It’s Finally Here

It’s Finally Here

After packing up our old shop on Pond Street, renovating almost every square inch of our new space, fueling up on lots of coffee and little sleep… we’re finally, finally here!

This move has been no joke, but we’re so proud of the end result and all the opportunities that this expansion allows… more product, more workshops, more in-store events, and a whole lot more.
 We can’t thank you enough for all of your support. You’ve been there every single day cheering us on, encouraging us, and motivating us with your enthusiasm.

One of our favorite parts of the expansion has been the ability to build new partnerships with tons of new makers of beautiful products. We love finding unique artisan products and get even more excited  when those makers are committed to giving back. Here’s a sneak peak at one of our new partners – Sojourner Leather Co.


Sojourner Leather Co gives 50% of all proceeds to Africa New Life for orphans and widows in Rwanda.

To say that we LOVE these earrings would be an understatement. We’ve literally not stopped wearing them since the day the order came in. They’re ultra light, buttery smooth, and pretty much go perfectly with everything… believe us, we’ve tried! 

We can’t wait for you to see these and other amazing products like this in our new shop.
 So whenever you’re ready, we’re ready, here & OPEN!

And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter (below). We have a special gift for you that you’ll want to scoop up before visiting our new shop (wink, wink). 


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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

With closed doors, our team has stepped out of the spot light, but not off the gas.  We’re busier than ever getting our new store ready to launch and we couldn’t do it all without our amazing team. 

They’ve been behind the scenes since quarantine, but valued nonetheless, so we thought it was high time to give a proper introduction to all the lovely ladies who power the Only Prettier Design Team. 

Give a warm welcome to Kelly Wallace, Interior Decorator and E-Designer for Only Prettier.

Kelly lives and breathes interiors and can transform any space into one that’s beautiful, functional, warm and inviting. 

She has a 1 year old son, loves to travel, be outdoors, and of course page through design magazines. 

Her favorite dessert is sea salt dark chocolate – hint, hint 🙂

In her free time…. Wait, she’s got a 1 year old – just kidding.

Say a big HELLO to one of our amazing team members, Michelle Parlon. You’ll see Michelle’s smiling face once we reopen the doors of our little boutique shop in Norfolk. She’s the most welcoming and joyful person you’ll ever meet and we can’t wait to introduce her to you in person!  

In her free time, you can catch Michelle doing yoga,  having her morning coffee on the patio, reading, gardening and spending time with her 3 kiddos. 

She loves chocolate, pizza, and homemade cookies … must be its the yoga and her 3 active children keeping her so fit. 

Say Hello to Natalie, Creative Director at Only Prettier Design. She is such an inspiration and creative force at Only Prettier. 

She loves all things Christmas, a good junk sale, wine on the deck,  dinners out, peanut butter on a spoon, a new pair of shoes, and squishy babies (she was an infant teacher for 20 years!). 

She has three kids- one adult and two teenagers, who are witty and sassy just like their momma. 

In her free time you’ll find Natalie drinking her iced coffee out of a blue mason jar, engrossed in a building project with her husband, or enjoying a weekend at the beach.  

Other things that you may not know about Natalie is that she authored and illustrated the published children’s book, Last Night I Left Earth for Awhile, a sweet bedtime story for littles… Stop by our shop (reopening soon!) to get your copy.

We love these gals and the individuals strengths and gifts that they bring to the OPD team!

Follow our IG stories for more fun facts about the OPD gals.

Until next time,

Meet Dianne

Meet Dianne

 

 

It’s Dianne’s turn! Get to know the determined heart & soul that’s behind the Only Prettier Design Team.

Dianne is a co-owner of OPD along with Heather. She’s an old soul, thoughtful and the hardest worker you’ll ever meet. 

As a co-owner she juggles a thousand tasks a day including wedding floral proposals, arranging jaw-dropping bridal bouquets, running staff meetings and managing all the details that go in to running a small business, and merchandising our little boutique in Norfolk,  . . . just to name a few.

She has a way of making everyone she meets feel right at home, an internal drive that never stops, and a God-given ability to make all things beautiful. 

