Ormolulu Vintage Works is Beautifully Designed Interior Space

 

Ormolulu Vintage Works is overflowing with  beautiful decorative accessories and home furnishings.

 

Ormolulu Vintage Works is a beautifully designed and absolutely stunning antique and vintage treasures emporium which has opened in Bellingham, WA.  It is the collaborative efforts of Debi Burton and her partner, Jim Blondeau. The pair, having done antique shows for years, is well known in the Pacific Northwest for their vintage finds and specialty antiques.

 

This beautiful display just inside the the large bay window has an elegant and classic feel. The antique Chinese altar table is an especially fine piece.

 

Ormolulu  is housed in the former and much beloved Blue Horse Gallery space at 301 West Holly Street in the Old Town District of Bellingham, WA. This 3,000 square feet space— with its large windows, heavy timbers, and beautifully mottled vintage floor [the result of much hard work and a concrete grinder] is an architectural gem bursting with character. Debi and Jim call it a ‘dream come true retail space’ for them to gather their wares. And gather they have!

 

Another of Debi Burton's clever display of her wares. It is a masterful example of her curatorial skills and merchandising talent. A random group of objects are placed and arranged in a composition that is  both striking and disarming.

Another display of Debi Burton’s vintage wares.This is a masterful example of her curatorial skills and merchandising talent. A a seemingly random group of objects are placed and arranged in a composition that is both striking and disarming.

 

Debi is an absolute master of display with a most refined artistic eye. Jim says that she has a ‘knack for it” which is an undeniable truth and a major understatement.  In their capable hands, this open warehouse space has become a visual and sensory masterwork. It is arranged into casual yet distinct display areas, which are broken down further into arresting and magical vignettes. The store on a whole is whimsical and mysterious; astonishing and often . . . sublime!

 

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The shop as so many different personalities within the single space. An exotically dressed mannequin mingles comfortably with the fanciful vintage lighting fixtures.

 

Truly unique is this collection of one-of-a kind objects. It defies definition in any typical sense. The luxurious and the flawed are placed side by side as though it is the most natural and logical pairing in the world. You will just need to experience the full range of it all. Debi defines the collection as Rough Luxe, Upcycled Lighting, French Antiques, Industrial Chic,  Farm House and Garden. It is all of that and so, so much more.

 

This is another example of the pair of found objects that support and reinforce one another in their placement. The chippy green paint peeling through and the green industrial wringer machine are perfection as they rise from the beautiful modeled floor of the old car dealership building.

This is another example of the pairing of found objects that support and reinforce one another in their placement. The chippy green paint peeling through and the exuberantly designed green painted industrial wringer machine are perfection as they rise from the beautifully modeled  concrete floor of the old car dealership building.

 

 

As an interior designer, what I admire most about the shop and Debi is her ability to create such a unique and compelling atmosphere—unlike anything that you have ever experienced.  Somehow, like a pied piper, Debi attracts orphaned objects to her which she lovingly scoops up and then places and arranges in the shop in a way which allows the rest of us to see them for their intrinsic qualities. Nothing really is odd or out of place here. Nothing is too grand or too low.  Distressed, rusted, chipped, worn, used, weathered, stained. All are part of an extraordinary extended family that Debi and Jim have gathered up. You will just need to experience the multidimensional qualities of Ormolulu yourself . . . words cannot adequately capture the depth of the experience.

 

There are also quiet corners that you happen upon like this one where there is soft lighting from vintage alabaster lamps. The quiet, the intimacy and clarity of the display is a sudden surprise and a delight!

The shop also has quiet corners that you happen upon, like this one, with soft lighting from vintage alabaster lamps. The quiet, the intimacy and clarity of the display is a sudden surprise and a delight!

 

Jim is responsible for the upcycled lighting which he calls Ormolumiere. These are scavenged objects that have fancied Debi’s eye. Jim transforms them into delightful and inventive lighting.  Lighting is displayed throughout the store and adds a wonderful vintage glow to the space and to the displays. Check out the tall porch pillar converted with a spiraling group of vintage chrome automobile side mirrors mounted to face upward which are begging to hold and reflect shimmering votive candles.

 

Vintage metal boxes stacked

Vintage metal boxes stacked and rusting as though outlined in gold rest sit on a metal table along with shells, vintage envelopes, spools of thread and twine. 

 

If you need to be inspired—for whatever reason, if you need a gift, if you are looking for that perfect piece for the mantle, if you looking for a vintage lighting fixture for your bedroom—if you are looking for nothing at all—there is no better place to start than Ormolulu. Whatever you desire, it is it probably has already been gathered up by Debi and Jim and is just waiting for your discovery and approval.

 

There are also corners of pure understatement and exquisite objects like this

There are also areas in Ormolulu of pure understatement with exquisite objects like this Ikebana floral vase and  the Japanese metal vase. Debi Burton has an eye and an appreciation for fine art as well as salvaged chic. This is an emporium where all found objects are equal and all are fairly and honestly represented.

 

 

Ormolulu

301 West Holly Street [in the Bay Street Village Building]

Bellingham, WA 98225

 

Tel: 360 201 9535

Email: info@ormolulu.com

 

Store hours:

Store hours:

Friday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

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