Mesa, Arizona-based designer Caroline DeCesare‘s Design Lab boutique carries an eclectic array of the vintage and modern pieces she so elegantly brings together in her interiors. With the store debuting online this spring, we asked her to share details of what we can expect from her new shop.
Tell us about your store. We’re in the process of taking it online and only hosting pop-up events in our current location, so we’re definitely in an “under construction” mode. Our customers love our vintage furnishings that we source from all over, such as a work table with the original iron clamp intact or a console with reclaimed-wood legs, with a rusty section of a steel bridge as the stretcher bar and a bluestone top.
Where do you like to source locally for your projects? I love to shop at Bungalow in Scottsdale. Linda Criswell and Alicia Flatin have a massive amount of inventory, and their styling and layering inspires me every time I’m in there. I also love to shop at Found by Domestic Bliss in Chandler. Kristin and Dan Alber have a great eye, and I never leave empty-handed. Both stores allow us to pull from their inventory for our installs and make our job so much easier.
What do you look for when putting together your projects? I love to source unexpected, one-of-a-kind items that make an interior feel collected. Vintage furnishings and textiles can enliven any space. I also have a container problem–I’ve never met a box, bin or caddy I didn’t want to own.