Wednesday Jun 17 2009
Valerie's Gallery design can help bring color, life to home
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
Thinking creatively is second nature to Valerie Shields, owner of Valerie’s Gallery. The interior designer offers consulting services from her shop on the corner of Horseshoe Bar Road and Library Street. Her small store is packed with an eclectic mix of items for the home, including furniture and gifts. Shields recently added special order fresh flower arrangements to her list of services. Shields makes custom silk flower arrangements and received numerous requests for fresh arrangements. Now, with advance orders, she fashions bouquets and arrangements for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. Shields is also planning to offer Del Oro High School students corsages and boutonnieres for dances, along with floral leis for graduation. Judy Roberts, of Loomis, said she has been working with Shields for more than three years to decorate a villa, studio and now her home. “She helped with colors, repainting, redecorating, new furniture, crown molding, flooring, and custom-made window coverings. It’s very exciting,” Roberts said. Roberts said she appreciates that Shields will take a customer’s favorite pieces and rework them into the new décor. She said Shields even had an artist “enhance” some art pieces to make them work. “Customers bring in something they love that we refashion to their new style,” Shields said. The refashioning can include new paint, upholstery and hardware. Shields also said there seems to be a “new movement” of clients wanting to “redo” home décor items to work them into what they have. She said she’s doing more consultations on regrouping or rearranging a customer’s furnishings, and advising clients on work they can do themselves. “People are looking for things they can do themselves without spending a lot of money,” she said. Shields’ shop is jam-packed with ideas for those seeking to freshen up their home décor. Many of the items such as vases, candles, sconces, rugs, handmade jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, hand blown glass and hand fashioned wrought iron also make great gifts. Shields said she has an unofficial gift registry for many of her customers. The women choose items they like, then send their husbands or boyfriends to purchase them as gifts. “It makes it easy on the guys and the women get exactly what they want,” Shields laughed. Shields graduated from Del Oro in 1982 and over the years worked for interior designers and art galleries while raising her two sons, Derrick, 22 and Vince, 24. She earned her interior arts and design degree from American River College and had a store at Denio’s market in Roseville before opening her Loomis location. Her husband, Doug, assists Shields with her shop and makes local, free deliveries. Last December, Shields’ design and decorating skills were featured during the Loomis Basin Education Foundation Holiday Home Tour when she decked out and decorated the cottage home with items from her store. The business owner said she plans to participate in the tour again this year.