By “work,” of course, I mean perusing shops at whim and leisure.
Walking the streets and going in and out of shops, it occurred to me why I loved the character of the area—storefronts with varying facades sometimes matched their neighbors, but mostly contrasted. Even so, it all seemed to fit. That’s exactly the way I decorate. I love putting extremely different pieces together in a way that makes them fit, by way of color, design, era or theme. And that’s precisely what I was able to accomplish around the square finding pieces for my clientele.
I found an old book and a map at a vintage boutique called Aggieal’s Attic, a bold print rug at American Whatever, and pieces of small furniture here and there. One of my most exciting finds, Oakley spotted; it was a pair of bronzed baby shoes that I planned on displaying in front of an antique makeup mirror I already have—I see a set up as a simple, elegant adornment in someone’s nursery. I found equal excitement in a square, Roman numeral, black and white clock at Petals & Potpourri. This one I’d keep for my own home office—avoiding “all work and no play.”
Amid the beautiful foliage and shops, we came across the site of the first daylight bank robbery in the US. Its place in history is attributed to the Jesse James Gang, and is now the Jesse James Bank Museum. Outside, the red brick building with green shutters looked like a friendly schoolhouse to me.
The inside felt homey with a fireplace on one end of the room, a stove on the other, and several inviting antique desks and chairs. In contrast to the high-security, bullet-proof glass in today’s banks, apathetic fencing on either side of the transaction counter stood to deter polite patrons from jumping behind it. Of course, one could jump between them, or go around the counter to rush the vault it protected.
Being museum guests, we had no need to jump or rush. The guide led us to peer inside the money room.
“It’s small!” Oakley said, looking in past the green doorframe at the matching green cabinet and gray cinderblock walls. Being smaller than an average walk-in closet, I had to agree.