Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sally, Ry,  & LaLa     
Farm Tables, Unique and Vintage Finds for Nesting and Gifting

I am Christine of Sally, Ry, & LaLa, one of the vendors here at Wild Rose & Company.   I carry a little bit of old and a little bit of new.....handcrafted farm tables, refurbished antique and vintage furniture, organic soaps and body cream, wire baskets, and vintage style holiday decor, all alongside a variety of found vintage items.   Old kitchen scales, wooden soda crates, blue canning jars, seltzer bottles, and white ironstone are the sorts of things I am drawn to while out picking for the shop.  I am also attracted to pale blues and grays, old pine, and bleached wood.  

My husband is one of my greatest resources.  He takes my vision for a piece and makes it a reality. (In other words, I put in an order, and he builds it!)
We like to incorporate salvaged wood into many of our projects.

Tell us a little bit about your background...
 I am a proud Army wife and a busy mom to three little ones.  I have a B.A. in English Literature, and an M.S. in Education.  In high school and college,  I ran cross country and track competitively.  I was a teacher for almost 8 years, and I also spent some time coaching at the high school level.
As newlyweds, my husband and I began building and finishing our own furniture as a way to furnish our home on a limited budget.   
We spent a few years living overseas in South Korea. We took advantage of the opportunity to travel and see parts of the world we otherwise may have never seen.    Many of our weekends were spent perusing the markets and the antique shops of Insadong and Itaewon.  

How did you come up with the name for your business?
Before Sally, Ry, & LaLa the business, there was Sally, Ry, & LaLa, the blog.   My intent was to have a sort of "mommy blog" which would include musings about my children, life as an Army wife, antiquing, DIY stuff, etc.   A little bit of everything.  The name for my blog derived from the names of my children since they were a large part of why I started to blog in the first place.    At times I wish I would have gone in another direction with the name for my business, but it's original, and I like that.

What goals do you have for your business? 
In the coming months I would like to put more time into developing my brand, specifically putting more effort and energy into my blog.  I am constantly working on finding that balance among work and life and children and home.

What is your dream project?
I have to admit, my dream project is more of a personal project.  To work hand in hand with my husband in creating our dream home and property.  We would love to have a home that we played a role in designing, complete with a workshop and a big old barn for family gatherings. 

Where do you get your inspiration?
I have a weakness for magazines.  I hang onto them forever.  I can pick up a magazine from a year ago, and find something that inspires me to build or create today.   
Sometimes all it takes is finding something unique, then working everything around that one piece. 
I spend way too much time reading blogs. 
And lately I gain inspiration from a whole lot of Pinterest.

I am truly blessed to have an incredibly supportive family.  My husband is my sounding board, my helping hand, and my in-house carpenter.
My children are my fellow treasure hunters.  They keep me company when picking, and they know exactly what I like.  Just last week, my oldest found some awesome old kitchen scales!   
I have to look out though, because they are beginning to want some of our finds as theirs to keep!

Check out Sally, Ry, & LaLa the blog, or follow us on facebook!
Stay tuned as each of the vendors here at Wild Rose and Company Marketplace will be introducing themselves in the coming weeks!


  1. Hi Christine,

    This is fun! It's nice to learn more about each other!

    You forgot to mention that you are incredibly sweet and super talented!!!!!


  2. this is fun! i also have BA in english and communication. and i WISH my husband were half as handy as yours. i love him, but carpentry is not his thing. :) i would love to gain that skill for myself honestly!
    maybe he can build the cabinets we want to build in our house. :)