COMING SOON: Brand new Warwick shop to open on Monday
COLLECTORS of anything fabulous are about to find a slice of shabby chic heaven right here in Warwick.
Monday morning will see the grand opening of Tresor Maison (treasure house), the long-time dream of collector and furniture-lover Shirley Molloy.
Ms Molloy said she had always loved shabby chic furniture and was a huge fan of the style.
"The opportunity to take a great space in Grafton St arose just before Christmas, and I decided 'I can do this' and the venture was like a Christmas present to myself," she said.
"So I signed the lease and away I went."
Ms Molloy said she had always been a collector of various things.
"My house is full to the brim with all sorts of things and a lot of those collectible pieces form the basis for the stock in the shop," she said.
"I've done lots of my own furniture restorations myself over the years as well.
"But when I decided I was going to do this I've also been madly sourcing that style of shabby chic furniture to add to the collection."
Ms Molloy said she also had a large collection of china.
"I've also had for a long time, some trunks full of china that used to belong to my grandmother.
"I've known what was in the the trunks but they've never been opened and were just sitting there not being used, so this shop is the perfect place for it.
"And I know she would be proud of me for chasing my dream like this."
Ms Molly said Tresor Maison would be a treasure trove of everything shabby chic.
"There's a large range of items including a dining room suite, a sideboard, tables, coffee tables, screens, chests of drawers, outdoor setting, miles and miles of beautiful pillows, handbags, towel rails, and new Tiffany-style lead-light lamps and a few pieces of antique furniture," she said.
"So the last few weeks have been really busy for me, getting everything together and in place in the store.
"It's a massive space and it's full of stuff - although it could be fuller though.
"I love it, it's wonderful and gives me goosebumps just thinking about it."
Ms Molloy said the store would appeal to anyone that loves shabby chic.
"Although it's really wide open," she said.
"There are things here for everybody, those handbags will appeal to the young ladies and it's a great place to browse for gifts and find something really special for that special person."
Ms Molloy said this venture was something she had wanted to do for ever.
"My mother was a big collector and I've taken after her in that sense, growing up," she said.
"It all just really hit me when I saw this space, I knew I could really do this, with all the stuff I had already.
"It just felt like time to go into business for myself.
"And my daughter is very happy with me because I'm finally cleaning the house out."
Tresor Maison will hold its grand opening on Monday, January 15 at 9am.
Opening hours will be Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm daily and prices range from smaller, more affordable items through to high-end antiques.
Anyone interested can find Tresor Maison on Facebook.