Archive for the ‘By The Way’ Category

21 Oct

Store Closing

After 25 years of fabulous finds and inspirational displays, Rosa Mundi’s is closing its retail store at the end of the year.

first shop


It has been an extraordinary journey, and it has been my joy to meet all of you along the way.  Many of you have been customers since the first store in Edmonds and many of you have just recently found  us; I will miss you all.

second shop


We are having an incredible close out sale beginning Friday, October 23rd; I hope you won’t miss out.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to take home  great treasures  at deeply discounted prices.


Our design business has continued to grow, and this change will allow me to focus solely on interior design.  I love helping clients create warm and welcoming homes and look forward to spending more time on this effort.  I’ll join so many of my colleagues who work from home offices and look forward to the benefits this move will bring.  If I can help you in the future, I hope you will let me know!  I’ll have the same phone number and email address, so let’s stay in touch.

Again, thank you all for your support over the years and the wonderful memories.



PS  We’ll be closed on Thursday to prepare for the sale.

fourth shop


13 Oct

Flea Market

I heard about the Alameda Flea Market a few years ago and thought it would be great to go.  So this year on a vacation to California, I had my chance!  It happens only on the first Sunday of each month, so my timing was great.
Now if you love real antiques, this is not the place for you.  There was none of the wonderful treasures collectors would covet.  But, it’s a great place to find cool, vintage STUFF.  For some reason, it feels very different from anything in the northwest.  I scored a few great treasures:  stop by the shop and check them out!
11 Jul

Thrill of the Hunt

I love a good antiques fair.  This one in Portland used to be great — over the years I found lots of great treasures there.  I always look for unusual things — those with a bit of whimsey and character.  But, alas, like so many things, it has seen its heyday.  Much smaller than in years past, many of the dealers are either retiring or can no longer afford to be in the antiques business.  And so, it was somewhat disappointing.

Every year lately I say I’ll never go again, and every year I show up!  Indeed, the thrill of the hunt is addictive.  I’m looking forward to other fairs when I travel south this fall.

25 Jan

Catch me on the radio

I had the great opportunity of hosting a “Designer Minute” on King-FM with Brad Eaton.  While I’m no match for his great voice and exuberance, we had a fun time.  I flubbed a couple of words and said cushion instead of springs, but other than that it went well.  They will be rotating various questions and answers about interior design throughout each weekend, so check it out.

It’s amazing what a studio King FM has — and so many CDs.  There are stacks and stacks and floor to ceiling shelves throughout the studio.  Also, everyone there was extremely gracious — they are as nice in person as they are on the air.On Air sign

27 Dec

Rocky J. October 10, 2009

We had a new ‘customer’ in the shop today.  I heard this rattling noise and went to investigate.  I found a squirrel with a big walnut in its mouth scampering around.  I had figured that it was only a matter of time before one decided to scope out the shop since they are forever finding their way to the front porch.

I thought surely that he had come in to see the darling squirrel plates from Gien or the charming squirrel salt and pepper shakers.  Or maybe it was for the placecard vases filled with acorns!    Apparantly, he has to think about it because he left without a single purchase, but at least  he didn’t break anything!    And that reminds me of the time we had a bat in the Edmonds’ store — but that’s another story.