Bonjour Fete's Storefront Reveal
My name is Rachel Huntington! I am the owner of Bonjour Fete—a small, women-owned business, complete with a team of hard-working, creative babes based out of Los Angeles, CA. While our brand has had an online presence since 2014, we have been a brick and mortar shop since November of 2016. Our first space was a little 900 square foot shop, where we all shared an office that doubled as our storage unit—and we loved every second of being in it. However, at the beginning of 2018, we realized we had just outgrown it.
Conveniently enough, the pet store next door to us was moving and their much bigger space was going up for rent! After a lot of thought, we decided to make the leap and we are so thankful every day that we did!
BUT, we're here to tell you that designing a new space from floor to ceiling is no small task. We had no idea there were so many decisions to make. Paint, floors, light fixtures, countertops and hardware. All needing to intertwine with each other and bring about this vision we've had in our heads.
Here are a few “before” photos of the space before we started construction!
We’ve always thought of our brand as French, mostly modern (with a touch of mid-century thrown in) and slightly eclectic. And we wanted this space to reflect that in every detail, while also being cohesive.
And, after a lot of work….
It was a process. Even though it was a much larger space, it took a lot of construction and re-designing to make it not feel closed off. We re-painted the walls a much brighter white, Cool December, by Dunn Edwards. We went with a light grey for the floors (also by Dunn Edwards, December Sky). These steps definitely gave the space the open feeling we were searching for and choosing/constructing all of our features was much easier after this!
For the front of our store, which houses most of our home decor and gifts, we chose to play off of two of the blues in our branding color palette. We used a lighter blue for our gifting shelves (Country Air by Dunn Edwards) and a deeper navy for our front counter (Midnight Sun by Dunn Edwards). This section was completed with some mid-century styled gold hardware from Emtek to make it a fun focal point for our shoppers before they make their way back into the shop for the paper party supplies.
When drawing out the plans for our front counter space, this was the first time the question of, “Oh, what are we going to do for countertops?” came up. Another decision to make! We had real marble countertops in our first shop and while they were gorgeous, the longevity and durability of them wasn't great. Our counters (the front counter especially) host a lot of activity—various products to be stocked, conversations with our shoppers, endlessly changing displays and surfaces for photoshoots (often with wine, cake or something equally as messy!). We knew we needed something that would give us the chic look we were looking for but also had some force behind it that we didn’t get from marble.
Cue Caesarstone! We had done a balloon installation for an event for Hedley & Bennett in Downtown LA as we were in the process of designing our shop and noticed the surfaces for their kitchen. A place they were constantly cooking, spilling and hosting—and the counters were so pretty and looked FLAWLESS, even after all that activity. Obviously, we had to ask where they were from. We did our research on Caesarstone later that day and we were certain this was the route we wanted to take.
We chose the Frosty Carrina in a Honed finish. It is just so insanely close to the marble we had before, but unlike that marble, these surfaces are scratch, crack and stain resistant (someone has already spilled wine on it, so we know for sure!). It gave us that classic French, but modern look we were going for.
After completing the renovation in the front of the store, we moved our focus to the balloon/craft room (which was originally just storage space). We removed the track lighting and added our light blue chandeliers, installed a skylight and honed in on the design for this space. It was always a dream to have pink cabinets in here. We chose this pink paneling from Semihandmade and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Once again, these cabinets are adorned with satin brass hardware from Emtek, and it may be our favorite area of the store!
Originally, we thought we would go with a different surface for this room, but the Frosty Carrina Honed just stuck in our heads so much that we decided to carry it out through the rest of our shop as well. And as much as we love change in our other aspects of design, we felt that this continuous surface gave our shop the cohesive feel we were going.
This is a room we had dreamed up for so long. Balloons have been a key part of our business since day one and we couldn’t be more grateful for an entire room for our team to get creative in (especially when we were accustomed to assembling 20-foot garlands in our aforementioned office/storage space in our old store)!
Last but not least, I have an office! And of course, it’s pink.
Most of the time, it has at least one cake!
We’re still definitely getting into the swing of being in a larger space and are currently designing our second shop in the Pacific Palisades. We are more thankful every day that we get to live out this little dream of ours!