We are thrilled to introduce the work of THINK PINK vendor, Stephanie Ruffin, to the posse. While she has been selling her unique creations since January at her DreamersHoliday store on Etsy and for the last six months at Orange in Carytown, THINK PINK is her first venture in a marketplace. The timing is so great for shoppers because her products are perfect for the gift-buying season. Here’s a quick sneak peak
at some of her creations before we take you on a tour of her gracious and inspirational home.
Walking into Stephanie’s Georgian home, you immediately realize that you are visiting someplace special. The foyer and stairway are covered in hand-blocked Zuber et Cie wallpaper that was hung as a wedding gift in 1932 when the home was built. For years I have read about this El Dorado pattern originally created in 1849, but seeing it in person, and in amazing condition after 80 years, took my breath away.
Of course, my photos cannot do justice to this French paper which, according to Zuber et Cie, is the largest known continuous example in a private residence in the US.
Hopefully you can get a sense of the artistic detail and immensity of this pattern, which features an imagined utopia on four continents: the city of Vera Cruz in South America, a Southern Alpine Lake in Europe, the Bosporus Strait in Asia and the Pyramids and Sphinx in Africa.
These stunning peacocks have inspired one of Stephanie’s collection that you will see later, and though she has on display some amazing works featured below, this wallpaper is her most favorite piece of art in the home.
Having preserved all of the significant original features of their residence, Stephanie and her husband have fashioned a home that features prized and meaningful acquisitions collected over their 25 years of marriage lived all over the country. From the
and light-filled breakfast room,
treasures from their family history (plates from each state of their residence shown above) adorn this home.
this Parks Duffy painting features Evelynton Plantation, Stephanie’s husband’s ancestral family home on the James River. (fyi – Evelynton was originally a part of Westover Plantation, which we recently featured here and here.)
Their stunning acquisitions include
The remarkable faux-painted walls of Stephanie’s study are filled with artwork and family photos.
While Stephanie might be found creating her crafts throughout her kitchen, breakfast room, dining room and study, the light-filled pool house set at the end of
her official studio. Can you imagine a happier place to create? Like the rest of her home, colorful art fills the walls,
as does this towering nine-foot
While influenced by the artwork, architecture, furnishings and collections in her home, Stephanie’s family,
is also a huge source of daily stimulation. Each of her children oozes talent. Her older daughter created
Her youngest, whose self-portrait faces out Stephanie’s office window, is the clever voice and beautiful face behind All Those Little Things blog.
Stephanie proudly displays this sculptural creation that her children arrange from railroad pins.
Though Stephanie never considered herself artistic despite being an aesthete, all of the inspiration that surrounds her daily has rubbed off. While recovering from surgery about two years ago, she started to let her inner creative being emerge, and she began experimenting with paper manipulation. Soon she was designing wry and nostalgic gift tags.
Now she has expanded her repertoire to decoupaging
After beholding some of Stephanie’s many passions, it’s no surprise that her ingenious ideas are now pouring forth. Come see Stephanie at THINK PINK, along with her imaginative gifts. We’ve no doubt they will put a smile on your face and have your gift-recipients squealing with delight.