Keep reading to hear Dianne’s answers to our staffs’ interview questions. Again…. All unfiltered and unedited. 

Tell us a little about your kids.

I have four boys, all under the age of 4 – Jake, Cole, Rhett and Bryce. My house is full of monster trucks, baseballs, dinosaurs, footballs, race cars, snapbacks, and guitars. My kids are outside from dusk until dawn when the weather is nice, and can curl up and watch the day away when Fireman Sam is on. 

I go through 7 boxes of cereal a week – yes 7 – and two of them don’t eat cereal yet, and 28 bananas – again two of them don’t eat the banana yet. 

I’ve realized in the past few months, when its time for pick up games of 3 on 3 – I have to play, and I made myself the designated hitter for backyard wiffle ball. These boys are the sweetest, toughest, and most determined little souls. They test my patience when they need to turn their ears up, and then melt my heart when they run to give me a hug. 

Have you always had a thing for flowers?

Nope. Not at all…. When I was getting married, I had one request – no roses. I was adamant that there were none. My husband knew early on, if they are traditional flowers, I wouldn’t love them. I love texture, detail, uniqueness, and imperfection in flowers. I always remind myself as I arrange – let the flower be. We try so hard sometimes to make it do what we want, but when we just let it flow, that’s when we see the true beauty in the flower. When I began working on OPD, I made a commitment to stay true to the vision I had and to deliver on making things prettier through all things floral.

 

What do you consider to be your superpowers? 

I used to say that I had a photographic memory – then I had four kids and lost it. HA!! I would say that I am a master multitasker. I manage many things daily, and some days I even wonder myself how I keep it all straight. I ask myself, what can I take off my plate and the answer is always nothing – because my plate makes me who I am. Lastly, determined. I am as determined as they come. If someone says that I can’t do something, you bet that I am going to prove you wrong. It might take me a little while, but I will not quit! Ha!

What is your favorite product? 

Anything Beautycounter.

My Simplified Planner – I can’t live without it.

Sojourner Leather Co earrings from the store. Literally wear them everyday.

And my new blowdryer.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring? 

Is this a trick? Totally my family if they aren’t with me.

Chapstick, sunscreen, water haha. I have no idea.

Would you rather go a day without food or without the internet? 

Umm, if you know me, you know I can’t go a day without food. I will go days without the internet and do not try and touch my food!

What are a few things that most people don’t know about you?

I actually went to college for Sports Medicine. I love NASCAR. I refuse to fly over an ocean. I hate to travel unless its to Charleston, SC. My wedding was in a magazine. I have no clue!

Who is your Role Model?

Who my kids think I am…. I try to be that everyday

Would you rather skydive or swim with sharks? 

UMMM neither … never in a million years … not even for a million dollars. I’ll wait on the ground with your cocktail and on the dock with a drink in hand.

What’s your favorite flower? 

Hellebore and Honeysuckle

Are you an early bird or night owl?

Both – but lately I am neither (I really have to get back on track) I guess if I had to choose I’d say I’m an early bird.  

What’s been the most exciting moment for Only Prettier Design?

Oh gosh! This is hard. Opening party at our first store.

The day that I saw OPD up on the P7 board at Gillette Stadium.

The day that we drove Nessy home.

Do you have a favorite Mantra?

I have a few:

GIVE ME STRENGTH WHEN I AM STANDING AND FAITH WHEN I FALL

It’s a Kip Moore song and its tattooed on my foot .. I basically live by

this and remind myself of it daily. – Faith when I fall is on my foot.

–  And   – 

JESUS I TRUST YOU

My mom circled this in her Jesus Calling book. I found it when we moved her into hospice and it kept popping up day after day. It was a message that I was meant to find and has taken me through each day since we lost her. This is also a tattoo I have. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Heather

Meet Heather

We’re taking these next couple of weeks to lift the curtain and introduce you to the lovely ladies who power the Only Prettier Design Team. 

 It only seems fitting to start with ourselves, Dianne & Heather. . . co-owners, dreamers and doers.  

We have a deep love for making all things Prettier and everyday we wake up feeling blessed that we get to do what we love while working with each other! 

