Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Do you ever feel like someone else is living your dream life? Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my life, but sometimes I see a glimpse of someone living the life I have daydreamed about. Instead of becoming green all over with envy, I take that fuel and add it to my SBO fire!!

Did you see the article about a little store called Ephemera in the latest issue of Do It Yourself Magazine?? These girls, Karen and Arin, are living out my dream in Des Moines, Iowa!!!

Here is a little peak at their store:

Don't you want to go shopping?!?

They carry handmade gifts and art and provide the most friendly and comfortable environment to all their shoppers, that will undoubtedly soon be considered friends.

I love that they support local artists, like Miss Emily Phipps, who just recently added an installment to their "Green Wall Art for All"

She and her very helpful father installed these 72 paintings with a nifty laser leveling tool (aren’t dads just so GOOD to have around?!), a hammer, a tape measure, and a good measure of patience and BEDECKED their green wall.

This is only the beginning of their “Green Wall Art for All” series. Each of Emily’s paintings will be sold for $27 each and the proceeds for the paintings will benefit the Iowa Coalition for Drug Endangered Children. Is that cool or what?! These are the kind of peeps we need to find in our community and help support them in their efforts.

Not only do these girls seem like they are the type of girls that become "instant friends", but they also hand out pixie stix to all their shoppers and sometimes giveaway the cutest freshly made cupcakes?!? They don't know it yet, but they are my friends. And I want some cupcakes. Very badly.

The store also has a MAGICAL BLUE CHAIR. No kidding. Here is how they describe the magical blue chair:

"Ephemera is home to a gently worn, surprisingly comfortable, blue library chair. We think it’s magic. Ok, so maybe it’s not magic, but it will make you talk. And talk. And talk. And talk. Maybe you’ll talk about sad things or sweet things or small things or big things or happy things or scary things or silly things. And when you’re done talking, I promise you’ll feel better.

It’s a good chair."

And they even named their blog after it. http://www.ephemeradesign.com/blog/

Go on. Take a look. It's a dream come true!

You can also check out their Etsy shoppe which carries custom stationary! You can take a look by clicking here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ephemera

I especially loved these fall themed wedding invites:

and these notecards:

Love that quote!

So there you have it. If you are ever in Des Moines, I suggest popping into this place and saying hello. Maybe even sit in the magical blue chair and spill all your beans to Karen and Arin. I know I will!

What dreams do you want to see come true?


P.S. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers for my Dad. You are the best! My Dad is home from the hospital now and doing much better. We had a horrible scare last week, but this week we are all so thankful for all that our Loving God has given us. Dads are the best and just like Emily's Dad, mine would show up to my store with all his tools in hand and help me hang up artwork any ol day!


  1. That place sounds great - lucky girls!!

  2. Im allways ready to shop!!! It's look great.

    Im glaad that your father's fine.


  3. Looks like a a wonderful store, I love the exposed brick and the green art wall! Glad your dad is doing better, Kelle!

  4. I know exactly what you mean about other people living the dream and how it fuels you. I feel this way a lot about store owners.

    SOOOOO glad to hear your Dad is doing better, sending prayers your way!

  5. I love unique little shops like these. My husband always tells me that I should open a business, but I think to do it right, I'd need someone else to help, someone who loves design as much as I do.

    Happy to hear that your father is doing well. It sounds like you really love and appreciate him.

  6. That is a cute way to think about it Kelle, as I am sure most of us feel like that on occasion. Glad your Dad is better, sorry I missed it, we just came home from vacation....I am just trying to play catch up with my blogging buds:) Debbie

  7. so glad your dad is doing better kelle!

    and yes, a little slice of this life looks pretty good to me too : ) jxx

  8. That store looks great!

    ps. thanks so much for following!! you have a lovely blog, I'm a new follower :)

  9. That really does look like the most fun place to browse and shop. Glad to hear that your Dad is feeling better! Have a great weekend!

  10. Susan at the blog Susan on Design is totally living my dream. She lives in PEI, decorates and designs gorgeous houses, owns a home decor shop, and has been featured in Style At Home magazine twice. And to top it all off, she's super-nice :-)

    Ephemera looks like a great place to shop :-)

    Thanks for stopping by DesignTies and giving turquoise the thumbs up :-)

    Hope your dad continues to improve -- sending positive vibes his way!!



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