On the back wall of our store is a large showroom with burlap covered walls and chandeliers dripping with crystals. Treasured Again Designs is filled with high quality furnishings repurposed with care by Angela and Tim Cantrell.
WM: How and when did Treasured Again Designs begin?
Angela: We started in March 2012. We wanted to start a business that we would enjoy and get our Adult Special Needs daughter involved in. We love working with the furniture. Although it is hard work it really is satisfying when we see the end result. However, we have not been able to get Amber interested in it.
WM: Treasured Again Designs specializes in Country French, Shabby Chic and Cottage decor. What appeals to you most about those romantic styles?
Angela: We have found that it is fairly easy to find good old furniture at a low price at resale stores. Then when you know what you can do with it and you have a vision for re-purposing a piece whether it is complete or missing parts, you can turn it into a beautiful design. We just love the painted look which is found in those styles.
WM: The Cantrell family turns out a lot of beautiful, re-purposed furnishings. Do you and Tim do all that work side by side or do you each have your own areas of expertise?
Angela: There really are a lot of steps that go into it, starting with finding furniture, working with it, taking it to the Market, and displaying it. We spend a lot of time at the fabric store, Hobby Lobby, Lowe's, and then of course all the resale stores. We have a shop where Tim does most of the work: painting, upholstering, woodworking. He does it all himself. I like to design and decorate mostly, although I do have to work on the website and Facebook page.
WM: We love seeing your daughter Amber at the store. Tell us about the items she sells at Treasured Again Designs.
Angela: Amber likes to come to the Market mostly during the Monthly Market Shows. She likes to shop and she has made some ribbon key rings that are displayed at our spot.
WM: What are your goals for Treasured Again Designs in 2014?
Angela: We hope that this type of painted and re-purposed furniture will be around for a long time. One thing we have noticed when we go back to when we started and look at our early designs is how much we improve over time. We really want to turn out good quality furniture that will last a long time but at the same time make it affordable