 We each have 4 kids, run 1 shop (that’s growing!), own 2 Flower Bars, and generally thrive amidst chaos.  

To make things interesting (and a bit more personal), we asked our staff to interview us so you could get to know us a bit better. 

So here we go…. All unfiltered and unedited. 

Heather is a co-owner of Only Prettier Design [OPD] along with Dianne. She’s a dreamer, a doer, and can multitask like no other. 

As a co-owner she’s pulled in a gazillion directions from arranging flowers for weddings & events, ordering merchandise for our little Norfolk boutique, and keeping up with social posts . . . just to name a few.

She has fierce tenacity, determination, and courage…. And also has a natural knack for making ALL things prettier.

Tell us a little about your kids.
I have 3 sweet girls 8,10, 13 and 1 rambunctious little guy who just turned 5!   

Have you always had a thing for flowers?Not exactly- I’ve just had a thing for unique textures and designs and flowers are just an extension of design expression! 

What do you consider to be your superpowers?  Multitasking- there are always a million to-do’s buzzing around in my brain! 

What is your favorite product? Spark from Advocare…I truly can’t live life without it!   It gives me all the energy I need to get through my busy days and helps me stay up during my night shifts at the hospital! 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring? Mascara- I know it sounds crazy…but my lashes are seriously transparent and I just don’t feel comfortable without it 🤷‍♀️ 

Would you rather go a day without food or without the internet? Internet…I could honestly stand to go a day without food and the internet would help keep me distracted!

What are a few things that most people don’t know about you?
I grew up in waterskiing in Michigan and have always loved to travel!  I don’t get scared or cry easily.   I’ve been a pediatric nurse for almost 2O years!

Who is your Role Model?
My mom for sure!  All of my drive and courage comes from her.  

Would you rather skydive or swim with sharks?  Swim with sharks for sure!  Let’s go tomorrow 🙂

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? 
I don’t know if it’s crazy, but I waterski a slalom course, snowboards the Alps, and have eaten termites in the Amazon. I’m super adventurous and competitive. The crazier the better!

What’s your favorite flower? 
Poppy!

Are you an early bird or night owl? 
Night owl…always have been!  

What’s been the most exciting moment for Only Prettier Design?
It’s so hard to just pick one!   There have been so many signs that have shown us that this is exactly where we’re supposed to be!  This expansion has probably been the MOST exciting… our vision is now becoming a reality! 

Do you have a favorite Mantra?
My dad always says…”many hands make light work”.  Truth!

Time for an Interior Refresh?

Time for an Interior Refresh?

We’ve all been inside our homes for A WHILE now and if you weren’t thinking about an interior refresh before, you’re for sure craving one now.  Maybe you’re struggling with storage solutions and clutter… or perhaps you’re just tired of staring at a stale room lacking in decor. We get it! Our homes are working overtime these days, and have never deserved a little love as much as they do now.

Part of our mission at Only Prettier Design is to “bring beauty to homes through thoughtful interior design”. We love serving our customers through our home decor shop, Only Prettier Design in Wrentham, where we have beautiful decor and accents that bring warmth and character to your home.

To add to that, we’re so excited to announce that we’re now offering Online Interior Design ServicesBeginning this month, we’re growing the Only Prettier Design team with a certified and amazingly talented, interior decorator and designer AND will begin offering Virtual Interior Design Services. We are so thrilled to now be able to serve our customers even better in this way!

To kickoff these new services, we’re offering for a limited time FREE 30-minute design guidance calls to help you love your home a bit more during this time of “staying in”.

We’ll collaborate with you on design solutions and give you tons of inspiration and design tips to create a comfortable, organized, and beautiful space.

“We believe that the best designs come through listening and collaborating to curate a space that’s personal, thoughtful and purposeful.

Our design packages are completely customizable and super affordable. We can help you beautifully style what you already have and love or help you shop for the perfect pieces to complete your space. We’ll take your vision, work within your budget, and build out a custom design plan for EVERY piece you need to complete your design.

Schedule your FREE 30-minute design consultation to get started

For those interested in taking a step further, we have packaged design services and can also completely customize design services to fit your project’s needs big or small.