Biz owner is decorating queen of home living
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Constance Swanlund talks about her shop, Eclectic. Swanlund said she’s always had a knack for decorating and finding unique home items to fill rooms.

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Constance Swanlund’s background includes waitressing and owning a deli. But after people kept telling her how wonderful her place looked, she began to think about getting into home decor.

“Everybody who came over to my house wanted my stuff,” Swanlund said. “But I couldn’t send them anywhere to get things like I had because my things were one-of-a-kind items that I’d collected over time.”

Instead, she decided to open a store on Bainbridge Island and began selling home furnishings and decor similar to those that she used in her own home. That was 1984.

Today, after having had two shops on Bainbridge and three stores in Poulsbo throughout the years, she’s got a thriving store in Silverdale. It’s called Eclectic and it will soon celebrate a year in business.

The store is located at 9991 Mickelberry Road, NW, and like her other stores, Bad Blanche, Northwest Design Center and Bad Blanche Collection, it consists of 10,000 squ…………… continues on Central Kitsap Reporter

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Jamie Stengle, Associated Press 8:33 a.m. EDT August 29, 2014

From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

“You love that place, that’s why you’re there. That’s the place you want to go to relax,” says Dallas interior designer Jan Showers, author most recently of “Glamorous Retreats” (Harry N. Abrams). “You want it very user-friendly.”

Homes detailed in her book include a seaside cottage in Nantucket with decorating touches in cool blues and greens; shells that the family collected are placed throughout the house. An artist’s getaway in Marin County, California, features the owner’s photorealist work, and a studio that is a riot of color, with shelves filled with books and antique toys. The master bedroom of a Texas lake ho…………… continues on The Courier-Journal

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