My style is a combination of country farmhouse and modern schoolhouse. If it was only up to me, I'd mix in a bit more cottage, but my husband prefers rustic country. I love incorporating new and vintage pieces.
I find inspiration from one of my favorite designers, Jersey Ice Cream Co. Their style is unique, and I love the deep wood tones they use throughout their spaces.
I've been saving inspiration photos and links for years on Pinterest and Instagram, so I start by going through those when I begin a new project. Then we plan our budget and start researching deals.
We used Ageless Iron on all of our doorways in the home. I was attracted to the timeless style, and the cast iron gave it an extra twist of nostalgia quality for me. The detail of the texture that cast iron gives really took our home to the next level.
The hardware wasn't hard to assemble and install. It is a bit heavier than standard doorknobs, so I think there was a bit of a learning curve.
Pick a few structural things that you want to splurge on, which are not easy to replace later on. We upgraded the door hardware, windows, and floor since those are things we want to stay in the home forever. Other custom trim and accents can always be switched out later. Still, all of our decor looks upgraded because we had upgraded those few things.
My business partner and I started Fin & Vince in 2015 when our husbands were attending grad school. We started the business due to a lack of baby boy clothing in the industry. We had 3 boys between the two of us at the time (now we have 5 boys). Once we figured out the learning curve of finding a good factory, we really set ourselves apart with our unique boys' clothing. We focus on quality over quantity and encourage our customers to buy timeless pieces they really love and will want to pass down for generations to come. Our heirloom style really plays into the nostalgia as well.
We are working on getting a yard in, and then this upcoming winter, we're working on finishing our basement! As far as the business, we are just working on growing our retail business and growing our collections each season. We are amidst starting a home collection with some lovely linen and cotton bedding items.
Thanks to Makel for sharing her story along with some great photos!