about Peanut’s Gallery on their member page. We’re excited to see what new items Peanut’s Gallery will be adding in the coming season!